I've been in love with the few screen shots of In the Valley of the Gods, and over all a huge Campo Santo fan, so I wanted to try and capture a similar stylized lighting and atmosphere in this piece. My goal was to make a piece with stylized lighting, and focus on visual composition.
Huge inspiration from Claire Hummel's concept work!

Reference gathering

I really loved Claire Hummel's concept pieces for In the Valley of the Gods, which you can find here (https://www.artstation.com/artwork/eBXZX) and I wanted to replicate the bright color contrastiness with the cool shadows in engine.

Block out / time lapse

I hate the fibonacci sequence just as much as the next person, but it kinda works! Stuck this alpha into the camera's dirt mask so I could get this overlay!

I spent a lot of time thinking about these guiding lines and trying to use the landscape tool to draw the eye to the focal point

Snapped a cute cloud on my phone :]

I was able to get clouds I was happy with using a little trick I learned from my pal Mike Marra's awseome 80.lv article. I dithered the edges of the alpha to give it more of that fluffy/transparent look

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