Barbarian Ambush

Ein Barbar mit Schwert

What do you do when you’re taking a relaxing walk through the woods and suddenly find yourself being confronted by this gentleman?

The armour worn by this warrior is inspired by those used by Roman legionarys, the helmet is based on an antique “Spangenhelm”. This gives this depiction its believability, even though it probably isn’t entirely historically accurate.

I’m very happy with the diffuse reflections on the metal, the foreshortening on the sword and the details of the fur.

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What you can learn about color composition from old coat of arms

Die Wappen der Stände des Heiligen Römischen Reichs 1510

On of the roles of the composition of an image is to depict the most important elements of the picture in a clear, recognizable manner. For color pictures, not only the placement of the elements is playing a central role, but the color composition as well.

An obvious method is to separate diffrent elements or layers within the image like foreground and background by different color saturations of a difference in lightness.

There are many approaches for setting up a color composition. To acquire some helpful rules of thumb, it can be useful to look at some of the oldest works of visual design in history: Coat of arms and flags.