I receive request from Toby Meadows to create picture of valley where he will be able to animate sunset. I ask him for reference pictures to know what type of landscapes he visualize.

I receive following list of pictures that I use in photo-manipulation in order to create new composition, with mood and feelings that were captured in those great photographs : )

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Whole composition  do not looks like it have many elements although still with all options of color corrections, set up for day or night + animation of elements it become as pretty complicated and challenging art project.

elements

1st I create scene that had to be 3840 x 2160 pixels

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Once that was done I create background that is 3840 x 10800 pixels and move created already scene on top of it.

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I have created for background stars, moon, and sun. I may also later create some clouds.
Bellow you can see Photoshop layers and their color code that is following: Yellow -for animation, Green – parallax or still, Red not for use : )

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Starry night:

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Day version:

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That was really long progress… Now time to forward my work to Toby and see what magic he will create in After Effects : )

Hope that you like it!

CG Textures used:
Tree: link
Background: link

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