photoshop creative
Jun
13

How I Made: Paper Dragon

Posted in:
How I Made, by Mark White
June 13, 2016

Learn how this amazing image was created by Ink Studio

final

1. The brainstorm

1

This step was the starting point of our work. Each one of us brought ideas and inspirations and we proceeded to pool them. The main idea was defined by grafting in other subsidiary ideas.

2. The rock

2

At the beginning, there was only a big rock, medieval houses, and a long waterfall. The first thing we had to do was to choose colours and model the rock with a 3D program.

3. Manufacturing the elements

3

This was the most tedious part of the work. Every element is carefully cut, folded and pasted. At the same time, other ideas started enriching the project.

4. Emergence of the dragon

4

We wanted to add something that ‘dressed up’ the rock – something was missing. After a discussion and some drawings the dragon emerged. After this decision other elements had to be adapted – the ‘splashes’ were the first waterfall we made, but it didn’t work so we reused it.

5. Getting the layout right

5

When every piece is ready, it’s a question of finding the right layout and the best point of view for photography.

6. Image processing

6

Here we started the image processing in Photoshop. The first thing was to correct imperfections and paper defects (glue or folding). The rendering on the screen had to be perfect.

7. Deep etching

7

After cleaning the image, the next step was the deep etching. The outlines and the shapes had to be clear. From there, we insert blurs, background patterns and other little effects.

8. Finishing touches

8

After cleaning the image, the next step was the deep etching. The outlines and the shapes had to be clear. From there, we insert blurs, background patterns and other little effects.