This is an illustration I have been working on as a gift for my two nieces, Frankie and Jules. The idea is that they will get the same scene with different lighting.

It was hard picking a final way to light this image. The colours and contrast has been altered using post-processing in Affinity Designer (for mac). I’m pretty happy with the result but no doubt there will be changes.

I have attempted to create a fantastic while realistic lighting for the scene creating transparent layers between objects to create a misty distance between them. The rays of light also fall amongst these layers and the objects to add depth (hopefully).

Note the giant bacteria floating around the forest. All Ghibli inspired, their incidental critters are great.

All in all an enjoyable way to pick up some new design software skills. Affinity Designer for Mac rocks.

Lighting tests (and early versions) …

The finalish image…