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Studio Shoot (Mirai Version): Day 5

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Edit: This work has been completed.

For my new work Studio Shoot (Mirai Version) I’m giving you a glimpse behind the scenes at the way I work, day by day.
You can check out more of my work in progress here.

This is the fifth day and I’m drawing the shadows.

Here’s links to each day, if you’re interested in the whole process:
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7 and Day 8.

Basically all I had to do today was neaten the paths I’d drawn roughly yesterday. It’s just smoothing the lines and making it look pretty, but getting it nice and clean is time consuming. Luckily I managed to finish by the end of the day:

The shadows over the color layer:

When I’m satisfied with the shadows I need to separate them into seperate groups so I can adjust each to react  slightly differently to the surface it is on.
This is easpecially a aproblem with hair and skin with react differently to light than clothing.

Before starting I make a duplicate of my shadow layer for backup.

Precautions taken, I select all the shadows paths and unite them. Then I select the group and change it to a single compound path. I duplicate this compound path a bunch of times. I’ll need one for every single group I make: so I make one for skin shadows, one for hair shadows etc, not to mention an extra as backup.

Now I duplicate the colour layer. Because I have so many layers I have to group them together. I don’t need to adjust the color for every single item, so I group colors together: skin, hair, white clothing, orange skirt and collar and darker items: her shoes and stockings. It’s probably not nesassary to have so many groups but at this stage it’s easy, so I’m doing it as a precaution.

Then I select each color group one by one, unite the paths and turn each into a compound path so I’m left with single compound path for hair, another for skin, etc.

Now you simply match up a shadow compound path with a colour compound path and use intersect to create a new path where they overlap. Repeat for each colour group until you’ve split up the shadows into as many groups as you want.

The result at the end of the day:

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