OK, so far this diorama has been fairly easy. Now comes the hard part. At least for me.
I’m down to the point where I have to decide how to paint the walls and floor and all of the items in the diorama. Working in black and white, (or only two colors) is quite difficult. When you look at the three dimensional diorama, unlike a one dimension photograph, it can look different depending on the lighting and the angle at which you view it.
Remember everything needs to be like a black and white photograph except the car, which will be in red.
I started with doing some simple shading.
Then I started adding some details on the back wall. At this point I consulted Ken Hamilton, the diorama Guru. I was worried about the details disappearing into the wall color. He told me that it would be best if the details did get lost to some extend because they are not the focus of the diorama. He was correct. He also said that I should not be afraid to use different shades of the dark color on my added details.
Because the walls were so washed out, this meant that the details would also need to be pretty much washed out. I was not sure I wanted a washed out look for the whole background and the details. I then consulted Narayan Khandekar. Narayan knows all about art and paintings. If I call him an art expert he would probably disagree, but don’t believe it, he is one ! He pointed out that black and white photographs have dynamic range; from almost black shadows to almost white highlights. And he suggested I study up on “dynamic range”. Sure enough after some study I discovered that he was exactly correct. Looking at the photo again I realized that it had very dark areas to very light areas.
So I dove in with both feet and I began to add some very dark shadows to my diorama. This was a scary moment for me !!!
At this point I realized that I still did not have enough dark color. Not enough dynamic range. So I went even darker.
So here is what I have today. These pictures are taken with different camera exposures and with a red car. Important note; I have discovered I can make the diorama look very different depending on background light, my camera settings and my camera flash.
The end result is that now I have dynamic range as Narayan suggested. And I think it looks pretty good. Now when I add the detail items I can darken them up and add shades of my dark color like Ken suggested. Ken and Narayan really pointed me in the right direction.
Thank you guys !!