I’m sharing a Dark Souls Bonfire fan art render I’ve been working on for past months.
It’s in stage where I think it’s complete and I’m generally happy about, despite some necessary tweaks, but I’m seeking targeted critique on following subjects:
The overall mood: I’m trying to recreate Dark Souls 1 mood, particularily from Firelink Shrine much like displayed here. However I feel like my process so far is a tad too flat and I’m struggling to get the mood right and I’d like advise, commentary and techniques on how to improve it.
Lighting. There’s something - off with the lighting setup and I’m quite not sure how to improve on that. Generally the scene is dominated by a sun lamp and an HDRI map that gives it taste. The bonfire itself needs to be the focus of the scene and a dominant source of illumination, but not too overbearing.
Regarding fire, I’m aware of the blocky nature of it, and I’ll most likely fix it afterwards. Character I’m reasonably satisfied with.