In order to superimpose a 3D character into an image - we're going to need some really good HD, high quality photos that can lend themselves to this kind of "addition".
If you great photographers out there have something that might work for this - submit a comment below with a link to the photograph(s) you'd like to contribute. Let's see if we can make this work and challenge us artists
The previous comment for "context" is included below
I recently saw an artist who did a remarkable job using a real life photo and incorporating a 3D CG model into the photo - photo-manipulation as it were. The artist (and I can't recall specifically where I saw it) told a great story through a small series of pin-up renders using in some cases simple props to convey that story. It is quite masterful the ability to tell a story through 'suggestion' - the talent of subtlety, leaving the appropriate blanks for the viewer to fill in - rather than overstating the message...
The Old Masters I think (fine art artists) had this down to a science.
Back to those images - what I found intriguing and exciting was the quality of the renders. At first glance the entire image looked like they were photos - what the artist accomplished was:
1) The technical ability to (and I can't stress this enough) seamlessly match the CG model with:
a. the 'graininess' of the photo
b. the appropriate lighting exposure
c. the correct direction of the lightsource
2) The ability to tell a situational story based on a simple snap-shot image, and yet...
3) Each image was still essentially a stand-alone pin up image.
That was some incredible talent at work in my opinion!
I wonder if the group would like to take on such a challenge and try their hands at something like this? We would need some HD photos of different locations and lighting, and I'm thinking in a contest members could simply download and work with the photo(s) of their choice from that selection. The challenge would be each of the 3 points above...
What do you think?