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I wanted to get in video form, some of the techniques I use to add people into my illustrations. This video outlines 3 situations I run into often including reflective surfaces, typical shadows, and people in motion. The libraries of people don't always fit the lighting situations in the scene, so the video also describes a way to  add highlights to better integrate people into the scene. There are tons of examples of more artistic ways to add people into an illustration and I have plans to develop some tutorials later on down the road testing out some these techniques.


Reader Comments (30)

where do you find your people to use in your post-production work? great work by the way

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertmendioroz

I have a pretty big library that I have put together over the years and also from swapping with classmates in grad school. Someone posted a site a while back, http://vyonyx.com/category/down/cutout-people/ , that has a nice library of free cutouts.

February 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

Hey Mate,

Love the website and the tutorials are great. Unfortunately this video says it is unavailable in my country [AUSTRALIA] because of a copyright issue with EMI.

Is there anywhere else I can view it?


May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

thanks for the tutorials! useful stuff!

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervy

Hi tom,
right now, I don't have a "no" sound tutorial on youtube like I have done for other videos with the same problem. This summer, I plan on writing out the tutorials as supplements to the videos, but that won't be for a while.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

THANK U ,THANK U ,THANK U ......I can't explain how grateful I am ....U AND YOUR WORKS ARE.......AMAZING!
Greetings from Serbia! :)

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIVANNA

This is awesome!!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan


Interesting tecniques and very helpfull tutorials, thankyou for sharing them all!


June 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkit smithson

thank you for sharing

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabdollah

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Alexander i must say that you are fuckin awesome!!!

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGonçalo Folgado

Yes! Goncalo, I love it

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

For real Alexander, actually im working for my thesis and your tutorials and tips have been crucial, if you want to see some of my work go to my facebook, and send me some feedback.

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGonçalo Folgado

hey i need help immediately. people cut outs that you use have black backgrounds so its easy to seperate them. but i need to cut out a crowd from its colorful background in photoshop. what do you suggest? selecting one by one is impossible! thank you so much!! if anyone also can explain i'll be glad.

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterseda sokullu

I don't think there is any shortcut - bar finding & downloading a crowd with an alpha channel.. I find it is quicker using the quick mask in photoshop than it is to use the polygon lasso tool..

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTom

thank you tom :) i agree it's easier to use quick mask and also i came across it in many tutorials but still doing all of the people is waste of time :( by the way alex thank you! you and your blog are amazing =)) and it's very helpful :)

October 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterseda sokullu

alex ure awesome, thanks a lot. 4rm nigeria

October 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertola

very good tutorials ... very very very helpful ... big thx and consideration from Romania

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel

Thank you very much for this tutorial. I can assume you are a painter too, because you did know how to make pasted people looking real.

November 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

I just wanted to say thank you for these wonderful tutorials. So simple... but so effective!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ. I

Hey alex, i wanted to ask if you got some tutorial for rhino? and in your opinion... RHINO OR 3d max?

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Hi josh,
I use Rhino, the learning curve is much less with Rhino compared to 3d Max, Plus rhino has some many great add-ons like grasshopper. It also integrates well with Sketchup.

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

Awesome tut!

Thanx so much Alex.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJared McCormick

Amazing tut it help me a lot in improving my designs

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