Breakdown of the retouching to Billingtons Christmas ad created for The Gate London. The photographer was Simon Smith (simonsmithfoodphotography.co.uk). Art director was Martin Pierson.
This was a nice opportunity to do some character work which took me back to my early days of illustration and cartoon work. As I was integrating CG characters with a photographed cake, I needed a CGI stand in for the cake to position the characters on. This gave me the chance to try out Photoscan which far exceeded my expectations. I expected a very rough approximation of the shape but it gave me such a refined mesh that I was able to use it in the final image to relight the external white surfaces based on the strong colours the cake ultimately sat on. In the end, the client felt they wanted to minimise the undulating surface which seemed a bit of a shame to me but again, that meant I could go to the cake geometry and smooth off those surfaces properly, rather than retouch them in post.

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