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Lighting the CG Portrait

Character Lighting in VRay Next with Chris Barischoff


Great lighting is what makes the difference between an amateur portrait render and a professional one. In this workshop, CG Supervisor Christopher Barischoff steps through what makes a photography studio styled lighting setup successful for characters and portraits. He covers classic photographic and cinematic lighting and expands on its implementation in 3D Graphics. Utilizing the Emma model provided by Satoshi Takazawa Lighting the CG Portrait takes a renderer-agnostic approach to the fundamentals of lighting using VRay Next, covering both the artistic and technical aspects of creating beautiful and compelling light setups.

Duration: 193 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Christopher Barischoff

CG Supervisor at Netflix Animation Studios

Christopher Barischoff has been working in computer graphics since 2008. His career has spanned Animation, TV/Feature VFX, and Advertising. Chris is an LA-based CG artist with over a decade of lighting experience in film, TV, commercials, and animation. He's currently the CG Supervisor for the ad agency Brand New School, working for such clients as Google, Apple, and Starbucks. Previously, he handled lighting for visual effects studios such as Framestore, Zoic Studios, and The Mill, with credits including Priest, Premium Rush, Terminator Salvation, Once Upon a Time, Fringe, Castle, Wonderland, and Pan-Am. He's also worked for multiple commercial agencies and creative houses, including Psyop, Blur Studio, Mirada, Blind, and Spinifex.

  • Chris is a phenomenal lighter with a vast knowledge of the tools and artistry needed to succeed in visual effects. His guidance was instrumental in my growth as an artist.

    - Masha Zarnitsa
    Lighting Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios

  • Chris has always shown a deep understanding of his craft and an effortless ability to explain the more complex part of it to those outside the art of lighting. I highly recommend Chris both as a lighter and teacher of this art form.

    - Dylan Holden
    Storyboard Artist at Dreamworks TV Animation

  • Chris is like a digital alchemist. I would give him all of these crazy, disparate parts and somehow he would pull them together to create pure gold!

    - Evan Spiridellis
    Show Runner for Storybots, Netflix Animation