Introduction

The Designer Spotlight is an 'interview a designer' session that is generally scheduled once a week at Professor Airie's Twitch stream — featuring one designer each time and providing an opportunity to explore the designer's inspiration, stories behind the homes, thought processes, design concepts, and tips and tricks.

Make sure to check out Airie's Ultimate ESO Homestead Guide along with a previous Designer Spotlight featuring @Arantirr from PC/NA!

@Gorak60 - PC/North America

Gorak’s views on house design have come from his background growing up in a national park and being really into the outdoors. He spent his youth and much of his young adulthood climbing mountains and skiing in the backcountry.

Gorak still takes every opportunity he can to be out in nature as he finds it very restorative. It seemed a natural thing to be drawn to building gardens in ESO as he found them to be very relaxing and beautiful, and from those first gardens he realized the potentials in using lighting creatively to enhance the experience for visitors.

Tips and Tricks from @Gorak60

Pay attention to the small details of items you are lighting. Subtle lighting is most often more impactful than overly bright. It is easy to have too much light in a space, or shining on an object or area, which results in washed out details and glare.

I like hiding lights inside of objects as this often allows for subtle and specific lighting, affording the opportunity to mix different colours of light more easily.

Most of all, experiment with anything and everything that sheds light, from tiny candles and crystals, all the way up to items like the Dwarven Sun or the Amber Plasm Cage. Turn lights/crystals around and see if the light they produce is directional; play with the distances between light and the surface being lit. This applies to lights out in the open as well as hidden lighting.

Really bright lights need to be further away from the object being lit.

If you visit a house that has lighting you that find interesting, reach out to the owner and see if they will share how they created that light.

Most of all, play around and have fun — See you in Tamriel.