Last week, I’ve launched a Matte Painting Challenge on the Discord Server.
The brief was to start with this photograph I found and then create a moody Fantasy image, with a bigger castle, some distant background, a small village on the hill, and, globally, a work on the lighting and the atmosphere.
Here is the Source image I proposed :
We’ve had 6 participants for this Challenge who have done an amazing job! Thank you so much for your participation guys!
Dondi, member of the Discord Keep Calm I’m in VFX submitted this great Matte Painting for Review. It’s a very good work! Well done Dondi, it looks really good! BUT, we can still improve, we always can 🙂
In this Stream, I will go through the work of 3 of my favourite Digital Matte Painter, or former Digital Matte Painter : Dylan Cole, Mathieu Raynault and Yanick Dusseault. We will study their work, see what makes it exceptional and we’ll try to understand a bit more how to masterize the Art of Matte Painting!
I’ve learnt a lot from the time I spent at Rodeo FX with Mathieu. I remember spending a lot of time looking at images with him and Frederic St Arnaud and trying to discuss how to improve the realism. It was really interesting! Great Days!
We’ve done a few “Watch a film with…” night now with through the Discord, but tonight this is a very exceptional one. We have the privilege to watch the film “Inception”, from Christopher Nolan, with Paul Franklin who won the Oscar for the Best Visual Effects with this Film. Ian Failes, from BeforesAndAfterswill be with us again to go through this Masterpiece and listen to Paul telling us everything about it!
So press PLAY when we tell you to start, and just listen/watch while watching the Film. I hope you’ll enjoy!
In this first HARSH BUT HONEST REVIEW, we will have a look at two very important things when you do a Digital Matte Painting: Grading and Lighting. We’ll see how to use them to drive the Composition of your image and the dramatic dimension of your creation.
Here is an accelerated version of the creation of a Digital Matte Painting in the style of the film “The Martian”.
We started with gathering a few images, looking at some references, and then we went through the whole process. I tried to follow the whole creative process, with some attempts, mistakes, change of direction, new sources, etc.
If you want to get the files to try to create this matte-painting, please check my Patreon Page.
A few days ago, Daftnessa asked me for some feedback on the work she had posted on the Discord. So I’ve recorded this Review Session. We will talk about masks, edges, composition, haze and will see how to match a reference and paint some clouds. Enjoy!
It’s very important to be able to check your black levels, your highlights and shadows or your saturation if you have done a Matte Painting by merging a lot of different sources. In this video, I’ll show you how to create a Gizmo in Nuke, extract a few controllers and create a QCNode in Nuke. Enjoy!