Hi everyone, the Matte Painting Challenge last week on Keep Calm I’m in VFX was the creation of a shot or an image in the style of “I am Legend”.
As usual, the results were awesome and we’ve seen great Art!
After a lot of deliberation, I decided that Chris would be the winner!
Let me introduce him to you, first, here is Chris’s Twitter Account
Then, in order to know him a bit more, I asked him the usual questionnaire!
- How did you end up being interested in Digital Matte Painting?
First, I don’t think I would call myself a DMP artist, I’ve only ever really worked with full CG and basic comp so I’ll answer this as ‘interested in CG/environments’ instead.
I loved all sorts of films as a child, especially feature animation, but didn’t really learn that making them was a career path until after I studied Digital Arts at college (Photography, Graphic Design, and some basic 3D modelling). I got really into the modeling and did research into how I could study it further, which led me to VFX and the CG pipeline.
I was super interested and taught myself more and more about it before eventually applying to Norwich University of the Arts to study VFX. 3 years later and I’m wrapping up my degree and showreel and starting to look for my first job!
- Who are your most inspirational Artists?
- Simon Stalenhag because of his incredible alternate worlds.
- Syd mead because of his brilliant originality.
- John Martin because I’ve never seen anyone paint such enormous scenes so beautifully.
- What would be your main goal in your career?
Honestly just to be stable in a great studio working on great shows with great people.
- Give me 3 films you would like to recommend to someone who’ve never seen any movies and tell us why these ones in particular.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)- The most visually stimulating piece of film you’ll ever see, and it leaves you with so many questions.
- Monsters (2010) – I love this film because of the story behind the production. The whole thing was shot guerilla-style, with less than 10 people, and edited on a laptop
whilst traveling. Most of the people you see are just locals… True filmmaking.
- Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (2018)- This film is the most exciting piece of animation from the top creatives in the industry, an endless amount of art styles crammed
into a really solid comic book story.
Thank you for your answered and congratulations for your image