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03-09-2006, 03:56 PM

This is my first post and an attempt at matte painting. I've only started out trying to do this in the last 2 months. It's nothing spectacular, just an exercise in trying to make it all "fit" in there. I started it on a blank canvas with a composite of 3 pictures of clouds, then came the water and the island.
I would be very interested in anyones comments.

Many thanks



03-09-2006, 04:53 PM
Its nice, but I think u should get the lower part of the island a little more darken (the holes with the subexpositon), it's too bright there, it's not too far away to bright light that way, and u need a little more contrast...I think...

u could insert some...


sand under the water...cause the sea is not like a lake, a lake is too dark, the water is black, u can't see too deep...

it's something wrong in the reflections, it could be a little short....I think that's it...cause of the angle, if u do it higher, the reflection gets short.... if u low the angle the reflection gets huger....

sorry about the english...I'm a polish living in Brazil....

03-09-2006, 05:42 PM
Thanks for your comments Cobawski. Very interesting point about the reflection. I thought about the contrast but decided to leave it a little high key. But I'll try it.
How would you put sand under the water?

03-09-2006, 06:09 PM
So, here is version 2.0. I've given it a touch more contrast, made the top of the island lighter and the bottom darker, made the reflection a bit bigger and added a little more highlight to part of the water.


03-09-2006, 07:20 PM
well... let me try... My english is poor, I hope u can understand... :roll:

before the sand, U should put some fog over the surface of the water near the island, like when the water touch the rocks, don't use a smoked brush, and I would paint or get the sand from another pic... duplicate the sea, and put the sand layer between the new sea and the background, and u can put some layer effects to make the sand under the water more realistic....

The bright, u should make a gradient bright from the top of the island...

The reflection, I still think that it could be minor, and 2 or 3 points more distorted...

Don't forget to put a dark blue touch on the sand, because of the sea, and because of the rocks...

The orizon, u can set it a little darken on the edges... the horizon line...
so it would became more perspective...

03-10-2006, 10:52 AM
Many thanks. I'll give it a try.