View Full Version : First Matte Painting

05-05-2006, 12:52 AM
Hi all!

This is the beginnings of my first matte effort. I'm using the Plugnz contest as a personal challenge to get back in the grove with my art.

Currently I'm just setting the mood, a full moon evening over the loc.

I'm going to focus more on the clouds next and then on to the details of lighting and depth for the land and water.

here it is...


05-14-2006, 04:35 PM
here's the image with more progress.....

if you have any comments or suggestions they are most welcome :)


05-15-2006, 04:32 AM
Wow thats looking great! The castle in the foreground is awesome, i love how this is going!
I think the sky looked better in the first pic. Maybe not the moon size, i think that is better now, but the colour, and cloud cover looked more realistic, and blended better with the mountains IMO.

Great job anyway, that is only a minor thing.


05-15-2006, 05:03 AM
Yeah, I like the clouds in the first one too, but the moon looks better in the second one. Good work though.

05-15-2006, 08:39 AM
I think you need to work on the perspective in this piece. The castle doesn't look right the way it is currently sitting. To me it seems to be sloping down towards the water. Might I suggest you draw out your Horizon Line and add some vanishing points to help properly align your elements. The image is also really bright for a night shot. I think darkening it more would help.

Keep up the good work!

05-21-2006, 01:39 PM
Hey Gang

Thank you all for the comments and suggestions!!! I really appreciate them!!

I desided to stay with the current sky, but I now have the clouds interacting with the mountains, also ajusted the elements with perspective lines and darkened the image as well as added a broken statue in the lower left corner and added more detail to the forground.

here it is....


as always, comments and suggestions are most welcome.


05-21-2006, 02:09 PM
Dude, superb idea with this statue. Good composition of the whole elements, really dig this one. Keep it up.

06-03-2006, 04:02 PM
Thanks Xdreamer79! I appreciate the comments!