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adam
09-30-2007, 03:49 PM
Hi guys,
Several people have asked me how I paint, or how I know what to do.
I won't claim to know it all, because this is about lifelong learning after all,
and there are other painters better than I, but as a new matte painting
professional currently working on my 2nd and 3rd feature films, I'll share
my outlook on it. I think the biggest thing other than being a
drawer too, is understanding and observing light, constantly
thinking in terms of gradients when I shade/paint, remembering that everything goes
from dark to light, and how to use the dark to reveal light. I've put
together a couple illustrations to try and help those who are trying to get
their heads around this subject. Hopefully it helps you get better.

http://www.adamharnett.com/mattes/Gradient01.jpg

So, if you take the illustration above as an example, the range from 67% - 70%
brightness is your midground area. If you want to paint a rock, plant or
any other object in that area check your HSB slider and make sure
the B level is in that range, and the object will sit nicely in the painting.


http://www.adamharnett.com/mattes/Gradient02.jpg

Sometimes, especially in exterior paintings I see people jump values/brightness percentages
too quickly and it makes your eyes tell your brain that something isn't quite right.

Hope this information helps some of you folks.

All the best,
-Adam

adam
10-17-2007, 07:53 PM
Here's a tutorial/ramble from Craig Mullins -
he discusses some observations and technique that you may find
helpful.

http://www.gfxartist.com/features/tutorials/974

nickmarshallvfx
10-18-2007, 12:48 AM
Thanks adam :D

Nice tips, something that a lot of people do forget. I love reading things like this, and other little tips. Congrats on the work :D

Nick