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10-05-2008, 05:55 PM
I was asked to do a matte painting for 2 seniors at my school. I was hoping to get some feedback from the matte painting community on these early concept designs and perhaps during the production phase as well.

These are the sketches for one thesis which is about a wizard living in a enchanted forest. The wizard opens the door and then my painting will appear. Here are the sketches. I've decided on the last one at the bottom.


THese are the sketches for the other thesis which is about a gentleman in a Victorian style park with his dog. Its a long panorama shot, all painterly style that pans until we reach the gentleman. The painting will serve like a backdrop for old school style theaters. Below are the sketches. I'm arguing between the three that have the dark borders around them.


This is the first post I have ever done to any forum about work. Any criticism will be awesome. Thank you.

10-06-2008, 10:06 AM
As soon as you narrow down your selection, it will become much easier to discuss...

As for current selections;
the first one;
I like the last sketch as well.
The only thing to watch for is that it looks like a very wide lens. It means the road in the foreground will look much wider toward camera. (currently it's a small road going to the left side of the image.
Also I assume there will be more density of trees as you go further back. (more trees in the back )

The second one;
I like the one just before the last one.

Overall they both have beautiful composition and design.

10-22-2008, 10:54 PM
Thanks Homer.

I spoke to the seniors again and i have new sketches for them from their feedback.

First off the fantasy forest. I had started one before but i wasn't liking it so much so I proposed the sketches I first posted and she rejected them and said that I should just keep going with the one I had so here it is. I don't like the composition but she does so what can I do. Its very saturated and cartoony like but even then Im sure there are things to look out for. Feedback please? Still W.I.P. of course.


I am still doing concept designs for the victorian park one which is suppose to be very de-saturated like and painterly. Any feedback on the sketches would be great or suggestions to make it more interesting. I've supplied a colorscript I showed him.



10-23-2008, 03:17 AM
I always love to see the design work leading into a matte. I've found its really important, but too often overlooked.
Is the enchanted forest going to be a stylized matte?
Not too much to say at this stage, its looking pretty good. Keep posting your updates!


10-23-2008, 03:42 PM
yeah the fantasy forest is very stylised. a very cartoony feel but literally just 5 minutes ago i just got the news that shes cutting that shot out. lol so yeah. But in exchange I got 2 more shots to do. lol I'll post the new shots and concept art for those. But yeah any critiques or comments on anything up is always good to hear.

10-23-2008, 09:35 PM
As Nick said I don't have much to say now but I would love to see more updates. This thread just reminded of mattepainting thesis I did during my final year in college.

12-22-2008, 07:57 PM
So after a long semester of tons of things going on left and right with school I decided to upload some more of the WIP of the thesis's that I'm working on. Major changes to these thesis works but I'm sure you guys in the industry know all about changes. Here is the final approved concept piece for the Victorian Park.


Below is the new thesis I was put on to be the texture artist/matte painter/ concept artist. This is a title sequence to one really incredible piece of work coming out of my school this year. Really excited and I will try my best. The second piece I know looks sloppy but they needed something ASAP. I will work on it very hard this winter break before Spring semester begins.



Here is the production for the Victorian one that I began last night. I just layed down the sky and the ground. Obviously tons of things to add but is it a good start? I downsized it like crazy for the thread. I'm working on a 4k document and well its my first time doing a production painting with this size and I asked around and everyone told me that it is a good size to work with although I find it difficult because its not like film dimensions so i find a lot of empty space. Are there any other things I should keep in mind?


12-23-2008, 02:21 AM
Woa ! I really like all your sketches. Sorry that I cannot add more, but its very interesting, so thanks for sharing !

Take care.

01-11-2009, 10:09 PM
So it's been a while and now I have a little more of an update. On the Victorian park painting. Again they want it to look painterly, lots of vegetation to make it look cozy and its a long pan to ends with a push in shot. The end is not finished because he is modeling it and I'm just going to paint over it so I just decided to work on the other side. Please any comments, suggestions are really welcome. I am looking for them. lol A note is that he wants the sky to be like if its turning into sunset and well I haven't put the clouds yet.

02-19-2009, 08:20 PM
Good work Jesse, Its looks like classic glass painted mattepaiting. If you have time take a look at research (http://www.mediafire.com/file/1dmyzvwzyig/Rahul_303_Research.pdf) I did during my college.

02-20-2009, 10:41 AM
Thanks metalrahul.

Will do. I have a more finished version of it along with others in another thread cuz I thought noone would ever look at this thread again.

Check it out here. Thanks again.