View Full Version : My new cityscape matte-painting WIP!"

10-27-2008, 08:46 AM
Hi Everyone,
Here's my new cityscape matte-painting WIP!
Comments & critiques are heartily welcome!
Kaustav Sinha
(An Aspiring Digital Matte-Painter)

10-27-2008, 11:45 AM
Your using a stereotypical view of a night time scene by bleaching a photo bright blue> my advice would be to really study how lighting works in different scenarios. Don't ever try and guess, its alway obvious when you do.

Note that this example has very little blue in it. It's very desaturated though. It's because the retina contains two types of photoreceptors, rods and cones. The rods are more numerous, some 120 million, and are more sensitive than the cones. However, they are not sensitive to color, so that is why you seen things at night with a bluey grey tint.

A few examples:


note how the dominant colour in this photo is actually orange and how much the man made lights are illuminating the skyline.


Another great show. Notice that the city lights dictate the shape of the buildings without the buildings really being visable.


Here's a very quick rough up, using your picture, that I've done. I've not painted in all of the city lights (too busy to do that!). But it is a demonstration of the night time lighting I was talking about. (although it wouldn't be this dull with all that unnatural lighting going on, but as your city had no lights on (maybe it's for a post apocalyptic film idea :))


10-31-2008, 04:49 AM
Hi moakley,
Thank you so very much for the time that you've taken out to help me with the correct way of lighting the cityscape!
I definitely need to work on the lighting part; frequently it becomes monotonic.