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miragenz
08-02-2012, 04:23 AM
Hi all, cool comp... here's my first wip... lots to do. cheers dave
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_1.jpg

Nacho_Thomas
08-02-2012, 08:35 AM
Awesome, Dave. I was starting to feel happy with my wqork, till I saw yours :P

Really cool, looking forwards to see your progress.

Nacho Thomas.-

MedFaska
08-02-2012, 08:43 AM
good start !

miragenz
08-02-2012, 07:08 PM
thanks, yeah a very challenging one huh... the subtleties of clouds will drive us mad by the end ha :)

teety
08-02-2012, 07:48 PM
nice start, look realistic

miragenz
08-03-2012, 08:13 PM
and here's wip 2
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_2.jpg

miragenz
08-04-2012, 04:55 AM
started looking at the lighting and grade... not sure what to do, this is probably way off brief :) will leave it a few days and consider, cheers dave
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_3.jpg

Gerard_Dunleavy
08-04-2012, 07:38 AM
Awesome work Dave! I really like it, there's a cheeky wee spaceship in there too, cool !

- Gerard

miragenz
08-04-2012, 02:49 PM
thanks Gerard, thats an awesome showreel you have... and a very impressive skillset!

gitchas
08-06-2012, 01:59 PM
nice work:-) i like your mid ground

Girish

miragenz
08-07-2012, 04:28 AM
and wip #4 :)
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_4.jpg

Gerard_Dunleavy
08-07-2012, 05:36 PM
Its looking really great Dave!

PS, Thanks for your kind words about my reel!

All the best

Gerard

jlillich
08-07-2012, 09:39 PM
this is already stunning!

miragenz
08-08-2012, 05:11 PM
thanks james. heres wip5... slowly gettin there :)
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_5.jpg

miragenz
08-14-2012, 06:58 PM
and another wip, have lightened the grade somewhat, trying to work out this atmo perspective is interesting, the clouds in the bg getting darker is hard to get used to :) dave
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_6.jpg

miragenz
08-20-2012, 01:50 AM
and another tweak and grade...
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_8.jpg

Luca2012
08-20-2012, 02:49 AM
Looks great, very nice...but, in my opinion it is more "Concept oriented" than a matte painting...

I would remove the Color Grading and the space ship as well, cause, these elements, shouldn't be a part of a matte...

But this is just my opinion working in production....and try to follow the same way to work as delivering....

anyway...very nice paint....

L.

miragenz
08-20-2012, 03:56 AM
thanks... yeah agree on the ott grade, the spaceship was never gona make the final cut, just there to help me think of scale and a bit of fun for now... :)

kire
08-21-2012, 12:52 AM
I think it's my favorite of all the entries so far, the cloudscape looks very dramatic and realistic. I envy that. It's true it doesn't follow the concept art very closely, maybe that's why I like it so much. :-D

miragenz
08-21-2012, 05:10 PM
thanks Erik, you're not the only one getting frustrated :) the grade on this is going to do me in... I think I will run with lighter clouds in the distance like our atmo... I realise they are backlit etc but I cant settle in darker ones (like the concept art) and keep getting challenged as what to do with the horizon. One observation with the awesome prometheus clouds is because they were more side-lit the mattes had big sections of mostly unlit space, almost blacks which looked great, really made for nice composition, keep feeling that mine looks all too even across the plate... dave
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_9.jpg

somu03
08-23-2012, 12:54 AM
nice i like it..

Himashis
08-27-2012, 11:17 PM
One more Fan :D
Love ur WIPs, awesome atmosphere... (li'l different from the concept) but still the best.... LIKE..
Good luck..

miragenz
08-28-2012, 12:37 AM
thanks guys, yeah not the first to say its not like the concept... hmmm in my head it is ha!, :) maybe I need to be more literal with it, still time, new wip... cheers dave
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_10.jpg

miragenz
08-30-2012, 03:39 AM
been lookin at a lot of clouds lately (as I'm sure everyone has) and wondered whether my flat planes were too defined... then looked out the window this evening and tada!... a very impressive formation with a defined edge and even curved walls at one end... nice! now if only I took this a couple of weeks back...
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/cloud1.jpg
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/cloud2.jpg

AChavda
08-30-2012, 12:25 PM
I love your progress, Dave :) I love the tone and color scheme. One more fan! I hope to churn mine out with such elegance. Still a ways to go for me. Great work!

miragenz
08-30-2012, 02:59 PM
thanks Aaron, appreciate the comments... its a great challenge, imho I think clouds are the most difficult things work with, everything is on such a subtle level. :)

miragenz
09-03-2012, 12:27 PM
and the last wip before I prepare the final, phew :) has been a great challenge.
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_11.jpg

miragenz
09-03-2012, 09:31 PM
well maybe not the last ha, the dilemma is knowing how far from the concept you can go... in the rules it says if you think something works better then do it, and in the absence of a sup saying 'you have gone too far get back on track!' .... I'm playing with the comp as I'm having difficulty getting my planets to look like they're in the same scene without adding heaps of atmo... maybe a different orientation? hmmmm time ticks away :)
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_12.jpg

thiago-pires
09-04-2012, 08:30 AM
Beautiful work Dave! Great cloud structures! I think the original comp looks better as the light source is higher. With a lower light you would have to paint more casting shadows and the overall surface would look more darken. Great work, conragts! Good luck to you!

miragenz
09-04-2012, 01:39 PM
thanks and good point on the shadows.. I shall raise the sun again :)

miragenz
09-05-2012, 01:46 PM
just adding my final into the wip thread, good luck everyone :)
http://www.miragedesign.co.nz/uploads/dt_mp_13.jpg

Himashis
09-07-2012, 04:36 AM
Awesome..
Goodluck Dave.

thiago-pires
09-08-2012, 08:05 AM
Really liked your final image. Very cool structures and design! Good luck!