View Full Version : Alien Cloudscape | Jacek Irzykowski

08-10-2012, 10:05 AM
Hi All

Fantastic challenge! My first one on Mattepainting.org so I'm pretty excited. Starting with background planets and lower layers of clouds, moving on the hardcore elements next.

WIP 01


08-10-2012, 10:34 AM
good luck in the competition, the detail on the planet is looking really good.

08-10-2012, 10:39 AM
Thanks Jack, you too :)

08-12-2012, 11:10 AM
WIP Stage 02


08-12-2012, 12:33 PM
I love the way you used a more extreme top view! This is looking great!

08-16-2012, 11:07 PM
Last WIP before the final


08-23-2012, 03:14 AM
Finished option 01 attached. I am working on another version which will be darker in the deeper section of the painting. It feels good somehow to have the dark arc shape against the bright background but I think it feels bit too bright there. What do you think guys? Please feel free to comment.

The process - only photo manipulation in Photoshop as per the clouds. I did model and render the planets and the star in 3d Max using VRay. This was one of the hardest paintings I worked on and I did not expect it at the start :)

Option 02 coming soon.



08-23-2012, 01:29 PM
Since you ask for opinions: I think it looks fantastic! But the transition from bright to dark in the midplanes and then bright again in the background is indeed a bit strange. I'd say a consistent grading would appear more natural. ;-)

08-24-2012, 02:09 AM
Thanks for your comment Kire.

Here is an update of the same option. I've added some details to the foreground and decreased the background highlight. Also applied some corrections to the air flow.



08-24-2012, 07:25 AM
Darker scheme. Closer to the original concept art.

I think I will go for this lighting as the final submission. I understand that this is a competition but please let me know what you think and which option do you prefer? :) Next post - the final image at the full resolution.
I will come back to the painting in a week or so and will do finishing touches and hopefully some final improvements.

Good luck to all! Some great entries are out there.



08-25-2012, 06:24 AM
I think the darker version is definitely looking better.. GOOD LUCK!!

08-28-2012, 12:08 AM
Good one man, i too like the darker version......
Gudluck :)

08-28-2012, 01:54 AM
Thanks Chiragtripathy and Himashis. It still needs lot of work. What is attached here represents only the mood I will be aiming at. I will be trying to get more natural and loose look of the clouds - that's the most challenging part which is missing in the majority of the entries at this stage, including mine :)

09-03-2012, 07:04 AM
After countless hours I finally reached a point where I can't take this any further. I made a list of improvements and tried to troubleshoot my painting. There was around 10 elements which I worked on. They included:

1. Improve foreground clouds of the rings above the cumulonimbus formations
2. Add cirrus clouds on the upper levels as indicated in the concept
3. Improve air flow impression ( add another layer of lower consistency clouds )
4. Emphasise more natural look, storm air spinning feel
5. Add color variety throughout , try varies hues and add to the horizon line color diversity
6. Reduce larger highlights areas

I tried to follow the concept art as close as possible and introduced my ideas where there was some space left for creativity. The greatest thing about this painting is that we can dictate our own lighting in a way- decide whether it
is a dimmed or very bright star illuminating the whole scene. I went for fairly bright light that would create intensive hot spots. In the same time there would be no skylight here which gives opportunity to create dramatic feel overall.

This was a very difficult painting to produce as many of us here mentioned already and I am happy I pushed myself to do it. The lessons learnt here will definitely pay off in the future.

Once again - good luck all and thanks for the opportunity.
ps. 4k resolution coming up later on this week ( still trying to push it one last time )



09-03-2012, 12:28 PM
I really like how this turned out, good luck Jacek.

09-04-2012, 06:11 AM
Thanks Jack you too mate. Colour correction on your piece made huge difference. Maybe see you on CG Channel gig with District 9. Let's see if we'll get some spare time to save/kill some prawns ;)

09-04-2012, 09:07 AM
Great work Jacek! Nice details in the clouds and great volume! Good luck to you!

09-04-2012, 10:54 PM
Thanks Thiago, it might be tight for you I think. I know you are very fast but this painting is a solid week of constant work. It was for me anyway...:) GL mate!

09-04-2012, 11:45 PM
Its really hard to paint with realistic clouds! Unfortunately, I couldn't begin the challenge earlier but I will try to complete it anyway. I hope...

09-05-2012, 11:32 AM
Great one, man!

My WIP thread: http://mattepainting.org/vb/showthread.php?t=7645

09-06-2012, 12:45 AM
Thanks Dmitriy. Your one turned out well too, I like the alien look to it. All the best

09-06-2012, 03:51 AM
Really cool work Jacek. The general highlights, color grade and global ambience are awesome. Love it!

09-06-2012, 04:48 AM
Hi Thomas, thanks for stopping by and your nice comment. I'm still not fully happy with some areas. Every time I go back and try to improve it I just screw it up more hehe Maybe just have to leave it like it is. Your entry is looking cool - very dynamic.

09-06-2012, 09:02 AM
I went back one last time and did the final tweaks and cleaning. I felt that the middle section was lacking some consistency with the front of the image so I added few more highlights there. Also I tried to introduce another plane in the far section on the left hand side. Best to just leave it alone now before I overdo it.

Anyway this is it. All the best guys!



09-06-2012, 11:36 AM
I think the darker version is the way to go. Looking good and good luck.

09-07-2012, 04:41 AM
Thanks man, good luck to you too.

09-07-2012, 04:46 AM
Looking good now.. all the best..

09-07-2012, 05:20 AM
Nice work mate...
Good luck.