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Therzain 07-17-2012 06:49 AM

Mountain Monastry
Hay guys,
I wanted to show you my first mattepainting,
to bad I only learned about this site AFTER I finished this piece.
but well, I hope you still take some time to give me critique.
It would help my future works alot

Spades.Art 07-23-2012 08:53 AM

Love the concept idea, but the horizon line of the central pillar doesn't work in the down part (the yellow three stories building) because of the pathways. Are they stairs or horizontal pathways ? Try connect it to the last floor instead of the middle one, maybe it'll fix it. If we're able to see under your bridge in the back, we should also be able to see under the buildings that lays on the sides of the main pillar.

For your lighting, your building in the central pillar should be back lit the same way the back pillar on the right. The buildings on the left should be in the dark with a rim of light on the edge. You had a side lighting and a back lighting in the same image and it shouldn't be. The sun is a directional light that affect the environment lighting in the same way everywhere.

Also, a good trick to match photos with different color ranges is to try to match your blacks and your whites first. Put a layer of Hue on top of your photoshop file and take out all the saturation to have a white and black image. With curves or levels, try to match the black and white levels of your photo textures so that it blends seemingly with your plate. Always trust your plate for your z-depth. Take off your hue layer at the end. You'll see that it gives incredible results.

Good luck, the path to insane matte painting skills is a long but gratifying one! I really like your concept.

Therzain 07-25-2012 10:59 AM

Thank you very much!
I already thought nobody would ever reply xD

I can understand your words, but I must admit, I do have a bit of a problem understanding the meaning fully.
Could you make some notes and examples directly on my picture? that would help me out tremendously.

About the problem with the central pillars stairways- I didn't modify them in any way, it's a photo of the hanging monastry in china,
and it looks indeed just like that :
guess I'll have to study the photos a bit more to figure a solution for the problem, or just rethink the concept of the middle pillar

And the hint with the black and white layer, I'll make sure to keep that in mind for my future works.
again, thank you very much for your awesome critique

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