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antonio 11-11-2012 08:59 AM

hill matte painting
Hello, I have worked on this matte painting (just as a personal project), it's mainly a combination of many different photos, I would like to have comments from you guys to see if I missed something or if there is anything which could be improved, then I might make a projection for a camera move and and put it in my next demo reel. Thanks!

Jadrien 11-11-2012 10:54 AM

Hey Antonio, upon first glance it worked fine for me.

Some nitpicking if you want it:

The foreground tree's shadow is roughly the same hue as the sunlit grass, you may want to shift it *slightly* toward blue-green. Also, in direct sunlight, tree shadows tend be more defined, with breaks where the sunlight is filtering through. The current shadow looks more appropriate for an overcast sky.

You may want to revisit the integration of those two foreground rocks.

The hue in some of the background black levels is a bit too differentiated for my taste, namely the rock face on the right, which could benefit from a slight shift toward blue.

Hope that helps. Like I said, it fooled me at first, but I think the tree shadow is your biggest obstacle. Good luck!


antonio 11-12-2012 10:44 AM

thanks man, really good comments! I will post an update of this soon :)

ericu 11-18-2012 05:46 PM

Hi Antonio. In general it is looking good. I would agree with Jadrien about the shadow under the tree. Here are a few other suggestions that I think would help tighten this up.
First, the second set of rolling hills (the part with the single tree and the farm grading on it) looks like it is a different kind of grass then the rest.
Also I would check your Hue's and saturation. The green hues of the grass starting with the 3rd set of hills back ( just above the house ) changes to a blueish green and does not match the greens of the foreground yellowish greens. You also may want to check the shadows (black levels) The blacks are darker in the distance back by the lake and that third hill than the shadow under the foreground tree.
Another thing would be to take a look at your water. The water in the small lake is a different color then the water in the other larger lake. In a real environment the water would be the same color.
One last thing. There is an odd line at the base of the foreground tree. Behind the tree is a different kind of terrain then everything else. It has more dirt and rock and browns. I think the line is there because of this sudden color change. That terrain you have back there to the right behind the tree seems out of place.
So I guess to summarize, I would say to watch your color, black levels and integration.
Hope that helps.

antonio 11-19-2012 02:37 AM

thanks ericu! I haven't had time to work on it yet, I will post a new version soon, I didn't think about the color difference of the two lakes, good catch, thanks for the comments!

angell123 11-23-2012 06:35 AM

Get rid of that BG rock on the right. It's just out of the picture. ;)

antonio 11-24-2012 05:17 AM

new version, I have also improved a few other color gradings here and there:

bonzelite 03-05-2013 05:33 PM

the bodies of water still don't match in hue; the tree shadow is better but needs patches of sunlight that filter onto the grass; the foreground rocks are too blurry looking at their bases where they meet the grass.

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