Myself (Alex Jenyon) and Nick Marshall are helping to run the matte painting challenges over on CGtantra.
Some of the previous challenges were big, epic and fairly open-ended briefs, which sometimes resulted in people running out of time, trying to do something too ambitious, or getting a bit lost with their ideas.
Over the next few challenges we are going to try a slightly different approach. Each challenge will be designed to be faster to complete, have a more limited brief, and will concentrate on a particular aspect or technical skill required for matte painting. This months challenge is about creative use of limited reference photos, which is more common than you might think in production...
If you are trying to put together an entry-level matte painting portfolio, or want to develop your skills, this is one of the ways you could do it. It's always easier with a deadline, a brief, and an incentive.
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