11-11-2011, 02:44 PM
Rich is correct that a matte painting is done to fit a specific brief and often cant be just dragged and dropped into another production. However, it may be that if you see a matte painting on a site like this and wish to use it, and you could always contact the artist and see if they are interested in selling it to you. You will find that many of the good paintings are done for another project and the artist cannot legally sell it to you, but you might get lucky. There are a few talented amateurs around that ay have done paintings for themselves and be happy to get some money for you to use it as you wish.
I think you will struggle a bit with this, but there's no harm trying. Rich is right that if you want a good matte painting, tailored for your production you have to pay for it, but having seen many aryists pusue people who steal artwork from them, i commend the fact that you aknowledge the necessity to pay for the work as of course everyone should.
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