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Default A few resources that have helped me. - 06-12-2012, 09:32 AM

Hello,

Nice progress, I have been following your posts for a while now, and you have an awesome work ethic.

I would suggest doing thumbnails and quick sketches before you begin on a piece.

If you haven't seen them, check these out:

Gnomon - The Techniques of Dylan Cole

All of these are good, but in Volume 3, he does through the entire process of creating a Matte Painting.

Gnomon - Matte Painting for Film With Chris Stoski

This one goes over the entire process, using Photoshop, 3DS Max, and Vue.

This is a small gem a friend of mine showed me by Mickael Forrett.

http://vimeo.com/39425218

Great work, looking forward to watching you progress.
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Default 06-14-2012, 08:12 AM

Hi Steven,

Thanks for the kind words and the links, I really appreciate it.
I will start to do quick sketches more often before I begin and just overall try to improve the design.

Take care,

Alexander I


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Default 07-06-2012, 03:58 PM

Hi,

Just a quick update with my latest matte. This one was inspired by one of Mat Gilson's matte paintings. Learned a lot by doing this one.
Still working on the "Ghost" version of the postcard matte. Not quite sure how I shall do it yet.
Anyway,

Thanks for looking,

Alexander I




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Default 07-14-2012, 09:52 PM

Hey Alexander! Nice work man! It's coming along nicely! My only advice would be to watch your black levels on your far distant mountains, they're looking a bit too lifted. Besides that it's looking pretty solid man! Keep up the good work!
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Default 07-23-2012, 02:11 PM

Hi Mat,

Thank you so much for your kind words and the feedback. I really appreciate it!
I've gone back and fixed it now. Looks better, once again thanks.

Take care,

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Default 08-13-2012, 06:19 AM

Hello,

Just giving this thread a quick update with a matte I've worked on and off.. on.
I experimented a little bit with the perspective and I wanted to go for a more CG-ish feel. It didn't turn out the way I wanted but I felt that I could work on this piece for ever so I just had to call it.
I have another one that is almost finished and then I'll start with the MPC challenge. Gonna be great fun. Also, after I'm done with the MPC challenge matte I'll move on and finish the "Ghost house" version matte.

Thanks for looking,

Alexander I



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Default 10-15-2012, 10:33 AM

Hio,

Been awhile since my last post in this thread. Anyway, here is my latest matte.
Had a lot of troubles with this one but it turned out better than expected. My main goal was to make it realistic as I feel my older ones kinda lacks that.
Though, I know that the sky should reflect more in the lake but it made the lake pop so much that I believe this looks better.

Thanks for looking,

-Alexander I



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Default 11-12-2012, 11:24 AM

Hio,

These are two tests I did in Vue. I let them render while I was working in Photoshop.. It lagged a little..
Anyway, Vue is great fun.

Thanks for looking,

-Alexander I






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Last edited by AlexanderConcept; 01-18-2013 at 05:37 PM.. Reason: Added a second test and I don't want to spam the forum
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Default 11-27-2012, 04:19 PM

Hi,

A little update with my most recent matte painting.

Thanks for looking,

-Alexander I



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Default 11-28-2012, 08:20 AM

Alexander can you do a matte set at midday, I have noticed that most of your mattes are at golden hour or hours of darkness. A lot of my photo students fall into the comfort zone of dark is good, dark hides, dark is dramatic, if you have a look at doing a matte set in the following location it will take you out of your comfort zone,

So here goes:

Set midday, bright sunny day/flat lighting
Set in a high street/market/university need a mix of at least 75% buildings. All your images must match colour/value. Has to be a contemporary setting, 2012.
No need to do anything stylist, just put in a area of land and a building so that you can practise going photo real.

Thats your challenge, yes it is hard but you are in danger of being the guy that does mattes in landscapes at night. I want you to push yourself,

Im looking forward to seeing you develop a little bit further,

Good luck

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