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Ocular Magic
07-06-2006, 06:02 AM
This sounds like a really cool challenge. I'm going to give this a go even though I have no matte painting experience at all. Here's is a very loose pencil sketch based on an image I may use as a base for the painting. More to come as the days go on. Good luck to everyone.

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/atlantis_sketch1.jpg


Edit: Current image

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/Atlantis2.jpg

JJASSO
07-06-2006, 08:19 PM
welcome ocular magic , remember this has to be an underwater scenario , try working in 16:9 resolution , HD, film aspect

Ocular Magic
07-06-2006, 09:17 PM
Yeah, it will definitely be underwater. It's hard to tell from the sketch but those are whales in the background left. What I'm planning, which you can't see in this sketch is to have the city in ruins, but have the giant gold statue of Poseidon with his chariot protruding from where the main temple used to be atop that plateu. Hopefully I'll have an updated digital sketch with color tonight. I was debating on having a submersible floating next to it to enhance the gold with lights, but since this is a matte painting I don't know if I want that much implied movement. We'll see how it progesses though. Thanks for the constructive feedback, I'll need as much as possible to make a worthy entry.

Ocular Magic
07-07-2006, 05:42 AM
Here is my quick sketch. This is the concept I'm going for, the golden statue protruding from the ruins atop the mountain. I'm debating whether or not to add a living element to the piece, showing some reconstruction of the buildings. As for now, I'm sticking with just the ruins with the statue. Thanks for looking.

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/atlantis_sketch2.jpg

Ocular Magic
07-07-2006, 06:47 AM
Here is what I put together so far. I'm including small thumbnails of the pictures I used to composite the main piece so far. I think I'm going to have to scale down the temple to make everything work, but it's late here and I'm done for the night.

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/canyon_small.jpg

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/Greek1small.jpg

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/Atlantis1.jpg

Matellis
07-07-2006, 02:09 PM
hey james! damn your fast , looking really good :)

Velarion
07-07-2006, 03:38 PM
yes it's looking nice so far, I like the perspective:bounce:

Ocular Magic
07-07-2006, 03:52 PM
Matellis: Thanks. I have a pretty limited amount of time each day to work on it, so I've got to move as fast as possible in hopes of completing it in the time allowed. I know I'm probably going to work right up to the last minute since I'm learning a lot of new techniques as I go along.

Velarion: The perspective between the two images worked out to be pretty close right off the bat. I lucked out there. Hopefully I'll continue to find images that can be worked in with minimal perspective adjustments.

Ocular Magic
07-10-2006, 07:28 AM
Quick update. I enlarged the temple on top of the cliff, added some background hills, faint light rays, and some pieces of coral. I'm including a detail view of the coral as well. I may end up doing the main temple as a 3D model so the perspective is right on. We'll see what time allows.

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/coral_detail.jpg

http://www.ocularmagic.com/atlantis/Atlantis2.jpg

rambhat
07-12-2006, 03:40 AM
This is looking great. I'd say push the concept more. As of now it just looks like the Parthenon underwater. I really like your composition so far. Keep up the good work!

Ocular Magic
07-12-2006, 06:26 AM
Thanks for the feedback rambhat. I'm hoping that once I get more elements in there, it won't look so bland. I agree that right now, it's pretty boring. If after adding all of the elements that I would like, it still looks boring, that's when I'll start looking at more conceptual ideas. Of course, time may not permit that, but this is all about learning for me anyway! Thanks again for the feedback.

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