Coming Soon: MATTE WARS (Paint a Matte painting in one day)


#1

One idea that has been floating around my head is to do now and then some matte painting in our forum.

I wanted to ask you guys for ideas on this topic, and source plates(ie photos, digital video) that you have have shooted.

Post your topics and links to your files
Here:
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-R


#2

This should be a great challenge! Hmm gotta do some research!


#3

that’s really cool. I never really did a matte painting but I wanted to do it for a while now.
I have a bunch of high res environment photos hanging around on my computer, I’ll see what I can do.


#4

This could be really fun! I have loads of hi-res pics from my trip to New Zealand this past Spring. We were on a “Lord of the Rings” tour - but it might be fun to use them in a non-LOTR setting. Hmmm…


#5

You went on the Rings tour??? seethes with envy

:smiley:


#6

so i’m not quite sure what a matte painting is…i mixture of photos and paint or something…?


#7

yea something like that… basically it is a mixing of photos and changing a lot of stuff in the process like the mood. here are some resources:

http://www.mattepainting.org/
http://www.matteworld.com/
http://www.dylancolestudio.com/index2.html (did matte paintings for LotR)


#8

Thanks for the great links Garma! I didn’t know what “matte-painting” was either. It sure looks time consuming… not that most everything isn’t.


#9

you’re welcome GOT :slight_smile: I posted some more resources in the dsg topic thread.


#10

You should keep this one sticky Roberto, this is a fun project for Christmas/new year.


#11

One of the best matte paints I’ve seen (and it was a true paint, not a digital/photo composite), was the hoth mattes in Empire Strikes Back by Mike Pangrazio. I did a double take when I realised it wasn’t a photo. Best damn snow landscape I’ve ever seen.


#12

Could someone explain what a matte painting really is? Is it like drawing more to a photo or drawing a whole image not just a character or so?

Never really got it so far… :slight_smile:


#13

A matte painting is a visual effects technique almost as old as cinema.

The idea is quite simple.

Take a previously shot scene, and expand the enviroment with a painting.

A classic example is the ending shot of Raiders of The Lost Ark in the Washington DC warehouse where the ark finally is stored.

-R


#14

But the idea is not to use two photographs and expand one’s environment with another?
It’s about literally painting the new environment to the photo you use?


#15

The idea is to EXPAND/ MODIFY the enviroment.
For example, if I posted a picture of the capitol, you could paint it
either in ruins, or with a flying sucer on top of it.

What makes this concept cool is that it is usally used for visual effects.

Just take some digital footage, usually shot with a locked camera, paint an
imaginative backdrop,add affer effects (but for us a paint program Photoshop is more than enough) and presto!

Trust me, ALL OF US can do it

-R


#16

wait, do we paint ONTO the pictures? or recreate them entirely?


#17

wait a minute… do we paint onto the picture? or recreate it entirely?

'cause i can do one of those, and not the other :stuck_out_tongue:

edit: eep, sorry for double post, there was an errory thing


#18

I’d like to see at least one round that isn’t photo-sourced. I guess that might be hard to do in a day though, since it’s more time consuming to paint from scratch.


#19

tutorials of how some people are modding their cars… without spending any money… this classify as a matte? or just image manip?

http://digimods.co.uk/tutorials/tutorials.htm


#20

Actually this is what I have in mind:

http://www.matteworld.com/

-R