Happy 2015 everyone and welcome to the seventh Digital Matte Painting monthly challenge, presented by CGSociety! These short monthly challenges will give you a chance to hone in your skills or learn new ones. We will be providing a different theme each month, with (sometimes) a base plate, as well as guidelines. It will be judged as usual by David Luong, Milan Schere and a special guest judge TBA!
These are meant to be fun while at the same time, allow you to hopefully, create a nice looking piece in the end (and win some prizes if you place in the top 3!). These pieces will be a production Styleframe to be presented to the client for approval, so it could be a clean matte painting, or a concept in photo real quality. As always, supporting the story according to the theme is paramount in both technical terms, and creative terms.
All skill levels of artists are welcome in this challenge!
The prizes for top 3 placements are:
1st Prize: 1 x CGWorkshop, 1 x CGTOD, 1 x Ballistic Book of Choice, 1 x CGSConnect Membership
2nd Prize: 1x CGTOD, 1 x Ballistic Book of Choice, 1 x CGSConnect Membership
3rd Prize: 1 x Ballistic Book of Choice, 1 x CGSConnect Membership
Required in every monthly challenge to qualify for the prizes:
An early rough concept of your idea, at least TWO W.I.P’s (work in progress drafts) in the forum for critiques or you will not qualify. Your final draft must be delivered on or before 11:59pm PST on the last day of the month of the challenge.
To enter, simply create a new thread in this forum with the DATE of challenge and name such as: “January 2015 - Milan Schere”
Objective: For this month of January, take the original plate that originated from the UK and transform it to look like it was in the same world as Penny Dreadful, Sherlock Holmes, or Harry Potter. It’s highly recommended that you take a frame from one of those shows, and use it as your reference to match to. You’ll also want to extend the plate in any direction, to make it fit the full HD format at 1920x1080p. Create a cinematic digital matte painting production Styleframe image. This can include atmospherics but should ideally not contain animated objects such as water, vehicles or people, as we will be judging primarily based on the clean DMP itself.
Download Full Resolution Photo here: http://davidluong.net/cgsociety/dmpmc_2015.01/2015.01_base.jpg
- REQUIREMENT: Capture the visual essence of the brief in a Matte Painting based photo-realistic production art illustration. Read the provided description and come up with your own unique idea based on the story. Matte painting is all about supporting the story! (Interesting point of note: This image was shot by Milan in Nottingham, UK where Robin Hood originated from).
Resolution: Please submit final works in both 1000px wide for preview, and 1920x1080p full HD .JPG format.
Inspiration from the amazing Jason Horley, who has worked on numerous projects similar to this theme:
- Works in progress (W.I.P.) MUST be shown here in order to be considered for prize placement. You must have at least a basic concept, AND at least two rough versions posted in the forum for critiques or you will not qualify.
Well be judging on technical and artistic skills in these. Good luck to everyone! Please feel free to ask any questions here.
As always, you can ask general digital matte painting questions, and post WIP work not pertaining to this challenge in the regular DMP forum here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=196