Sketches Zone


Hey guys !! here we can share our sketches !
as you all know sketching is the first step in to matte painting creation, this technique shows composition
color palette
and of course our 2D painting skills will be much stronger making our eye better and our hands faster to add details where ever you wish when ever you need it
the topic is free, probably most of the sketches we will see here will end in a fantastic high detailed matte painting, so let’s start !!

I will star with a couple of my own sketches that I did to create some of the final matte paintings shown in my personal portafolio .


very nice, I dig the lava cave


hey people what’s up with those sketches ,start posting here here!! share them

as I’m sharing this one , I found at as everyone kwons superman returns the movie will hit the theatres soon, but take a look at what I’ve found, some really nice sketches for Electronic Arts superman video game, from DUSSO and others that I can bet are done by dylan cole maybe :eek: , check them out ,the details are insane
(click on thumbnail to enlarge the sketches)

thanks to for this


So I’m here with my “sketches”
I am really quite a noob in 2d painting on computer…

I really do need a tablet…

But anyway… here is one of my concepts…

A little update:


hey Kutkin welcome aboard , , definitly a tablet is a must have , sketching without it is a pain in the … you know, thanks sharing your first sketch-concept
for this I think you need more detail, more human reference , I mean I can’t understand how big or how far things are. or even what are they , are those mountains?? or some kind of architecture?
keep posting


Hey, yeah tablet is defiently a must, especially if you gotta sketch
and/or doing matte paintings :stuck_out_tongue:
I think i going to post something here too. later


I have to get some wacom as soon as possible then:D

The “mountains” in the sketch are supposed to be some architecture underwater…
I haven’t worked on it much so far, so it’s hard to identify what is going on there:rolleyes:

And anyway, Jamie, your sketches are awesome!
I have seen your paintings and they are even better! Good work!

And peeps, keep posting sketches!


Go for an Intuos if you got the money, Graphire works to!
(I have both :smiley: )


Indeed, I’m thinking about them.
Just have to check the prices and my wallet:D.


Nobody seems to be posting any sketches, so here am I with another noob sketch

I was trying to make a lightening above the mountain and stormy heavy sky…

But I am not very happy with it…

And here is the original photo shot of Petrovy Kameny (Peter’s Stones/Rocks) in Jeseníky (CZ):slight_smile:

Done in about 1/2 hour.
Some tips, how to do lightening would be great

At least something you can crit:)


So, here is yet another concept sketch…

I tried to catch a mood.

About an hour using mouse:

A tiny update:


very nice thread!
here are three of mine recent ones


These are very nice concepts with nice mood.
In the first pictures i like the rock texture.
What brush is that?

Keep it up!
And keep posting images!


thanks for reply kutkin!
I like your work too!
I think its a custom brush I made in photoshop with texture function turned on.


I love the sketches… very inspiring.

Zoki -
Your first picture… Very nice. The rock becomes allmost detailed enough with a few brushstrokes. Though the compostion is a bit off. My leads toward the sun but as there isn’t much to see there my eye almost instantly leads me to the cliff side on the right. Seems more interresting to look at.
The sunlight, flare, hides the detail of the structure standing on that cliff… Make the effect more subtle. And preserve more detail there… then it is quite good i think.

Second… i think the perspective is a off… though i have to say the fading of the buildings in the distance is very nice. I think this was a test in depth, wasn’t it? Now, fade the smoke the same as the building the smoke comes from. Then the smoke won’t be the predominant character in the image.
The detail of the front most smoke now indicates that the focus is there while the front most building indicates the focus is there.
So, fade smoke or make the builing it connects too more detailed then the front building. You’re getting there.
Third… Clouds are very nicely done… They lead the eye nicely in the distance. But the ground needs to be tighter… Now it’s fuzzy like the clouds or sometimes even worse. If you flip the image upside down and paint a horizon through the sun you’ll have a seascape with very dark storm clouds over it. You’ll see.
Tighten the ground up and this image will settle. Also paint some details in there like a vilage or something. It’ll help with the scale of your scene.

Refine the image with the colorfull sky more, please… the ground refinements are very good, especially since it’s done with a mouse. Though what this image lacks is reference of scale and a point of interrest. Try to get something in there. Seems corny but again a village. It will be good training on perspective.

This doesn’t mean that i paint better then you. But, it’s just an observation. I really do like what i see here.

I paint roughly the same as you guys. In my paintings i have the same problems. Detail that shows scale and a point of interrest. It lacks stories, that’s the right word i’m looking for. I’m having lot’s of trouble with refining, adding details. They allways seem to be off.

I’ll post one of my own and you’ll see.



Thanks, DarkstarR
looking forward to see your images!


Howdy folks!
Since this is the sketch thread I thought I would throw my feeble attempts in here.
[font=Arial]Trying to put down ideas as quick as I can.
usually 10 to 15mins each. I started out with about 20 sketches but these
are the ones I decided to keep and hopefully flesh out.
These can be both very relaxing and very frustraiting at the same time.
Alot like picking shapes out of the clouds and seeing what else happens.
Everything here is just building up from random strokes and shapes.
Heavy enfluence from Dylan Cole



Nice concepts, man
Very moody
But I think they are all looking the same scifi way.
Try some landscapes!
keep it up



hey is good to see this thread is finally growing, soki, you have a good sens in color here I specially like your first sketch the castle in the mountains I think is the best choice for a detailed matte painting , I would go for that one
polyfarmer1 : you have the idea for composition, the only thing is that it would be great to see a detailed sketch
what matters here is practice , always practice, search for reference, take a look at other artist sketches how they get the mood the details etc
keep posting people, hopefully we’ll have a great matte painter posting his sketches soon , so we can all learn more


nice polyfarmer1 !!!
I do not see a problem with the sci-fi way it looks, that just make it cool
but hey, listen to jamesvfx, practise practice and practice!
thats the only way!
I shouldnt complain, since i havent show any of my work
(doing website now :smiley: )