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Advanced Matte Painting for Production

This class is designed for artists willing to dive into the world of matte painting for visual effects.

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Computer, Adobe Photoshop, Foundry Nuke, 3D Software (Maya, Max, ZBrush, 3D Coat), Wacom Tablet
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate to advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good understanding of perspective, composition, lighting. Good knowledge of Photoshop is required. 3D for 2D Artist course or a working knowledge of a 3D software is also required. Recommended courses: Environment Concept Design and Environment Painting & Design OR advanced digital painting and environment design skills.
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Computer, Adobe Photoshop, Foundry Nuke, 3D Software (Maya, Max, ZBrush, 3D Coat), Wacom Tablet
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate to advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good understanding of perspective, composition, lighting. Good knowledge of Photoshop is required. 3D for 2D Artist course or a working knowledge of a 3D software is also required. Recommended courses: Environment Concept Design and Environment Painting & Design OR advanced digital painting and environment design skills.
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Computer, Adobe Photoshop, Foundry Nuke, 3D Software (Maya, Max, ZBrush, 3D Coat), Wacom Tablet
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Deadlines each week
Skills Level:
Intermediate to advanced
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Good understanding of perspective, composition, lighting. Good knowledge of Photoshop is required. 3D for 2D Artist course or a working knowledge of a 3D software is also required. Recommended courses: Environment Concept Design and Environment Painting & Design OR advanced digital painting and environment design skills.
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 0 | Introduction

Introduction and course overview. | Lecture on the history of matte painting and the masters to get a better understanding of matte painting.

Week 1 | Composition and Black & White Thumbnails

Coming up with ideas for the paintings | Composition in depth | What is bad composition? | Types of Composition | Examples of good compositions | Thumbnails | Working on black & white thumbnails | BONUS VIDEO: Perspective

Week 2 | Color & Light

Moving from black & white thumbnails to color sketches | Working up your color palette and lighting | Understanding & referencing lighting | Understanding Color | Painting color studies

Week 3 | Essential & Advanced Matte Painting Techniques

Analyzing photography, choosing references, reducing noise | 8 bit vs 16 bit | Aspect ratios, general film resolution and dmp resolution | Extracting techniques | Blending modes and color correction | Color correction demonstration | Brush setting

Week 4 | Clean Plates, Set Extensions, and Destroying the City (pt 1)

Creating a clean plate | Set extension using a plate photo | Destroying the city. Working on final matte painting | Demo: Destroyed City matte painting

Week 5 | Photorealism and Destroying the City (pt 2)

Going through the steps of creating the painting from the very early ideas to the very final look | Demo: Step-by-step creation of cityscape concept painting | Destroying the city | Moving into photorealistic concept keyframe art | Demo: Destroyed city keyframe painting | Adding snow | Demo: “Adding snow” into painting

Week 6 | Landscape Matte Paintings

Demonstration of landscape matte painting | Going through the steps of creating the painting from the very early sketch to the very final look

Week 7 | Camera Projections and Composing Final Shots

Introduction to camera projection | Setting up camera projection for landscape matte painting | Compositing of a final shot | Spaceships animation | Composing spaceships | Final touches

Week 8 | Finishing Up

Finishing up your matte paintings | Real Project – Creating Cloudscape matte painting, using it in the final shot | Process of creating “Snowy Base” Matte painting

Advanced Matte Painting for Production
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Prepare to meet your master.

Igor is a Lead Concept Artist and Matte Painter / Environment Artist working in film and video game industries. He has worked for various visual effect companies and clients all over the globe, such as Warner Brothers, Disney, Marvel, Legendary, 20th Century, Method Studios, MPC, Digic Pictures, Naughty Dog, Pixomondo, Axis Animation, Gnomon, and National Geographic. He has contributed to award-winning projects such as Godzilla: King of Monsters, Black Panther, Thor Ragnarok, Justice League, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Assassin's Creed, Maleficent, Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy, Destiny, Call of Duty, Gone with the Bullets, Jersey Boys, Welcome to the Punch, The Dream of a Butterfly and many more. Igor has also been featured in several books, including Ballistic Publishing’s D'artiste Matte Painting 3, with nine of his matte paintings. He has a background in traditional painting that has helped him work both digitally and traditionally.

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Apr 29, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021
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COURSE BEGINS
July 11th

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Sudipta Patra

I didn’t have much knowledge of matte painting before taking the course. I think in the past 8 weeks I have learned a lot both in Matte Painting and art fundamentals.

Arthur Valverde

Igor was going above and beyond to provide us with feedback and arm us with knowledge we needed to tackle each task. On top of that he is really cool and open guy. I had amazing pleasure to learn and grow along his side. Thank you Igor!

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SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
Apr 29, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021
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$699
COURSE BEGINS
July 11th
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