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Matte Painting

An 8-week extensive study course on the art of matte painting and the techniques used in today’s industry

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop and tablet, Maya, Blender or equivalent. Optional: Nuke, After Effects
Lecture Type:
Recordings
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Basic understanding of perspective, composition, lighting. Beginners knowledge of Photoshop. 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:
Photoshop and tablet, Maya, Blender or equivalent. Optional: Nuke, After Effects
Lecture Type:
Recordings
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Basic understanding of perspective, composition, lighting. Beginners knowledge of Photoshop. 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:
Photoshop and tablet, Maya, Blender or equivalent. Optional: Nuke, After Effects
Lecture Type:
Recordings
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Basic understanding of perspective, composition, lighting. Beginners knowledge of Photoshop. 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
EXPAND ALL COLLAPSE ALL

The more you know, the better.

Week 1 | Sky Replacement / Building Reference Library

Essential masking techniques | Photoshop Actions, Brushes, Custom Shapes | Rule of thirds

Week 2 | 2D Set Extension / Daytime Lighting

Creating a reference board | Setting up perspective guides | Color matching

Week 3 | Day for Night / Moon Lighting

How to transform daytime photos to night | Artificial lighting techniques

Week 4 | Cityscapes / Atmospheric fog and pollution

Creating atmospheric effects | Lost and found techniques

Week 5 | Intro to 3D for Matte Painting

Matte Painting for Animation | 3D scene assembly | Composition and Lighting

Week 6 | Final Project: Alien Planet Part 1

Storytelling | Gathering references | Intro to Terrain Generation using Gaea

Week 7 | Final Project: Alien Planet Part 2

Blocking in 3D scene in Maya | How to create planets in the sky

Week 8 | Final Project: Alien Planet Part 3

Analyzing the painting to bring to completion | Finishing details| Final thoughts

Matte Painting
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Unleash your creative potential

Marcos Shih has been working as a matte painter since 2010. His versatile style of painting has him traverse across feature films, commercials, animation, and gaming. He began his career working on blockbuster titles such as Captain America: Civil War, Thor: The Dark World, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Maze Runner and The Angry Birds Movie. He currently works for Respawn Entertainment as a senior matte painter and skybox artist.

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SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
Apr 29, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021
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$699
COURSE BEGINS
July 10th

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What makes this learning experience unique?
Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industry’s best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

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Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

Matte Painting
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SUMMER TERM REGISTRATION
Apr 29, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021
ONLY
$699
COURSE BEGINS
July 10th
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