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Old 22-12-2005, 10:23 AM   #1
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Inspired by the d'Artiste Matte Painting book, I thought I'd give a stab at this stuff as well. Got the layout and lighting pretty much done. Still lots of color detail to paint.

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Old 22-12-2005, 10:27 AM   #2
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Look good so far. How do you do something like that? where do you start?

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Old 22-12-2005, 02:19 PM   #4
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Well as this is a 3D matte painting I started just like any other project: by modeling the stuff. As far as rendering goes, I only render different kinds of light/shadow/etc masks and paint paint the colors in photoshop. The textures you've seen so far are painted in photoshop too but I think I won't do the whole pic that way... not sure yet...

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have you studied architecture? cause that's something I really like
buildings, urbanism, design, graphhics... go on just like that !!!

a nice bridge would be handi for the habitants....
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owh I see.. the future.. no bridges needed : they'l fly over just like that
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I like what you have so far, but as you said, you still have a lot of tecturing to do. Also, I kind of expected more skyscrapers in the forefront. Also, a lot of the buildings in the forefront seem very generic... almost too generic....
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i agree with Kartzan. I like the design in most of the buildings, but a bit more variety in the middle area, especially in the height of the buildings will make the layout a bit more interesting. It seems odd to have all of the buildings either identicallly small or similarly tall, unless the setting is supposed to be very uniform.
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A certain level of uniformity was actually intentional. I don't want to draw too much attention to the buildings themselves as I propably add some kind of space ships on the sky or something... Thanks for the comments though...
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No this all looks fine to me. I think once KB has done the texturing, the uniform aspect of the buildings will be gone and blended into the image unoticed which is the case with this type of work. Ive recently got hold of 'Creating the worlds of Star Wars in 365 days' book, and it show alot of 3d renders of the cityscape stuff, you'd be surprised at the uniform and duplicated objects, but again these go unoticed in the final frame

Its worth going to www.dusso.com to see this type of work at its best, the artist is Yannick Dusseault, who has recently posted up his Star Wars EpisodeIII, 3d Matte work. The originals were done at a staggering 25,000 pixels across.


Im waiting for my copy of the book D'artiste Matte painting to arrive so I'll be doing this stuff this year as well as character modelling still.

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Thanks Jay. The only thing I need right now is a bit of motivation to finish this

Btw the Matte Painting book is ultimately a really good book. At first I was just blown away by the awesome pics. Then I was kinda disappointed by the tuts. But after reading through them a few times they really rock. There are no from start to finish step by step tuts but the pointers they give are worth the buy alone. Let alone the inspiration the pics give...
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Well the Dusso stuff should be enough for motivation and Im looking forward to the finished job too:bandit:

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great piece so far kbrown, it'll be good to see how you build it up and finish it

I'd like to get into doing stuff like this - is there a market in anything other than flims? (and backdrops for 3D cartoons as jay has done?)
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Oh I almost forgot.. Big thanks to Björn aka santa for modeling some of the buildings (mostly seen in the background).
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hey looks pretty nice just one thing to change could be the river that runs throught the midle of the foreground...it maybe looks like the water is too 'big' and hence changes the scale of the city. To me it looks like either the city is about to flood or it is a miniuture. other than that its comin along nicely!
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