Working as a VFX artist tends to make me slink away for sections of time, due to work deadlines and such. It really bothers me when I cannot keep up with all of the stuff I’d like to do, when crunch time happens. But, it’s my chosen field of work and I do love it very much!
Now that I’m on “funemployment” because the project I was previously working on just ended, I have so much I want to study and learn, to advance my work skills. I also want to just create art in general, which I will post here. I will try to post daily progress, if I can. This way, it will hold me accountable to not get lazy or do all of my gazillion other house projects before taking a moment to post something here.
I decided to go back to my fxPhd class about Digital Matte Painting. I signed up for this a few years ago, along with a couple of other digital paint/environments/compositing classes. I found, at the time, that I could not keep up with this particular class, because I hardly knew how to use Photoshop. I’ve since taken lots of online classes to teach me Photoshop and now as I go over the first fxPhd class again, I do have a much better understanding, phew!
Here is how far I got with my digital online training of Photoshop, so this was from a class and not an original:
I did the elephant one several months ago, towards the end of 2016. Lately, I have been sitting down with Photoshop and loading images from the internet and practicing layering them together, and manipulating it to create my first matte painting. This one, a work in progress, I did about a month ago:
What I plan to do with this one is to add a nice beach on the right of the scene. Also, blend that sailboat with the background a lot better. I’ll post this again once I have a finished product.
Here is another one I had been working on:
File format came out tiny, so I see that this is another one of my rookie errors. But what I did was remove cars and telephone poles, etc from the landscape, and added a house to the lower right. It is not yet blended in.
OK, so that is my very beginning stage of learning how to create matte paintings. I also would love to learn how to work in Environments, which means that I’d get to attach my matte paintings to some geometry that I created, as well as possibly my own lighting and camera work. But I will begin with learning the basics first. 🙂