I’m inbetween projects once again, and back at my self-training at home. I actually love the opportunity to keep learning and growing, on my own terms. Working in visual effects and animation, you always need to stay on top of technology that keeps getting better. So you have to get better too, always. I’m thankful for my home computer and to the L.A. Library System for letting me have free access to Lynda.com, a wonderful training website.
I’ve already gone through several Nuke compositing tutorials, pretty much all of Steve Wright’s material, and most recently found a fantastic set of tutorials on Matte Painting with Photoshop, by Dave Mattingly. I would highly recommend both of these instructors’ videos if you have access to them. I’ve already learned SO much, and looking forward to more.
Here is something I just finished the first phase of a matte painting on. It’s supposed to be a lava-like environment backdrop to where I will create a castle to live on.
I’ll keep posting the stages until this is finished. What I love about this class from Dave Mattingly is that he breaks down all the components as if a total beginner is watching and makes it easy to follow the steps and learn as you go along. Previous Matte Painting classes I’ve taken assumed that you are already a whiz at Photoshop and was always way too fast for me and I got lost. Now I feel like I can advance my skills and know the tools way better. I’m excited!!