Sometimes we watch a film and we see an environment that leaves us wondering whether that background was painted or if they built it in real life. In most cases, those sets would have been digitally done up because building that equivalent in real life, would have cost far more than fronting the bill to pay an artist or studio to do a digital version.
This is why Digital Matte Painting is such a valuable skill to have in your toolbox, or if you’d like, you can specialise in it.
To understand the significance of why this skill is so widely used today, we can take a few steps back to where it comes form and take a look at a few examples of it in well known films.
In the EARLY days of Matte Painting artists would paint on a sheet of glass while the image was aligned to a locked down camera and after that, it just evolved into what we know today. Yes, I did skip a lot of canon because this isn’t a history lesson.
Some of the most well known examples of matte paintings, can be seen here:
Apart from that, I’m not going to keep you with more fluff, I’m just as anxious to read and find out about the MattePaint Academy, from the team who brought you MattePaint. Those of you that know me, know that I am also like to crack my hand on an attempt at a matte painting now and then, but I would like to do more of them.
Also, I get distracted very easily and… SQUIRREL!
Okay, okay… back to topic.
Example of an image completed in the MattePaint Academy
So, The MattePaint Academy is an added bonus in the form of self-driven, online based learning resource for digital artists looking to learn the art of Digital Matte Painting basics, but to emphasise, this is a free bonus you get with a monthly membership to MattePaint.com to download images so it’s a perfect companion for a learning artist.
Most of the academy consists of you setting your own goals and projects and you learn from the team who are part of the closed group on Facebook. You will work with awesome artists like Conrad Allan, the Co-Founder of Matte Paint and there are multiple avenues for you to explore in getting started.
Wai Kin Lam
Apart from just being there in the group and siphoning off the other group members, learning new techniques and levelling up your skill level, the academy is also working day and night to enhance their offering to you as a member of Matte Paint Academy.
Some of these include:
They also have a Discord server for Matte Paint Academy members. As a Discord user myself, I can not emphasise the value of this setup, though I use Discord for gaming and chatting to party members… anyway, back to topic.
For a little sample of some of the Matte Paint Academy, the guys released this tutorial for us to include in this article:
Caroline Sandgren – Cresent Moon Island
Some of the more nugget sized info pieces can be found in the group, where the guys will post short tutorials or little quick breakdowns for you to see.
There’s also the MattePaint Artwork guides, which are available for download without a subscription (you’ll still need a few credits). The Artwork Guides are written by users of MattePaint.com and are designed to help artists from beginner up. When you purchase a guide it includes any images and 3D renders that the artist used, has an article to accompany it and even the original PSD from the artist!
With all this being said, from my personal experience with Conrad and the team, I highly recommend subscribing. Not only because it’s as incredible resource, but because I am also busy implementing changes on my work which the Matte Paint community gave me a tonne of feedback on and my piece is better off for it!
If you can’t afford a subscription, you should at least join their free Facebook Community!
Nothing beats gliding a fine liner across a piece of paper, but Apple and Procreate…
The best noise canceling headphones use passive and active techniques to keep you focused on…
The best 21-inch monitor is suitable for work, movies and has high frame rates for…
Finding the best modern fonts can be tricky, especially with the plethora of different fonts…
Choosing the right font for a business logo is a big challenge. It’s what the…
It's that blessed time of the year when platform gifts us with amazing deals and…