I was thinking to try my hand on some matte painting. I’ve been lacking motivation to do stuff on my own so I forced my hand paying some online courses. Because I thought if it messed with my wallet I may get myself off the couch and on the chair… to work on the computer.
So, I started the course and first they made us do a sketch to later transform in a beautiful picture. I discovered I suck at sketching. The instructor asked us to do a very detailed sketch so we have the visual to later search for photos to use. This is what I did:
At first I was like; not bad. Then I f*cking hated it. The final piece doesn’t look too much like that lame drawing. And maybe it is for the best. This is the result:
As you can clearly see, there is no castle. F*ck the castle, I was trying to find some photos of castle and putting them on the mountain and it didn’t make any sense. Why in hell anybody would build a freaking castle up there? So scratch the castle. Also, the human walking with a moose (yes, it is a moose. Ok?). Screw that. I am not a master at searching photos to use in those kinds of compositions so it was horrible to find a nice mountain to put in front. I ended using this one with a dude taking a photo. I kind of hate it now but… whatever.
Here is the different layers (just the basic ones, the real one has too many to make a gif):
After finishing this one, I wasn’t too happy with the result. I like it but it was too basic. So I tried to do another one. Again, the sketching part was like having every hair on your mustache pulled off. But I managed to do that:
And the result:
This one is much closer to the sketch than the other one. The biggest difference between both matte paintings is I actually liked the sketch of the second one. The first one was I point I almost gave up. It was so boring. Here are the different stages of this painting. The quality sucks because these are photos of my screen. Yeah, I still do that and no, I won’t change.
And the animation:
This is it for this year. In 2017 I posted 7 times, all of them in January and February except this one you are reading. It doesn’t seem that much but if we compare it to 2016, I published 7 times what I did that year so… Yay!