This class will go in-depth into what matte painting has become these days as well as what it will take students to create an epic and believable matte shot of their own. The course begins with an introduction to the subject of matte painting, embracing every tiny aspect of the profession. We’ll discuss how to come up with strong ideas for a painting, focusing on what should be taken into account when designing a matte shot. We’ll cover essentials from traditional art that are crucial to artistic success—starting with black and white sketches, students will learn design and compositional rules as well as how to utilize lighting to tell the story in the best way possible. Students will then move on to color studies, learning a wide range of tools and techniques, and will learn how to achieve photorealistic quality in the final matte painting. This course utilizes a wide range of techniques from 2D, 2.5D, to 3D, using software such as Photoshop, World Machine, Maya, Vray, 3D Coat and Nuke to create a final moving shot. This course is designed to be exceptionally useful for artists of all levels to help them achieve the best results in their work. NOTE: there will be a “History of Matte Painting” lesson available prior to class beginning, located in the “Week 0” forum.
Igor is a Lead Concept Artist and Matte Painter / Environment Artist working in film and video game industries. He has worked for various visual effect companies and clients all over the globe, such as Warner Brothers, Disney, Marvel, Legendary, 20th Century, Method Studios, MPC, Digic Pictures, Naughty Dog, Pixomondo, Axis Animation, Gnomon, and National Geographic. He has contributed to award-winning projects such as Godzilla: King of Monsters, Black Panther, Thor Ragnarok, Justice League, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Assassin's Creed, Maleficent, Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy, Destiny, Call of Duty, Gone with the Bullets, Jersey Boys, Welcome to the Punch, The Dream of a Butterfly and many more. Igor has also been featured in several books, including Ballistic Publishing’s D'artiste Matte Painting 3, with nine of his matte paintings. He has a background in traditional painting that has helped him work both digitally and traditionally.
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I didn’t have much knowledge of matte painting before taking the course. I think in the past 8 weeks I have learned a lot both in Matte Painting and art fundamentals.
Igor was going above and beyond to provide us with feedback and arm us with knowledge we needed to tackle each task. On top of that he is really cool and open guy. I had amazing pleasure to learn and grow along his side. Thank you Igor!
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