Matte painting involves a variety of tools, including digital painting, photomanipulation, 3D, and of course, compositing.  Every artist has their own tools and background, which makes it interesting to interview artists and see where they stared, how they progressed, what they were influenced by, and the projects they’ve worked on. In this interview, we sat down with Nick Giassullo, a matte painter from San Francisco who

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Space art is a subset of digital art, and requires mastery of a variety of different techniques that are prevalent in other forms of digital art as well.  Successful space artists must master texturing, 3D, digital painting, and application of traditional art concepts into a digital scene.  Many of the most successful space artists often move into matte painting and other styles of digital art, expanding their skillset

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While many of us have grown up only knowing the digital age, where visual effects are created on computers using software that makes life much easier, there are many people in industry who were influenced by working with traditional animation, miniatures and other visual effects techniques. When artists make the move from traditional media to digital media, there is an adjustment period, but the understanding of

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Period matte paintings are those that need to recreate an environment from the past, whether it be Washington D.C. during the Civil War, or Rome in the Renaissance.  Places change throughout time, due to new buildings, new styles of architecture, and of course new technology. Our goal is to go back in time to what it used to look like. Period matte paintings are used frequently

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In the realm of creative media, there are two opposing forces at work.  As the PC becomes more and more powerful, and software for creating various effects in digital art, computer graphics, visual art and audio become more widely available to consumers, smaller studios are able to compete with larger studios in creating feature films.  However, as the creative fields continue to expand and new techniques,

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Digital painting involves a combination of artistic techniques and technical skill, but digital paintings almost always start as a rough concept and are gradually refined.  The more effort that is put into detailing and polishing the painting, the more impressive the final outcome, but success depends on your initial concept and foundation. In this digital painting tutorial by Aaron Wilkerson, you’ll learn how to sketch a

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