Wow I am extatic that you are producing some gnomon dvds your work is amazing and seeing some of your process will be incredibly helpfull no matter how you do it. Unlike most I thought dusso's dvds were great! Sure he didn't say alot at times but he didn't really have to just watching him work is worth every penny. Imagine getting to look over michaelangelo's shoulder or renoir when they work. that's how we feel when we watch one of these.
I was happy with dusso's dvds but since you asked for suggestions here you go...
brush settings. I didn't have an issue with this on dusso's cause he only uses 2 different brushes but still a little heads up on what you are using and why would be appreciated.
"Turning the corner" man getting things to go from painterly to photoreal can be a serious pain in the @$$ and any tips or tricks\methodologies to accomplish this would be extremely helpfull.
Clouds and smoke. they way you paint this stuff rocks my personal kasbah. how do you get around that photoshoppy airbrush look an make it "turn the corner".
Complicated perspective. you are the king at curvy pan perspective warps. any info on this would be great!
Lighting. Light is everything... show us the digs...
colour pallate. How do you choose a colour palatte and why. Dusso touched on this but he seems to just arbitrarily pick the perfect colour's some help on the why's would rule.
to paint. Matte painting has always been about the less is more philosophy. though that was more prevalent in glass shots. still I want to know how you decide on where to put the details and how much is too much.
We all seem too be more interested in your painting techniques but any compositing tricks and tips you want to thow in for dealing with photos would be smashing.
basically don't worry to much about it. we are gonna love these dvds no matter what you do. just getting to see you work will be deadly. Have a good time making them and do whatever is comfortable for you.
I look forward to watching them.
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