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Default My first painting :) - 08-05-2009, 04:24 PM

i got my tablet the other day and decided to make my first matte piece lol. Well heres the result:

Be sure to post ur crit + any tips for my next 1 !

Also if someone could clarify a few things for me would be nice:

- How do people add all those plants/butanical forms in there work, i mean do they paint it or get it from a photo?

- Also how do people add the textures of natural material like mountains, water make it look realistic.


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Default Critique - 08-06-2009, 07:00 AM

Hi Mussy--
My suggestion is that you might like to add something wonderful in the background, like an island or a castle in the sea. As you have it here, it is almost like you have the proscenium arch set, but there is nothing on the stage itself.
As for how you add textures, try using the transfer modes in photoshop. Often if you have your painting blocked in, you can add rock texture, of vegetation, or whatever over the top of the block in using hard light, soft light, or overlay. That way you get the high frequency noise of photography, but you are not limited by what specific photo reference you can find.
Hope that helps!
David Mattingly

"Art is not a matter of what you can see, but what you can make other people see."
---Edgar Degas
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Default 08-06-2009, 10:40 AM

lol thnk u 4 the reply, ill take ur tips into notice next time..!
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Default 08-11-2009, 06:56 PM

Learn from the best has good DVDs for mattepaintings artists like Dylan Cole, Chris Stoski and also check out for a list of all the best matte painters and their personal sites.

Good start draw and paint everyday thats my advice!
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