So I took a matte painting class with the amazing Bruno Werneck. I don't think I really knew what I was getting myself into because in that class I totally felt out of my element.
Usually my work tends to have a painterly feel to it, which I believe has been acquired because of my fine art background. Now Matte Painting is totally different because there is no room for being painterly in this type of work. Matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit. So basically it should be realistic looking. The objective of a matte painting is to make the viewer believe that this place is real.
So the assignments for this class were to develop a painting using photographs and tools in photoshop to unite these images with appropriate lighting in order to get a realistic environment.
Here are my attempts at matte painting: