Most major movies out there are filled with special effects in all kinds of forms. It might be a fully computer generated character, it my big a massive spaceship above New York, but one of the most iconic methods is matte painting and landscape design. It's been used since the early days of cinema, and until this day it will be on screen and you don't even know it. Jadrien Cousens is a very talented landscape artist with amazing pieces in this field. Here are some of his work. For more of it and to check some of the films he has worked on, please check his DeviantART and personal site. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
Game of Thrones is probably the most popular TV series right now and despite the fact that I am not a fan of the show I have to say that I love the aesthetics and art direction of the show. In this post I want to share this really cool project that Sven Sauer posted showing some beautiful Matte Painting he did for the show. Swven Sauer is a digital artist specialized in Matte Painting. For more information check out http://www.mattepainting-studio.com/ The original book gives the reader just enough insight into the past of its world, that the viewer begins to spin it further autonomously. Shadows of a much more tremendous history reveal their existence by small hints and details. For the construction of the world of Game of Thrones, there are always hints of past times, kingdoms and lost homes in the novel. "Game of Thrones has given us the chance to create a whole world. But the series leads us to places which had to be built arduously. This process took several months to be completed. Films are always a deal, a kind of agreement between the filmmakers and the audience. Filmmakers create a world, and the audience gets involved in this creation. This pact will only work if it obeys certain laws. Perhaps the most important law is: nothing in our world exists without a past! Our environment is always peppered with details of past events. These details make the world tangible and authentic.This is exactly what pertains to our pictures. A good Matte Painting is full of memories, telling stories about the past." Game of Thrones, Season 4 – VFX making of reel from Mackevision on Vimeo.
One of the greatest things about sci-fi games is the scenery. A dystopian future, a city destroyed by war, a savage land with many perils. It's great to know that the minds behind great art are so accessible, like Levente Peterffy. Levente, an artist based in the UK also known as Levi, has been working in major games in these last years, making amazing matte painting, and also rocking personal art. His portfolio includes pieces for games such as Diablo III, WOW, StarCraft II, and even movies like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It's great to see such a good artist getting such good jobs. For more of his work, check out his DeviantART portfolio or his personal portfolio. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;)
Jonas de Ro is a young digital artist based in Belgium. His works are a mixture from concept art, animation, matte painting, photography and more. The concept behind his art is definitely beautifully detailed and the lighting is just spectacular. You can truly see that his imagination goes way beyond his creativity. To have more information about Jonas de Ro, you can check out his website at JonasDeRo.be or you can check out the rest of his portfolio on his DeviantArt.