How I build up… a matte paint­ing with at­mo­sphe re

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1 De­vel­op­ing the com­po­si­tion

In my scene, the scout has dis­cov­ered an ar­moured per­sonal car­rier (APC), so I pho­to­bash this us­ing Shut­ter­stock and com­pose the shot. I be­gin de­tail­ing the scout, adding web­bing and paint­ing his tribal de­tail­ing. The graf­fiti is an­other as­pect that helps to build on the nar­ra­tive and es­tab­lish the world around him.

2 Es­tab­lish­ing the light­ing

The over­pass de­fines the light­ing di­rec­tion and en­ables me to high­light the scout’s sil­hou­ette. Once I’m happy with the tone of this ‘world re­claimed by na­ture’ scene, I use at­mo­spheric brushes to add weather and paint de­tails in the APC’s open hatch.

3 Fur­nish­ing the en­vi­ron­ment

I build the fo­liage us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy. The over­pass fo­liage is a com­bi­na­tion of jun­gle vines and creep­ers mapped to the sur­face with Pho­to­shop’s Warp tools. I then give the scout some ac­ces­sories to com­plete his look.

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