How I build up… a matte painting with atmosphe re
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.