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12-11-2009, 12:22 PM
I think this might be the first time I have posted on these forums really. I am looking forward to all the entries and I hope I will be able to finish mine. I have a lot going on at the moment but I will try and put some time away for this challenge :D
Here is my entry so far. I just did a quick thumbnail sketch then put an hour or 3 into the color concept.
Hope you enjoy!
12-11-2009, 02:24 PM
That's really clean, I like the depth, the colors, quite peaceful!
I'm looking this entry.
i like it )
it's really peaceful plase ;) Dragons must have rest too )
15-11-2009, 11:31 AM
I like this
but try to give more depth around cracked wall edges
15-11-2009, 02:32 PM
Thanks for all the comments guys!
Here is another update from me. I had a bit of time over the weekend so I thought I would get cracking on the final matte. I have mainly spent my time on the main rock structure and I hope to refine the background and foreground some more as well. Also I will be adding piles of bones under each cave, and scattered around the ground. I changed the concept quite a bit. I just wasnt very happy with it after a day or so.
Any crits are most welcome!
15-11-2009, 03:10 PM
Thats awesome! There is nothing I don't like about it.
15-11-2009, 10:53 PM
Matt, beautiful work! Very promising.
16-11-2009, 12:02 AM
Wow, thats amazing...great job.
16-11-2009, 07:37 AM
looks like grand canyon of dragon lairs :)
16-11-2009, 02:20 PM
Thanks again for all the nice comments. I am very glad you all are liking the direction I am going in, so I will keep plugging away at it. Hopefully I will have another update later on today/tonight.
16-11-2009, 05:56 PM
Just thought I might as well post where I am at. Just about done laying out all the rocks and starting to light them as you can see on the far right bg rock.
Here are the references that I have used so far. Whenever I do a matte painting I try and find refences that I can sample from over and over and I was lucky enough to find these images where I could reuse the rock. Although it will take me a bit of time around the end to get rid of any repeating shapes, it helps speed up so many other aspects of the work plus it looks like all the rock is from the same region.
16-11-2009, 10:25 PM
Love the colours and layout. Love the desert theme.
16-11-2009, 10:36 PM
that's where my pet dragon was born! good job ^_^
16-11-2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks unity95 and timonza-kun, really glad you guys like it!
So I got a little bored of working on the matte so I decided to start working on the dragon design. I want to keep this image bright and sort of cheerful so I gave the dragon a less frightening look.
17-11-2009, 02:16 AM
nice concept...and colors...waiting for yours final one... it's amazing...
Hi Matellis, you're my favorites for now. Very high quality, good composition, nice color, very quiet.
Good luck to finish it !
18-11-2009, 08:07 AM
Here is another update. I am just about ready to call it finished so I am posting the full image and some close ups incase anyone seeing anything they think I should correct.
Thanks again for all the comments everyone :D Hopefully I will add the final version sometime tomorrow night.
18-11-2009, 02:40 PM
what a funny lookin dragon:P
18-11-2009, 02:44 PM
it's a disguise :)
p.s. there are some dead pixels around the tree branches - you could feather is a bit more with magic wand to kill those blue background pixels
19-11-2009, 05:29 AM
Here is my final image :D
Thanks for all the comments and crits everyone! I look forward to view all the other entries :)
19-11-2009, 08:31 PM
I think it's really AWESOME! This martte looks amazing, love all the details and the rock texture works great, no repetitiveness at all. Particular like how the mountain on the left side behind the front one gives it a nice flow and how the dragon is right in the middle of this flow, so that your eyes are drawn towards it.
I see I really have to pull out more than I've ever done to come close.
02-12-2009, 04:38 PM
Hey guys, even though I have all the progress of the matte scattered in this thread I thought I would just make up a quick wip sheet.
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