This project was originally created as an entry for the CG Society Kreola After Earth digital matte painting contest. I started a week before the final was due and ended up missing the deadline. I decided to finish the piece for my portfolio as it was already 80% done by the time the deadline had passed. The contest provided a base photo and a brief description to follow. The description reminded me of the time I spent in Venice Italy in 2006. I drew lots of inspiration from Venice’s beautiful architecture, its maze like master plan and its pedestrian activity.
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Step 1: This is the original photo provided by CG Society for the Kreola After Earth Matte Painting Challenge.
Step 2: I masked out the street and chenaged the aspect ratio for the final image
Step 3: I alligned the camera in 3D in Maya and started to test out my idea with some simple massing.
Step 4: I modeled some buildings I would use to populate the scene in 3D.
Step 5: I started to test out the 3D parts in the scene.
Step 6: I did a simple test render to start to test out the render mixed with the edited photo.
Step 7: This is the back part of the final render. The 3D scene got pretty heavy so I had to break it up into two different parts for the render.
Step 8: This is the front part of the final render added over the back part of the final render.
Step 9: I added the edited photo over the renderd parts to start compliing the final matte painting.
Step 10: I added some photos of mountains with residential buildings on them behind the rendered parts to add a background to the matte painting.
Step 11: I added some atmosphere to the back of the image.
Step 12: I added some more atmosphere and changed the color of the railings to match the scene better.
Step 13: I added some photos of different buildings over some parts of the render to add more interesting architecture to the image.
Step 14: I added trees and plants all over the scene to bring some natural life to the image.
Step 15: I added some clouds to the background of the image.
Step 16: I finalized the matte painting with some brightness contrast, hue saturation, photo filter and a few more adjustments to tie the entire image together.
Thanks for taking a look! I hope you enjoyed it. Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.