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Landscape Flyby Matte

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Hi people,

Here's a matte painting I'm working on as part of my major film project this year. I'm submitting it up here in the hopes of receiving some critique. (Despite my ex-subscriber status.) :o

Don't be afraid, crit the crap out of it! Although you should probably know some things: the original size is 5000px wide and it will be a pan from left to right, over the course of two different shots. It's a Flyby because there will be a little alien ship in it (I might update with a composited 3D still when I have time).

Also, the forest type is 'ambiguous' - I'm trying to avoid picking a definite type for now, as there are other shots that depend on it being ambiguous.

There's a short previs of my film currently on Vimeo: [link]
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Comments13
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humayunkk2002's avatar
amazin image
WSMoye's avatar
The main thing bugging me about this one is that big boulder at the left front. It looks like it doesn't belong. I think changing the lighting on it would help but judging from the trees in the foreground it looks like the light is supposed to be coming from the right, so the town in the background need to have the lighting changed instead. It's still way better than I can do right now! lol
yulii's avatar
the two images blended very nicely, but like most comments above, should smooth out the edges on some parts of the front image. but you said, you are working on it still. so good job so far :D
PlasmaX7's avatar
Thank you for your help. :) Update: [link]
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ChromattixHobbyist Digital Artist
It seems the further away things get, the more seamlessly they blend in, though as stated already the closer areas look kind alazily done, the boulde ron the left seems to suggest the sun is on the right, the town on the right suggests the sun is on the left, and the hill in the middle suggests the sun is at midday location...So putting all those tgether means the sun should rightfully be visible near the top-middle somewhere, but even that would mean most objects will be showing their shadowed side, and yeah - the pine trees below the boulder look quickly cut-out :O I think if your'e not sure on what type of forest you want you should go for the pine forest, it's what you'd expect in a mountainous area :snowing:, while the vegetation on that hill look very mediterranean :sun:
PlasmaX7's avatar
Thank you for your help. :) Update: [link]
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
I have no experience with matte production, but as you asked for critiques as a movie-goer I'd feel disoriented by the fact that some background details are extremely sharp and well defined and some foreground objects, like the clumps of yellow bushes/flowers and the cedar trees on the hill in the center are quite blurry. I am not sure how this could be fixed if you are working with stock of varying quality, but as a viewer it would break the illusion of this being real.

Otherwise a landscape I totally want to take a hike in. Beautifully imagined!
PlasmaX7's avatar
Thank you for your help. :) Update: [link]
Ellygator's avatar
EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. So much improvement! I just left a comment there.
static06's avatar
Make it have more uniform lighting and a color scheme. Like a certain green hue or something to it so it flows better. Also the clouds on the top middle have a blockyness to them.
PlasmaX7's avatar
Thank you for your help. :) Update: [link]
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
This is composed very nicely. It has quite a dreamy atmosphere and a beautiful sky.

My main concern is the bad quality of the foreground on the right. It is really blurry...
Also, all stock images were extracted really badly. I can basically spot every stock image used, which is not good, as coherency is essential for matte Paintings.
Furthermore I think lighting could use some work, too. I don't know where you'd like to place your light source in this scenery, but every image is lit from different directions, which also causes incoherency. For instance, the rock in the foreground on the left has totally different lighting than the town on the right.
The trees in front of the city just look weird to me as I cannot clearly say where exactly you positioned them.
The hill in the foreground should be a little darker overall, I think.
Objects in the background usually have less contrast than elements in the foreground. Right now your image needs more work on coherent contrast and lighting, therefore it lacks depth.

I Hope you don't take my comment as an offense, and sorry for my bad English. :)
PlasmaX7's avatar
Thank you for your help. :) Update: [link]
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