Friday, December 11, 2015

The Sanctuary

Our matte painting of the Sanctuary from Into the Badlands, adding age and overgrowth to an existing building.

#intothebadlands #mattepainting

Monday, November 16, 2015

Into the Badlands

 AMC debuted its latest series last night with help from the VFX artist Jason Dunn and his colleagues at ShutterPunch VFX. The new series is AMC second foray into genre fiction. The series takes place in a not-too-distant dystopian future. The subtle art of VFX matte painting transformed idyllic southern Louisiana landscapes into the supernatural world of the Badlands.   

#intothebadlands #mattepainting

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Still life with shoes

A demo from my class at Gnomon.
Thanks to my wife for lending her cool Star Wars shoes!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Western theme sketch

Another life sketch from #thedrawingclub
Model: Lauren Anette

Monday, June 29, 2015

London matte painting

detail vew

 A matte painting I did from Turn:Washington's Spies, produced for FuseFX.  A hybrid of paint and photo-stitching,  painted in Photoshop and projected in Nuke.  I studied period maps of 18th century London to work out the floor plan.

original concept sketch
It started as a series of rough sketches for approvals, and then I gradually refined it over a couple of weeks.

The final matte painting was separated into depth layers and comped in Nuke.
Final comp

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Johnny Ashcan

Life sketch from the drawing club. Model: John Mackey


Monday, April 27, 2015

Andrew Wyeth theme portrait

From The Drawing Club,  another three hour life painting.
Model:Peggy Moore.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Drawing Club portrait

3-hour digital portrait of model Daniella Traub at the Drawing Club.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Gnomon self portrait

self portrait demo from a mirror in Photoshop. This is from week 5 of my painting class at Gnomon.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

West Point matte painting

A matte painting and comp of West Point I did recently for the Amazon Civil War drama Point of Honor  at Fuse FX.  What makes this shot unique is that we integrated parts of antique photos by Matthew Brady with modern photos of the West Point location.  The building was rebuilt years ago and looks completely different today, although the landscape looks the same.
 Using very high resolution scans of his photographs, I first retouched the scratches and dust, removed unwanted details, and then colorized them. I then blended them with photos of modern stone buildings. The final comp was projected in Nuke to add some slight 3-D parallax.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Drawing Club sketches

10 min life sketches, Moulin Rouge character theme.
#TheDrawingClub #BobKato