I haven't been posting much work on the blog recently, but that does not mean i have not been doing it. After a rather long process i am pleased to say that i have finally finished my exterior concept piece. I'm not entirely happy with the piece but it is finished to a decent standard which now allows me to move on in this project. I decided to create a matte painting rather than a digital painting from scratch for many reasons, the two most important being; i have always wanted to create a successful matte painting, and i am aiming to create a realistic environment, so why not take realism and edit it in a way to suit me. Other reasons include, the addition of extra detailing, the ability to destroy a building, and a pre-set composition through the use of existing perspective lines within the photographs and Photoshops 'Free Transform' and edit 'Perspective' tool. Creating this piece has been a great learning curve and quite enjoyable to do.
Below is an influence map of images which i have used as reference and for a sense of direction, as well as a page of images which i have used to create the matte painting, some of which i photographed myself in London, and others which i have taken from the Internet. As well as this there is a development image which shows the work in progress of the painting and the process which i followed to produce the piece. I started by gathering a composition and perspective using various different buildings, i then painted over the buildings to make them look destroyed, and then added in extra detailing such as rubble and the electricity poles. Once i had created a working composition which was then edited to look destroyed i then repeated the process of painting in the dirt and destruction multiple times gather the extra detail. I then applied a sky and light source, multiple layers of highlights and shadows, and then finished off the painting with a final adjustment to the Hues/Saturation to apply a more cold feeling to the image.
Upon completion of the painting i then adjusted the painting colour scheme a few more times to create different looking images which show a slightly different mood in each of them, I'm not entirely sure which one works the best, but i think they all have there merits. I started off this piece with the intentions of creating a matte painting which would have a very loose painted layer which would add to the effect of the destruction, which i think i have achieved within this painting.