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Making of 'Environment Concept'

By Adrian Baluta

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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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I like fantasy styles a lot, so I decided to make another fantasy art work using matte painting techniques. Here are the steps of creation of this particular work.

First of all, I built the sky and the clouds...

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I then made the environment, rocks, mountains and the valley.

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I made the building in the foreground from a cathedral and a church, cutting and combining them to achieve this unique structure. The next step was to make one piece and set up the direction of light.

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The next step was building up the flying ships; these were made from real textures which were pieced together to make a nice silhouette.

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The main problem was integrating all of the pieces together and setting the atmosphere. To make a big difference between the light and the shadows, I firstly used the Color Balance option to get the basic tones of light and shade.

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To exaggerate the contrast, I use the Dodge and Burn tools. For the atmosphere, I created a 2d fog on a painted layer, sent to the Soft Light blending option.

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Here are the images which show the difference between the scene with and without fog.

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And the final image can be seen here:

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