My name is Frank Hong and I’m a concept artist based in Toronto Canada.
The City of Angels matte painting was a personal piece I finished in 2009. It’s more of a spontaneous piece since I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted going into the process. As there wasn’t a brief, I was free to take the image
in any direction I wanted.
To create an environment, setting the right mood and atmosphere is, in my opinion, the most important part. It’s like giving personality to a character; it just needs to be there. In this case, I decided to create a sci-fi cityscape at dawn and to take advantage of the morning fog to get the cold and dead feeling I wanted.
In my research for the piece, I liked the looks of the not-so-perfect cityscape. Tall, old buildings and messy layouts spoke to me better than clean cut matchbox sci-fi. I wanted to use this contrast between the new and the old. I took
a reference image and horizontally copied it three times (Fig.01) making the connection almost seamless. This
filled the left part of the city base.