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Digital Environment Painting

Matte Painting Techniques



This title demonstrates the combined techniques required to create high quality digital illustrations or matte paintings. Raphael combines elements of photographs, textured 3D geometry, and freehand painting techniques, within Adobe Photoshop and 3DS Max to achieve a high quality illustration. You will learn how to use the right elements to create a high-end illustration, starting with rough mood sketches and finishing with a highly polished final image. The variety of techniques shown on this title are useful for Digital Illustrators, Concept Artists, Matte Painters, or anyone looking to improve their digital painting skills.

Duration: 184 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Raphael Lacoste

Senior Art Director

Raphael Lacoste was the Art Director at Ubisoft on such titles as Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed, winning a VES Award in February 2006 for his work on the "Two Thrones" cut scene from Prince of Persia. Wanting to challenge himself in the film industry, Raphael stepped away from the game industry to work as a Matte Painter and Senior Concept Artist on such feature films as: Terminator Salvation, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Death Race, and Repo Men. As of 2009, Raphael has returned to the video game industry, working as a Senior Art Director for Electronic Arts Montreal.

  • "Whenever I happen to fall on one of Raphael's images, I instantly recognize his unique style and color tones that definitely put him into a league of his own. From his sketches to the finished images, the sense of wonder and hugeness is always extremely present, stimulating the viewer's imagination, wanting him to know more about each scene, exactly like in a captivating epic tale. A truly fabulous body of work!"

    - SPARTH
    Concept Designer