Monday, July 26, 2010

Sao Paulo Painting

Ok so this week I attempted to do a matte painting with Sao Paulo as the subject. I took the original plate from a photo online, and added more buildings and atmosphere to it, painting the lights turned on in some windows and details to the tops of the buildings. The additional buildings were comped in from photos from my trip to Sampa last year, they were taken in bright daylight, so I had to do quite a bit of color correction and perspective alterations and am debating to go back and remove some of the shadows, or move on to the next painting....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Matte Painting 101

I am having so much fun with matte painting, its early days but I am loving it. It incorporates so many things that I enjoy, painting, photography etc. Here is the before and after of a simple exercise in cleaning a plate and adding some character and framing to it. I seriously have a lot to learn but I'm feeling so inspired by the process, and motivated to learn and work at it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Two New Paintings

Its really been a long time since I've posted anything, but I wanted to share two new paintings that Ive been working on. The first is a representation of an idea in Yogic philosophy. The concept is that one of the biggest obstacles to achieving a clear and balanced mind is the incorrect perception of things. This causes us to think and act in ways that are harmful to ourselves and others. It is not easy to recognize our incorrect comprehensions, but we can easily recognize the symptoms, namely fear, attachment, refusal and ego....
The second painting is a still life with flowers, I was inspired to paint it after seeing a giant, magnificent still life with flowers a few weekends ago at the Getty museum. I've included some photos from that weekend, the full set can be seen here.