Matte painting is the creation of a scene/ background/landscape using photoshop. The creation of this setting would be necessary for sci-fi scenes where there is no other way of creating it. Where you have a scene with a large depth of field and would be impossible to create a set. The matte painting idea gives artists free reign to create more and more outlandish and mind boggling scenes. The only limit is your imagination. Here are a couple I have found that I like.
I really like the sci-fi creation with the sky scrapers and flying ships. The image is really crisp and detailed. The city really resembles New York with the block structure of the city. The depth of the picture really makes it pop. The addition of the huge tower building in the background really hits home the futuristic theme. It could seem like a feasible future as there aren’t that many differences in this picture to where we are now.
The castle scene has been created to hark back to an era in our past, times of castles and an almost renaissance feel. The deep colours gives the image a really moody feel to it. The prominent foreground grabs your attention, while the background completes the scene but isn’t a main focal point. . The stormy rolling clouds adds to the dark setting, with the moon lighting up edges of clouds. A really nice piece. The subtle addition of an owl on the left is a strange addition but quirky and cool.
The last piece is of a demolished city. The buildings are in ruins and unrecognisable. This obviously would be out of the question to create such a set for a film and this is perfect for matte painting. The destruction on the buildings is really well done and realistic. The dark smoke clouds add to a sinister scene.
The information I have gained here will really help in my own work.