So i decided to go with the matte painting of the I am legend film scene. Here are all the stock images and steps i took along the way.
I first started with an image of a New York street as empty as i could. I then began to remover any people that were in shot using the content aware tool. I was left with the first image. The sky needed a few more clouds so i found some clouds stock and placed them behind my buildings. My next step was to place the sky and fiddle with the settings to make it look like it belonged. Adding some darker patches and lighter ones to represent the sun streaming out of the clouds. I then began to destroy some of the buildings. This was created using the brush tool and smudge tool. Used together I could create a dark space and then smudge around the brickwork to create realism. Next onto the scene was foliage. Vines and moss hanging from lampposts, cracks,stairs and tops of buildings. Here are the stock images used and the edits of what i took. I added my own creation of vines using the brush tool and smudge tool again. I then found a guy and a dog who could fit the characters from the film. I cut them out and put them in a position which looked real and fitted the scene. After giving them some highlights and dark shading to fit in, I started to play with creating a water filled road. As there is a waterfall, there needs to be water. This was something that let my piece down. I wasn’t able to create realistic enough water for my liking. But what I did manage to create was understandably water. I then added few water splashes where the dog and man were walking and then finally placed a brightness/contrast layer with a saturation/hue layer.