Topic : Large vs Small

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Topic : Large vs Small

Postby kaustavsinha » Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:12 pm

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*Banner Matte-Paintings from the feature film, "Avatar" created by one of the Judges, Kent Matheson (http://www.kentmatheson.com)

Hi Everyone,

Here is the fifth challenge, titled 'Large vs Small'. Following is the task:

The Task : We would like to see a Matte-Painting image that shows scale changes, whether it be distance variation (http://i45.tinypic.com/2zt9j89.png), that is, near the camera to things far away, or scale variation (http://i49.tinypic.com/35bdqhk.png).

The Rules:

1. Each contestant must create a Work In Progress (WIP) Thread/Topic in this forum, in order to participate in the contest.
2. The Subject of the WIP Thread/Topic must be like this : Large vs Small (distance variation) - (your name); for example, if your name is James Lillich, then you must write, Large vs Small (distance variation) - James Lillich; on the other hand, you can write, Large vs Small (scale variation) - James Lillich, if you are creating a Matte-Painting which shows scale variation in it!
3. The width of the WIP Matte-Painting images must be 750 pixels.
4. The final Matte-Painting must be atleast 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels in resolution.

Final Entry Thread : A Final Entry Thread will be posted on October 20th, 2012 wherein the contestants will be required to post their final Digital Matte-Painting entries in 1920 px X 1080 px (minimum) resolution.

Deadline : October 31st, 2012 (11:59 PM - Pacific Standard Time).

The Judges:

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FREDERIC ST-ARNAUD : Frederic St-Arnaud is a visual effect artist with 15 years of experience, focusing on high-end photo-realistic Digital Matte-Painting, set extension and concept art in the film industry. St-Arnaud has contributed to many feature films, commercials television and a TV series. His film credits include The Amazing Spider-Man, Mirror Mirror, Immortals, Red Tails, Gulliver's Travels, Abraham Lincoln : Vampire Hunter, Jack the Giant Killer, Terminator Salvation, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Death Race, Babel, Silent Hill, Sin City, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 2 & 3, The Golden Compass which won the best visual effects Academy Awards and more...!

Website : http://www.frederic-st-arnaud.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0820333

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DAVID B. MATTINGLY : David Burroughs Mattingly worked at the Walt Disney Studios, ultimately becoming head of the matte department. He worked on "The Black Hole", "Tron", "Dick Tracy", Stephen King's "The Stand" and most recently "I, Robot" for Weta Digital in New Zealand. David teaches Digital Matte-Painting at two of New York Cities finest arts schools, School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. Along with his work as a Matte-Artist and teacher, David is well known for the over 1000 science-fiction book covers he has produced! He has also written the first-ever how-to book on Digital Matte-Painting, known as "The Digital Matte Painting Handbook".

Website : http://www.davidmattingly.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0560319

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RONN BROWN : Ronn Brown is a veteran digital media educator, art director and Matte-Painting Supervisor, and a member of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Counsel appointed by the State of Florida's Governor in 2011. Also, he is a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), an adjunct faculty for Digital Domain Institute, full time faculty of visual effects and animation at Miami International University of Art & Design, and was the Graduate Director of Computer Arts and Animation at the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco, CA. Over his 20-year career, Ronn has also held artist and supervisory positions in matte painting and art direction at Sony Pictures Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Rhythm & Hues, Framestore, Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and other top studios, working on films including Kung Fu Panda, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Men in Black, The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Star Wars : Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and many more...! He holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and is in the Masters of Visual Arts program at the Miami International University of Art & Design.

Website : http://www.axisvfx.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003815

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ALP ALTINER : Alp Altiner's career as an artist has led him to work at such pre-eminent companies such as Todd McFarlane, Image Comics, Top Cow Productions, Marvel, DC Comics, Digital Domain, Morgan Creek, Illusion Arts, Hydraulx and Engine Room. Alp is currently a freelance visual effects and visual development artist specializing in concept art, matte painting and 3D modeling, texturing and lighting work for film, television and video games. Alp Altiner’s work is seen in Hollywood feature films such as the 'Immortals', 'Dragonball : Evolution', 'Speed Racer', 'Fantastic 4 : Rise of the Silver Surfer', '300', 'Superman Returns', 'X-Men : The Last Stand', 'The Last Airbender', ‘The Exorcist', ‘Van Helsing', ‘The Day After Tomorrow', ‘The Notebook', a NASCAR TV Spot, Crystal Geiser, a Tori Amos music video and ‘BloodRayne II'. Alp Altiner is a featured author in Ballistic Publishing’s latest tutorial book title d’artiste : Matte Painting; d’artiste : Matte Painting is the authoritative book dedicated to showcasing and teaching the skills behind the art of Digital Matte-Painting. Leading Hollywood Matte-Painters Alp Altiner, Dylan Cole and Chris Stoski bring readers through the Matte-Painting techniques used to create breathtaking, photo-realistic sets and backdrops for film, television and video games.

Website : http://www.alpaltiner.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2238596

KENT MATHESON : Kent Matheson has been working in visual effects since 1996 when he was hired as the Graphic Designer for the TV show Stargate SG1 and moved the next year to be the Graphic Design Supervisor and staff Matte-Painter. He left Stargate at the end of 2000 to work at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) on Star Wars Episode II and have stayed in the Bay Area since to work with Tippett, Giant Killer Robots, Evil Eye, The Orphanage and Rhythm & Hues on projects such as The Matrix Revolutions, Fantastic Four, Superman Returns and others. He returned to ILM as staff in mid 2010 for Avatar and Transformers. His work for VFX has focused mainly on Matte-Painting, Visual Design, Illustration and Art Direction, though he also enjoy the tech aspects of the work and the Matte-Painting he does is usually heavily slanted toward fully 3d shots and integrated CG environment work. The base of everything he does is a solid background in and love of the arts and an interest in understanding and working with technology, both established and emerging. It's an exciting time to be in visual effects, Kent added. The banner Matte-Paintings for this edition's challenge 'Large vs Small' was created by Kent himself from James Cameron's blockbuster feature film, the "Avatar"!

Website : http://www.kentmatheson.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0558558

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JAIME JASSO : Jaime Hernández Jasso, was born in 1974 In Guadalajara, Mexico. Since he was really young he have always been interested in drawing and painting. Jaime learned and practiced watercolor, oil, and airbrushing, and later moved to comic books and illustration. He found that Matte-Painting and conceptual art were great fields where he could develop and put into practice all he had been working with. Jaime found a love for the industry, and since then he’ve had the chance to collaborate with incredibly talented people. Jaime have worked on important projects from all around the world, including video game cinematics, television commercials, and blockbuster feature films such as the 'Avatar', 'Transformers : Dark of the Moon', 'The Avengers', 'Red Tails', 'Battleship', 'Cloud Atlas', 'G.I. Joe : Retaliation', 'Rango', 'Iron Man 2', 'Terminator Salvation' and many more...! Jaime have been a Feature Artist in some notable books, as well as the subject of interviews and articles in the most important computer graphics communities. He is also the Matte-Painting forum leader at CGTalk.com!

Website : http://www.jjassodigitalworks.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3069099

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LUBOS GERARDO SURZIN : Lubos Gerardo Surzin is a digital artist, matte-painter, concept artist and art director with over 8 years of experience in the CG industry. He also does traditional landscape oil paintings. The projects in which he has worked on includes Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time, Clash of the Titans, Australia, Alice in Wonderland, Darkest Hour, Hotel Lux, Sucker Punch, Legend of the Guardians, Season of the Witch and many more...! He has also worked on high profile commercial work on Lamborghini and TV series Tin Man, Sindbad and much more...!

Website : http://www.degerardo.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3123878

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JORIK DOZY : Jorik Dozy is an international CG Certificate student from the Netherlands. He works as a Digital Matte-Painter at the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). He is also the Founder and the Director of "The Luminarium", an international art collective. Jorik is an alumni of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects and was a Matte-Painter at the Gnomon Studios. His feature film credits include "The Avengers", "Mission : Impossible - Ghost Protocol", "Transformers : Dark of the Moon", "Green Lantern", "Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides" and "I Am Number Four". He has also worked on the TV series, "Fringe" as a Concept Artist.

Website : http://www.akajork.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3848724

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RICH MAHON : Rich Mahon has been working as a Matte-Painter, concept artist and VFX art director in the film industry for 14 years. He worked as an illustrator for 22 years prior to films. Rich is the Lead Environment Artist (Matte Painting Supervisor) at Rhythm and Hues Studios in Los Angeles, where he has worked for the last 6 years. Currently, he is the Environment Art Lead on Ang Lee's "Life of Pi". Previous films include "The Mummy : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", "The Golden Compass", "The Kingdom", "Night at the Museum", "Fast & Furious", "The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Matrix Reloaded", "The Matrix Revolutions", "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" and many more...! Rich attended the Art Center College of Design.

Website : http://www.richmahon.com

IMDb Profile : http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1394257

The Prizes:

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With great pleasure, I would like to announce that, we've partnered with the world's largest database of Animation and VFX, the 'Animation World Network' (AWN); Dan Sarto, the Media Collaborator says that “Animation World Network is happy to support the Digital Matte-Painting Challenges and look forward to seeing everyone’s latest work”. You can check-out the announcement of this edition's contest 'Large vs Small' in the AWN website here : http://www.awn.com/news/call-entries/cg ... -challenge

So, get ready with your pen-tablets and start to flesh-out your ideas and concepts for the challenges; will be eagerly waiting to see all your entries!!! :)

PS : I've launched the first-ever Concept Art challenges in this site; kindly, please take a look at it here : viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1440.

Thanks,
Kaustav
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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby Kaioshen » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:01 am

Nice, too bad I'm starting school back up pretty soon. Might try to get in on this one!
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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby kaustavsinha » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:23 pm

Kaioshen wrote:Nice, too bad I'm starting school back up pretty soon. Might try to get in on this one!


Will wait eagerly for your entry, Kaioshen; hope you find the time!
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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby chiragtripathy » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:51 pm

Hi Kaustav, I have a doubt, Can work at 3k? and Do I have to follow the same aspect ratio as 1920*1080?
I wanted to make a wider matte
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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby kaustavsinha » Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:42 pm

chiragtripathy wrote:Hi Kaustav, I have a doubt, Can work at 3k? and Do I have to follow the same aspect ratio as 1920*1080?
I wanted to make a wider matte


Hi Chirag,

You can work at 3K. You are free to make a wider matte!

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Large vs Small (scale variation) - Geydis Leonard

Postby geydis1 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:19 pm

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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby kaustavsinha » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:22 am

Hi Geydis,

You've posted your WIP entry in the wrong place; kindly, please post it here by creating a "NEW TOPIC" : viewforum.php?f=8.

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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby Wagonburner » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:56 am

Ok, I'm new to this board. I've got a couple of ideas that I'll sketch out this week. I'm more caught up in the concept challenge at the moment, but I think I can get something together for this one too. :)
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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby kaustavsinha » Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:12 pm

Wagonburner wrote:Ok, I'm new to this board. I've got a couple of ideas that I'll sketch out this week. I'm more caught up in the concept challenge at the moment, but I think I can get something together for this one too. :)


Can't wait to see your WIP.
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Re: Topic : Large vs Small

Postby Luis.Castaneda » Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:50 pm

Hope this is on the right track.

Large vs Small.
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