Topic : The Desert Journey

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Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby kaustavsinha » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:41 pm

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Hi Everyone,

Here is the fourth challenge, titled 'The Desert Journey'. Following is the task:

The Task : Your task will be to create a Matte-Painting of a desert environment.

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 : The Desert Journey - (your name); for example, if your name is Thibault Houdon then, you must write, The Desert Journey - Thibault Houdon.
3. The width of the WIP Matte-Painting images must be 750 pixels.

Final Entry Thread : A Final Entry Thread will be posted on June 21st, 2012 wherein the contestants will be required to post their final Digital Matte-Painting entries in 1300 px X 700 px (minimum) resolution.

Deadline : June 30th, 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 14 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 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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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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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!!! :)

Thanks,
Kaustav
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Re: Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby Doki » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:11 pm

Awesome subject ! Thanks a lot, I'll enter for sure =) !
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Re: Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:36 am

Doki wrote:Awesome subject ! Thanks a lot, I'll enter for sure =) !


Can't wait to see your entry, Doki! :)
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Re: Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby amitdragon007 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:53 pm

Yes Awesome Topic I'm on the way to it.
By the way Doki Congratulation for last Contest.
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Re: Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby Himashis » Mon May 14, 2012 6:26 pm

Hi, I have a confusion...
Is it possible for one to go for multiple entries... :-\
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The Desert Journey - Guillermo Ardon

Postby Guillermo » Wed May 16, 2012 10:22 pm

Awesome! Looking forward to participate in this challenge :)
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Re: Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby kaustavsinha » Mon May 21, 2012 1:31 am

Himashis wrote:Hi, I have a confusion...
Is it possible for one to go for multiple entries... :-\


Hi Himashis,

You can create as many entries as you wish while the contest is in progress. You can submit more than one Matte-Painting as your final entry; but, if you are chosen as the winner, you will be eligible for only one prize!

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The Desert Journey - Francisco Suarez

Postby franciscogsuarez » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:06 am

Hello everyone. Excited to join the competition. Should be posting something in the next days.
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Re: The Desert Journey - Francisco Suarez

Postby kaustavsinha » Tue Jun 05, 2012 12:39 pm

franciscogsuarez wrote:Hello everyone. Excited to join the competition. Should be posting something in the next days.


Hi Francisco,

A warm welcome to the Matte-Painting challenges forum! Can't wait to see your entry!

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Re: Topic : The Desert Journey

Postby andycrawford2003 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:49 pm

I would like to say Thanks for having me here with all you good people. This is a great place for these of us just starting out in matte painting> I look forward to my work improving , how could it not with all the great talent here.

I took the challenge for Desert Journey and found along the way a new series of work Desert Journey.
Thanks again..
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