May 17, 2020 – Day 62 of my quarantine.
Although I can’t show you actual images from my upcoming art book, I thought it might be fun to show you how it is being made.
I have been so very fortunate to have studied digital matte painting with some very talented artists like Dylan Cole and Maxx Burman. Much of how this book is being made is based on digital matte painting techniques used for film production.
Here’s what my workflow pipeline looks like –
They are then taken into Photoshop and separated into layers with transparencies. Elements that need to be digitally painted into the images are added at this point.
Foreground and Background images are isolated, separated, and prepared for layering. Atmospherics are added like dust, haze, fog, or clouds. This is also where light is manipulated so that all aspects of the final composite appear to have the same light source. At this stage, any 3D elements that I want to include are also added to the composition.
Next, 3d Fractal images are created using MandleBulb 3D
A separate layer of atmospherics and light is applied to the fractal layer as well. If any further effects are needed on the images I run them through Filter Forge and After Effects.
Once I’m happy with the final composited image it then goes to Adobe InDesign for inclusion in the final book layout. These will be the final files that will make up the entire book that’s sent to the publisher.
There you have it – start to finish and it all begins …
(In the film industry that’s what’s called “a teaser”.)
Sending you all my Love and Light. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Stay Sane. Stay Strong out there.
Until next time …