Showcase: Matte painting tutorial (sort of)

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Abandoned Station by *sandara on deviantART

Seeing as I just got home, and haven’t got my art mojo back on yet, I thought I’d do a showcase or two.

This is a quick and dirty almost-matte-painting tutorial. Sandara shows how you can “fake” ruined architecture by sticking a photo in your painting, and painting over bits of it to make the lighting right, and to make it mesh with the rest of your painting. It’s a highly useful technique if you’re like me and don’t want to spend a lot of time painting the little tiny details way off in the background of your pic.

In essence, lazy artist’s shortcut! It’s still extremely useful, though.

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