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matte painting tutorial by sandara matte painting tutorial by sandara
BEGINNERS : THIS IS A SHORTCUT METHOD. fundamentals are still more important. :)

EDIT EDIT : i changed the title to matte painting : / though it's really not, as actual matte paintings are very time consuming and painstaking pieces.

EDIT : i'm surprised at all the bashing that'd been going on for this simple tutorial. it's not THE way to paint, it's just a quick and dirty way to get things done/get an idea across. someone asked that i showed them this technique, and so i thought to share it here.

photos and textures are sometimes used in art pieces, and especially when the piece is to be done fast. matte paintings, which are longer and more painstaking to do, also uses photographs.


here's leventep's DA page : [link]
here's his custom brushes, including the mist one : [link]

in fact, you guys can just hop over and watch his tutorials, which are wayyyy better than mine... lol

also, the guy is a master at painting backgrounds :D
in that, rough, brushy, concept-art way.
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alex-draws Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so it's apparently a-okay to take another's work and put in our pictures?
IvoryViking Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
What are you talking about? The castle?
Sandara said she got it from Wikimedia Commons, which means the picture was free-use. Actually read the tutorial next time, would ya?
Ya ding bat.
alex-draws Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I did. All she's doing is promoting art theft without fully explaining it's a free to use picture. No matter what it's still cheap and lazy.
IvoryViking Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
 She said right at the beginning that it's a "fast but lazy way of doing things". But, by no means is it cheap. Look at the final piece, it looks great and is PERFECT for concept art.
 Have you ever even had a job requiring concept art? I doubt it. This technique is exactly what's needed when the artist has a lot of work, and short deadlines. It's not for hobbyists, it's mostly for professionals. Stop being such a child .
Secondly, why would she need to explain that it's free-to-use? 
Any artist who needs to use this technique should be well-versed in copyright, and know to use pictures that are uploaded with the INTENTION of people using them. Just like on Wikimedia.
It's the 21st century, if someone gets in trouble for copyright-infringement, it's not her fault that they didn't know the f*cking law by now.
dragonstorm Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Hi Sandara, the custom brushes link isn't working. :(
queenseptienna Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Used here: :D
AnnaRIART Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gold! I've been racking my brains with backgrounds.
Colourful-Crampton Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015   Digital Artist
Good tutorial just what i needed. Thanks
choccybiccy Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly what I wanted to know. Perfect. Thanks! 
Kotarow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awn the first idea is so lovely <3
huppyleon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thankyou :)

thats awsome tutorial for nubie like me XD
bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
This is gorgeous.  Thank you for sharing.  :)
Smudgefactor Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was very helpful.  I used this tutorial to help me get here:…
Biapaws Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
I had these faved a while ago but totally forgot! I was itching to try this out to, thanks for your amazing tutorials <3
hotchiwawa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Thanks for the tuto :)
DenzWalker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much <3
sampsonpower Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Nice job, thanks for the tutorial.
SPwins Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
This will really really help me alot. Im having trouble doing quick backgrounds. Also this tutorial is very recommended for begginers like me.
Hills-to-Sky Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Really helpful to know the basics even if I use GIMP
MantarWolf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice that make my work easily now.
nilaexplosion Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!! Tried this tutorial out and it worked great! :) Link
Luigigurl Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't get why anyone is bashing this. Other popular artists here on DA do this too, including Genzoman. It's just that you actually had the balls to come out and show how you did it. No one criticizes them because they just don't know. Keep doing you, Sandara. This is great
BettinaMarson Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I could click *like* to this comment.
luna201269 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
is very nice! a question, I can edit the picture?
sseumdo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very nice!!!! Thank u!!
Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really helpful - thanks!
zahuli Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Fantastic!!! Thanks for making this :)
sinverse7 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
it looks simple... but it's not!! :( Ok I just don't have talent -_-
RozwellCake Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so good, this'll really help thanks bro!
ChaztheWeasel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing!!
citizenfield Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
How can anyone say this is "cheap" or anything else negative? Those people are idiots. The GREAT REALISM masters have always used source material and employed "quick and dirty" techniques to fill the paintings (to say nothing of entire ceilings, etc) -- always. What we can now do with computers is the EXACT SAME THING they did with mirrors, shadows, tracing, and drawing from life ("muses", etc). But they invariably traced & copied and filled in gaps with quick and dirty techniques. This is the reason why they are the Great Masters -- those fools who tried to draw everything out of their imagination, or those lazy time wasters who worked 100 hours to make one chair in a full painting look perfect made no sense (and still make no sense) because all art is a matter of expression, but also of efficiency. If you want to make money in this industry, you LEARN how to copy, trace, and make things quick and dirty, while FOCUSING on the overall expression and intention -- AND delivering it in a timely manner. If you would rather be poor and spend 3 weeks painting the perfect chair, then have fun eating ramen for your main course for the next 30 years, because no one will pay you to waste their damn time, unless you are a genius. And by definition 99% of you are not and never will be. These tutorials are great and they make perfect sense in a world that is getting faster and faster and where efficiency is more and more important.
ClaytonSnow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Agreed with everything you said. My work is a lot better because I use references, and I don't feel guilty anymore because EVERYONE uses references. If they say they don't they're probably liars. most artists can't pull a perfect chair out of their imaginations with perfect lighting and texture without looking at some type of reference. Just because we are digital artists, we are supposed to restrain from using the tools to make our work faster and look better? Ppffftttt. Whatever.
kardiology Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome! thank you for sharing :D
Raenwyn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this helpful tutorial ! :) I did something with your tutorial here :[link] That's not the same level, but i'm proud of me, because it was my first matte painting :D
OxydeG27 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
It's cheap but convenient, but yeah thanks for sharing~~

BTW the custom brushes link's dead...could you please reupload?
LoboLoss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice!
frostherz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there and thanks for the tutorial. How about doing a tutorial for absolute beginners? Because I'm such a guy and would love someone to teach me the basics and fundamentals since I just can't get the hang of the whole painting method.

But - again - great tutorial. Very helpful.
Vivisky Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ubber favorite
ctacd Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Used parts of this tutorial here [link] and here [link]
Thank you!!!!!
Ailime-May Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
it's a wonderful tutorial, I might give it a try :D Although, I'm not sure if I can make something like this without a tablet. Did you used one? :D
Candelantern Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   Digital Artist
it's very difficult to make any kind of digital painting without a tablet.  You can find some for around $60-$100 in any officemax or online stores, etc
SarpaxD Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It's very interesting and useful ^^
Gregor-Lives Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Beautiful. very usefull
LydiasTears Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I love Landscape and this is perfect :love:
killswitchengagex Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
thanx its great
elfm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
megaupload ;____; </3

amazing tuto
SugarBreakdown Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks great!
btw I didnt know that an artist is allowed to do that .
'cause some people would see it as a stolen part of work
u know because of copyright...or does it only work in Deviantart?

but I fully appreciate that XD, cuz Im lazy..and I would like to do it the same way XD
*would like to get an answer*
citizenfield Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
You are allowed to do it. Its LEGAL and its the ONLY way that Great Masters have ever done Realism (only they did it with mirrors and tracing paper). Its only illegal or unethical as a "derivative work" if you steal the overall idea of the original image. But what the artist here has done has created a NEW idea/concept/environment and used only a tiny part of some other completely different image/idea/concept. Its the same thing in Writing Books, in Technology Patents, and any other thing in between. If you steal the original idea, then you are unethical. But if you use a PART of the original idea, and make some DIFFERENT idea with that PART (not whole), then there is no ethical breach, and there is no breach in law. And its not only allowed -- it is the PREFERRED way to do things by ALL artists/engineers/etc. The reason is simple: human beings are social and we help one another. If we banned people from using even part of our own ideas, we would never be able to learn from and grow from theirs. So a Writer who wants write a Mystery Novel might have a Detective -- his name can't be Sherlock Holmes and he can't have a sidekick named Watson -- but he CAN have similar types of detective-y mysteries. And its not only legal, but also the author of Sherlock Holmes, and every other author, movie writer, painter, etc, has done the same thing from their inspiriations. It is THE WAY to do things. There is no other way. Human language and expression to one another is always based on social/shared expression of small changes to similar/copied-yet-modified ideas. Don't believe me? You are a copy of your mother and father, just slightly modified. Everything you say and express about your life is a copy of their values and their lives, but with your own twist. Every idea you have is a mix of copies of ideas of the people and society around you. This IS how everyone works. There is no other way. And the Great Masters, the Great Authors, the Apple& Android & Microsoft Engineers -- they all know this. They are successful because they employ it, they do not deny it (unlike starving artists who try to do everything on their own -- working artists know how to work with others and with inspirational source material). And no, you do not have to give credit to something, which you only took a part of it (not the whole idea of it) and that you have changed. Its always nice to, but you do not have to.
Meemzer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
For what it is worth, I am a university art student, and they always tell us to use photo reference. You're not stealing anything, and you are painting your own image. It is the same as using a projector, and that it what Norman Rockwell did. The fact that you went and got reference from a common source is great too. If people are bashing you for that, tell them to suck eggs.
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