Having always been a creative individual, my curiosity to experiment, explore and delve in different art forms has lead me to have quite a diverse artistic background. I have studied Art and Design, Illustration, and self-taught photography. Thereon after I’ve worked as a graphic designer, photographer and photo retoucher.
I actually learnt of matte painting during a job search and began researching more into it and was amazed by what it was- creating realistic and otherworldly environments. This tied in very organically with my interests in landscape photography and paper cut illustrations. It was the next natural step for me.
VANAS was school of choice as it offered me flexibility around work schedule, and most importantly found it was the only place I could specialize in this area within Canada online. Being such a huge country relocating is not always an option and VANAS makes learning more accessible.
Some of my enlightening moments, was just learning the process of Matte Painting from start to finish and being in awe about how life like environments look in film; thinking “OH! That’s how it’s done!!!”. Especially with the destroyed cityscape’s and merging 3D objects into the painting.
I studied Digital Matte Painting which requires much Photoshop use. I was pretty well versed in PS, but learnt some really cool tips and tricks; and it was really exciting to learn how to combine random images seamlessly into an image, making an entirely different image and scene. Additionally, I learnt programs I had never touched such as Nuke, Maya and V-ray, which I can know proudly say I can navigate around to take my art work to the a new realm.
My favorite class topic was creating a destroyed building DMP because it was quite challenging and although sometimes a struggle, it was fun to see the pay off -a well maintained building slowly deteriorate. I also enjoyed learning Nuke for the reason that it gave my 2D scenes life and movement, which makes all the hard work worth it and a thrill to watch!
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