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After you've perfected your perspective drawing, the next step in the matte painting process is to layer in tone: the master tool in the matte artist's arsenal for establishing a fully formed structure. David Mattingly, a matte artist for many groundbreaking motion pictures, takes a black-and-white drawing and shows how to use the five elements of light—dark sides, light sides, cores, cast shadows, and final darks— to paint the surfaces and create a realistically shaded environment in Adobe Photoshop.
This course is part 3 in David's Digital Matte Painting Essentials series. Go back to part 2 to recreate the castle drawing he uses in this course, or if you simply want to learn more about form, you can use the example provided in the exercise files.
In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to clearly define all of the forms on your castle. If you're doing the full fundamentals of digital matte painting series with me, you will have completed a perspective drawing in the previous section. And you should work over that. If you're just joining this section to learn more about form, that's great too. You can work over my perspective drawing if you like. We'll be working in black and white, in order to deal individually with the five properties of light that create form on a surface.
The LightSide, DarkSide, Cores, Cash Shadows, and FinalDarks. By the end of this section, you'll fully understand how each of these contribute to creating a fully formed project. So let's get started.
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