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City Vista Matte Painting by Hideyoshi City Vista Matte Painting by Hideyoshi
Hey, haven't posted in a while. Hope everyone is doing fine!
I want to fill my portfolio with some matte paintings.
This is one I based on a photo I took in NY.
Not anything crazy, very basic extensions etc.
Any crits? Does it look photorealistic enough?
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:iconjosephnicklo:
josephnicklo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Only thing that looks out of place, or unrealistic — is the collapsing part of the building in the foreground. The water could probably use some work on the left near the bridge — it looks very still compared to the water on the right. One thing that would really set this off is adding some graffiti on some of the older buildings and possibly reintroduce one of the older Bridges. One thing I love about futuristic cityscapes based on real cities is when they keep historic structures in there — as if humans were conscious enough to preserve the our history forever. 
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:iconhideyoshi:
Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for your thoughts!
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Funkymunkz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
It's hard to tell what's photo and what's painting. A perfect blend.
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Quesocito Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool dude!
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:iconjuss-in-time:
Juss-in-time Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's truly amazing!
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bowwing333 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible...I had to do a quadruple take! You should do some more of these! :D
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JwichmanN Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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knalleknuten Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is too obvious that the background parts are drawed in. The buildings in the foreground have more dark colors compared to lighter ones in the background. Ok, there has to be some difference, but the conversion is to rough in my opinion.
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soundestguitar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Really cool, man!
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togruta4 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Wait... This ISN'T a photo?
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emersontung Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
love it, sir.
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SineSquared Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I think the buildings in the front are so different in size, shape, and atmosphere from the buildings in the back, that it looks like the others are added in. However yeah, the buildings in the front... totally look photorealistic. If I could only place why, it might make me a better artist.
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phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Reminiscint of "Shadowrun."
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jheinked Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
nice work!
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SteffaneC Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
parts are def. a photo....pixels vary which proves it!
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emersontung Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a matte painting.
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SteffaneC Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
i know what it's supposed to be...only part of it is painted, the other parts are photo
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:iconemersontung:
emersontung Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Uh yeah. A matte painting usually consists of photo elements + paint. So why are you pointing out the obvious?
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SteffaneC Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I don't why people are saying "dude that's not a picture??? raaad" it's like.... ... *sigh* so yes I'm stating the obvious b/c people don't get the obvious XP
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emersontung Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fair enough if you're replying to people who don't know.
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davidayalde Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Have you ever tried making video? These matte paintings always spark my imagination. I can see that ship passing by and things moving in the background. Maybe you should try that sometime!! after effects is an awesome tool to do it ; ).
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah been trying out animated matte paintings before. Wasn't considering doing it for this one but might with another one!
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surika Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
der vordergrund ist top! der hintergrund ist, amlerisch gesehen, auch schick, aber an ihm hab ich erkannt, dass es kein foto sein kann. dazu ist er irgendwie zu smooth, zu cremig ...
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
naja auf den vordergrund bin ich aber nicht stolz lol...ich versuche, demnächst nicht so cremig zu malen haha
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MaramShabana Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need to understand...
Is this a mixture between real photo and imagined one??!
If that so....cool... I felt comphortable when i look at that amazing architectures...colors
Keep this good artwork
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah its a blend of photo and painting to create something new that hopefully looks realistic.
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MaramShabana Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh....great....as i said it`s completly realistic in my point of view...you are very professional at digital works......
keep the good works
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gabrieldevue Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
I could never do something like this and I like the architectural ideas.

But I have to agree with Goshin-Ryu. Your buildings look way nicer than the actual photo-part. smother, more tone-in-tone. Maybe because they are bigger and therefore a larger area of one color value. - of course, your buildings are from a newer construction time. While it all makes sense, I think there is a difference between the background and the foreground. If that is intended, it's a very good job.
Is it realistic? I could see myself walking past a window and seeing this kind of skyline.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
heya, thanks Gab! Spot on crits, i can agree easily.
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Goshin-RYU Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
The Buildings in the far back do not blend well to the building in front, being so blurring and what not, but good job.
very interesting!
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BaconMagic Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Wait, this is a painting?
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shothunter702 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
cool
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good Work .. :-) ..
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Ladylucylilium9 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait..right click..set as desktop background..

this is amazing work!!
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jqzjqz Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I say it had me fooled, but once you zoom in you can see the digital in it. First things in the foreground was the building on the left and the warping in the wrecked buildings on the bottom/bottom right. I think darkening it would make it less noticeable and more realistic. In the background, the brownish line on the highway is a bit too saturated.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the input!
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Neumatic Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm in awe of your talent man, but yeah, the painting element itself does stick out from the photo, I think it's because the contrast and detail is less than the photo part... and there don't seem to be any paintovers in the actual photo, so instead there's a prominent dividing line between real and fake and present and future. I think if you purple hazed the photo a bit more that might help as well.

Maybe if that ziggaraut wasn't there, the background would seem more feasible. Everything else seems possible.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the crits!
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ProlificPen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Way too much of the true to life city, not enough paint over and interesting futuristic elements. If you're going to do a paint over, might as well go all out. It will take longer, but will be that much more worth it in the end.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah might prolly try a matte painting from scratch next, without starting with a photo plate but building one up 'with' photos based on a concept sketch
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ProlificPen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks for taking the critique in stride. I rarely give them, but when I do, I'm just trying to help.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
no worries, i asked for the crits!
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floatfish Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
The foreground is excellent. I still have trouble telling it's not a photo. Things repeat, but they're broken up really well (like the building on the left, with the terraces; they're similar but not identical) so they look distinct. The water and boats are pretty great, too. I feel like I've seen that caved in building before. It looks like a school in NYC.

The background's a little big harder to swallow. I think maybe the difference between the building types is a little too strong. Obviously the foreground is more Brooklyn than Manhattan, but it seems almost a little TOO simplified. I keep expecting shinier windows. Also, the bridge cutting through that bright building at the center of that background cluster of buildings is a little distracting, maybe.

I still keep thinking the foreground's a photo, though. Hot damn.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
most of the foreground is still photo ^^
Definitely part in making it less believable is the type and size of the buildings since they wouldn't really be seen today.
thanks for crits!
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supersmiles Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Thought this was a real photo until I looked at it more closely!! Pretty sure flying cars/planes with blue rocket fuel have not yet made the realistic possibilities list. >.<

Awesome and amazing job, as always!! ^^
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devianb Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
It would be more realistic if had more of those futuristic looking buildings blended in the foreground. Otherwise it looks pretty good.
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BlueRogueVyse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Errr, I think you can see pretty clearly that the buildings in the back have been painted in, especially the big on the left. Maybe some orange/pink light reflecting on the windows...? And a line of hazy fog at the bottom of the buildings, you know... also, the architecture is too suddenly too different I think.
The foreground additions work nicely though! The buildings' colors also match Iīd say.

And when where you in the NYC?? I was just there as well, late August...! :)
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sci-fi mattes usually tend to not have that absolute realistic feel anyway because people know those buildings wouldn't quite exist yet... so of course you can tell either way which parts were painted in.
Been to NY in summer and November of 2011 :)
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BlueRogueVyse Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hmm yeah guess itīs kinda true, but you requested feedback, right?
And you canīt tell it that easily with Andree Wallin's paintings, i.e. =P

Ah kewl! You saw the elevated park on the old train-tracks? That was nice...
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