Sunday, October 28, 2007

Laundry and creating a blog at the same time...

is an effective way to get things done for the upcoming week ahead. This is new to me, so be a bit patient. But I would appreciate feedback if you have any . The following are some samples of some vis dev work I have done in the past. I have been working in Vis Dev for about 2 years now- it's a bit different than my other background which is layout.


•Matte Paintings• "Elf"- (New Line Cinema)

Here are some samples of my work in matte painting. I LOVED matte painting because it was so similar to my background in animation. The only difference is, you work with 'preshot plates' instead of composing/designing/camera work/writing the x-sheet out yourself and then handing it over to the animator. Also- the other difference is that matte painting for live action films is very desaturated in color- meaning alot of grey- no 'bright' colors. Animation- as seen above- is very saturated- because your target audience is kids- so, happy, fun, graphic and obnoxiously bright colors are normally used.

•My First 'Matte' Painting ever•

Well, as I was getting ready to leave my post at Disney in 2001- I sat down at the community computer on the 3rd floor and learned photoshop. An old ACCD classmate of mine convinced me that there was a brighter world out there and that with my background in Layout, it would be a natural transition over into matte painting. This lovely day to night shot- was done at 600dpi (because I didn't know what I was doing) and it's fairly successful- yet lacks the sublties of a true matte shot. Any good compositer will tell you that it needs reflections in the stream- and just small nuances that make it shine. Still- not bad- except it took me six weeks to do it, and in the real world, you are lucky to have just one week to complete a painting like this. FYI, most matte paintings are done at 72 dpi- and at 2K,4K or 6K, depending on how close the camera will get to the painting. Now with the HD- the logistics are a bit different-but the general rule of thumb is that if they tell you they want a 2K matte- to be safe, paint it at double the size (4K).

this was the second one that I did..... and I would comment on this one also- but I think that is not necessary at this point.

•Tileable SkyBox Matte Paintings• for EA games•

The following 2 paintings are for one of the James Bond games that I worked on. Below each picture is a diagram of how the skybox within an environment is put together regarding texture tiles. Personally- I thought this process was facinating. Each square was no bigger than 512Ksq., in the Fort Knox painting you only have 2 'hero' tiles (master tiles- only used once) and the rest are interchangable with each other. The Vegas painting is a bit different- because ALL the bottom tiles are 'hero' tiles because that skyline is so distinctive that one needs have your painting budget there- so the rest of the sky was a simple gradient that was interchangable with each other.

•Television Background Painting•

Remember me talking about those bright, obnoxious colors? Well- that is the hallmark of television animation. I worked on a warner brother's cartoon called 'Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island'- and had a blast. I think that I averaged 7 paintings per week- where you paint the 'keys' and the overseas studios paints up the rest of the bg's based on your 'keys' so that the sequence has a consistant look to it.

•Environment Design•

I had the good fortune to work with Sam Michlap and Dan St. Pierre again on a recent film- I designed one area of the world- and I did that by building a rough maya model, taking screen shots of the camera angles that I wanted, and then painted in black/white over it. I had planned to paint these all up in color- but the production got canceled midstream. So, now I have some lovely black and white story moments and location designs- which is fine. For the moment that is.....

•Tarzan• Master Bedroom Interior• Set Design

It took me 3 months to design this shot, partly because the look of the film had not been established yet. The directors wanted a more moody, darker and mysterious feel to the jungle area and they felt that this tonal of the treehouse interior really hit the mark. They wanted the humans to feel a bit unsettled in their new environment, and I used items that would have washed ashore from the shipwreck and boat paraphanellia coupled with jungle to resolve the issue. I gleaned from my extensive backpacking experience when I was younger on "what you want verses what you need" when out in the boonies..... needless to say, I refuse to backpack anymore. Unless of course, there is a five star hotel at the end of the trail waiting for me.

•Misc Stuff•
So, I'll go ahead on a nightly basis and keep uploading my work from the 'archives'- I have ALOT on hand...


Blogger alien said...

Nice sketches!!

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Blogger Saskia said...

I´m pretty breathless *_* Awsome work !!!

12:47 AM PDT  
Blogger Gregor said...

your paintings are amaizing, great cartoon style!

7:43 AM PDT  
Blogger Jonathan said...

awesome stuff! It would be grand if you had what it was from, about, etc :-) looking forward to more stuff

7:59 AM PDT  
Blogger Pam said...

your paintings are beautiful!! a m argentinian, i m very bad with english but i can told you your work is really great!

8:11 AM PDT  
Blogger Bill said...

Beautiful work! I'd love to hear about you "relearned" how to paint. (I'm just trying to learn the first time...)

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Blogger Calvin Tsang said...

so many variety
Welcome to the blog world.

8:49 AM PDT  
Blogger Nathan Lindsay said...

incredible paintings. your colors are beautiful. wow.

9:51 AM PDT  
Blogger SteveLambe said...

Incredibly inspiring work, Denise!!

9:53 AM PDT  
Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

Incredible, incredible work. Great diversity in style, shape, and mood. Beatutiful work,


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Blogger Dave said...

Wonderful work! Thanks fo sharing and I can't wait to see more!

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Blogger willipino said...

beautiful work! i can't wait to see more.

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Blogger Ricardo Guimaraes said...

Fantastic! Awesome! Superb! Great! Amazing! And all the other good adjectives! Loved your blog! Thanks for sharing!!

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Blogger Adam Gard said...

these are quite breathtaking and beautifully designed. perhaps one day you might share some composition tips and other design tips for us aspiring artists

4:07 PM PDT  
Blogger Nikki Lukas said...

thanks for posting these awesome pieces! I love the range you have here. background paintings and matte paintings. I can't wait to see more.

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Blogger Billy George said...

Yikes! Thats some really awesome work Denise. I havent seen any of your stuff in years and its really blowing me away.

Hope all is going well.

6:42 PM PDT  
Blogger Erik said...

Oh man to much good stuff all at once!! ack! really fantastic work!

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Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Your talent has always amazed and impressed me Denise.

Thanks for sharing these online.

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Blogger Vivek Ram said...

thats some brilliant work...totally floored!:)...waitin to see more work...consider me a regular:)

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Blogger Ted Bramble said...

Working on "Elf" with you was a classic moment in my career. 80 hour work weeks painting *clouds* over and over... and over... and over...

Really great stuff up there Denise. Were the ones on top for DIG?

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Blogger Paintopolis said...

Really beautiful work Denise! Nice variety viz dev stuff really sharp! James-
My blog

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Anonymous linda sawin said...

Beautiful Denise. It is so hard for me to imagine that someone can actually create these things. Me being a stick figure drawer myself and then I sometimes wonder if people know what it is.

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Blogger Rodney Fuentebella said...

woah!!!!!!!! Man you do everything sooooo well... love your sketches, designing, color, shapes... you're my newest idol!

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Blogger Ken said...


Thats one heck of a post. And its all stunning artwork

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Anonymous steve m said...

Beautiful work Denise!

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Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Fantastic work!

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Blogger bog_art said...

What amazing blog!!.. I love the way how you use the color in your compositions!! congratulations!!

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Blogger Howard Shum said...

WOW! Brilliant work!

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Blogger martin wittig said...

Awesome Work! I cant wait to see more:)

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Blogger Joshua Middleton said...

Absolutely brilliant work. Thank you so much for starting the blog and sharing your art with us.


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Blogger Tobias Schwarz said...

great work, love the series with the wolves alot

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Blogger Nicolas P. Villarreal said...

Beatiful work. I love your quick studies and the Tarzan piece. ill be looking forward for more amazing stuff!!


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Blogger Jörn Gebert said...

Just say: WOW!!!

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Blogger Gillian said...

you... are brilliant!!!!

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Blogger Jampix said...

Hi Denise, I don't think I can say anything more then what is already said in in the previous comments.
Apart from thnks for sharing these brilliant pieces of art work!

I'm looking forward seeing more.

I had to link you to my blog... hope it's ok

3:38 PM PST  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Well it's already all been said here, but this is beautiful full. I'd been geeking out over your Tarzan Bedroom design ever since I saw it years ago in the Art of Tarzan book. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are incredible...don't need
other word for your talent and sensitivity
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Anonymous Mike Inman said...

Love it......Keep up the great work!

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Blogger Brandon Waltman said...

these are all really beautiful. your style is pretty saweet.

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Blogger Marcos Mateu said...

Great stuff. the black and white pieces for the 'sheep' movie are incredible! what a feel for atmosphere and location

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Anonymous Amena said...

People should read this.

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Blogger anima Base said...

Wow. you're great man.
I love your fantastic artwork

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Blogger Rafael said...

Hi Denise!
I am a huge fan .
Your work is unbelievable, were those concepts for SHEEPISH?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Your work is fabulous. I remember when you were drawing models from magazines at my house when we were young kids. I hope you remember me. Haven't seen you in a long time. From Rayna Hallsted Nichols

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Very nice and intrestingss story.

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Please email me at:

Thank you.

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