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Jaguar Moon

Probably my first matte that is a true matte (as it could be composited for film in the future.

Thanks to :iconn3ur0n: for the critique while working on this.

Concept is for a fictional film "Jaguar Moon", where the Mayans first notice the Conquistador fleet off the coast. Hopefully that's relatively obvious.

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  • Google SketchUp

  • Photoshop



Plate: [link]
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:iconlugia429:
lugia429 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
lfxsdad148
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:icontheblackwoods:
theblackwoods Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
amazing details
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:iconbuzzloverguy:
Buzzloverguy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
thats a puguar (PUMA) are you fucking kiting me?
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:icondani-owergoor:
Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect scene! :clap:
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:iconhera-of-stockholm:
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Very beautiful!!
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:iconodilicious:
Odilicious Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive!
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:iconbee10731:
Bee10731 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful work :)
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:icontrzaraki:
TRZaraki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Cool!!!
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:iconsigint133:
SIGINT133 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
I like very much the clarity and definition of the picture! Very well done!
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:iconkaioshen:
Kaioshen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Alright, this is sort of a long crit, so be prepared. And also, please don't take anything I say personally, I'm not trying to hurt your feelings at all.

Overall I think this is a nice matte, the warm colors of the flames in the distance help separate themselves from the cool colors of the scene. The flames themselves are nice, but as space recedes, everything that gets further and further back should start to lose it's natural color and take on the color of the atmosphere (in this case an aqua blue?). Since everything is blue, the flames stand out too much and I tend to mostly look in their direction since it's such a contrast, and pretty much the only one in the entire scene. Though it's not bad that they are so contrasted, it's actually nice, but since they're not really a main focal point, you just start floating between them.

I'm going to guess that the jaguar is the main focal point of the scene. The jaguar itself is nice, but again, it gets lost in everything else. If you were wanting the jaguar to be the focal, I would of made it a little larger and placed more elements around it to put emphasis on it. There is not a clear focal point for me to stick my eye to and examine, then move on to another part of the image and come back to again. Whatever your focal is going to be, you want the viewer to look there the most. I also think the scene falls a little short, you have a wonderful landscape that reaches far to the horizon, but we can only see three temples from our POV. I would definitely be able to see more temples from this POV, and even a little of the fire on the tops (but seriously hazed out).

The canopy is a nice touch, it brings you into the scene as if you were standing right there. The only crit I really have for it, is that it feels too enclosed, I would break it up at the top and let some air out; feels a bit claustrophobic. The bushes/trees themselves feel a bit 2D due to the way they are lit. Even though it's night time, the way the outer-most edges of them are lit (towards the center of the composition), there needs to be a few breaks of bright light that creep into the depths of the plants. You do this a little of the left, but there needs to be a little more all around. But again, nice job with this, it looks good.

The background is done quite well, I love the subtlety of the mountains, it creates good depth in the scene. The clouds are also nice with the way they are being lit by the moon. It makes it seem majestic almost. My only crit with this is that there could have been more clouds (not cumulus, but cirrus) above them.


Minor crit that can be overlooked, but because I have OCD: Your reflection of the moon in the water isn't completely aligned with the moon. I know it's little, but that's the kind of things that can make or break the realism of a mattepainting. It's always the little things. Also, I think the rocks could have used a few more scattered bright spots, they seem a little dull for this lighting.


But again, overall, real nice matte. I like the colors used and the way the moon lights everything, and the way you have set up the canopy. Hope to see some more mattes from you!
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Thanks for the critique man! Off to study this and improve :)
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:iconkaioshen:
Kaioshen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No problem man, sorry it took so long :P
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:iconmastervash101:
MasterVash101 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Jaguar!!! :D
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Kitteh!
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:iconmastervash101:
MasterVash101 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
ROAR!
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
rawr
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:iconhermitbiker:
Hermitbiker Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
..... fantastic !!
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:iconhusam-elfaki:
Husam-Elfaki Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Probably my favourite from you at the moment, really nice scene and good lighting =)
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
thx bro
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:iconpakpolaris:
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the sense of the serene and calm moonlit night is just speechless!!! perfect 11/10
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
thanks!
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:iconnatiagreenleaf:
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Amazing job!!
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
thanks!
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:iconnatiagreenleaf:
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
You're welcome :D
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
rockstar, thanks
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
You were featured here: [link] . :iconfeatureplz:
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
ty
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:iconchaoticeunoia:
Chaoticeunoia Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student General Artist
wow! Truly Breath taking
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:iconarah019:
Arah019 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
amazing work!
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:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great vista!
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
thanks!
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:icongamerdude500:
gamerdude500 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...
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:iconam4y786:
AM4Y786 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
im stunned....
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:iconam4y786:
AM4Y786 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
im stunned......
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:iconlrasan:
lrasan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's really well put together, the jungle, plains, tribal temple and the plains gives the quite but yet dangerous feeling to me.. good work! :)
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
thanks!
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:iconlrasan:
lrasan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure ^^
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:iconiytj:
iytj Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
fantastic work!
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:iconneko-me:
Neko-me Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice! :D
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:iconmutiny-in-the-air:
mutiny-in-the-air Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think its obvious because you have to know what you're looking for to see the ships.
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:iconwolfcreek50:
wolfcreek50 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Superb work...
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
thanks!
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:iconwolfcreek50:
wolfcreek50 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Very welcome !
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:iconmacburrito:
MacBurrito Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job!!! :clap:
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
thanks!
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:icontadp0l3:
tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice composition and lightning, good work! :)
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
thanks mate
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:iconbubblesarts:
BubblesArts Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! :o jaguar looks cute. and nice cloud! >:D
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:iconbrukhar:
Brukhar Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
thanks! :D
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