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Matte Painting Techniques for Concept Design

with Francesco Corvino


In this lecture, Francesco Corvino shares his process for designing environments and his photo-real approach to Concept Design for the film industry. Starting from a rough sketch, Francesco models a 3D scene in Maya, extracting UVs and creating textures in Photoshop. He shares how to light and render in Vray, demonstrating how to give life and realism to the 3D set. Importing the rendered design in Photoshop, Francesco then shows how to properly integrate all the 3D and 2D elements into a coherent and stunning image. He creates a photo-real landscape using photo manipulation and painting techniques, demonstrating how to push the 3D render by adding textures and other photographic elements such as people and props. For artists interested in developing their environment skills for concept design or matte painting, Francesco's demonstration is full of inspiring tips and techniques informed by his years of professional experience.

Duration: 5h 08m

Format: HD 1280x720

Francesco Corvino

Art Director, Concept Artist, Matte Painter

Francesco Corvino is an Architect and Concept Artist who has worked extensively with architectural firms and for the film industry. His love for architecture, movies and storytelling is the main force behind his visionary style. After having earned his Master's Degree in Architecture in Italy, Francesco moved to Los Angeles to specialize in Visual Effects and Concept Design. Shortly after, he received an opportunity to work with Hollywood veteran Aaron Sims on some of the biggest blockbusters in the industry. His career subsequently took off, first bringing him up north to work on Game of Thrones in Montreal and ultimately landing in London as an Art Director for Framestore, an award-winning VFX company. Today Francesco enjoys working in house but keeps also busy as a remote freelance artist for clients located all around the world. Some of the films Francesco has worked on include: Thor Ragnarok, Fantastic Beasts, The Martian, Game of Thrones, Birdman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, Spiderman 2, 300 Rise of an Empire, Sin City: A dame to kill for, World War Z.

  • One of the most talented artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

    - Aaron Sims
    Feature Film Designer at Aaron Sims Creative

  • Not only a phenomenal designer but an absolute joy to work with.

    - Jerad S Marantz
    Feature Film Designer at Marvel

  • He has worked on huge blockbusters while doing amazing work.

    - David Luong
    Art Director at Parallax Studios

  • His concepts for our show were always top-notch.

    - Michael Cliett
    VFX Supervisor/Producer at Warner Bros.