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The Techniques of Ryan Church 1

Rendering Matte Vehicles

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The skills required to dramatically, accurately and quickly depict aircraft and spacecraft are of immense value to any concept designer. In this demonstration, a digital illustration is created from start to finish and is accompanied by insightful commentary on such subjects as digital sketching, aircraft and ship design, and a wide variety of rendering techniques. The demo documents the entire process as one of the industry's top concept artists starts with a rough sketch and takes the viewer through to the final aircraft painting.

  • Sketching
  • The 2D Digital Workspace
  • Aircraft and Ship Design
  • Natural Lighting
  • Background Indication
  • Colors and Markings
  • Showing Wear and Tear
  • Material indication
  1. Introduction
  2. Line Drawing
  3. Painting the Background
  4. Blocking-In
  5. Detailing
  6. Final Overall Detailing
  7. Credits
  • Product Code: RCH01
  • ISBN: 1-930878-63-X
  • UPC: 805366006433
  • Duration: 110 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-VIDEO

DVD-Video Information:

  • NTSC
  • All Regions

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  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista®
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.2


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  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Corel Painter

Ryan Church

Concept Design Supervisor

Ryan Church is one of the leading concept artists working today. His clients and employers include Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, and Lucasfilm. Ryan was Concept Design Supervisor for Star Wars: Episode 3 and is a Senior Art Director at ILM, where his roles include designing and illustrating vehicles, droids, architectures and environments and art directing final shots and assets. He has taught Advanced Entertainment Design at Art Center. He majored in Transportation Design with a minor in Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design.

"When Ryan Church started giving his unique vision to the Star Wars universe four years ago, it was clear that he was going to pave the way for future digital artists. His art immediatly transports you into new dimensions of form and color. He's one of today's strongest digital inspirations."

- Sparth
Concept designer/illustrator
UBISOFT Entertainment

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