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The Techniques of Dylan Cole 3

Advanced Digital Matte Painting

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Building upon the foundation of his first two DVDs, Dylan takes you through the entire matte painting process, from pencil sketch to color study to final rendering. He demonstrates many techniques he uses in production, from various types of photo manipulation to hand painting methods. Many challenges are addressed, such as skies, water, architecture, linear perspective and atmospheric perspective. You will also learn how to relight a painting as Dylan transforms a daylight scene into a sunset shot. As an added bonus, the original photo references and the final Adobe Photoshop® file are included in this DVD-ROM.

  • Composition
  • Realistic Lighting
  • Digital Painting
  • Photo Manipulation
  • Micro Composition
  • Linear Perspective
  • Atmospheric Perspective
  • Non-destructive Painting
  • Problem Solving
  1. Color Sketch and the Sky
  2. Creating the Hills
  3. Creating the Foreground
  4. Adding Detail and Distant Buildings
  5. Creating the Main Buildings
  6. Detailing the Buildings
  7. Refining the Painting
  8. Cloud Shadows and Final Details
  9. Re-Lighting for Sunset
  • Product Code: DCO03
  • ISBN: 1-59762-962-6
  • UPC: 805366014131
  • Duration: 185 minutes
  • Formats: DVD-ROM, Mac or PC only

DVD-ROM Requirements:

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB Video RAM
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • 5 GB of hard disk space
  • 1280 x 1024 display

DVD-ROM and Digital Download Requirements:

Minimum Operating System:

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


  • QuickTime Movie Player (Version 7.0 or higher)
  • Acrobat Reader (Version 5.0 or higher)

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  • Software Used:

  • Adobe

Dylan Cole

Concept Designer/Matte Painter

Dylan Cole is a leading matte painter and concept artist specializing in work for film, television, and video games. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in fine art, he took his painting skills to the computer. He got his start with a brief stint at Illusion Arts on Time Machine. Smaller jobs as a matte painter and concept artist led to him working at Rhythm and Hues on Daredevil. He then left his native California to go to New Zealand to be a senior matte painter on Return of the King for Weta Digital. He returned to the US as Lead Matte Painter on The Chronicles of Riddick for Rhythm and Hues, where he transitioned to Visual Effects Art Director on The Ring 2. He has also done freelance matte painting on many different films including, I, Robot, Van Helsing, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and The Aviator. He is currently doing concept design for several video game companies and continuing to do matte painting on such films as Memoirs of a Geisha and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

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"These three titles make me want to start all over and be a matte painter! From lush green landscapes to a thriving downtown metropolis, Dylan shares with us the techniques of a world class matte painter."

- Scott Robertson
Design Studio Press

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