Monday, December 30, 2013

Golden Horn Matte Painting

This one was inspired by wonderful times I spent in Istanbul last year, I tried to capture a bustling Ottoman cityscape in the shores of Bosphorus Strait.

Matte Painting


Before & After

So that's it for personal art from this year 2013 and I hope to do much more next year. 

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Paul Debevec keynote talk at Smithsonian X 3D conference

Here is something really worthy to bookmark. A very good talk on history of Photogrammetry, HDRI and Surface Scanning by Paul Debevec. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Matte Painting : Alien Chemical Plants

A personal piece based on the idea of high altitude chemical plants in an alien planet. Hope you guys like it.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Concept video - Goldfish, a wish out of water

Here is an experimental video done by me and my friends based on the below quote by Terence Mckenna.

"Well, we are fish swimming in consciousness; and yet we know it's there. Well, the reason we know it's there is because if you perturb it, then you see it"

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Octhorber campaign promo for Disney XD channel

Last month I had the privilege to work as a freelance matte painter on the project Octhorber for Disney XD channel under A Post Office, Singapore. I really had a great time working with Faisal who is the art director and managing founder at A Post Office. I did almost ten digital matte paintings which served as backdrops throughout the promotion video. Here are two selected ones from this project which was super fun to work with :)

A screenshot from the final comp by Faisal

matte paintings

Monday, September 30, 2013

Comp reel 2013

I have updated my Comp reel with few shots from the last gig I did, 'Olympus Has Fallen'. Do take a look and note that I have took off all the matte painting shots from this latest reel since I finally decide to keep separate reel or portfolio for both.

reel2013 comp reel from Rahul on Vimeo.

I have updated the matte painting portfolio section with couple of commercials work I have done and I will be adding more in this section from the freelance work I been doing recently.!mattepainting/c199t 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Some classic examples of Rear Projection Matte painting techniques

Worth a watch, it's really a reminder of how much the techniques have improved  from the days of optical compositing but the fundamentals always remains the same :)

Matte Painting from Star Wars which used rear projection technique

Click here to watch the video in viemo

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hudson River School Study by Chris Oatley

Here is a great lecture by Chris Oatley on Texturing and Rendering techniques in context of Hudson River School paintings. It's a must watch if you are into matte painting or landscape painting :)


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kochi 2030 Cityscape Matte Painting

I just finished working on this one with my friend Vishnu. I did mostly the matte painting part as this piece was meant for his compositing reel, do check it out and hope you guys like it :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Beach cityscape Matte Painting

Here is a new matte painting which I did from scratch, though I started with a very loose concept sketch it went on changing and finally ended up with this one. Thanks a lot to my friend Igor (shamanik) for his valuable comments.

Lemme know what you guys think and thanks in advance for taking a look.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

A look at Matte Painting workflows and pipeline

Here is a must watch video by  Garret Fry explaining comprehensively about all the matte painting workflows and pipelines existing in the modern visual effects industry. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Big fish small fish VFX story

 It's been quite interesting times for global VFX for the past couple of weeks, though these are troubled times but it is much needed phase of industry which is getting matured. I think we have to wait and see how we going to come out of it and as usual stakes are always high for all the parties involved.   

The issue have got enough attention in all media and thanks to all the grass root movements such as VFX Soldier, VFX Solidarity and VFX tipping Point. Also worth mentioning exceptional individuals such as Scott Ross, Scott Squires, Dave Rand who are in forefront of these movement and put up the recent VFX Townhall Google Hangout on this issue. 

I think Scott Squires explained issue in a global perspective on the above video and it is really good see the issue taken up on an international perspective as the VFX is a global business now.

I think the key point here is the leverage of the production studios and the artists taking toll on the bottom the pyramid. It is crucial to note that cut-rate VFX will look shabby whether it's done in India, China or in US. The point is to stop cutting cost on the VFX and treat VFX as an actual production rather than a secondary service. I believe the production studios respect for VFX will make the directors and producer respect the VFX facilities which will in turn make the VFX facilities blossom and make room for VFX artists make a normal career out of this business.  

 I can't stress how important for all of us to realize that there is enough work for everybody and all the efforts should be put into developing this industry as whole rather than looking at local issues. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Update, January 2013

Its been really busy last 4 months back in Istanbul, Turkey and now I am finally back home. I had lot of fun in Istanbul and met some wonderful people and made really good friends who gave me beautiful memories. Work wise, it was quite good to back at some solid compositing in Nuke since I been focusing on matte painting quite a lot lately. So It feels great go back to roots with the all aesthetic experience I gained from matte painting jobs to apply it on more technique centric job that is film compositing.

I been keeping myself busy last week and I am very happy to finish my new reel and website which showcases most of good stuffs I did last year from "Eega" and "The Expendables 2".

Soon I will be off to Beijing, China for a short term gig at Base FX so I wouldn't blogging for a month or so.