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Gnomon Workshop Releases Matte Painting DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop, in conjunction with Design Studio Press, has introduced three new titles from matte painting artist Dylan Cole.

Dylan Cole brings to The Gnomon Workshop years of experience working as a matte painter and concept artist for film, television and video games. He has worked on such films as RETURN OF THE KING, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, I, ROBOT, VAN HELSING, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, and THE AVIATOR.

Producer Scott Robertson said, It is with great pleasure that we are able to bring this terrific three disc set to the market. Dylan shares his intimate knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, demonstrating various techniques for producing professional results. He goes way beyond the fundamentals of painting film-resolution landscapes and cityscapes by showing you how to approach various scenarios. If you have been yearning to learn how to create professional quality matte paintings, these titles are essential additions to your educational DVD library.

DVD descriptions:

THE TECHNIQUES OF DYLAN COLEINTRODUCTION TO LANDSCAPE MATTE PAINTINGIn this DVD, Dylan discusses the fundamentals of landscape matte painting by demonstrating how to design a shot, both from a plate and from scratch. Intended for the beginning to intermediate matte painter, the quick studies in this lecture explore the necessary color and composition techniques for creating convincing landscapes. Learn how to lead the viewers eye through a composition by manipulating light, color and line. Six different paintings are created in a variety of locales and lighting scenarios. From snowy mountains to lush jungles, moody dusk to bright daylight, this DVD offers a look into the art of digital matte painting. Included in this DVD are the original layered Adobe Photoshop files in addition to the original plate photography.

THE TECHNIQUES OF DYLAN COLEINTRODUCTION TO CITYSCAPE MATTE PAINTINGIn this DVD, establish accurate linear perspective by taking cues from the plate and learn to set up an accurate three-point perspective grid from scratch. A variety of architecture and lighting scenarios are explored, from sunset to bright daylight, and science fiction to old world. Enjoy this inside look into the art of digital matte painting. Included in this DVD are the original layered Adobe Photoshop files in addition to the original plate photography.

THE TECHNIQUES OF DYLAN COLEADVANCED DIGITAL MATTE PAINTINGBuilding upon the foundation of his first two DVDs, Dylan takes us through an entire matte painting, 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 and architecture, and Dylan shows how to work through them. You will also learn how to relight a painting as Dylan transforms a daylight painting into a sunset shot.

Since 2000, The Gnomon Workshop ( has provided artists and students with the educational resources they need to succeed as artists in the entertainment industries. Whether they're interested in design, modeling, effects, animation, storytelling or matte painting, these DVDs provide a valuable educational resource for students around the world. The Gnomon Workshop is the sister company of The Gnomon School of Visual Effects, which provides professional-caliber visual effects instruction to students and professionals in Los Angeles, California.

Design Studio Press ( is a specialty publisher that focuses primarily on original artistic works and educational books.

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