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Thursday, September 11, 2014

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor HD Cinematic


So here's the newest trailer from Blizzard Entertainment for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor a few weeks ago and it looks awesome. As a digital compositor this must have been complete fun to be in production. The lighting and visual effects looks pretty spot on. I also like the water on the skin, especially in those close up shots. Also the hair looks good too, the way it moves and feels.

I love the cinematics that come out of Blizzard Entertainment, they really pour their hearts into the work. I'd love to work for their cinematic department some day either as a digital compositor or matte painter.





World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor HD Cinematic






What's your favorite cinematic trailer from Blizzard Entertainment? Leave it in the comments below.


Darvin K. Manwah: Matte Painter & Digital Compositor
ACM SIGGRAPH S3R3 Subcommittee Member


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Digital Concept Art That's Worth Every Pixel

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I'm always looking for inspiration for my next piece of digital art and here are few digital paintings and concept artists that stood out for me. Since I've had a bit of free time during the summer, I wanted to work on some digital paintings using digital photography with the Canon PowerShot s110. In addition to checking out the forums for anything relating to visual effects (VFX), digital painting, matte painting or even digital photography (which I've been taking a liking to recently) I was looking around for inspiration from various sources. I'm heavily influenced by matte painters and concept artists just for their wide range of imagination into their paintings.

So in my search for inspiration I stumbled across some digital artwork that I wanted to share. Each digital artist below reflects a different style when it comes to composition, colour grading and over all completion of the artwork. I'm sure having an all digital artist exhibitions with these guys would be awesome, possibly even having official canvas prints or even digital prints of these would be great for purchasing. Selling art online and making art posters from digital artists to get their work on different mediums must be exciting for any artist, digital or traditional in my opinion.

As for the digital art software used today, these include the likes of Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint, SketchBook Pro and Painter as the main competitors. These are mostly 2D programs but are extremely powerful when it comes to the control for digital painting. So check out some awesome digital artwork from these artists below who certainly deserve the recognition. These guys are good digital painters and I think that's a great foundation towards a visual effects career.









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Ivan Khomenko // Freelance Concept Artist


Here is another concept artist that's worth mentioning. He's talented in both character designs and environments and I particularly like his use of colours and focus points in his artwork.

Check out more of his work at http://www.artstation.com/artist/Hamen











Wojtek Fus // Freelance Concept Artist


Here is a concept artist who really knows how to do character design and can do it well. Most of Wojtek's characters seem interesting based on their composition and contrasting colours in his digital painting. One of my favourite is his 'Goddess of the Sacred' from Legend of the Cryptids which is just awesome.

He currently lives in Paris France based on his Facebook page and currently works at Platige Image. If you don't know about Platige Image, you should definitely click here.

You can check out more of his digital artwork on Artstation at http://www.artstation.com/artist/Fus








Brandon Liao // Concept Artist at Riot Games

For Brandon's work, I really liked his character design concepts, especially his dynamic compositions for each piece. You can check out more of his work at Brandon Liao Art Blog






What websites do you use for daily inspiration? Let me know in the comments below and I'll check them out.



Darvin K. Manwah: Matte Painter & Digital Compositor
Online Portfolio, Personal Blog and ACM SIGGRAPH Portfolio Review Mentor