The purpose of matte painting is to create realistic elements that are able to replace live-action elements and/or improve existing live-action footage in films. Matte painters work with several types of content; live-action footage, digital still photography, CG elements, and digital paint.

For this series, I want to create inverted matte paintings, whether digital or classical (paint on glass sheet), wherein I paint in fictitious spectators and museum-goers at vernissages or opening settings.

Usually, matte paintings depict the surroundings of a scene where the live-action elements in a film take place. what should be the live-action, ie the museum visitors, are painted over various live-action but empty museum spaces.


The rules of matte painting come down to just a few fundamental steps:

  1. Perspective matching so that all vanishing points align.
  2. Grading – ensuring all the images’ colors, saturation, and brightness match.
  3. Integrating – blending the images so that content looks seamless and realistic.
  4. Atmosphere – adding haze and fog to add depth to the scene where needed.
  5. Post Processing – final touches and post-processing.

Photo: The NewYork Times