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Hello everyone, I would like to share with you all some stuff that has helped me along the way to strengthen my art. As well as things that I've read and seen from film industry professionals. A lot of this is towards Concept Art and Matte Painting, but can be useful for others as well.

To start off with, here's some good information about Matte Painting in general. It's definitely a good read if you don't know what Matte Painting is!

It is important to know some basic 3D for concept art and matte painting. The industry has evolved and 3D knowledge is recommended in the field. If you don't know how to model but can create great 2d concepts, there's a chance they'll choose an artist with some 3d knowledge with great 2d concepts instead. With that said, there's plenty of 3D packages out there that can benefit you. Most are expensive such as Maya, 3DSMax, and Cinema 4D to name a few. There is a free 3d package called "Blender" if you can't afford anything expensive.

Blender - Free 3D application

I remember watching a Matte-Painting Tutorial last year on youtube that pretty much changed the way I matted. It's all photoshop using photo's and a bit of basic painting. Didier Koning explains his process very well. Check out the link Below.

The Abandon City Tutorial - Didier Konings

This is one of the oldest tuts out there but it's from Dylan Cole, Concept Artist/Product Designer of the Avatar Films, who created a series of process videos for Gnomon. He talks about his process very clearly and is very informative. These tuts were released right before he started creating concepts for Avatar. They also helped me along the way the past month or 2. 

Dylan Cole's Introduction to Matte Painting Techniques 1
Dylan Cole's Introduction to Matte Painting Techniques 2
Dylan Cole's Introduction to Matte Painting Techniques 3

If you need photo references for your matte paintings, has a huge amount of packages for your needs. also have good photos aswell as Shutterstock. If you can't afford to buy photo stocks, just google around!

I signed up for a class at called "Intro to 3D Concept Design with Instructor Jama Jarabaev," and it has changed my process to creating concepts. It was also the start for me in 3D. I took a huge interest in 3D since and it has helped me to go further experimenting with it. It's an amazing class and the first week of it you will be modeling a city with ease. You will need 3D Coat and Keyshot and if you want to try them out, there's a trial. The class itself is very cheap too. - Intro to 3D Concept Design

Aside from all the info up top, The "Mattepainting" group is looking for digital matte artists to join the ranks of contributor. You must have experience with Digital Matte. We would like to bring the group back up on it's feet and shine with beautiful art again!

Oh and my wife NicolePerez has been posting a lot of amazing works! She's my inspiration to keep making art :) If you haven't seen her stuff, please do! 

That's it for now! I will build upon this sometime with more stuff along the wat. Thank you for reading!
Hello everyone! I want to thank all of my new watchers as well as those who commented/fav'd my stuff! It means a lot to me :) Now, the reason I am posting a new journal is to talk about my recent project I am pushing forward as an IP.

I posted a collage filled with a few awesome pieces of pre-concepts I did for my project Ancient Exiles about a month ago. This one at the bottom:

AE Initial ideas by artbygp

I am creating my own universe and it all started with this messy sketch I did early last year:

Outer Heaven Sketch ideas by artbygp

And not to forget, if it wasn't for my wife :iconnicoleperez: , I wouldn't have thought about this at all! She gave me a lot of support to get back into my art.

Although, it was only an idea, I knew I had something solid after creating a few pre-concept ideas. The story was still all over the place. I did not have anything great at the time, all I knew was that the main protagonist was a child experiment who then later develops a split personality with amnesia. I had the idea of questioning our existence. Why are we here, where do we come from, what do we do? in that respect. 

It wasn't until that day when I created that collage that I will focus and push Ancient Exiles a lot further. I needed to polish up the story and so that was my priority for the last few weeks. It's coming along awesome. It'll tap into our beliefs of god and his existence. Themes such as philosophy, psychology, ideology, and theology will play a big role in the story. Not to mention, family/blood ties. Also, as a fan of romance, it'll also be a love story. It's going to be dark, gritty, and violent set in a world that has been scarred with violence. It will also be a bit dystopian for those living above the skies in a perfect setting.

It's going to be cool.

And I can't wait to show you guys the 50+ characters I have for the story and the different parts of the world!

I will have a pitch of the story soon and with it, I want to have a few concept art and a cartography map showing the world and it's continents, cities etc etc.

The plan is to have a decent amount of story, create a shit load of concepts, illustrations, and matte paintings... then create a book. It'll be like a bible of the world, showing characters, nations, religions, vehicles, machines, and places- to name a few.

This is going to be big.

Ancient Exiles!

AE Ancient Monolith by artbygp AE Yggdrasill by artbygp Titan Down by artbygp AE Kain by artbygp

On a side note, MattePainting group is looking for contributors! If you have skill in mattepainting and would like to help vote on submissions or write journals... send us a note!

Thank you for reading


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Gabriel Perez
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United States
Veteran of the US Army Infantry. Artist. Humble. Serious. AWESOME. Taken by my wife NicolePerez who kidnapped me into slavery and is pushing me to keep going with my art 0_0 how cool is that? Check out her page. She's bad ass yo.

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Kiabugboy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Added you to my watch! Being a concept artist is my dream job, and it's really inspiring to see your works!
artbygp Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hey dude, thank you! It's also my dream job haha but hey we are in it together :) We have to keep pushing forward.
AnglePlayMate Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Start to watch now my friend ^ ^
artbygp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Bud :)
BlackstarOG Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Your Xenogears speed series paintings are amazing, I love the art style and the way the events are portrayed only serve to reinvigorate my love for the story.
artbygp Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man, I appreciate the comment. It's going to be a hell of a long ride.
AceGekko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student
Love the style you paint, must keep a closer eye!
artbygp Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Ace! 
A910 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome artwork man. Always cool to see vet's putting their talents into visual mediums.
A910 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. Yeah, was an Engineer many years ago. Spent Another 8 Years working in an ambulance with some law enforcement experience sprinkled in there. Transitioning to full time LE and takin a break from EMS for a while.  Art is just kind of an escape in my free time.
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