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When I woke up last night... by memod When I woke up last night... by memod
It's actually quite funny how I got the idea for this image... some weeks ago a good friend of mine complained to me that the Coca Cola Christmas Truck is not coming through her town this year, and that she would have loved to see it, because of all the stuff that's going on then...and then for christmas my little cousin got a miniature model of it, and I thought, why not take a photo of it and make this a matte painting and send it to my friend... :aww:

Please note, that's a matte painting....I used both photos and painting methods... you can see the basic photo that I took here. It took me a while, and lots of layers until I had the final result, but I am quite happy with it... it does not have this photo realisitic look that matte paintings usually have, but hey, it's my first real matte painting, so be easy on me ;) I welcome any critiques and suggestions on how to make that better though :nod:

Thanks to everybody who helped me with suggestions and crits on that! :nod:
I hope you enjoy it :aww:

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Hehe, another critique. First of all I would like to say that I ABSOLUTELY love the atmosphere you created here. You said in your artist note that, "it does not have this photo realistic look" - well personally, I think that is rather an advantage because it makes the painting incredibly soft and warm and very Christmas-y. In a way, it adds a "magic" sort of quality to the painting that I feel is enhanced by that starry night sky (usually associated with making wishes), and the little child in the foreground (because children usually wish presents for Christmas from Santa, and Santa is associated with magic and wishing etc).

Anyway, I love the double focus on the both the truck and the silhouette of the child. It is a very nice effect that you chose to make the child appear as a shadow, thus allowing anyone to relate and connect to this picture. I also love the outline of the teddy bear because it reinforces the vulnerability of the child and also the child-like focus in this painting (wishes coming true, magic etc. etc.)

I really like how you painted the lights on the face of the truck because they really add dimension to the picture, however, I feel that the lights on the truck body (along the side), appear a little bit flat. Or maybe not the lights, but in connection to the simple red fabric? Or maybe it looks a little bit strange because the front of the truck is lit up in light and it does not go together with the relatively dark side? I cannot really point out what I mean, just that it appears slightly inconstant.

Generally, I really love the small details in this painting - like the small teddy by the child (also very effective that it is sitting by the leg of the child), and the icicles on the bottom of the truck and the lights on the front of the truck.

Also, generally, despite the matte touch, this painting is very realistic looking but with a fairytale like quality to it - the trees in the background as well as the snow and the sky are all beautifully done. The only question I have left is about the snow right in front of the car lights - the reflection - I feel you should have made it more lined, because it looks slightly artificial (more so on the right car light reflection). I cannot really describe what I mean so I will link you a picture: [link]

In general, lovely painting! Well done=)
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This is your first matte painting and this is my first critique, hooray! Krehm, okay back to the matter at hand:

I really like the atmosphere you are going with this painting. There's a combined feel of innocence and Christmas. The Christmassy feel is practically oozing from the red color of the truck, the twinkle of the lights and the white snow in darkness of a winter night. The color scheme really works in this one.

The Christmas feel and the small child pointing at the truck with excitement and wonder, in addition to the stars on the sky that remind me of the stars you see on children's cartoons or books really highlight the innocence in this painting.

So yeah, I really like it. But something it this piece feels slightly unfinished or just not quite there - something is missing. This is going to the nitpicking area so brace yourself:

I'd like to see some darker tones in some places. The boy's back could use darker shading in some areas, even though it appears that there is some light coming from the back. Another thing that could use some contrast and darker tones is the truck. I'd try darkening the back of the truck just a bit and maybe a touch of some shadowing on the front too. It would also be nice to see just a bit more highlights on the front grill, near the lights.

The trees and the mountains in the background look a bit too copy-pasted - they don't look organic and clash slightly with the completely painted areas. They could use some revising with a brush, adding some shadowing and lighting in some parts, making it more clear where a light hits them. This would probably make them fit in better.

Good work though, especially for a first time!
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OniBee Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
It actually reminds me of the movie "the polar express" where a little boy got interapted in his sleep cause of the rails of a train which caused him the curiousity to get out of his home and see what was the sound and then by his surprize to see that indeed there was a train, and thus this exact image reminds me of that!
Atzlith Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first time I saw Santa Claus! xD
sMuffinLove Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Aw, this is so awesome. Totally made my day! :aww:
memod Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional
Aww, I'm really glad :aww: Glad you liked it :D
fantapepsi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
beautiful :iconimpressedplz:
memod Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional
Thank you :D
fantapepsi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
you're welcome :highfive:
Aimelle Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome work ! what is a matte painting ? what does it means ?
memod Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional
Matte paintings are basically photorealistic environments used in films and commercials to either replace or modify existing background and surroundings of the characters. An easy example would be the lord of the rings movies...there were so many environments in there which obviously don't exist, and yet have to look real :D And to create those, usually a mix of digital painting and photomanipulation is employed :nod:

Thank you :D
Aimelle Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
oh yes, thank you for the info ! Often I can not know because it is english words :p
so I'm glad I've learn more from you :)
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