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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:

Daniel
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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!
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Atzlith Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first time I saw Santa Claus! xD
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sMuffinLove Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Aw, this is so awesome. Totally made my day! :aww:
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memod Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional
Aww, I'm really glad :aww: Glad you liked it :D
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fantapepsi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
beautiful :iconimpressedplz:
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memod Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional
Thank you :D
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fantapepsi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
you're welcome :highfive:
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Aimelle Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome work ! what is a matte painting ? what does it means ?
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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
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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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memod Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Professional
Oh pas de problème :aww: I'm glad if I can help :hug:
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VetteC Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
For your first experiment with this type of painting it looks rather bitchen! i really like the lighting an over all setting/feel to it
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional
Hehe thanks a lot, I sure am glad you like it :D It has been a fun first experiment :nod:
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Mecal Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009   Photographer
unfortunately the reflection in the bumper still lingers... a quick touch up would fix that though. :D
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional
Hehe yeah, but the piece is so old now, that I won't go back to retouch it, I think :D You are certainly right though, this piece has its flaws, haha :D
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Mecal Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009   Photographer
nah, it was only submitted 3 years ago :bucktooth:
lol

You should do another Nightime with a car painting :D
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Professional
well who knows, maybe one day I will, hehe :D
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KraziiBabii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wicked. I thought this was a photograph at first glance. Amazing work, Daniel.
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional
Hehe, well as the description says, it's based upon a photo which I took of a toy truck, haha :D Was an interesting challenge, my first endeavours into matte painting :D
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KraziiBabii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
And you have succeeded. It's great :)
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AnitaSadowska Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student Photographer
You are the best painter that i saw in my whole life!! trully amazing!!
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional
Haha aww, naw, I am sure you have seen much better painter than me :heart: I am merely starting out. But I try and I will improve, I am sure :hug:
Also this piece here is a so called matte painting, it involves some photographic elements too, as the description says :nod: I have some matte paintings in my gallery and I always make that clear in the description and link to the major photos which went into their production :aww:

But I still do plenty of pure paintings and love doing those too :D
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AnitaSadowska Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student Photographer
You're just starting? omg now i see that you are more talented that i thought!! i had to give You a watch, probabily i'll get addicted of Your works so be careful;)

Photographic elements don't change a fact, that its amazing piece of work. Great, great, great! :) :hug:
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional
Yeah well I think I picked up painting about 5 years ago. So I am by far not an expert or anything :D But I take it pretty seriously and try to learn as much as possible :hug: And hey, that's all the fun about it :D So it really isn't talent, just practise :D

I am glad you think so :glomp: And no need to be careful, I won't complain if you get addicted :lol:
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AnitaSadowska Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student Photographer
hehe that's grand then :)
I Actually started taking pictures half a year ago, so I hope that in the future I'll get much more better!:)
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional
Oh I am sure you will, we all improve if we do something frequently and regularly :D And in ireland you have wonderful landscapes to photograph, I am sure :D
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AnitaSadowska Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student Photographer
oh yes,thats true. Thats the only thing that is beautiful in this country ;)
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional
Aww, why so? Don't you like Ireland much?
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Violet-Kleinert Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Photographer
Great job, wonderful detail and use of imagination! :clap:
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional
Haha, thank you :D It was a lot of fun :lol:
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bbtea Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009   Photographer
love the humour in this. :)
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional
Thank you :aww: Glad you do :D
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mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Och, I'd like to see such views when I wake up. :giggle: Pretty! The car has so many details! :clap:
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional
Hehe, yeah, I think that would be quite fun :lol: Except that I don't think this truck would fit into our parking lot :paranoid:
But now imagine how a kid would feel seeing that when it wakes up in the middle of the night :giggle:
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mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Hmm.... shocked? :lol: :giggle:
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional
hey now! :giggle:

Think positive!....amazed perhaps? :gigggle:
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mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
...............
died from shock? :D
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional
how charming :giggle:
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mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Well... this is only me. :giggle:
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional
that seems to be true :giggle: you certainly have an interesting way to look at things :lol:
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traumtaenzer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Unglaublich, was du alles aus einem solchen Foto herausholen kannst! Das versetzt mich sofort in Weihnachtsstimmung und ich höre in meinem Kopf den Song aus der Werbung.
Die sollten dich für Werbeplakate einstellen!
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Haha, ich würde mich darüber nicht beschweren :D Danke dir :aww: :hug: Bekomm ich jetzt ein Plätzchen? :giggle:
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traumtaenzer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
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Bitteschön!
(Es gab leider keine Zimtsterne)
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
du bist klasse! :lmao: jetzt hätt ich mich beinahe an meinem essen verschluckt, als ich das gesehen hab :lol:

danke dir! :glomp: :cuddle:
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traumtaenzer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
das kommt davon, wenn man um 3 uhr morgens noch isst! :giggle:
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Es war ja nicht viel :giggle: Ich hab vorhin nicht dran gedacht, zu abend zu essen, und da ich wohl noch ein bisschen auf bleiben werde, dacht ich mir, ich hol das jetzt nach :giggle:
Hmm...jetzt noch eine heiße schokolade? :lol: Und dazu ein Plätzchen? :giggle:
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traumtaenzer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Oh, da hätte ich jetzt auch Lust drauf!
Aber ich hab keine Milch mehr, sowas blödes. Na dann mach ich mir jetzt einen Tee mit Plätzchen. Typisch Englisch.
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional
Was meinst, ob wir mit Tee und heißer Schokolade anstoßen können? :lol:
Und Milch muss man -immer- im Haus haben. Daran darf es unter keinen Umständen mangeln. Wie soll ich denn ohne heiße Schokolade, Cappuccino, Milchreis und Eierkuchen auskommen? D:
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LyndseyLittle Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh NO! I didn't get to see the Coca-Cola Christmas truck either! :( Well... I never have... but I see I am missing out! :3 This work is beautiful! :heart:
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Professional
Aww, seems like we all haven't seen it D: Glad you can enjoy this piece still :cuddle:
Thank you :heart:
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