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Santa Clarita, California, United States
Jonathan Payne is a freelance artist residing in Santa Clarita, California. His sculptures and paintings focus primarily on creature and character design . He has studied under Jordu Schell (Men In Black, Edward Scissorhands, Avatar), concept sculptor Simon Lee and fine art sculptor John Brown. He prefers to sculpt in oil, polymer and WED clays. Recently he has become consumed with creating an original line of tumorous balls of flesh known as the Fleshlettes. In addition to his macabre "babies" he also enjoys composing fine art sculptures depicting both wildlife and the human form. Jonathan is available for hire as a freelance artist and for individual commissions.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Sunrise Canyon

So here's another matte painting. This one is more in the vein of a 'create the entire landscape' as opposed to an extension. This is also too lacking in fine detail to ever be considered a finished matte painting. It exists as something more between a low detail final and a thumbnail/color sketch. My favorite portion is the clouds and the cliffs farthest in the distance. As the cliffs get closer they are too cartoony. I realize that the colors are too garish but I wanted the mountains to be fairly monochrome and since the pink sky sets the palette, purple seemed like my option. The detail was kept low to try and maintain focus on the horizon/sunrise and to avoid an unrealistic hyper detail look (especially since backlit foggy mountains at dawn would look flat and low detail) but somehow it just helps with the purple to look fake. I have to find out how to balance focus with detail.

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