Enrollment and Workshop Information
If you're interested in learning how to do photo real digital matte painting with intensive support, mentorship, and honest critiques from myself for 8 weeks, please take a look at my CGWorkshop offered for only $699 through CGSociety.org (now a part of CGMA). Check out the December 2016 student art work below.
My next class is TBA 2018 but the wonderful Igor Staritsin is substituting for me during my absence. The course work is still from me but he will use it as a guide to teach the upcoming classes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is CGSociety's CGWorkshop now merged with CGMA?
Yes! CGWorkshop will be now a part of CGMA and will be phased out of CGSociety's umbrella by the end of this year. Both networks will work with each other to transition the teachers and students as well as forum data to CGMA's server, and will be cross promoting continually. The teaching format will change a little bit, adapting to CGMA's style of feedback once a week, with live video paintovers.
- When are the lessons available during the workshop?
At the beginning of each week, the entire lesson module opens up for that week, and you can read/watch the stream-able videos any time you are free. They will be available even after the workshop ends so you can still review them and learn from them afterwards. Most people who take my course are students, part time workers, or even full time workers doing it on their off times.
- Are the videos live or can we download them from somewhere?
The videos are all recorded before hand, and are only available through streaming. They will be available even after the course ends though for some time for you to continue learning.
- When do we submit work or what time zone?
I will review your assignments and give you feedback as soon as I can anytime during the day. So that’s the beauty of this workshop style as you can do it at your own schedule at any time.
- Do I need a portfolio review to get in and what skills should I have to take this course?
Don’t need a portfolio review to enroll in the class, as I tailor my feedback based on everyone’s own skill set. But it’s recommended that you know one or more of this: digital painting in Photoshop, concept sketching pertaining to environments, photography, real world or CG lighting, compositing, basic artistic skills such as compositing, perspective etc, even some digital matte painting as I help you take it further through the workshop.
This CGWorkshop has been wildly popular, and has exceeded my expectations in the quality of work my students have been putting out and the amount of energy I've seen in the forums. Supporting my students and passing on my knowledge to the next generation has been a great honor and pleasure.
Top student work from my CGWorkshops are promoted on my website, Facebook, and on CGSociety's galleries.
I also support all of my past students for life through email, and in the Alumni Lounge, which they are automatically enrolled in for free after having taken the course. The Alumni Lounge has all past students in there, as well as a copy of the workshop for an indefinite amount of time. There, other peers are able to continue working on matte painting and interacting just like how they were in the live workshop, and I come in to give support and feedback as well. There is now also a Facebook DMP Alumni group to help continue the learning.
In addition to teaching online, I also help moderate CGtalk.com's Digital Matte Painting Forum, so head there for a ton of free knowledge, introduce yourself, post your WIP's for some feedback from the community, and interact with other professional as well as aspiring matte painting artists in the industry. So introduce yourself, have some fun, and post your WIP's for some feedback from the community. Access it here: http://forums.cgsociety.org/forumdisplay.php?f=196
To view other amazing workshops by other high level industry artists, check out the CGWorkshop Home Page.
Student Examples From Past CGWorkshops
Past Student Testimonials
Additional former workshop students
Usama Jameel - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/usama-jameel/34/191/a82
Gordon Tarpley - http://www.gordontarpley.com
Felicity Moore - http://felicitymoore.carbonmade.com/
Fabio Silva - http://www.fabiomsilva.com
Igor Staritsin - http://www.igorstaritsin.com
Elena Topouzoglou - http://elenavfx.weebly.com
If you're interested in learning digital matte painting with intensive support, mentorship, and honest critiques from myself, please take a look at my CGMA Workshop offered for $699. Seats are limited, please sign up here: http://www.cgsociety.org/training/course/intro-to-digital-matte-painting
Note: My CGToD (Training on Demand) streamable video packages are now discontinued as of January 2016.
CGtalk.com's DMP Forum and Free Monthly Challenges
For other digital matte painting resource, I highly recommend you check out the DMP forum over on CGtalk.com where I am also a forum leader. There's a great DMP Tome of Knowledge that I've curated for a list of resources and inspiration, as well as a monthly DMP mini-challenge to hone your skills monthly with free entry and great prizes to the top 3!
Book: d'Artiste Matte Painting vol. 3
To enhance your education and complement my CGWorkshop, I also offer the d'Artiste: Matte Painting 3 book in which I was privileged to be a co-author of along with two other amazing digital matte painting artists, Milan Schere, and Damien Mace. The foreword was written by the legendary traditional matte painter and current Senior Art Director of Weta Digital, Michael Pangrazio. In the book, I offer breakdowns of three tutorials: "Ivory Castle," "Monolith City," and "Skyward Life". The book also features digital matte paintings from talented artists all around the world.