Matte Painting Websites and Resources

Today's entry is on matte painting.

What is matte painting? From the Wikipedia entry:

A matte painting is a painted representation of a landscape, set, or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that would otherwise be too expensive to build or visit. Historically, matte painters and film technicians have used various techniques to combine a matte-painted image with live-action footage. At its best, depending on the skill levels of the artists and technicians, the effect is "seamless" and creates environments that would otherwise be impossible to film.

Good matte paintings are the ones that don't distract the audience from the acting in movies. On one hand, artists work so hard on them, on the other hand, all the hard work are supposed to go unnoticed.

So in this post, I've gathered some resources as well as links to the artists/studios who have created these amazing background art.

If you have any interesting links, share them by posting a comment.

1. Forums

Got a question on matte paintings? Check out these forums. Most of them come with galleries as well, on the same domain, but outside the galleries.

Do check out the sticky threads typically pinned at the top of the forums for more resources.

CGSociety Matte Painting Forum

2. Personal blogs and websites

Lord of the Rings Matte Painting
Paul Lasaine has done background paintings for Surf's Up, Open Season, Lord of the Rings, Prince of Egypt and many other films.

Matte Painting by Yanick Dusseault
Yanick Dusseault has worked on films including Star Trek (2009), Indiana Jones (2008), War of the Worlds (2005), etc. You can check out his impressive resume and gallery on his website,

Dylan Cole Studio matte painting
Dylan Cole Studio

Alp Altiner
Alp Altiner

Stoski Digital Matte Painting
Stoski Digital Matte Painting

Illusion Arts
Illusion Arts

Jessy Veilleus matte painting
Jessy Veilleus

Richard Bluff matte painting
Richard Bluff

Mark Sullivan matte painting
Mark Sullivan

Christian Lorenz Scheurer Matte Painting
Christian Lorenz Scheurer

Tim Warnock Matte Painting
Tim Warnock

Brenton Cottman Matte Painting
Brenton Cottman

Neil Miller matte painting
Neil Miller

Ludovic Iochem Matte Painting
Ludovic Iochem

Flickr Matte Painting Group
Flickr Group: Matte Painting. Not just purely a photo sharing website, you can find a group created specially for matte painters. It's called Flickr: Matte Painting. It's essentially a gallery.

Tutorials and downloads has a 5 page tutorial on digital matte painting. It's in PDF format free for download.

London History Museum Matte Painting Tutorial
London History Museum Matte Painting Tutorial
London History Museum matte painting tutorial by Sorin Bechira. The second image is the final painting.

Sebastien Gaucher
Sebastien Gaucher has some step-by-step tutorials on his website. Galleries included.

For more tutorials, you'll want to do a search on

3. Books

D'artiste: Matte Painting and D'artiste: Matte Painting 2
These two books look at the matte painting work flow of top artists in the movie industry. I've the book review for volume one.

Country-specific Amazon links for D'artiste: Matte Painting: | | | | |

Country-specific Amazon links for D'artiste: Matte Painting 2: | | | | |

The Invisible Art
The Invisible Art. This book is out of print and is selling online at pretty insane prices. If you happen to see it in a bookshop, you're in luck. I've briefly browsed through it (in a bookshop) and it's mainly on the history of matte painting, and how they are used in movies.

Country-specific Amazon links for The Invisible Art: | | | | |

Special Effects: The History and Technique. Chapter 5 covers the history and techniques of movie matte painting.

Country-specific Amazon links for this book: | | | | |

4. Places to look for more resources

Delicious is a great place to check out popular bookmarks. You can do a search on tags with keywords like mattepainting, matte_painting, matte-painting or do a general search through titles and tags with their search box.


I did a search on Youtube for "matte painting tutorials" and there are a few videos.


There's no special dedicated category on for matte paintings. They are there but you'll have to search.

So what other interesting matte painting websites do you know? Share them in the comments section.


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