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 or impossible to build or visit. Such artworks are necessities in creating realistic backdrops for films and some TV series. This technique requires a solid understanding of light, exposure, color theory and composition. It is often used for film and game concept art, and for 3D animation.

In this post we have compiled a list of excellent examples of matte painting from the top digital artists. Try to browse this list and check out the stunning and dynamic outputs from combining 3D, photographic elements and hand-painted elements. You may be interested in the following modern trends related articles as well: Baby Tattoos, University Web Designs and Nail Polish Ideas.

1. Babel Myth

Babel Myth
Babel Myth

2. Waterfall Matte Painting

Waterfall Matte Painting
Waterfall Matte Painting

3. Underwater Matte Painting

Underwater Matte Painting
Underwater Matte Painting

4. Matte Painting Practice

Matte Painting Practice
Matte Painting Practice

5. Fantasy Matte Painting – Snow

Fantasy Matte Painting - Snow
Fantasy Matte Painting – Snow

6. City Matte

City Matte
City Matte

7. Amazing Matte Painting

Amazing Matte Painting
Amazing Matte Painting

8. Matte-painting – Our Future

Matte-painting - Our Future
Matte-painting – Our Future

9. Sunset Matte Painting

Sunset Matte Painting
Sunset Matte Painting

10. Matte Painting Paranoia

Matte Painting Paranoia
Matte Painting Paranoia

11. Matte Experiment

Matte Experiment
Matte Experiment

12. New Anchorage Matte Painting

New Anchorage Matte Painting
New Anchorage Matte Painting

13. Matte Painting Picture

Matte Painting Picture
Matte Painting Picture

14. Ziggurat – 3D Matte Painting

Ziggurat - 3D Matte Painting
Ziggurat – 3D Matte Painting

15. Matte Painting Piece

Matte Painting Piece
Matte Painting Piece

16. Matte Painting Experiment

Matte Painting Experiment
Matte Painting Experiment

17. Dark, Bitter, Cold – Matte

Dark, Bitter, Cold - Matte
Dark, Bitter, Cold – Matte

18. Fantasy Matte Painting Photo

Fantasy Matte Painting Photo
Fantasy Matte Painting Photo

19. Misty Abbey Matte Painting

Misty Abbey Matte Painting
Misty Abbey Matte Painting

20. Wacom Contest – Matte Painting

Wacom Contest - Matte Painting
Wacom Contest – Matte Painting