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Matte Painting by Artist Somnath Patra

To celebrate the launch of d’artiste: Matte Painting 3, CGSociety challenged the world’s matte painters to create a stunning matte based on a plate by one of the authors of the latest book, Milan Schere.

 Somnath Patra, a CG Artist by profession completed Fine Arts training at Kolkata Academy of Fine Arts West Bengal, INDIA. He has many years of experience in animation (2D, 3D) and Gaming. He specialise in traditional painting and digital painting of 2D backgrounds, as well as matte painting in 2D and 3D. He has  worked as Matte Painter in studios like the Dreamworks Dedicated Unit in Bangalore and MPC Bangalore and now working at Zynga in Bangalore. 

He is also a featured artist at Animation Supplement and shared his artwork and experience with us earlier.

Youcan read his full interview here: http://animationsupplement.com/index.php/interviews/31-matte-painting-artist-somnath-patra-interview

Recently he participated in prestigious CGSociety (cgsociety.org) website’s ‘Kreola After Earth - Digital Matte Painting Challenge’ and was declared First Prize winner.

Matte Painting by Artist Somnath Patra

To celebrate the launch of d’artiste: Matte Painting 3, CGSociety challenged the world’s matte painters to create a stunning matte based on a plate by one of the authors of the latest book, Milan Schere.

The challenge was to bring Schere’s personal project "Kreola After Earth: Phantom Memories" to life. It is a steam-punk science fiction tale, revolving around a human girl on an alien planet who is caught between the lines at the brink of a war. As the external story arc develops, we gradually discover more about Yuki's past, ultimately placing her into a key position within the upcoming revolution.

Reference image from cgsociety for matte painting challenge Refernce image provided by CGSociety

The submitted works were judged on the strength of their emotive and narrative elements, with technical excellence as secondary criteria. In keeping with the promotional aspect of the challenge, the Kreola Matte Painting Challenge was judged by the authors of the d’artiste Masterclass book; David Luong, Milan Schere, Damien Mace and Jaime Jasso. Also, as a special guest judge, we were pleased to have Michael Pangrazio on the judging panel. Michael Pangrazio is the award winning, traditional and digital matte artist famous for his outstanding work on Lucasfilm's Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back. Michael Pangrazio is currently Senior Art Director at Weta Digital.