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.


Somnath’s matte painting ‘Neo-Sparta’ won First Prize which is not just an achievement for him but also a deep satisfaction of being an artist whose work is judged by senior artists from different part of the world. He shares his experience with us as he mentions “I had a great experience with this CGSociety DMP challenge.  All brilliant, experienced artists did their masterpieces of work. Congratulations to all the contestants for finishing their entries and getting them submitted on time. It was a great opportunity to show my talent to CGSociety members and visiting guests as well as pushing myself beyond my own boundaries. I know how hard it is to create personal pieces of Matte Painting within a short period of time.”

Somnath shares with us his experience of going through this challenge and Making of his winning matte painting ‘Neo-Sparta’ .


I very much liked this ‘Kreola After Earth’ concept and found it to be challenging. After reading through all the instructions I did some research on the subject and collected some references. I started my sketches in overtime, and worked up to the result. Initially it was hard to figure out the perspective, because the plate itself has many buildings making it tough. I believe it’s the biggest challenge for a Matte Painter to keep the elements from the original plate as much as possible and create the rest of the world around it.

I would like take this opportunity to thank the judges for their feedback throughout the WIP process which helped me a lot. I would extend my gratitude to all of the judges.

I started researching the subject. first quickly I made some concept art base on the subject and downloaded reference images. I know if you are doing any Digital Matte Painting work, always make B/W image so you can understand the black and white balance of the image. Of Couse lighting is very important when you are making concept art and here I started working further on concept.

So here is step by step detailing of the concept … hope you will enjoy this process of Digital Matte Painting. 

 Final Output

Neo Sparta Matte Painting final output

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