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Outposts step-by-step by DavidHakobian Outposts step-by-step by DavidHakobian
The creation process of the "Outposts" matte painting. The idea was to create a sci-fi scene featuring two tower complexes built on high ground. I started by roughly sketching out the design of the main tower on a piece of paper. Then, I quickly modeled the basic shapes of the scene using Sketchup, to figure out the best camera angle for the shot. Once I had decided which angle works best, I imported the scene as a 2d image into Photoshop where I started tweaking the values and hues to create a sense of depth and coherence in the image. I used photo textures to quickly detail certain parts and added elements like additional structures and flying objects to enrich and balance the composition. As a final touch, I boosted contrast using the "levels" feature of Photoshop.

Final image can be seen here: davidhakobian.deviantart.com/a…
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Renewalazar Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this
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DavidHakobian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Np :)
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting way to use Sketchup. :o
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DavidHakobian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
and time-saving... :nod:
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see! 
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commanderchristian Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Artist
I am so surprised to see the art like that its SO AWESOME
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DavidHakobian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :aww:
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commanderchristian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Artist
Your welcome
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Aliasmk123 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I never even thought of making art this way. nice!
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DavidHakobian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well now you know... =P
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vyxe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student
i always struggle drawing architecture and i'd never thought of using sketchup, thats a really cool idea! thanks for sharing how you make your images, its very helpful
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DavidHakobian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's quite useful for quickly setting a basic perspective. Thanks for viewing.
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ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you very much for sharing, it's super neat!
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DavidHakobian Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure, I'm glad you enjoyed it. ^ ^
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