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New Matte Painting DVDs from The Gnomon Workshop

Instructional discs feature the expertise of Yanick Dusseault (September 08, 2004)

The Gnomon Workshop is pleased to announce two new Analog DVDs that will be available September 15th! Produced in conjunction with Design Studio Press, the new titles focus on digital matte painting techniques. We also want to welcome Yanick Dusseault, a new instructor and one of the industry's foremost digital matte painters.

Dusseault, a.k.a. DUSSO, has worked on such projects as What Dreams May Come, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and is currently working as a senior matte painter for Industrial Light and Magic on the upcoming episode of the Star Wars saga. Yanick graduated from the Illustration program at Sheridan College.

The Techniques of DUSSO
Volume 1: Introduction to Digital Matte Painting
To become a skilled matte painter, one must understand the essential properties of photographed light. This DVD follows Dusso through the first stages of the matte painting process, focusing on the properties of photographed light through the execution of nine different digital color sketches. These are quick exercises that demonstrate the blocking in of shapes and colors to train your skills at creating visually pleasing and realistic results.

Topics Covered
Color Palettes
Contrast Range
Photographic Qualities

The Techniques of DUSSO,
Volume 2: Digital Matte Painting Fundamentals
This DVD demonstrates the basic techniques of digital matte painting for visual effects in a production environment. Dusso combines elements of photography, simple 3D models and freehand painting techniques within Adobe Photoshop, merging the boundaries of realism with graphic illustration for stunning impact.

Topics Covered
Light Quality
Depth and Atmosphere
Integration and Painting Process
Directing the Viewer
Image Complexity

Both discs will be available on September 15 at $69 each.

For more of DUSSO's work, visit:

About Gnomon School
Founded in 1997, the Gnomon School has become the premiere visual effects training center in Hollywood: offering hands-on courses in Maya, Houdini, Paraform, Softimage XSI, RenderMan, Shake, After Effects, StudioPaint3D, DeepPaint3D and Flash. Our curriculum is also complemented by a wide array of 'Analog' courses including Miniatures, Practical Effects and Maquette Sculpture.

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