Learn the techniques and the skills to create Matte Paintings and 3d Environments for Animation

Use Industry Standard Software:

Photoshop, Maya, Nuke, Houdini, Substance Painter, and more

  • Learn, Build, and Create

    Following the lessons in the courses, you will learn the fundamentals of being a matte painter/3d Generalist/Environment artist

  • Interactive

    If you choose Zoom classes, you will interact directly with your Instructor and receive feedback on your work and recorded critiques. ZOOM Session's date and time to be set by Instructors

  • Community

    All courses give you access to our Community Dashboard. Here you can post, ask questions, and interact with all the members of Matte Mentors and Instructors

Student Testimonials

“This class was such an amazing learning experience and really helps you expand your knowledge on industry standard programs. I had a wonderful experience learning from Eric, he was very understanding of all experience levels and made the class feel really comfortable!”

“You can't find the knowledge contained in this course anywhere else! Trust me, I was looking around for quite some time. Eric's veteran experience is very evident in every step of the way, from explanations, problem solving, to the individual feedback. I felt like I had an incredible supervisor for the duration of the course, as well as a class of colleagues I could learn alongside through the forum, which I now miss! I can't recommend this enough for anyone heading into or curious about mattepainting for 3D animation. ”

“I had a great experience in Eric's matte painting for animation class! Learning about the history of matte paintings in film through the century was foundational as we started out in the course. From Disney's golden age animated films to the movies we see on screen today, Eric was a great tutor in helping us learn and see the potential of matte paintings and set extension work in animated movies. His guidance and expertise in the artistic and technical aspects of matte painting have helped me to take the next steps in my own work. With hands-on projects, professional instruction, and constructive feedback, I would recommend Eric's classes to anyone!”

“It has been a truly wonderful experience to have Eric as an instructor. He has provided guidance and thoughtful feedback throughout our class. Eric cares about the students and want us to be successful. I definitely feel more confident in my skills after doing the assignments. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn matte painting/set extension for animation!”

“Super glad that I had the opportunity to take Eric’s course. His attention to detail and passion for the subject shines through the course material and projects. This class gave a very comprehensive breakdown of matte painting—giving us exposure to industry standard programs, allowing us to practice 3D skills, providing repetition through projects and demos to improve digital painting skills, and walking through how to tie all elements together. I learned so much across each discipline within Matte painting, and was challenged in a way that allowed me to feel my growth throughout the course. The quality of the course is topped by Eric’s instruction and I would highly recommend anyone who is interested multiple parts of the CG pipeline and learning 3d and 2d take this class. ”

“Eric really takes the time to demonstrate a variety of methods that can help you achieve what you want with your project. His demos can also inspire you to take you project steps further. He's such a knowledgeable, kind teacher who that makes the learning process fun and easy. Definitely would recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn about matte painting and creating establishing shots. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, Eric always shares something new to learn. Rated 5 out of 5 ”

“This course was great! Eric covered a wide variety of matte painting techniques both in 3D and 2D. Most valuable was the individual feedback from a veteran artist and I watched as my shot improved in leaps and bounds. I would highly recommend this course.”

“I wanted to learn more about animation and Disney great background which match so well. I thought at first time that the matte painter make some BG, like as the sky, cloud, and some city with some photos and paints stuff but not at this extent. I'm not a good painter but event a beginner as myself can still do something nice with Eric as mentor. He is a great teacher :) I learn a lot and I want to do my own layout/previs with some of these techniques for dress up the scene et render some beautiful image. :) ”

“If you want to learn matte painting, but don't know where to start Matte Mentors is the perfect class for you. I am so glad I had to opportunity to take this class and learn from Eric. Prior to taking this class I had no experience with programs such as Maya or Nuke, but after Matte Mentors I feel much more confident navigating those programs and can even create my own projects from scratch. I highly recommend this class. ”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the class. There was so much content to absorb! My favorite part were the video critiques and paintovers. It was great having a professional of Erics caliber critiquing everyones work and we could view each others critiques. You learn more from mistakes, even if they aren’t your own. Thanks for the hard work Eric.”

“Really awesome course. Eric goes above and beyond to help us out and explains really well all the steps involved in the projects.”

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