Take your skills to the next level with a deeper focus on a single complex project

In this course, we will continue where we left off in Part 1 to create a full Establishing Shot Matte Painting

Using industry standard software such as: Photoshop, Maya, Nuke, and Houdini. 
Students will receive individual feedback on their work as well as practicing these techniques to create portfolio level work.



Course curriculum

    1. Creating an Establishing Shot

    2. Final Project: Breakdown of 3 week assignment

    3. Composition and Movie Reference

    4. Concept Key

    5. Classic Castle concept

    6. Classic Castle Rough Layout

    7. Assignment #5 (part 1 of 3 Final Project)

    8. Upload Assignment #5

    1. Continue on Establishing shot (2 of 3)

    2. Assets needed

    3. Shaders - Maya and Clarisse

    4. Clarisse Tips

    5. Heightfields in Houdini

    6. Heightfields in Gaea

    7. Speed Tree Intro

    8. Update Rough Layout with new assets

    9. Assignment #6

    10. Upload Assignment #6

    1. Finishing up Establishing shot (3 of 3)

    2. Houdini Heightfield Project

    3. Heroing up Asset

    4. Clarisse scene setup and scattering

    5. Plant Assets as library element and scattered

    6. Assignment #7

    7. Upload Assignment #7

    1. Finishing touches on your Establishing shot

    2. Promoting Yourself

    3. Branding Yourself

    4. Career Beginnings

    5. Career Trajectory and Portfolio

About this course

  • $250.00
  • 30 lessons

Sign Up Today for our 4 Week Class

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!”

“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. ”

Meet Eric


Eric has been a Matte Painter in the Animations Industry for nearly two decades. Currently, he works at Walt Disney Animation Studios and was previously at Dreamworks Animation. Eric has taught various Matte Painting classes for several years at various institutions. Some films that he worked on are: Wish, Strange World, Frozen 2, Encanto, How to Train your Dragon2, Kung Fu Panda, and many many more. He has worked as a Matte Painter, Lead, and Supervisor.

Eric Bouffard

Matte Painter


Final Project in the Matte Painting for Animation: Stylized Worlds