In this course, we will go over the technical and creative skills to create matte paintings for Animation.

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



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Course curriculum


    2. Animation through the years: Traditional Studios

    3. Animation through the years: New Media/Games Cinematics/Etc.

    4. History of Matte Painting and Background Painting

    5. What is Matte Painting?

    6. Walking thru a shot in an Animation pipeline

    7. Reference Library

    8. Photoshop 101

    9. Let's create a digital painting

    10. Assignment 1: Digital Painting

    11. Upload Assignment 1

    1. Creating a Matte Painting Shot

    2. Launched on your shot

    3. The Sky is "not" falling

    4. Maya 101

    5. Beginning setup in Maya

    6. Photoshop - Painting your projection

    7. Nuke 101

    8. Compositing your first Shot

    9. Assignment #2 - Static Matte Painting shot

    10. Uploading your Assignment #2

    1. Creating a one-off painting

    2. Launched on Assignment

    3. Create your projection setup

    4. Maya layout for your shot - geometry and textures

    5. Clarisse 101

    6. Compositing your shot

    7. Assignment #3

    8. Upload Assignment #3

    1. Creating projection painting for multiple shots

    2. Launched on assignment: Multi shot workflow

    3. Photoshop stylization

    4. Layout in Maya: geometry and texture creation

    5. Clarisse scattering elements

    6. Compositing shots for same projection

    7. Assignment #4

    8. Upload Assignment #4

    1. Creating an Establishing Shot

    2. Launch on Assignment: Establishing Shot

    3. Camera Lens

    4. Using Mixamo

    5. Creating Model Kit

    6. Setting up your shot

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

    8. Upload Assignment #5

    1. Continue on Establishing shot (2 of 3)

    2. Double checking your Projection setup

    3. Using Clarisse for Volumetrics and Scattering

    4. Finalizing your Assets

    5. Assignment #6

    6. Upload Assignment #6

About this course

  • $499.00
  • 62 lessons

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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: 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