Practice Matte Painting

An old frozen rusty ship matte painting.  I followed the Youtube tutorial here.

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For the skyline, I used this photo I took of the Miami skyline during a family cruise to the Bahamas a couple years ago.

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Other photos used from a free photo stock site:

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I began by making a sketch.

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Then, I layered the photos.

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Adjusted the colors, masked textures onto the ship, painted the snow all the way to the skyline, and painted snow on the buildings as well as on the ship.

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Added filters.

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Added snow.

SnowedShip7_800Close up of completed ship.

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Photos From The Cruise

Last week the family went on a cruise.  This was supposed to be my dad’s retirement “party” gift but a few months back we learned that he wasn’t retiring until later in the year.  Nevertheless, it was still a fabulous week long vacation with 5 days on a cruise ship.  Mom and Dad both enjoyed it and even wanted to know how much it would cost to live on a ship for the rest of their retirement life.

CRUISE0272CRUISE0265Sunset on our first day on the cruise.

CRUISE0257I tried escargot (snails) on our first dinner.  It wasn’t bad.

CRUISE0414On a different night, I tried frog legs.  It was pretty good.

CRUISE0289After dinner we headed back to our cabin before going out again and they had surprised us with a bunk bed for the girls.  It was pretty cool.

The next day, we landed in Nassau, Bahamas.  Originally we were supposed to go to Grand Turk first but due to a serious storm out there, plans were changed, and Grand Turk was out of the picture.

CRUISE0332We also had a tour in Nassau but that was canceled so we took a taxi to a rum cake factory and the beach.

CRUISE0344The rum cakes were so good that husband and I bought 4 cakes.  We ate 3 of them there and brought one home.

On the 3rd day of the cruise, we went to a private island called, Half Moon Cay.  The beach was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.  The water was crystal clear and the sand was so soft and fine.

CRUISE00034CRUISE00037CRUISE00125CRUISE00136I learned here that Mom can swim!  It was really amazing to watch her go in the water and do some freestylin’.

On the 4th day, we docked in Freeport.  It was a pretty quiet place.  There wasn’t really anyone on the beach we went to, plus, due to the storm that came through, there were just tons of seaweed floating on the beach so most of us didn’t go into the water much.

CRUISE0225Just before heading back to the ship, husband accidentally scraped his foot on some coral while snorkeling.  It looked pretty serious but after cleaning the mess up, it was just some pretty large scratches.

On the last day on the cruise we were out at sea so there wasn’t much excitement, except for maybe the coast guard coming in for an emergency pick-up of a passenger.  There wasn’t anywhere the helicopter could land so they did everything off the side.

CRUISE0443CRUISE0444These guys were pretty amazing to watch.

Later that evening, we watched our last sunset on the ship.

CRUISE0361CRUISE0329CRUISE120332…and toasted to a wonderful cruise.