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The Decline of Babel Myth is a personal matte painting inspired from the movie Blade Runner. It's basically a set extention of New York City buildings. (+)
Created in 2006, this concept art was an idea to help and motivate a student to accomplish his vision of 3D animation shot of a futuristic mushroom shaped city. (+)
Drakensberg is an imaginary castle inspired from the Lord of the Ring. The castle was completed only with photoshop brushes and no photos or outsource images. (+)
Originally, "Waterfall Church" matte painting was a simple black and white drawing on a note pad. Then, it was scanned and colored in photoshop. A quite noisy place to spend the night! (+)
This is a quick concept art done in few hours showing the construction of a modern tower viewed from an interior ship garage. It was created the day before christmas 2007 and was named exactly like this! (+)
Haapu Pacific Resort is a stylish matte painting created from spoons photos and other unusual objects. It was done in 4 hours just for fun! (+)
Haunted Circus is an image done in duo with my friend Jessy Veilleux. A weird and scary spot to establish circus! (+)
The Day After is a matte painting showing the reconstruction of a town on top of skyscrappers after a global flooding disaster. (+)
This is an Alien City matte painting inspired from the Protoss civilization in the game Starcraft - Blizzard Entertainment. It's done with thousand of hatched brushes strokes in a 8000 pixels image. (+)
"Rise of Niburu" was inspired by the myth of the planet X, an hypothetical astronomical object that should come quite close to the earth according to the legend. (+)
left: Illustration of a backlit plane crash site on a scary land. (+)
right: Architectural project showing a previsualization of a building before the real construction. (+)
Fantasy style matte painting of the college of Valleyfield located in Quebec, Canada. The building does exist for real but not the surrounding area. A few people got confused by this image and went to visit the real Valleyfield, thinking that this waterfall was existing for real! (+)
Created for an independant non-profit movie, the story takes place literally in Hell! This matte painting was created from trekking photos in Jbel Toubkal Mountain area in the north west of Africa. (+)
Talaros City is a huge sci-fi cylindrical tower in construction built on top of a stadium. A very old personal matte painting. A grey shaded 3D geometry was created as a guide to start this image. (+)
This is a selection of concept art and speed painting images. Made from different photoshop preset brushes as a practice and for fun. (+)
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Historical concept art created in 2008 for the IMAX movie "Journey to Mecca" as a mockup before starting the matte paiting artwork. This is an establishing of the city of Tangier, Morocco in 1325. (+)
Matte painting of the opening scene of the movie The Golden Compass which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 2008. This shot was done in duo with Yannick Dusseault (aka Dusso) (+)
This sunset on the Myanmar temples was done for an advertising for the people of Burma supporting them in their peacefull protest against country conflicts. (+)
Futuristic cityscape matte painting created for the movie Mr. Nobody from the director Jaco Van Dormael. This city is separated in more than 60 layers in order to create an amazing explosion. (+)
2 matte paintings from the british movie "The wind in the Willows" which is a classic of children's literature since the last century showing animal as main characters. (+)
This is a piece of the Italian vineyard environment created for the end of the movie "Journey to the center of the earth" when Brendan Fraser and friends are sliding in a dinosaur skull on a giant volcano. (+)
Other view of the very old Tangier, the white city of Morocco from "Journey to Mecca" IMAX movie. Basic 3D textured cubes were used to start this matte painting. (+)
This is an apocalyptical matte painting showing the city of Los Angeles destroyed by zombies from the movie "Resident Evil After life". This is a sterescopic show which makes some shots more complicated technically like this one. (+)
A 8000 pixels width matte painting created as a huge night time cityscape to cover more than 60 shots happening in this hospital room in the movie Mr. Nobody. (+)
A sunset matte painting of Istanbul, Turkey for a TV commercial of the brand Eti Chocolate. (+)
Creation of a night countryside matte painting for "The wind in the Willows" movie. In this sequence, you can see 2 trains racing together on the same track! (+)
Seeking for water. This is a matte painting created for the film "Changing climates - Changing Times" which show the sad inconvenient truth of the global warming. (+)
A set extention of a sci-fi train station created for the movie Mr. Nobody. (+)
Illustration created for the campaign advertising of the Financial Times newspaper during the economic crisis of 2008. The St. Bernard is a breed that has become famous as a rescuer. (+)
This is a matte painting establishing of New Orleans in 1851. A complexe shot created for the movie "Jonah Hex" staring Josh Brolin which was originally an american western comic book. (+)
Point of view from the rooftop of the prison in the movie Resident Evil After Life. You can see the south of Los Angeles suburbs devasted by zombies. (+)
A beautiful scenery matte painting from the movie The wind in the willows. Flowers was added to enhance the magical feeling of this tale. (+)
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This website is the online portfolio of the art of Frederic St-Arnaud (aka starno).
Created in 2002, this site focuses on Matte Painting, Illustration and Concept Art.
You can have access to all the images by clicking the galleries link which shows four main categories: personal galleries, professional work, recognition and misc section.
The about section is related to personal information about the artist's career.
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