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    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    In a recent episode of Smallville (season 7, episode 5), we had a short flashback sequence at Entity FX featuring planet Krypton and the city of Kandor. I started early, working on a series of pencil sketches to explore different possibilities before committing to any CG. I referenced mainly the original movie for the natural formations, while also trying to innovate somewhat with the design. The first thing we knew we wanted a reddish cast to the the thing, reflecting the red sun of Krypton.

    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    I had this idea about the building having a glassy look, which would catch and reflect the red sunlight and do some interesting things with it. I figured maybe the towers were grown, just as the fortress of solitude is an organic, crystalline structure, but that the towers were also carved and polished by human effort, and not as chaotic as the fortress.

    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    I had this idea in mind of a cathedral-like structure, out in the middle of a vast wasteland.

    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    And the final sketch...

    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    I refined the landscape into a hi-res matte painting, while Kaz Yoshida built and rendered the structure in Maya. I then assembled all the elements into a final composite in After Effects.

    Planet Krypton concept art and matte painting

    Click here for the final comp and layer breakdown


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    niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

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    That is beautiful.......

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    That's very nice.

    But I'm confused by the smoke trails... I understand that maybe people who know a lot about the lore might know, but I can't tell if they're missiles, if whatever is leaving the trial is coming or going etc.

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    That is absolutely breath-takingly beautiful work! I would love to see more!
    Don't listen to me, I'm just an ape with a pencil!

    My sketchbook http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=113848

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    nice depth with the smoke effect it give a motion

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    I love the sketches and thumbnails! The red sun works really well.

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