This is awesome, man. I'm starting to get into matte painting as well.
Question though. How did you make the buildings look like rubble? How do you add all that detail there?
Well entire trick is to find matching perspective of demolished building, or just angles you are chasing(want to demolish)
Then place demolished building layer on top of original building, place mask(so that you can see original one intact) and paint in the mask parts you want to be seen as demolished
I would love to learn matte painting myself, if you don't mind me asking, what are the legal issues behind it?
I'm assuming you have to a. take pictures yourself, or b. use some sort of database of free stock photography. Where do you get your photos from? Or what is a good database for photos?
People have told me to use flickr pictures, but they're copyrighted..? I can't just take someones photograph. I'm not sure how this process works. What if I just need a tree or something, is google images out of the question?
@blazinwolf, yeah, take them your self, or if you don't have camera, or time or whatever(this is best and most secure way), free stock photography is ok.
I use flickr, you have photos that are not under copyright, free to use, shared by people who posted them(in hi res ). You just need to search