Here are some links that will be useful to

all matte artists:
The go-to site for reference for matte artists. Cleanly shot reference of every conceivable subject, for a monthly, or yearly fee.
When you have finished my book, this is a great place to look for additional training for matte artists. Check out great DVDs from Dylan Cole, Yanick Dusseault, Chris Stoski and Christian Lorenz Scheurer.
The best site for news from the matte painting universe, along with a critique board, and a chance to look at up and coming talent.
This is the web site for Steve Wright, author of Digital Compositing for Film and Video, the industry standard text for anyone interested in compositing. Steve is also the best Nuke trainer anywhere, and knows just about everything there is to know about digital compositing.
Another fantastic reference resource, and as the name implies, this one is free!
Some of the best matte shots ever seen are done by Matteworld Digital. Craig Barron, one of the founders of Matteworld, wrote The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting, the ultimate resource on the history of matte painting.
This texture site lets you download 15 MB of textures a day for free. After you reach the limit, you must wait 24 hours before you download more photos. This has a limited number of photos, but the ones that are there are of excellent quality.
This site is one of the best sites on the Internet for researching castles.
It's an encyclopedic source of large, quality photos of the castles of Europe.
This site is devoted to Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw, two the greatest special effects matte artists ever. Harrison was my mentor at Disney Studios. You can also buy the ultimate Peter Ellenshaw biography, Ellenshaw Under Glass, through this site.
Percy Day was Peter Ellenshaw's step father, and a great matte artist in his own right. He worked in the early days of cinema, most notably on The Thief of Bagdad (1940). Much of this history has been forgotten, but this site offers a rich resource for studying the work of this master.
Dylan Cole is the finest young matte artist working today. His web site has many examples of his work, and will be a source of inspiration to anyone interested in matte painting.
Eric Chauvin is the one man owner/artist of Blackpool Studios. This site has an extensive database of most of the shots he has produced. The singular thing about Eric's amazing work is that he does it all--painting, modelling and compositing.
Michele was one of the earliest women to break into the male dominated world of matte painting, and one of my personal heroes. Her site is a work in progress, but I check back often to see what new things she has posted.
Click here to buy a copy of "The Digital Matte Painting Handbook" on The price, at just under $30, is a 40% discount off of the retail price of $49.95.

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