Daniel Johnson: Matte Painting and Compositing

Daniel Johnson is a digital illustrator with a BFA in Illustration and a background in traditional media. Now a freelance artist, he worked for years as an Art Director, Illustrator, and Animator at an ad agency in Sonoma County, CA.

Daniel is an Adobe Certified Instructor and has taught computer graphics at various Bay Area locations. As a digital artist, he is largely self-taught and now shares his experience and techniques gained through years of trial and error.

He won the Guru award in Illustration at the 2007 PhotoshopWorld. He was also the spotlighted designer in the May/June 2008 issue of Layers magazine. Daniel served for several years as the team leader of the Digital Matte team at Pixel Corps in San Francisco and has worked on visual effects for film and TV.

The images below represent previous work that Daniel has created for a variety of advertising, freelance, and personal projects. Some began as 3D geometry, created in Cinema 4D. They were lit and rendered, then textured or painted in Adobe Photoshop. Others were painted from scratch in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. In some cases, photos were edited and integrated into the final images.

We’ve selected a few to showcase in this post. You can view the full Behance Project here.

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© Daniel Johnson

 

© Daniel Johnson

 

© Daniel Johnson

 

© Daniel Johnson

 

© Daniel Johnson