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Diablo 3 end cinematic opening shot by leventep Diablo 3 end cinematic opening shot by leventep
I painted and composited the opening shot for the latest diablo 3 cinematic. A tough and very complex matte shot. Every thing except the diablo character/FX is done by me.


watch the full cinematic here:
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tsabszy Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Hatalmas RESPEKT!! 
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Aballom Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful shot. I'm curious, is the detail on the architecture projected, or fully textured 3D? 
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lahcas Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I really like this scene from diablo. Great job. :D
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Kykel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Awesome!!!
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BNowakART Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
respect
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gulavisual Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
It looks better here than in the cinematic. well maybe is the compression, well congratulations, nice work here, :D
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Kardonn Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Curious how you guys handled the re-projection of the clouds back into 3D space so convincingly. It looks good enough that I was sure the team had cranked out some RenderMan volume work for these shots.
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LaCamilla Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks absolutely fantastic. Really beautifully made! :)
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wallpaper2013 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Wallpaper 2013 at All Categories here [link]
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StevenCormann Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Totally in love with your work ! Exactly the kind of stuff I like
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kkadz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I liked this scene a lot when I played, small world to know that you helped, haha.
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x-Ren-x Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I'm cracking my head open trying to understand how you managed to show the clouds from the top when Diablo flies down. Very nice painting, it looks even more stunning in the video.

I saw the 1hr long video with explanations on how they use the game screen as a canvas and how they want to not make the backgrounds overwhelming to the characters, so that they pop out. It's the kind of thing that I started studying with Ingres and his portraits that I really admire, but that I don't think is necessarily so noticeable as a skill in itself.

Art like this has on me the same effect some food has on some people, I just yearn to see more! Thanks so much for sharing!
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rolandtelema Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
amazing skills . . .
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Senekha Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Awesome!
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
wow, that is frick-frackin awesome. so much depth
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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
just watched your link-pretty darn cool
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leventep Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
thanks
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Hvsky Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whoa, I really love the cutscenes in DIII.
Did you also work on the opening scene? I would really like to know how the 2d/3d fightscene in the intro-scene was made :)
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leventep Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
the scenes from the book? ah no i didnt work on that
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Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stunning :heart:
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you Jessica
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Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Most welcome, and thank you for sharing. :D
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yandere-Yuno Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh yeah i pwned inferno diablo
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
congrats dude, i just played through the easiest difficulty :D
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:iconv3digitimes:
V3Digitimes Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A dream!
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crump3t Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
far out man, you handled that whole shot yourself ? (minus diablo)

one of my favourite shots out of any of the cinematics. I was admiring it recently, not knowing it was yours.
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leventep Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yep, i am glad you enjoyed it
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:iconworth-dds:

Hi! This work has been featured here [link] :heart: :hug:
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks!
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Daratis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
U ROX !
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you
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EpicMyst Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding !!
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bravo sir!!!
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you
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patrykc Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you're a beast bro
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
i am just a guy who loves visuals :)
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xn3ctz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow dude, you must be really proud.

didn't know you were working for blizzard, did you work in Irvine at their headquarters? I was there at the launch on Pandaria and DIII.

So, 8 paintings for different stages of light? Did they achieve the lighting by gradually fading one painting into another?
Is Vue good for clouds, I've been meaning to try it out partially for this reason, but whenever I install it the interface is giving me a hard time.

Anyway, congrats again and much respect. When did you start painting?
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leventep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yup i was there till jun 16th. And yes that's how i put it together.Paintings morphed into each other for the light passes. But i split it up even more for depth and parallax movements.Plus shadows cast from the towers.

Vue is ok , it has potential but you never get results that are 100%, usually we ended up painting on top.It does crash more on mac if that's what you are using.

I would say vue is good at certain things, it can generate some nice fractal type environments, but for clouds you do have to play around a lot to get realistic results even then its just a base.Thanks . i started since i was 6
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xn3ctz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
how was the blizz working environment? i saw that irvine(orange county in general) is a much better and beautiful city, compared to the rest of LA. i enjoyed the whole of LA, but all that driving kept driving me nuts.

did you use adjustment layers of exposure to creates the 8 plates or was it manually created? if so how did you manage to keep the exposure uniform?
when i look at your speedpaints i don't see a lot of anatomical construction in there, is that something you still use, or after a lot of practice you don't need to do it anymore?

thx for replying.

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leventep Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
it was great, very inspirational.Irvine is nice but its like Durloc.i rendered 8 bases from vue, and then just painted in the extra realism, plus using as you said adjustmentlayers for all of the paintings. Well i build directly with the structures, so i dont construct in several steps
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xn3ctz Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
is not using anatomical construction something you can do after you have a lot of experience? i figure, after you get good enough at it, you can skip a couple of steps.
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leventep Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yep, thats why i build directly, i dont do the anatomical steps. Shape and light is all done in single strokes
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
The work is quite stunning, it is one of the more impressive things I found in Diablo 3. The High Heavens are some of the most beautiful work I have seen for a while. :)
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leventep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
that's kind of you to say, thank you
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nuevemonos Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
woooow!! Impressive! Always surprising with good stuff. deep bow! ;)
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:iconleventep:
leventep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are now a piece of gaming history :iconbwavoplz:
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leventep Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
and very grateful for it
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Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We shall have to put you in a museum one day XD :iconbrofistplz:
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