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Environment Design for Film

Integrating 2D and 3D Techniques with Maciej Kuciara


From quick thumbnails to a finished illustration, in this presentation Maciej Kuciara explores his techniques and workflow used in film production to create environment designs with a hybrid 2D/3D approach. Beginning with the 2D design of a sci-fi scene in Photoshop, Maciej then switches to 3ds Max to resolve the design of the ship while blocking the final composition. Lighting is established using V-Ray which then results in a series of render passes that can be composited in Photoshop. The finishing touches that bring the illustration to life are designed through a combination of digital painting and photo bashing, where various elements are integrated to create texture and photo-realistic detail. For artists interested in learning how 2D and 3D have come to co-exist in the field concept design, this demonstration offers a valuable resource executed by a gifted and experienced designer.

Duration: 213 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Maciej Kuciara

Senior Concept Designer and Illustrator

Maciej Kuciara is a Senior Concept Designer and Illustrator working in the film and video game industries in Los Angeles. Some of his recent projects include X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wachowskis’ sci-fi epicJupiter Ascending and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Maciej’s clients include Dreamworks, Blur Studios, Universal, Digital Domain, Crytek, Wizards of the Coast and Naughty Dog, where he contributed designs to the five-time BAFTA-winning video game The Last of Us.

  • "Maciej Kuciara is currently one of the most dynamic and exciting concept artist in the industry. He is versatile in every aspect of the craft and fluent in every major design software. Most impressive is his clear and poignant methodology of teaching."

    - Steve Jung
    Concept Designer

  • "Maciej is definitely one of the most inspiring artists I know. His great sense of design and incredible 2d and 3d techniques allow him to express his visions in memorable ways."

    - Fausto De Martini
    Concept Artist / Illustrator

  • "Maciej is one of the top leading concept designers of our generation of artists. His ability to create worlds using 2D and 3D takes image making to a whole new level. I am pleased to have met such an individual with who exhibits such diversity and knowledge."

    - John J. Park
    Concept Artist for Film & Video Games