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Painting over 3D renders

In this tutorial, I show how to paint over 3D renders.

Painting over 3D renders is something I do almost on a daily basis as a  film concept artist.

3D helps a lot to establish perspective, lighting, textures and many other important details in your artwork, but there is always a moment when it feels like you need to put some paint work on top of it to push it further.

When is that moment exactly?

How to start painting over your renders?

What brushes to use?

How to improve storytelling by painting over?

It took me a few solid years to find well-balanced answers for those questions, which I`m sharing in this tutorial.


  • 2.6 hours of narrated videos
  • 1 hour of time-lapsed process videos
  • PSD files
  • JPG files

Topics covered:

  • Introduction
  • 3D base and setting up render passes
  • Sketching out ideas
  • Using render passes and references
  • Colour grading
  • Simplify or refine painting principle
  • Exaggerating  to make it feel more alive
  • Conclusion
    • Demo 1 (time-lapsed)
  • Demo 2 (time-lapsed)


  • Photoshop

About me

I`m a professional art-director/concept artist working in the film industry.

Recently, I`ve worked on such movies as Starwars, Jurassic World 2, Ready Player One and many others.

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