Matte painting is commonly used in industries because it is cheap and it works well. you can turn or change any picture into something different.
For my concept scene, I started out with a quick sketch of my idea for an abandoned shack in the woods. with a path leading up to it.
To make a start on the mates painting, I first gathered images of things i might of used and sorted out some different ideas . Then with an image of a forest, that I had, i inserted it into photoshop for the background. I then used an image of a wood plank and duplicated it to make the shack and I carved out some dents with the polygonal lasso tool and used the burn tool to make it look old and broken and darken certain areas. After this I found an image of a silhouette in a forest, so I placed that image to make it seem like the shack is a doorway to another dimension.
After that, the scene looked a little plain and unrealistic. So I used the burn tool on the path to have shadows at the point where it meets the shack due to the direction the light travels in the image. I also used the clone tool to extend the leafs on the ground to make it more realistic. I found that things like the shack were still a bit too bright, so I lowered the brightness in the adjustments menu. To finish it off, and give it a more eerie feeling, i included two children silhouettes and decreased their opacity to make them look like shadows a barely visible. Including a circle gradient around the screen to make the edges of the image darker.