Wayne Haag is an Australian matte painter and illustrator whose film credits include The Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, The Wolverine, Maze Runner and Gods of Egypt, as well as the television series Farscape.
Haag works both in digital and traditional media, but prefers when possible to paint science fiction subjects in oil. As you look through his website portfolio and Archives, you may find images that you would assume are digital — given the preferences in contemporary illustration circles — but are in fact, done in traditional oil painting.
In addition to his website, you can find his work, in general reproduced somewhat larger, on his Behance portfolio, and his blog, which also includes detail crops, and other images that shed some light on his process.
His illustration paintings take from his matte painting skills a deft handling of atmospheric perspective and the suggestion of scale, as well as a controlled evocation of filtered light.
His website section under “Art Archive” for “Landscape and other paintings” includes plein air and studio landscape painting and portrait subjects.
I particularly like his painting of Karan Sculling on the Maribyrnong River (images above, bottom), which recalls Thomas Eakins’ paintings of scullers on the Schuylkill River here in Philadelphia.
[Via Concept Art World]