Dylan Cole

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Dylan Cole is an American Digital Matte-Painter and concept artist specializing in work for film, television, and video games. Cole received a degree in fine arts from UCLA.[1] He is best known for his work on feature films like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Avatar,[2][3] Daredevil, Alice in Wonderland, Tron: Legacy, Maleficent and The Chronicles of Riddick. He recently published his first book, The Otherworldly Adventures of Tyler Washburn.[4][5]

Matte-painting community[edit]

Cole co-authored the book D'artiste Matte Painting: Digital Artists Master Class[6] in which he shares of his work process and industry experiences throughout his career, and through the Gnomon Workshop has released instructional DVDs featuring his digital matte painting techniques.[7][8]


Awards and nominations[edit]

As part of the team that created the artwork for James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar Cole received a 2010 Directors Guild of America Award for Excellence in Production Design. He also received nominations from Art Directors Guild for Excellence In Production Design For A Fantasy Feature Film for both Alice in Wonderland and Tron: Legacy.[9] Cole stated that his inspiration for the forests of Avatar came from a trip on the Kuranda Skyrail.[10][11]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "D'Artiste: Dylan Cole". Animation Artist. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ "Awesome concept art for James Cameron's AVATAR surfaces". The Quiet Earth. May 28, 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  3. ^ Alex Billington (May 28, 2009). "Two New Concept Art Pieces from James Cameron's Avatar". First Showing. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  4. ^ http://www.studiodaily.com/2013/05/vfx-artist-dylan-coles-otherworldly-new-picture-book/#sthash.Y2TF2ChZ.dpuf
  5. ^ http://www.studiodaily.com/2013/05/vfx-artist-dylan-coles-otherworldly-new-picture-book/
  6. ^ Alp Altiner; Dylan Cole; Chris Stoski (2005). Daniel P. Wade (ed.). D'artiste Matte Painting: Digital Artists Master Class. Volume 3 of D'artiste digital artists master class (2, illustrated ed.). Ballistic Media Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-921002-16-6.
  7. ^ Bill Desowitz (October 19, 2006). "Gnomon Workshop Releases Matte Painting DVDs". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  8. ^ "Dylan Cole". The Gnomen Workshop. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  9. ^ "Art Directors Guild: 15th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards". Art Directors Guild. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  10. ^ staff (January 16, 2010). "Kuranda Skyrail inspires Avatar rainforest". The Cairns Post. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  11. ^ Charlie Jane Anders (Jan 14, 2010). "Avatar's Designers Speak: Floating Mountains, AMP Suits And The Dragon". Io9. Retrieved 2011-02-24.

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