Here are some paintings I made mainly for matte painting reference. A lot of fun studying water, clouds, snow etc.
I seem to have the same problem at the beginning of each production: The first images of glaciers, seas and skies that I was painting were a little too realistic and didn´t fit the cartoony style of the Madagascar series. This one for instance felt a little too real:
In the end we tweaked it like this, a little more simple, stylized and saturated:
A couple more panoramas: