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Castle of Valleyfield at dawn by fstarno Castle of Valleyfield at dawn by fstarno
Hi everyone,

This matte-painting freelance artwork is actually a print project for now, but the client would like to eventually do a TV commercial. That's why the picture ratio of this image is not conventional to films and television.

The college of Valleyfield is a school based in Montreal, Canada area. They wanted to do a fantastic style matte-painting with the whole building.

We have been into a 2 weeks concept art process and then, realize the final image. The longest part was to erase all the trees in front of the main facade. The rest was not too bad. There is no 3D elements, only photoshop job.

I worked around 40 hours on this project, including all the concept arts and also a different version with no waterfalls but a canal with a different bridge for a poster.

Feel free to comments and ask question.


Frederic St-Arnaud
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21202020 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
I want to live there. 
alreadyLid Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Building on water again, how hold like this ?
Always spectacular !
LifetimeArt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a shop. I can tell from some of the pixels.
81Scorp Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist
This isn`t a photo?! :wow:
VHannibal Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello mate , is this entirely made of stock images? I mean , nothing there is painted from scratch?
shadesmaclean Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Someone put this on G+ earlier this month. :D
LmonLimeCat Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
This is beautiful! The only problem is that it needs more fog. Any fall that big is going to have a bunch of fog. Sorry for the comment....
Weegraphicsman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's incredible.
Windmagic444 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
just as a warning, I am about to pretty much stalk and fav most of your work. i think.
CiroLopes Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
OMG!!!! That's awesome!!
Swarhzonov Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Fred, tu es super talentueux, j'en reviens juste pas! C'est a 10 minutes de chez nous ça! hehehehe!
hatsgirl44 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
OMG!!!! That's awesome! I'm from Valleyfield!
nahojis Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Great work!
BlackRain1678 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Writer
Now that's some prime real estate :D
ExileFallen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really Good!
DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
How in the WORLD did you paint the water that realistically?
Or is it just a photo manipulation?
Omar6 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work! but this deviation is mis-categorized and tips people off to it being a completely painted piece.

its a matte-painting and should be categorized as such to avoid further confusion.
madelight Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Très belle œuvre ! O_O
cetim Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
It is truly hard to come across paintings that are gorgeous enough to leave one speechless. This, and others in your gallery have done so upon multiple occaisions. Great Job!
hlexpress Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow man. wish i could make image like this. :peace:
this looks almost real.
Omar6 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
IT IS REAL! (mostly) ...its a matte painting, combining different elements of different real photos and blending them together while painting over them.

its not a painting from scratch.
MT-000 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Evliin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
omg so beautiful, the water seems too real!
Omar6 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
it is.
YukikazeB03 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Very beautiful but I think it would be hard to sleep at night:)
alpha-girl Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
is this castle really near such a waterfall?
Callyzah Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's really breathtaking!!!
:love::la: =D=D=D
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
hellemon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Your great deviation has been featured in my journal! :D = [link]

best wishes hellemon
hellemon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
This work is really fantastic. Respect :bow:
WirelessMind Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This Needs to be Built!!!!
I would love to live there or stay there as a hotel! :P
I featured it in my journal [link]
SweetChickster Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Love this! Will you sell it as a print?
Blizzactivate Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to guess their front yard gets a little smaller each year :P
fineartbyandrewdavid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009   Digital Artist
AmongTheseSteps Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Fantastic! How long have you been doing digital art for?
linnezz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
omg, i don't have any word for this. It's really, really amazing o_o
orionshope Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Awesome piece visually stunning. Reminds me of Niagara Falls but with amazeing xtra visuals. Would you grant me permission to use for my xp logon screens. Youcan see my logon screens here [link];p=1
grote-design Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Student General Artist
Hey! I featured this picture in my journal:
IXISiDiuSIXI Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
great work, def fav!
rockTheSky Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
the last part of the bridge where the support has crumbled away, or that is made to look like it is crumbling away doesn't work.
MissStark Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's something intimidating about massive waterfalls, and combined with the stately lighting on the building, this reminds me of perhaps a dreamlike, alternate-universe Versailles.
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MyriamRockGirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Magnifique!! :)
Ça met vraiment le collège en valeur.
Ça serait trop beau si c'était vraiment comme ça... avec les montagnes, les chutes, le pont et tout. :P
fstarno Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Tu as raison, Ça serait trop beau si c'était vraiment comme ça... avec les montagnes.

En passant, la premiere idée était de situer le college dans un contexte beaucoup plus réaliste et moins grandiose. J'ai insisté aupres du college pour changer d'idée et faire un concept tres fantastique, de peur que les gens qui voient l'image pensent réellement que le college de Valleyfield ressemble a cette image. Heureusement, mon idée a été acceptée.
MyriamRockGirl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Heureusement ! :) C'était une bonne idée le concept grandiose.
ricky4 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Excellente composition Frederic! J'adore cette image, elle me rappelle les chutes de Niagara en quelque sorte! :)
fstarno Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Professional Filmographer
En fait, tu as misé juste. J'ai utilisé quelques photos des chutes Niagara pour faire cette image.
Principalement, pour la partie gauche.
guillaumeleclerc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
J'ai cette image sur mon agenda du cégep lol ^^
J'me disais bien que le graphiste de l'école était trop une merde pour faire ça ^^ C'était marrant de faire croire à tous le monde qu'yavait vraiment cette chute devant le cégep.
TRès bien fait ^^
fstarno Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Merci pour tes commentaires.
C'est le fun de voir quelqu'un qui vient justement du college de Valleyfield.

En passant, j'ai jamais vu le résultat final imprimé. C'étais pas évident a photographier avec le college et la rue d'en face qui est tellement proche. Je n'arrivais pas a voir tout le batiment dans une seule photo.
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