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Drakensberg Castle by fstarno Drakensberg Castle by fstarno
I took my inspiration from the Lord of the Ring trilogy.

I did everything in Photoshop, even the Castle and then I applied differents layers of images on grid in XSI to give the illusion of depth.
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kromsend Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
This is beutiful . It conveys the cold very well
Alcadia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
No, you didn't. You applied different layers of images to make us naïve watchers think it's real.
nathanspotts Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Photographer
God damn incredible
MaritavanZyl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaking good! I don't think the right words to comment on something like this have been invented yet.
Bookovore Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Waouh !!!!
ianvicknair Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
credits of the castle???
IstariNJ Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Gorgeous. Your right on the money with the whole Lord of the Rings imagery. It looks like something from the Kingdom of Gondor and I think Tolkien himself would be the first to agree with me. Well done indeed.
Kahdrim Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Windmagic444 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
love it!
medo1o0o09 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Alagremm Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
The only thing I can say... Mother Russia is in Lord of the Rings! >=D

Awesome job dude, simply love it =)
M0nstac00kie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
oh my godness, that's awesome!
TheColombianOne Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
hmmm i like to imagine horseriders caming from behind the camera, rushing by and riding away into the distance. Awesome job on the mood. Very musical.
Perestroiika Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
I'm sorry but this doesn't almost look real, it DOES look real. Everything is so flawless. Perfect. :+fav:
fairyfreakster Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
:-) Fantastic...
I spent a great deal of time as a child on a farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains..Natal, South Africa.
There are castles like this in my dreams (the nice ones ;) )
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If you object just let me know and I will remove it.
fstarno Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
No objections at all. As long as you don't pretend that you created this image, which you did'nt.

Wow, this is amazing. Do you mean that Drakensberg Mountains exist for real? Because when I did this artwork, I was looking for a title and I decided to use a name from my Spam email folder.
fairyfreakster Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
:hug: I would never dare to pretend that the image was mine..especially as I can't draw. Plus with my addiction to 3d and computer generated art I'm creating enough of my own. *sighs* and I'm embarrisingly far to honest!. Modern day "if it's on the net it's mine" values beyond belief.

..and yes the Drakensberg is a long range of beautiful mountains that run down the Eastern side of South Africa.

;-) I live on the Isle of Lewis off the West coast of Scotland...but my mum still lives on a 12000acre farm in the foothills of the Drakensberg. It is an incredibly beautiful area.
ricky4 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Very nice! Luv it! :)
AlterEvo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
It's beautiful, I love the architecture. I was browsing to find inspiration for a new architecture for a castle, far from the Gothic conventional and trite. But after seeing this, the better I'm going to bed.

superb job!!!
Moodlight14 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
I love this little corker!! :D
DarthIchigo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Student
Lovely art, very nicely done.
Sfia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
That turned out beautiful! I really love your work:D It's so beautiful and it almost looks real. :D

David0592 Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea witht he depth, really like this.
duhmatize Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
reminds me of minas tirith! you rock!
xaniii Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
you are LYING!
i dont beleive you.
this cannot be a painting. No.
essensation Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008   Photographer
Great work!
jeanskitty Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Awesome - it reminds me of Valhallah
LindseyPitman Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
I don't understand how this is possible,
I'm in awe.

Well done
Shadow-breaker Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist
its so incredible huh?! i've never seen digital paintings this good.
LindseyPitman Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Hah, for a moment I thought you were the artist of this piece, and thought, damn he is a cocky mother.. but then I noticed the names and, well... yep
Bun800 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Wow, it almost looks real!
ChrisJaeckle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Fantastic! Love how you spiced up the cool colors with the yellow grass and gold towers- it's all so subtle and sublime! When you say you "did everything" in photoshop, do you mean manipulation or did you actually paint it? Just curious! ;)
MorgaineAnne Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
this mouintain. and generally beautiful work :)
fab-fab Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Artist
Very nice. I like the light.
Leuthile Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
you're my newest inspiration! :+fav:
somnium79 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
vraiment cool! J'adore, ça fait pas trop CGI comme bien de simages de ce genre. J'aimerais bien savoir tes trucs.
djinn506 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant take it anymore, you are too fucking good!!

Keep going, I've got this love-hate feeling about mindblowing art
Jotie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
the smoke coming out the chimneys is cool. Lovely details
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