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Haunted Circus by fstarno Haunted Circus by fstarno
Matte-painting of an haunted circus. Made in duo with Jessy Veilleux. The church, buildings and lamps structure was made in 3D as a base for painting. The rest came out of a photo-shoot we did in a Cimetery.
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dommylive Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic and well-detailed work. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent. You have a new fan :) :handshake:
huntermarch Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student Writer
This very beautiful 👻
halconrojo2006 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Interface Designer
XelfrepuslaX Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Gives me a left for dead feel haha, very nice :)
KasperObskura Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Just beautiful!
SalemCat Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your wonderful work has been featured in my latest journal "Circus Diabolique" [link] :D
FireBrite Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Awesome concept. I see dark circus as the next big underground thing. After steampunk dies down a bit.
Studio659 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Hello. I love this pc of Haunted Circus art. I'm curating a show at Studio 659 in Whiting, IN (20 min outside of Chicago) and would love to talk to you about having this pc in the show. Please check out the call of art below and I hopefully I'll hear from you.

Life's A Tightrope: Call for Art

Studio 659 in Whiting, IN (20 minutes outside of Chicago) is looking for all artwork depicting the Circus, Carnivals, Sideshows, Freak Shows, etc. "Life's A Tightrope" will open Friday, March 2, 2012 (closing March 31). All types of art styles are open to submit: photography, painting, sculptures, jewelry, etc.

Submissions due: February 17 via email to
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 JPEG images to

There is a $20 participation fee for accepted artists, due upon delivery. *This fee is waived for members of Studio 659. You may join the Studio 659 membership for $25 ($30 for families). Membership is valid for one year.

The Studio retains a 30% commission, please factor this into your retail pricing. Artists who ship their work must include return shipment.

Kathleen Ulm
Studio 659
EatingPeaches Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Love the colors and the mood - well done!
fleshcap Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
awesomely eerie.
6Thereaper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student Filmographer
it is more beautiful than terrifying ... when u read the title u assume there is a creepy art behind it ....
great job ...
BTW the graveyard looks like the one in metal gear solid ... f u don know it "GOOGLE" it :D
Kitet-Dromza Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. Very VERY good.
Muoni Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks stunning! :eager: This should definitely get a DD :D :heart:
jmrui89 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
perfect picture for cirque du freak books... Great Work
DeeMelino Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I wanna go chillin @ Haunted Circus
sayuri12moonlight Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow... this is so... awesome
PGlamar Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Hey awesome work !! I'd love to make a duo project with you one day !!

OtakBolong Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
One word... dreamy...
It's like I'm sucked into it... brilliant :heart:
ela-jackson Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
good work! i don´t know why... but i imagined a clown visiting the graves hehehehe, i like it :D
Zieux Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
very good quality
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ales-kotnik Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Saw it on CG. All i can say is respect.. you're talented.
cleverdarkelve Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008   Photographer
not bad.. though something seems a little off.. can't quite put my finger on it.. lighting perhaps.
fstarno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
AlexIKaine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
excellant atmosphere
Materia-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Pretty good. i like the feel and the ambience :D
phantastes Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
:eyepopping: What a beautiful place! The lighting looks perfect to me!
Wurk Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
cool work man !
dustycrosley Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent matte. Love the lighting.....:)
Akajork Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
nice :) cool to see you guys do a collaboration project. That is awesome :) I love how cute the lighting looks but at the same time very creepy. Nice balance! quick question: why did you took the trouble in modeling buildings that are so far away in the scene? Wouldnt it be faster to just paint them?
fstarno Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
This is a good question Akajork...

As I said before, I did this project in duo with an other matte-painter, but we did each steps separately one from each other. For instance, I started to do a concept art by my own secretly, while my friend was waiting. Then, I decided alone to start the matte-painting with some 3D elements without knowing how it will end-up... He gave me what he did and then I continue and so on, until the end of the project.

It's a good way to work in duo and keep creativity for both artists without bothering with tons of never-end brainstorming meetings.

The rule is simple: Once it's your turn to work on the image, you can do what ever you want until you give it back to him. It's funny to find slowly what will be the final result.

I hope it answers your question... you were right. It should be much faster to paint the buildings instead of doing them in 3D, but now you know the story behind!!!
Akajork Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
awesome :D thanks for the reply man that was cool to read :) I understand and I guess its a fun and creative process with a very nice image as a result. Are you working at a studio right now? Or are you freelance? What projects are you working on if I may ask? Just wondering what a guy like yourself is doing! I am at Gnomon right now studying to become an environment artist/matte artist. Its hard work but Im hoping to become good at one point. Im also working on a small production right now as a matte artist wich is going to be a very cool video! I must say keep up the awesome work, people like you inspire me to work my ass off everyday to be where you guys are right now. Thanks for the reply man :)
fstarno Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Hey Akajork, Read your notes
KeremGo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work - and wow! another CG choice award ? Well deserved man! :clap:
fstarno Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Thanks Artofkerem. We've got the CG choice award few years ago actually. Sorry to be late, I forgot to upload this image here as well.
KeremGo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oh sorry man - my mistake then :D if you ask me you deserve all the awards in this planet :D
saveriosolari Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Very nice concept bro :) inusual and beautiful.
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