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Waterfall Castle matte art by fstarno Waterfall Castle matte art by fstarno
This image was originally a simple sketch on paper. The idea to do a complete color project came later. The inspiration came from Lord of the Ring and everything around that.

I did a concept sketch and painted in Photoshop over it. I used few references of castles and cathedrals to give me some ideas. I did a 3d modeling of a castle to help me with perspective and lighting. This image background scenery was one of my first exploration related to matte painting and matte art and all CG environment world done in 2002.

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More information about the artist: Frederic St-Arnaud (aka starno) is a visual effect artist with 12 years of experience, focusing on high-end photo-realistic digital matte painting (also known as matte art or digimatte), set extension and concept art in the film industry.

St-Arnaud has contributed to more than 25 feature films, dozens of commercials for television and a few TV series. His film credits include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Death Race, Babel, Silent Hill, Sin City, Sky captain and the world of tomorrow, Once upon a time in Mexico, Spy kids 2 & 3, The Golden Compass which won the best visual effects Academy Awards in 2008 and more.

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Given 2008-04-06
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EstrellianDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
I'm looking to develop art like this for my final school studies, can you give any tips? Ps. Huge LOTR fan 
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Gwenae Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016
That's awesome! 
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Artistrator Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing details, dude.
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:iconzmki:
ZMKI Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
More Cathedral than Castle. I assume those are aqueducts and not roads, so the only way to get there would be by helicopter; current too strong for a safe water landing. Would be a great location in a Final Fantasy type game.
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:iconoakstudios:
oakstudios Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016   Filmographer
Stunning. Pro level work.
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:iconashenbach:
ashenbach Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
Awesome art! It inspired us over at Makes Me Wanna Write: makes-me-wanna-write.blogspot.… - Enjoy! We fully credited you for the awesome art, of course! :D
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Canjon127 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  New Deviant
Futureland!
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:iconanimalasleader:
AnimalAsLeader Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is masterclass. Props to you for all the work you put in there, it really pays off. The amount of detail is astonishing. I dont know what I love most, because there is so much to find in here. The lighting is simply perfect.

The cathedral is very similar to Notre Dame....was this your main reference?
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:iconwinsterpin:
winsterpin Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Such an old concept but you executed it beautifully. Very great!
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:icondude-in-the-box:
Dude-in-the-box Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, 25k of favourites. But I have to admit that it deserves that much.
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:iconthomamark:
Thomamark Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Student Photographer
That is beautiful. How much time to realize this work ?
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:iconlepidolitemica:
LepidoliteMica Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
Brings to mind the one part from Grim Fandango.
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:iconyouwi:
youwi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
I like it 👍👍👍👍
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:iconmastervule:
MasterVule Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely love it!
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:iconpuzzlecubesnick:
PuzzleCubesNick Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  New Deviant
Absolutely flawless. Great job! 
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DoodlesOfNoodles Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I would not want to live there.... Wink/Razz  aha sweet job, love the light and detail on the building, gorgeous piece La la la la 
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joker105 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
Looks like hog watts
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:iconakosimiki:
akosimiki Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ugkkk!!! This makes me drooooool!
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:iconshakepotatoes:
Shakepotatoes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  New Deviant
I want to live there now :D
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:icondeceptivedreamland:
DeceptiveDreamland Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
wow *O*
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
OMG,  that's absolutely great!  F2U Pixel Music Note Divider [Black] by distorteddevil
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:iconjaphernandez:
JAPHERNANDEZ Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Honey! Have you seen the children lately??
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:iconmoseyhosey:
MoseyHosey Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like something straight out of Dark Souls!
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:iconblazingfirebug:
BlazingFireBug Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! It made me stop and ponder what it must be like to live there... I love it! Thank you for sharing this!
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:iconestrelliandesigns:
EstrellianDesigns Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Breathtaking.
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:iconarcanumtwilight:
ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
so awesome!
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:icondarthralek:
DarthRalek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016
That looks bloody amazing.
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:iconnightmare-kaltes:
Nightmare-Kaltes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
So glad this on here, an absolutely breathtaking piece of art.
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:iconsynyster-shadows:
synyster-shadows Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   General Artist
amazing!
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:iconwyvernpixie:
WyvernPixie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
LUVVIIIT
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:iconphedre2007:
phedre2007 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most incredible thing I have ever seen architecturally. I would love to see something like this built in real life. I can imagine a structure like this existing in one of the cultures of my fantasy novel. 
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:iconmcafee2000:
mcafee2000 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool
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:iconwebrucini:
webrucini Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
One of my favorite matte art all times! 
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21202020 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Cool!I am a dummy! 
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:iconphronima-sedentaria:
Phronima-sedentaria Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD, saw this on the front page and fell in love with it!
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:icongerundive:
Gerundive Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Incredible
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:iconikonokl4st:
Ikonokl4st Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What say ? Amazing.... :clap:
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:iconskyler1888:
Skyler1888 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
i want to go there…… if i can XD
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:iconstoarch:
stoarch Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful castle on dawn. Water so realistic.
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:iconimag-995:
IMAG-995 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Awesome!♥
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:iconmitheriel:
Mitheriel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, it truly looks like a place on Arda. Wonderful idea and artwork!
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:iconunburiedthoughts:
UnburiedThoughts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Bravo!!
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:iconj222r:
J222R Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
A church not a castle !
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:icondrawtwist:
DrawTwist Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The day when it falls to the depths of the sea.
Great pic tho!
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CyberLips Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Wow Meow :3 Clap 
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:iconoban-chan:
Oban-chan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it's absolutely fascinating ! Honestly, I firstly though it was a real photo... Nice job ! ♥
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:iconfotland:
fOTland Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Stunning!
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:iconookamicchi:
Ookamicchi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, I would love to find myself right there and admire the views <3
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WahahaPanda Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Insta-Fav!
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