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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
:iconunburiedthoughts:
UnburiedThoughts Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Bravo!!
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:iconj222r:
J222R Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
A church not a castle !
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:icondrawtwist:
DrawTwist Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  New Deviant Student Artist
The day when it falls to the depths of the sea.
Great pic tho!
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:iconcyberlips:
CyberLips Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Wow Meow :3 Clap 
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cartierglory Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  New Deviant
Do You have a print shop?

I would definitely buy this if it's for sale.

Please setup a shop if you don't have you can use shackify.com
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:iconoban-chan:
Oban-chan Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Student 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 15 hours ago
Stunning!
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:iconookami-luna:
Ookami-Luna Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, I would love to find myself right there and admire the views <3
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:iconwahahapanda:
WahahaPanda Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
Insta-Fav!
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:iconreifenhauserindia:
reifenhauserindia Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  New Deviant
awesome
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Rukusu0 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
Awsome ;O 💖
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MasterAnimeJoker Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
Check out the top 10 strangest people I've met on the internet. There are some pretty bad ones. masteranimejoker.deviantart.co…
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zillatamer99 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
That's such a cool and wonderful idea for a matte painting! I bet it sucks when flood season hits though....
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:iconflarezi:
Flarezi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that sudden urge to go play minecraft and build this place
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TrishnaS Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
IKR!  But then like, midway I'd lose motivation and just leave it like that.  Plus it would never do justice to the drawing
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freshgo Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Bullshit. You're lying. I don't believe you. Impossible. GOWD
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woodstock16996 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
THIS IS THE AWESOMEST PIECE OF ART I EVER SAW!!!! NO JOKE. I just sat and looked at it for ages on end. I have actually had a story idea in my head for a while - the characters, plot, and setting, are all in place, and this picture actually is pretty much the perfect illustration of the scene!! Maybe I can use this pic on the cover or something? (Large % of the profits for you if I can. ;) (Wink) )
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DeathOfLuna13 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im going to save up to buy this AMAZING
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ColorBot Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O M F* God!!!!
This is simply amazing, i can't believe this wonderful thing exists O.o


PD: Congrats on your Daily Deviation, you surely deserve it :)
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Anyubys Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Just awesome, wish I could do one similar to it
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skintightdresses Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
Skin Tight Leggy and Pajama Dresses
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sailordarkcancer Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GOREGEOUS
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Maggy-mitchi Featured By Owner 1 day ago
*o*
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Ihateinventingnames Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Awesome art!
Though it makes me think what the construction workers first heard about the plan for the building. It's not exactly easy to do.
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:iconhazel83forth:
hazel83forth Featured By Owner 1 day ago
this is just breathtaking!  La la la la 
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AndrewsBrianne Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
Brilliant! Everything on the painting is perfect!
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:iconwinsterpin:
winsterpin Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Lovely colors and design. Really like how you designed it so the eye would trail back into the sunset and the harsh lighting gives a really interesting mood
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MasterAnimeJoker Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
I wonder if your life was as weird as mine: masteranimejoker.deviantart.co…
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SenpaiIsKawaii Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Student Photographer
It look so nice!! PD: can someone please see my DeviantArt? i have just 2 publications bacause i'm starting
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ann4Chan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Every thing in this is awesome, really! From the sun setting on the horizon to the little details of the building. The sparkling water and the mountains in the sides if the river/waterfall. Amazing work!
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Alexlemenestrel Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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NihilisticWaffles Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Seems like it might be a little scary to live there, but it's a wonderful concept.
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:iconberghem98:
Berghem98 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
WOW MASTERPIECE
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:iconfrazzleuup:
Frazzleuup Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Completely wonderful.
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dendyh7 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Perfect artwork!
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dendyh7 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Beautiful!
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ArchaicRecluse Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
To move in somewhere like this - enthralling ambiance and entrancing landscape, amazing!
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C0ren71n Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
Superb ;).
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beachelf Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Awesomeness! Applaud fella (Reactions) by Ehsartem
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:iconkingtouchstone:
KingTouchstone Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Abhorsen's house!
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bundleoflovewithyou Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
women make the drink party
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crazyrockstar123 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Artist
that would be a aweosome place to live!!!
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ArticWolfie Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
TAHTS AMAZINGING!!! UFHIOA;EWHGOIHIO;AGW3HIO;AGEW;OHI AWEFHIO;AEGWIJ ;AGHI AEWGHIO ;GAWEHIO;FEA;NILWEHGDFILS  @!!!!!! GJASKLDGJALH L 
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Soloeus Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Not realistic for a million reasons but lovely.  I like works like this that inspire "What if..."

Good for fantasy settings.
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FrostGardens Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist
Wow, that's so cool!! Love the idea <3
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alreadyLid Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Very strong this construction !
But it's so beautiful and precise. Congratulations !
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invictus01 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Awe inspiring
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MaritavanZyl Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude. You really went to a lot of trouble to get this picture right...worth every drop of sweat
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SilverLeaf99 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
Amazing! o_o"
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AFK-man Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Damn dude, this looks like something from a Skyrim mod.
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