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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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EstrellianDesigns Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  New Deviant
Breathtaking.
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ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
so awesome!
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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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synyster-shadows Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   General Artist
amazing!
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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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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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:icon21202020:
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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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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reifenhauserindia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
awesome
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Rukusu0 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Awsome ;O 💖
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:iconzillatamer99:
zillatamer99 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  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 Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that sudden urge to go play minecraft and build this place
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TrishnaS Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Bullshit. You're lying. I don't believe you. Impossible. GOWD
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woodstock16996 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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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DEATH-OF-LUNA-14 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
im going to save up to buy this AMAZING
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ColorBot Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General 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 Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just awesome, wish I could do one similar to it
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skintightdresses Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
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sailordarkcancer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GOREGEOUS
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Maggy-mitchi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
*o*
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Ihateinventingnames Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
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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hazel83forth Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
this is just breathtaking!  La la la la 
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AndrewsBrianne Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Brilliant! Everything on the painting is perfect!
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winsterpin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  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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SenpaiIsKawaii Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  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 Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
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 Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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NihilisticWaffles Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Seems like it might be a little scary to live there, but it's a wonderful concept.
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Berghem98 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
WOW MASTERPIECE
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