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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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Mirtika Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This is just wonderful. I want to see a story set there!
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Cleverpelt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic and beautiful! It looks so realistic! The warm colours are nice and soft and the light effect is amazing :)
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Calleahan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I fell in llove with it the first time i saw it
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CouldBeYou Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Super Duper=)
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Jeppie91 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can only hope to achieve your level of CG art one day...
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alrassamphoto Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful ):

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alauda1038 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
красота 
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appa-appa-away Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! :) 
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TheseAreTheWords Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is fantastic, magical... yes, that's what it is!
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flycatcher263 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
fantastic work !!! omg i really love it !!!!!!
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MillenaMe Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow! I love this drawing!
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flycatcher263 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Great!!!Heart 
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Dangerous-Moz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent picture!
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Kiddo41 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Beautiful. I wish I could walk into the picture and visit for a while.
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mabafu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Very nice concept!

I've once, long ago, story telled a RPG adventure to some friends that started at "Ever Falls", a city built at the margins of a huge waterfall.

Your image finally gave me something more "substantial"  to imagine/compare that city.

Thank you, and contratullations! It' s wonderful!
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Jessie-Jung Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I love this drawing! I am happy to finally find out who designed it, congratulations, it's really beautiful, it inspires me often in the scenarios of the stories I write. Is really beautiful! 
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shayn-art Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Stunning work!!! Shared at BEST ART EVER - Fantasy & SurrealismClap 
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zevl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Nice place :clap:
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
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Onyx2589 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
i absolutely love this pic. 
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calcol28 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to live there. Beautiful!
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SarahRiddle Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
This fills my heart with joy. 
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kayleegirl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
beautiful :squee:
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DarkHound36 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess XD
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Digital-Subconscious Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Photographer
oh my god this is majestic and amazing
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BryanD Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Wow. A *lot* of construction workers must have died while making that bridge. And that's a remarkably wide staircase to service such a small patch of land.

I kid, of course. It looks awesome. :)
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Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting! Awesome concept and I love how the sun casts that awesome golden glow in the background (:
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DeviantGrace Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
WOW
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timb9635 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Love this work! Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!
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MommyMoggie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Amazing!
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m-NOUN Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that you created a model to help with the mat painting, you do excellent work thank you for your inspiration to me and your fans
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elimeir27 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
seen alot of castles, thats one i have never thought about- wow- on a waterfall.
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bdec Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work! I would only suggest to add a little bit of athmospheric perspective! ;-)
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Bibo94 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student
this is so fantastic!
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Skeletor84 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
What's the DPI on this image? I'm considering buying it in 61x61 cm. Stunning work by the way!
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terabiel Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
looks like the castle of the Abhorsen
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fortifex Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
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Pearlsdiner Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Great work!
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skyblue000 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so realistic, the amount of detail in this is amazing! :D I especially love the sunset in the background; it really gives off a warm tone to the picture. :aww:
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PeteQuad Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I love this picture and bought it in 16x16 canvas, but unfortunately it came out way way too dark. The waterfall is completely black and I can barely see any detail on the front of the building. Very unhappy with this :(.
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