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Frigid Warmth by Rahll Frigid Warmth by Rahll
This is a matte painting for one of my classes. I put quite a bit of time into it, more than I expected to, but I'm really happy with the outcome for once.

The original file is 4000x2250, and I totaled in at 174 layers. Surprisingly, my Photoshop still ran flawlessly, but that many layers is still overdoing it, and it can become difficult and confusing to work sometimes.

I listened to this a lot while painting it, it sort of helps make it an experience. I'd definitely recommend turning it on while taking a look. Anyway, I really hope you like it.

As for inspiration, it's definitely a combination of Halo and Mass Effect, as well as John Carpenter's the Thing. Also inspired by Dusso's work, and all the fantastic imagery in the Star Wars Episode III artbook I just got. It's sort of a companion piece to another work I'm doing actually, but I'll explain that more when I finish the other one.

The idea here is sort of a civilization pulling power from artificial waterfalls in an extremely cold climate. I was more concerned with the technical and learning aspects of the piece than the originality, but hopefully the idea and execution seems fresh.


And, as promised, here is the walkthrough for the piece, you'll also find a link to videos of about 4 hours of it being worked on there too:
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Zulaan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply fantastic !
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maelmael123 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
look like a halo landscape, amazing!!
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Dinosaur29 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing
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ThorstenMUC Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Saw this great pic on YouTube in SuicideSheep's channel... really remindw me of some pics hanging on my wall painted by Hans Werner Sahm, mixed with some Star Wars tech ;-)
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Rsome96 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
love it =)
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DehXBunny Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh, I haven't seen something like this in a while.
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sirjosh10 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Using this as background, love it!
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Good job ![link]
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
This is so beautiful! I wish I could go there!

GOD bless
John 3:16
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adamiscool Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist
im so having this as my pc background.... FAVED
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