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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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:iconzulaan:
Zulaan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply fantastic !
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:iconmaelmael123:
maelmael123 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
look like a halo landscape, amazing!!
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:icondinosaur29:
Dinosaur29 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing
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:iconthorstenmuc:
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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:iconrsome96:
Rsome96 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
love it =)
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:icondehxbunny:
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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:iconsirjosh10:
sirjosh10 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Using this as background, love it!
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:iconprofutur1971:
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Good job ![link]
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful! I wish I could go there!

GOD bless
John 3:16
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:iconadamiscool:
adamiscool Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist
im so having this as my pc background.... FAVED
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:iconleonardchurch813:
leonardchurch813 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
HOLY HELL,THIS IS BADASS!!!
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:iconlifeontheedge:
LifeOnTheEdge Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my thoughts exactly XD
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:iconleonardchurch813:
leonardchurch813 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I know
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:icondementedtaylor:
DementedTaylor Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
amazing
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:iconshentena:
Shentena Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Pure beauty!
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:iconletheyann-elethendyl:
this is a fantastic piece that speaks of so much stories:heart:! on equestion tough,can you write here the name of the song and the band, 'cause i clicked the link and they deleted the song :(
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks! And sorry about that, it's Just For Today by Hybrid [link]
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:iconletheyann-elethendyl:
thx so much (and btw the song is pure awesomeness :heart: )
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:iconcanislupusdingo:
CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   General Artist
This is...stunning. So much detail. Beautiful!
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:iconhitohikami:
HitoHikami Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really does give that sense of cold warmth, I love the blue/orange contrast here.
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:iconmeganann23:
meganann23 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
It's very wonderful!
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:iconagathakeyguard:
AgathaKeyguard Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Great work! :)
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:iconduckforcover:
Duckforcover Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Amazing work, love your work on the falls, gives the image so much power.
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:iconsoeven001:
soeven001 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Wow this is awesome, it looks Forerunner though like from Halo, that is awesome though great stuff. I really did just not stumble upon it.
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:iconodst105:
ODST105 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
that is so cool
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:iconbagoh2:
bagoh2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not in my wildest dreams...
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:iconwuestenbrand:
wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :-) ..
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:iconlysanderxx:
LysanderxX Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Looks just like an amazing background you'd see in Halo: Reach.
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:iconweahbeah:
weahbeah Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Just want you to know that I've used this as my desktop for the last two years, on four different computers. It's gorgeous!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that's so awesome, thanks! :D
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:iconcittychica:
CittyChica Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is obviously a very cold setting but it really does feel warm anyway. Very nice job.
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:iconjoeshmoe59697:
Joeshmoe59697 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just awesome.
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:icon2368:
2368 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Very cool! I like it a lot, and thanks for the work-flow thing. It is helpful to see how other people do things.
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:iconheavenmgn:
HeavenMGN Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Halo & Mass Effect are awesome gaming classics. :)
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:iconbustahwolf23:
BustahWolf23 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
wow so good.
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconbustahwolf23:
BustahWolf23 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
your welcome,what a great picture.
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:iconclearlyobvious:
ClearlyObvious Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
So cool, I love all the little details :D
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconarticunolugialove:
articunolugialove Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
absolutely fantastic!
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconghloop:
Ghloop Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. I'm so jealous of your talent! :P
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:iconrahll:
Rahll Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thank you!
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:iconniteeee:
niteeee Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
that's... amazing...
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:iconkakyuuspark:
kakyuuspark Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful scenery :)
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:iconteiflin:
Teiflin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Blew me away. Especially with how you did the water surfaces and the falls. Incredible work, man.
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:iconquackjag:
QuackJAG Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Wow, beautiful!
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:iconomnitelik:
Omnitelik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Just wow. I can't express how inspired this makes me. Not in the subject matter, but at how flawlessly you've presented the idea. Everything ties in so well.. The waterfall especially is just magnificent. It's pure magic and I sincerely wish I was an Artist of your caliber.
Kudos!
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Sk8ManM Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Wow this is absolutely amazing. I think you deserve a DD. I love this :D
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:iconshue13:
Shue13 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wickedly awesome!
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