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Morteratsch Glacier by Rahll Morteratsch Glacier by Rahll
I've been a huge fan of the Hudson River School painters from the 19th century for a while now. The Detroit Institute of Arts near where I live has a number of Frederic Edwin Church paintings and they're simply incredible.

That said, I wanted to do a study of an Albert Bierstadt painting, another Hudson River School landscape painter. The painting is of the Morteratsch Glacier, you can see the original here. Be sure to check out his other work too, he's insane.

I did the study from scratch with no color picking or drawing, just shapes and color with a few different brushes. Next time I decide to do one, I might Livestream it

Hope you like it!
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muck1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Fantastic work! Utterly awesome!
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Gmandz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you are absolutely amazing artist :)
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Ingrima Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
This is wonderful, I like how you've done it :)
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Endoraniendo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A little dark. I like the rythm, the colors and the feeling of oils. Goes in to my favorite collection.
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Windguardian114 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Wow! It seems almost like a dream!!! Really nice work!!
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Reganov Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow wow wow this is amazing!
The scale of the landscape is captured so well! :D
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:iconiamtazzo:
iamtazzo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Beautiful!
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DairoOrtiz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
holy crap, that is the lvl i would like to get! nice work, keep it up!
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LittleBlueSkye Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work. I've favorited a couple of your pieces, but I like this one especially. You've given the piece more depth, sort of "drawing in" the person observing it. As well, and likely because it is a study, you've given the mountains a more whimsical feel, which I personally like. They sort of "float" into the clouds. I have to say, well. done. ;)
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raizchan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome artwork, man!
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FigyDaFlygon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how massive the mountains are! It makes the sky look huge and unfathomable.
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MarkEvence Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Best one......
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MarkEvence Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Nice,..................
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Miakhano Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Oh my... oh my...
That's ultimate digital painting! :)
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:iconvalentiniak:
ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This painting makes it very hard to tell that its digital. I like it :)
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KylaBoo2 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are truly the most amazing artist I ever seen. This is beautiful.
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
beautiful
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Ashmoedai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Have you ever heard about the theory between evolutionnist psychology and "Hudson River" paintings?
[link]

I love your work by the way :]

Cheers
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NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, my favorite paintings at the DIA have always been the Bierstadts so I especially adore this. :aww: It's beautiful!
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Rahll Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The landscape gallery is always my first stop when I go to the DIA, I absolutely love it :D
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NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was so upset at my last visit, they were remodeling and I couldn't find ONE of his paintings. :no: I need to get back up there and reorient myself, lol.
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AnnePeck Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, excellent work
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:iconvr85:
VR85 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
very nice work!
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GordonTarpley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Great study, Bierstadt is one of my favorites!
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tubanome Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, I love this... it's so... soft!
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sailornoelle Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am really loving your artwork! This is amazing!
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SEspider Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Bob ross would be proud. :)
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
wonderful work in such a lovely style. great scene!
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:iconlars-rasmussen:
Lars-Rasmussen Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's beautiful, dude. Very well done!
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tommyb709 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
nice.
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Palisoh Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Absolutely incredible
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Frozx398 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Very purrtty! nicely done.
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:iconmenszu:
Menszu Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb. I would gladly enter that image to look around ; D
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
So gorgeous *o*
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Gondile Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. I cannot believe how much of an amazing, artistic artist you are. I strive to be you, someday.
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philzero Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Got to say a big thanks to you for posting this study, you introduced me to the world of the Hudson River Painters and it is just mind bending how beautiful and awe-inspiring their paintings are.
I just got a huge book filled with their paintings which I think is really going to help me take my own environment paintings to the next level.
Take care, dude and much bro-love!
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ConceptCat Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I would love to live in an area like this. Very pretty.
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Andrewjen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful study
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ReiSif Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. Church is one of my favorite artist, his work is breath taking :iconlegaspplz:
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Ti-7-4Raven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
This is amazing, I've always wished I could do stuff like this.
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surthur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This looks very grown up, if I might say . I dig :)
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NFG24 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
omfg.
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AntoineRozel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ow dude, the light comes out just perfectly!
Of course, the composition is fantastic but you really figured out a great light in the cliffs and in the sky. I definitely love the texture of trees too!
Excellent work. How long did it take?
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is absolutely amazing, Reidmon! I'm particularly in love with the clouds and the mountains but the trees are also fantastic! I really love this work *_* your approach to the original is pretty great,
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RAEH Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're right! the work of Albert Bierstadt is absolutelly incredible!
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Hfoursaur Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
This is stunning!

And I must thank you for giving me Bierstadt's name - I saw a gorgeous (print of a) painting once years ago but didn't get the artist's name, and now looking through Bierstadt's work I have found it! :) It is one of my favourite paintings and I hadn't been able to find it anywhere. Thanks!
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darkraverTC Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Insane, the colors and detail are amazing.
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kaede-kit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Wow. Great work!
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:iconol-bear:
ol-bear Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my GOODNESS! like WOAH! this is seriously the best landscape art piece I've seen on DA!
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it. :deviation:
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