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October 31, 2012
Photoshop CS5

Digital matte painting for my illustration class. Basically, a matte painting is a landscape scene photomanipulation/painting used in films as a background, to be green-screened behind the actors. Digital mattes are used in a lot of recent sci-fi and fantasy movies, like The Dark Knight Rises, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter movies, etc.

I used a painting by Thomas Cole called The Citadel and the Waterfall as a reference for composition and lighting.

To me, it's finished--loooong finished. But it can't be officially finished until my teacher says so, and she has a habit of making me think that everything I'm doing is just fine until she decides to grade it... :| So I may have to post a slightly updated version shortly, but I've gone too long without posting something here in dA as it is! :D

P.S. The colors look more washed out on my PC--they're far more saturated on the MACs at school.

EDIT: I added another knight to help with perspective and composition, worked on the water and reflections, and added a cloud shadow over the village for atmospheric effect. I also cropped off some of the sky, to give it more of a widescreen, movie-scene look. :D
EDIT 2: I got an A on this after all! :icondweebdanceplz:

Member's choice at :iconmanipulatethis: :happybounce:

:iconblackdivider1plz::iconblackdivider2plz::iconblackdivider3plz::iconblackdivider4plz::iconblackdivider5plz::iconblackdivider5plz::iconblackdivider5plz::iconblackdivider5plz::iconblackdivider5plz::iconblackdivider5plz:
~Castlemoor-stock Castle Stock 01 | ~KittyKati727-stock Cityscape 12 | *AustriaAngloAlliance Old Bridge over the River | =MaureenOlder Stock Photo Riverside 17 | ~SandsibStock Waterfall II stock | ~Reeza-Tree-Stock BG3 and BG13 | =senzostock Thailand IV | ~Eirian-stock Dark Knight IV and Colors of Cow V | ~ThyDarkestHour Shades of Pink | *GothicBohemianStock Stock Mountain Tree | ~SuperAwesomeStock Garden 4 | *midnightstouch Birds of a Feather II | mist is painted with default brushes
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Awesome work, I love it! Clap Heart 
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Beautiful scene !:clap:
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I featured your beautiful art here Weekly Feature 16 :heart: :iconnicedayplz:
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I would feel right at home here...:iconknightplz:
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Me too! :D I'm a huge fan of medieval fantasy-ish stuff. :)
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Chaosfive-55Hobbyist General Artist
It's the best stuff in the world!!!
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madre-superioraProfessional Photographer
very magical :-) well done.
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you! :D
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RankaStevicProfessional Digital Artist
Breathtaking..! Perfectly done..!
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you so much! :happybounce:
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dlambeautHobbyist General Artist
A deserved A!
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
:iconblush--plz: Thank you! :D I did get an A for this project! :happybounce:
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Featured here: [link] - hope that's ok? - Eve
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you so much! :happybounce: :hug:
cio22's avatar
wow! really great!!!
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
Adr13n's avatar
GREAT! I like how you adapted it from the painting...
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
Frani54's avatar
I'd give you an A+ on this.....I can tell this one was a lot of work....
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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BloodMoonEquinoxStudent General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
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