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November 9, 2015
Take a look at this interesting castle design and be amazed by the wonderful lighting and colors of this epic scenery. Ancient Walled Kingdom by DylanPierpont
Featured by ErikShoemaker
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Ancient Walled Kingdom

Time for another Matte piece! Uploaded this at full 1920x1080 HD quality so feel free to use it as a wallpaper if you like :)

I made this for the monthly matte painting challenge that wrapped up last week. For more info on the prompt you can check out the official thread here:…

I learned a lot on this piece. Still a few areas that could have been addressed but overall it was a great experience. Really trying to dig deep on these and push them as far as I can. This was the first time I'd ever incorporated a fully rendered, hard-surface, 3D model for my work before. Huge thank you to Jayson Miller and his Gumroad video that pushed me to create this castle using MODO. I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking to get started with basic block modeling:

If you're interested in some of the process that went into this piece feel free to check out my thread over on CGSociety:…

Big thanks to the judges David Luong, Milan SchereFabio Barretta Zungrone and everyone that provided feedback for me along the way. And a huge congrats to Aaron McNaughton and Nilesh Parmarker for landing a spot in the top 3. You guys crushed it! You can check out their entries along with past contest winners here:…

Stocks used:
Stained Glass:…
Brick and windows:…
Castle arches:…


First 3 people to find the easter egg will get a free print ;) Circle the spot on the image and email your entry to DON'T ANSWER HERE IN THE CHAT. I'll be sure to add hints here each week until 3 people are chosen:

Week 1) Just a heads up to everyone, I've gotten a few emails so far but no one has gotten it. (ps, that's your first clue) ;) Happy Hunting!
Week 2) My good buddy Jayson Miller helped me out in understanding the basics of 3D and rendering on this one. If only there was some way I could immortalize his soul...
Week 3) Stone lasts quite a while. Maybe I should carve him out of stone...? Like one of those Greek gods or something.
Week 4) Near the ground you will find a face. A place for everything, and everything in it's place.


Congrats to all our winners! :iconerikshoemaker: :iconkaisaunders: and :iconcamara-san: Great eyes you three ;) And MANY thanks to everyone that participated. I read all your emails and loved seeing the all the effort. To anyone that's still having trouble finding the easter egg you can check out the answer here: And if you missed out this time around don't worry. I'd be happy to another one of these sometime in the near future :D


Huge thanks to the DA community and Erik Shoemaker for all your support and kindness. Very humbled to have been considered for a DD. You are all awesome :D


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Dianote's avatar
Wow, and congrats on the DD
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Thank you so much Dianote! Had a lot of fun working on this one :)
Irina-E's avatar
Very beautiful work! :) :heart:
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ShatterFlame's avatar
Tell me this masterpiece is real...

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It's a lot of real pixels :P 
Jcinc1's avatar
wow....just wow!!! :D
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Thank ya kindly :D
Angie-Pictures's avatar
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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Hey! Thank you, Angie :D
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It's my pleasure! :)

BigPineapple's avatar
Love it. Reminds me of Ico and Shadow of the Collosus.
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Ah thanks, Keith! That means a lot :D
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Thank you, Janine!
jaybgilles's avatar
Awesomeness overload!!!
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Lol! Thanks much Jason!
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Thanks so much :D 
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