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Disenchanted Forest by ErikShoemaker Disenchanted Forest by ErikShoemaker
And the Big Survival Campaign


SlashTHREE Exhibition 12: Steampunk


Well the concept of this matte painting is quite simple. I planned to portrait the steam village as some sort of amusement park. It's in the center of interest and is welcoming the viewer with warm colors to take a look at its majestic technology.
On the contrary this technology benefits at cost of the magical forests which surround it.

Stocks used:
Plate: [link]
Trees/plants: [link] | [link] | [link] | [link] | [link] + two which are already deleted
factories: [link] | [link]
animals: [link] | [link] | [link] | [link] | [link]
+ some painting here and there


© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission.
Visit my website: [link]
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:iconpandinus:
Now this can be viewed in so many different ways.
I love how you've created a message of industrial steam versus forest and wildlife. The detail in the foreground is outstanding. The bird and the animals as well as the plants.
The clouds/fog that separate the foreground forest from the steam filled industrial background is a very nice touch, as well is the bridge. As the eye moves further in to the image, one finds various details in the towers and pipestacks that are nicely captured.
Your eye for detail is great and the cold wintery feel to this image makes it even more eyecatching.

Nice work. I'm sure that several groups would like to have this image in their gallery.
I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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:iconbillynikoll:
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
This work is perfect!!! :clap:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :bow:
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:iconamerican-emperor:
American-Emperor Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
This is absolutely beautiful.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Happy 2018!
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:iconmr-sadat:
Mr-Sadat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
So beautiful scene i like the color tone
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconmr-sadat:
Mr-Sadat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Your welcome :hug:
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:iconmuddyfox2027:
muddyfox2027 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
So undeniably true! We all shut our eyes to the mess we are making of our planet.
I feel this artwork gets straight to the point.
Very well done and very tragic all at the same time, this makes my heart hurt
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes indeed, but I guess it will still take a while until everyone gets the problem... thank you for your comment!
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:iconmacmarx:
MacMarx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Du hast einen entzauberten Wald gemalt. Doch dank deiner künstlerischen Fähigkeiten wirkt der Industriekomplex irgendwie selbst verzaubert.

Das Bild ist ein Volltreffer. Starke Botschaft, phänomenale Details. Gefällt mir! 
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vielen Dank für den netten Kommentar!
Das Bild ist schon uralt, aber ich freu mich, dass es noch so gut ankommt. :D
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:icondreamingrabit:
DreamingRabit Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Level of air pollution in EU is low, if you watch on China they wearing gas mask on streets in capitol :/
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:iconduesterheit:
duesterheit Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
very nice :)
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:iconjanis83:
Janis83 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can smell the pollution when I look at this piece. It's message is tremendous. To appreciate is only a thought. Overwhelming. To say I love it is an understatement.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! it's great to hear that the feeling I intended for this piece comes across.  :)
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:iconisisdesignstudio:
isisdesignstudio Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well done mate, love the mood & smoke lighting a lot;)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea well it's an old one already :D Personally I think it lacks this certain wow-factor if you know what I mean
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:iconraton257:
raton257 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wooo.... :) genial la pic
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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:iconfredericchristian:
fredericchristian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
bin durch zufall auf ein artwork gestoßen was deinem leicht ähnelt aber weitem nicht so ausgearbeitet ist!
[link]
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danke für den Hinweis! Keine Sorge, ich hab mal ein Tutorial zu dem Bild geschrieben, von daher ist es halb so wild. Aber trotzdem vielen Dank fürs Aufpassen ;)
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:iconfredericchristian:
fredericchristian Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Achja richtig, da gab's ja mal nen Tutorial von dir, ich erinnere mich! das erklärt natürlich einiges;D
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aventris93 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Photographer
This manip seriously hurt my heart... I was looking through your awesome gallery, I was all happy and then sad face! :[ but its really well done! :heart:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol! There's somehow beauty in it, too. But yea, it's a sad. Good thing is some countries are already working against that
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:iconaventris93:
aventris93 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Photographer
More countries should. :]
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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:iconnattleszami:
nattleszami Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really well drawn...
but does this make anyone else sad?
is it just me?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, actually it's mostly photomanipulated with a little painting here and there. But it's a sad situation indeed ;)
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:iconnattleszami:
nattleszami Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so the images u used to create this beautiful piece are
.....real?
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the original files are linked in my description.
And thanks btw :)
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:iconnattleszami:
nattleszami Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconokayguyplz: okay
haha jk
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:iconmedo1o0o09:
medo1o0o09 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
cool :)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D thanks
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:iconinrvision:
inrvision Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great and art! I like panoramas and I like images with a message as well!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for the nice compliment! :)
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neverleft Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Nice work really really good :D
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much :D
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:iconplasmax7:
PlasmaX7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Amusement parks have ferris wheels! And rollercoaters! And those things that take you into the air and drop you like a stone! I WANT MY AMUSEMENT DAMMIT, I didn't pay $29.95 for this ticket to choke to death on nothing but SMOKE! :ninjastar:
Also, enchanted forests have fireflies and cobwebs and crap. :lol:

Joking aside, when I first saw this image and the title, I thought, nice atmosphere, soothing colours, technically excellent (your tree extractions here kick my tree extractions' asses) and the lighting on the columns of smoke is greatly admirable - not overblown, not undersaturated, just right. Then I read the description:

Well the concept of this matte painting is quite simple. I planned to portrait the steam village as some sort of amusement park. It's in the center of interest and is welcoming the viewer with warm colors to take a look at its majestic technology.
On the contrary this technology benefits at cost of the magical forests which surround it.

And I thought, I pity the fool who thinks pollution is majestic technology! :lol:

Actually, the description just made me think of how much further you could have taken this image, content-wise. For example, this level of detail: [link] .

I hope you take my meaning the right way. :D
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot for your comment mate :D you are right about the concept, I could have done much more with it. I guess I became lazy too quickly.
that work by i-netgrafx is absolutely mindblowing btw. O.O
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PlasmaX7 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Oh my GOD how small is this text?

Testing. :lmao:
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:iconpeszymer:
Peszymer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awww, this is BeaUtiFul.
Poor Mother earth,, :tears:
I love wat U did With Your Work... :heart:!! :typerhappy:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe thanks! :D glad you like it
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:iconbackroomboy:
Backroomboy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:icongoodjobsign:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dankeschön :)
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:iconbackroomboy:
Backroomboy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconyourewelcomesignplz:
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yogi-gua Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Ich finds wunderschön.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
danke, freut mich :)
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RoelBogers Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Great work, fantastic colors, and superb job on the lighting. Especially the lighting against the fumes coming from the industry. Cloud-like-lighting is one of the hardest things to pull of IMO. :clap:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much for your nice comment! :) Glad you like it, the lighting is my favorite part, too.
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MrMahoo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Wow, that's really great work! The colours are awesome!
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