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Palace of the Mountain King by ErikShoemaker Palace of the Mountain King by ErikShoemaker
Hey all,

this is my latest matte painting made for the "Kings and Queens" contest: wesley-souza.deviantart.com/jo…
I went with the most classic categories, 'Medieval King' and 'Landscape of the kingdom'. The scene is supposed to be all about the castle and the environment, but there also lies a little story hidden in the details if you just look close enough. [:

The castle is based on this excellent stock image (Plaza España in Seville, Andalusia):
Plaza Espana Arches by EveLivesey
Other stock photos I used are:
King: fav.me/d1dv99o | crown: fav.me/d6iiqjq | Slaves: fav.me/d68nh4f and fav.me/d1mry8c | Guard: fav.me/d53731h | Torches: fav.me/d1e3av3 | Fire: www.cgtextures.com/textures.ph… | Tower: www.everystockphoto.com/photo.… | cliffs: fav.me/d5r8o6g and fav.me/d16luwr | clouds: environment-textures.com/photo… | texture: fav.me/dxuvpd

The background landscape, birds and hand are from my own collection.


I hope you like it! :)

© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission. 
Visit: www.xkire.de
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:iconkemalesmer:
This is one cool and epic piece of art work. Well done. The palace that goes round look just nice. And what is more is it is ashore. Endless sea and sky together goes so atmospheric . The color balance overall the art work is nicely done. Maybe you should have placed more sky birds flying over the sea or high on the sky. But those already placed over the bench of the palace and some on the sky is ok as well. Sunrise and shadows of the columns on the wall is nicely arranged. Good luck be with you in the contest.
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This is a stunning piece of work and what I have to say is only nit-picking. I believe where the sun sits would change where the shadows are so maybe make the sun just a little bit lower. Also, the woman to the right almost seems like a goddess and not a human. She's too skinny in the waist with how she's drawn. Also, the man seems to lack emotion with having his sword drawn. I recommend to place his sword in the sheath or give him some emotion. For some reason, it seems as if this work could be a little more busy. What I mean by this is that maybe have more birds flying further back in the sky or add more people in the background. Again, this is only nit-picking and I really like this piece!
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Son-Reborn Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Student Artist
FABULOUS!!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man!
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TheArcArtist Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very cool.  I like how you incorporated the Plaza Espana.  Super clean.  My wife had a picture of it so I recognized it right away.  :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup, it's an awesome and inspiring place for sure. :) Thanks a lot for the comment!
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Caabal Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Excellent!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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sweetdreamz12 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really cool!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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MJKalasky Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Am I the only one thinking about that scene in Attack of The Clones where Anakin and Padme are walking on Naboo after arriving there?
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope you're not ;) it's based on the same place: La Plaza España in Seville
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ViktorGjokaj Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Edo555 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Good. But is't the mountain king suposed to be something like mountain spirit
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's just some king living on a mountain, not _the_ king :)
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Edo555 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018
;) My fault.
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freeman952 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
waw! great work
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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EiBri Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
I recognize the Plaza de España in Sevilla! :D I was there many times
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah it's an incredible sight :)
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JQuasarD Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
That king is suspicious of his slaves? He should be worried about the assassin about to reach him!
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delrilow8 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Esta es una obra de arte genial y épica. El palacio que rodea parece simplemente real. El mar y el cielo sin fin juntos se ven tan atmosféricos y el equilibrio de color en general está muy bien hecho.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
¡Muchas gracias! :) En verdad el palacio está basado en una fotografía de La Plaza España in Seville.
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Strand13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply amazing
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PaladinPainter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Looks pretty good Cat nods 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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NathanSvl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It's well done ! Really realistic :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that's a nice compliment for me :)
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TBFS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Oooh yeeeah.... slowly building crescendo, with all the instruments kicking in one after another.:happybounce: 


...I guess it's just before Peer got spotted by the Trolls?Rage 
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Christianer3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Very Wonderful.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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clipent Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
Is supposed to be assassins creed i see a templar and an assassin trying to claim the railing?
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's an assassin indeed, not necessarily assassins creed though :D
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TotalFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ConstanzeIsTheBoss Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i thought this was a photo
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a great compliment, thanks!
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
So so cool! Yeah how this is entirely! Nice going overall here! How I would LOVE to see more much like this here! Please consider it~

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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try, thanks for the compliment :D
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
Your totally welcome no kidding! And hey just do your best alright? You can do it^^
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Irena13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Breath taking beautiful. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Irena13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
No problem
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PatrickNord Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
What a great picture! Wow! You should play in this drawing challenge! ;) challenjam.com/Challenjam/320
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
cool work!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Vanceres Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
in the hall of mountain king...
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