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Palace of the Mountain King
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Published: August 31, 2014
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
Image size
1680x684px 1.11 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Limfoman's avatar
Limfoman|Professional Digital Artist
Awesome
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Aletessa|Hobbyist Writer
Superb!
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Son-Reborn|Student Artist
FABULOUS!!
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man!
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TheArcArtist|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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup, it's an awesome and inspiring place for sure. :) Thanks a lot for the comment!
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Caabal's avatar
Excellent!
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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sweetdreamz12|Hobbyist Filmographer
Really cool!
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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MJKalasky's avatar
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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope you're not ;) it's based on the same place: La Plaza España in Seville
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ViktorGjokaj|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Edo555's avatar
Good. But is't the mountain king suposed to be something like mountain spirit
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's just some king living on a mountain, not _the_ king :)
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Edo555's avatar
;) My fault.
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freeman952's avatar
waw! great work
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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EiBri's avatar
I recognize the Plaza de España in Sevilla! :D I was there many times
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ErikShoemaker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah it's an incredible sight :)
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JQuasarD's avatar
That king is suspicious of his slaves? He should be worried about the assassin about to reach him!
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