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Striders of Vvardenfell by ErikShoemaker Striders of Vvardenfell by ErikShoemaker
The title pretty much gives it away, at least for all the experts among you - yes! This is my first Morrowind tribute. I have been playing the Elder Scrolls Online recently, which has reminded me of what a great game Morrowind used to be. Maybe it is just a feeling of nostalgia, but I must say that I still find the level design wonderfully creative and original, even by today's standards. Perhaps it was only beaten by the Oblivion expansion Shivering Isles, but I'm starting to ramble...

What you see here is of course some fictional setting and not a specific town in the game -  it could be the area around Balmora perhaps. In any case, I had to recreate the impressive striders of course, and no Morrowind related art piece should come without the famously annoying Cliff Racers. As always I'm not 100% happy with the outcome, but at least I had a lot of fun during the process. Hope you like it!

Thanks to all the awesome stock providers: 
River Valley Panorama by EveLivesey | More Mushrooms 14More Mushrooms 9 & More Mushrooms 4 by Dracoart-StockBeetle Bug 06 by Stock7000 | Eastern Box Turtle 5 by Irie-Stock | HIAPL_1 & FA_Val_WildDTD_01 by jademacallaTurtle 3 by Peace-of-Arttreehouse by chasmdeepBird Silhouette1 by FrankAndCarySTOCKPng Bush 2Png Plant C & Png Bush 1 by MoonglowlillyOld Lamp 1 - Straight on by fuguestockMay Natural 139 by Falln-StockHanging Bat by TheStockWarehouse
Teutonic Castles purchased from photobash.org, some plants from textures.com

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:iconroguemudblood:
First, I'm going to tell you that I'm completely unfamiliar with the game this is apparently associated with from your artist's comments. That said, this is an absolutely stunning fantasy piece! It's clear that you took a great deal of time composing this. The care you took with the beetles is obvious, but I'd feel remiss if I didn't mention how well the extended legs are blended. The only thing that makes them appear to be slightly unnatural (with respect to the image, because bugs that big are definitely unnatural) is the fact that the color is faded a bit from the darker tones of the front legs.

The detail that you put into the background in this piece is simply stunning. You made certain to include the tall mushrooms in the distant terrain at varying depths, and the giant beetles as well. The birds and the dragons are a very nice touch as well, adding a definite sense of atmosphere to this piece that really works to bring the viewer in. The rolling clouds in the sky also serve to do this. If there were one single thing I'd change about this image, though, it's the dragon closest to the foreground. Perhaps it's his proximity to the beetle, but he appears to be a little "out of place".

I love the mushrooms and the way you used the pieces with the details exposed works beautifully. It's especially useful to highlight those ropes with the lamps hanging on them - though I am curious as to where the rope that drops off the third mushroom toward the (viewer's) right of frame goes - does it just fall into the dust? Has it been cut, and is that why the dust clouds has formed? It's another wonderful way to draw the viewer in to the image, to make us question what we're seeing.

The humans (well, I presume they're supposed to be human) on the cap of the mushroom and on the beetle's back are wonderful touches for scale as is the castle in the mid-ground. It's all beautifully constructed, and if you weren't the CV for photomanips, I'd be sending it in with the notation that each and every element used in this image's creation serves a purpose and is masterfully constructed. The dust clouds are some of the best pieces of realism, and I have to point that out because it's absolutely something that might be overlooked when creating something of this magnitude.

Truly wonderful work - thank you so much for sharing this!
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Completly amazing.The giaganticness of it all is incredible.The mushrooms and grass really help send the height of the insects.
The insects tough huge seem peacefull and majestic.They remind me of elephants, just big entities, slowly moving in perfect sync with nature and everything around them.
The detailing on the background is really beautiful and sets the scene even better.
Superb lighting and specular hits, the mushrooms get sprinkled with golden rays of light showing they complex nerve system.

Actually the main insect looks almost 2D when compared with the mushroom's beautifull specular hits and shader work.

Looking at the sky you somehow have a "fake" feeling to it.The style of the drawing is cartoonish/wet paint and a little bit "spotty" but the sky is crispy clear and well contoured.It really gives a feel of "windows xp default background" .

The spot of white flowers in the front unbalance the drawing, they attrack so much attention for nu current reason and mainly ruin the contrast of the brightly lit sky and the dark ground.Somehow being insignifiant they almost ruin your experience by attracting your attention to a "dead" spot.Somewhere where nothing interesting is happening.
Aside from that, amazing drawing, superb theme and good realisation.
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cymetic Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018
Thats beyond awesome!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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SakuraBast Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
So much attention to detail in the background! I love the juxtaposition of the striders and the giant mushrooms.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for all the comments! Glad you like my works! :)
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MotivationalHousecat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Professional General Artist
Super cool! Great mushrooms and the cloudwork is excellent too.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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The-White-Guar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Hello, there!
My name is Andrew and I am the editor in chief of The Tel Mora Independent Press, a web-based publication dedicated to the sharing and exploration of art and writing created by the Elder Scrolls community! I was wondering if you might allow us to make use of this absolutely stunning piece in the cover art of next month's issue? We would of course provide proper credit and a link back to your DeviantArt account (or another site if you prefer).
If you'd like to see more, feel free to visit us at www.telmoraindependent.net

Thanks!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's fine, thanks a lot for considering my work!
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:iconthe-white-guar:
The-White-Guar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Of course! It's gorgeous! Thank you so much!
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StelfySkya Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work Erik!! :clap: 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :)
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RickB500 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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cain524 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
I miss morrowind.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too :D
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FieldyBob Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
When I critiqued this, I had no idea what the hell a Strider was. lol *facepalm*

Note to self:
Read description next time.

Elder scrolls is awesome. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha no problem. First, I didn't notice that you didn't know them, and second, the artwork should work regardless of whether people know the setting or not. The fact that you rated it so highly despite not being familiar with the scenario makes this an even better compliment. :thumbsup: Thanks again!
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FieldyBob Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Your an incredible artist :D
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Condumitru Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Since I've heard of TESRenewal group here I've been browsing, including your work. I'm happy to see such talented awesome work towards this project. I hope it will use you well in the future, and towards the realization of Skywind :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I hope they'll ever manage to finish Skywind. I'm sure if will be huge success. :thumbsup:
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adrian98-12 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Malbork castle!!!  
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
didn't realize the castle was so well known - should have known better :D
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ehlstudio Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2018
wowzerz :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018   Filmographer
Wonderfully surreal.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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BlazingLife97 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Student General Artist
I love it
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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BlazingLife97 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Student General Artist
You're welcome.☺
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LaMantraMori Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
I've only ever played Skyrim, but based on what I've read about other locations in Tamriel, they sound very surreal. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, it definitely is more magical/surreal. Skyrim and Oblivion are way more down to Earth compared to it.
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UltraOtterMan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
SOSOSOSOSOSOSOS CUTE!!!!!!! also scary
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EmmaExposed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Very impressive!  It lacks only a tiny Mai'q the Liar somewhere far off in the distance.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I had to google that one. Not sure I ever encountered him, it's been so long since I played, but it makes me wanna do it. :D Thanks a lot for your comment!
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TwilightRumiak Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I want to say - n'vah, it's totally a Chim!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks a lot, appreciated! :D
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angrybudcom Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Indeed! Mushrooms make change once and forever!
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seed2003 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing. Love it!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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sitting-in-my-room Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome!
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santa-b Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Magical!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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YourLocalTechpriest Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018  Hobbyist
Wait a moment... 
Is that a Malbork castle in the background? 
Kind of weird to see it in such a weird pace, but it kind of fits in. 
(litte trivia- it's sittuated in poland, used to be headquartrers for the order of teutonic knights, and is a biggest castle in the world (surface area).
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah you guessed right! Actually I didn't realize it was so well known - my mistake - a lot of people have recognized it. :D
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JhimmyAngel7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Gran trabajo!
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IDragon52I Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018   Artist
Hey, Wake up! Well, you and Sonya. You weren't even woken up by the storm last night. They say we've already sailed to Morrowind. We will release it for sure!
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AzaraZai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
Absolutely incredible!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot, glad you like it!
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fRagnarsson Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2018
That... is... awesome!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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