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Striders of Vvardenfell
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Published: December 10, 2015
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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

Thanks for stopping by! :)
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Two-Tailed-WarriorHobbyist General Artist
Very, very impressive.


But bugs that size? No, please, no. XD
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
haha so true :D thanks a lot!
cymetic's avatar
Thats beyond awesome!
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
SakuraBast's avatar
So much attention to detail in the background! I love the juxtaposition of the striders and the giant mushrooms.
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again for all the comments! Glad you like my works! :)
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MotivationalHousecatProfessional General Artist
Super cool! Great mushrooms and the cloudwork is excellent too.
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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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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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
that's fine, thanks a lot for considering my work!
The-White-Guar's avatar
Of course! It's gorgeous! Thank you so much!
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StelfySkyaHobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work Erik!! :clap: 
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :)
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RickB500Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work!
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
cain524's avatar
I miss morrowind.
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Me too :D
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FieldyBobHobbyist 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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ErikShoemakerHobbyist 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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FieldyBobHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Your an incredible artist :D
Condumitru's avatar
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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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I hope they'll ever manage to finish Skywind. I'm sure if will be huge success. :thumbsup:
adrian98-12's avatar
Malbork castle!!!  
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ErikShoemakerHobbyist Digital Artist
didn't realize the castle was so well known - should have known better :D
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