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November 8, 2009
MATTE PAINTING - Babel Myth by ~fstarno
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The time will come, and one fine morning you will see from the window just such a world! He will shine in front of you in the new shades and colors! There will come a new era, an era of new discoveries ...
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The Decline of Babel Myth is a personnal matte painting that I did during Christmas holiday. I took some photos with my digital camera on top of the empire state building in New York City last summer while I was at SIGGRAPH 2006 Boston, there is only 4-5 hours of driving between.

The concept of this artwork was inspired by the famous movie Blade Runner (starring Harrison Ford) in which, you can see amazing futuristic cityscapes, which are define today as one of the most classic matte painting images from the old times. I always was fascinated by these old school matte painting techniques. These amazing artists was working on huge glass canvas with nothing else than pencils, brushes and oil painting. What a different world!

The modeling of the ships was done by a friend of mine: [link]

Frederic St-Arnaud
Image details
Image size
3396x2528px 2.2 MB
Shutter Speed
10/5000 second
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 5, 2006, 6:18:30 PM
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Gu9Yue's avatar

Amazing, great work!!

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DeviantArtHabatchii says,

Very well... 
pacomontoya's avatar
Very cool! Love the motion blur! 
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AndyClaro's avatar
Very good man!!! Do you have the image without ships?
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Yes of course! I do have the image without the ship.
Nahoum's avatar
Go to the fight, good work, we like!
Blade Runner is one of my favorites... Incredible work! Could you describe the basic steps you take to get from a simple photo to what we see on this image? Thanks!
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Hi Pixel Crazy Too! You can go here for a basic tutorial of this image:…
LoupeX2's avatar
Waiting for such time to live...
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I'm grateful there's a brighter future than what Ridley Scott envisioned.
You gave this the look of a photograph by blurring the flying vehicles creating a image of movement. It's as if this was a snapshot taken by a tourist standing on a observation platform!

excellent work!! 
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7 years after, Still an amazing work !
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Haha, I was thinking blade runner when I saw this! :) Nicely done! :D
Work done 5 years ago. :wow:
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