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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 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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HabatchiiHobbyist Digital Artist
DeviantArtHabatchii says,

Very well... 
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EricVonSchweetzHobbyist Digital Artist
Very amazing
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pacomontoyaProfessional Traditional Artist
Very cool! Love the motion blur! 
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Thanks Paco!
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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.
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NahoumHobbyist Digital Artist
Go to the fight, good work, we like!
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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: frederic-st-arnaud.com/tutoria…
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Waiting for such time to live...
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herrissyvooHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm grateful there's a brighter future than what Ridley Scott envisioned.
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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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ballApiwatStudent Photographer
nice work
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Cyb007Professional Traditional Artist
nice work
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IMTFXHobbyist Digital Artist
7 years after, Still an amazing work !
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claredrewHobbyist Artist
the future
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MrOufHobbyist Filmographer
nice :)
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RenartusHobbyist General Artist
Haha, I was thinking blade runner when I saw this! :) Nicely done! :D
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Work done 5 years ago. :wow:
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JosueConcept24Professional Filmographer
Great job!
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GoldenLapisHobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! I saw this in the Brazilian edition of Computer Arts, simply great!
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