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Waterfall Castle matte art

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This image was originally a simple sketch on paper. The idea to do a complete color project came later. The inspiration came from Lord of the Ring and everything around that.

I did a concept sketch and painted in Photoshop over it. I used few references of castles and cathedrals to give me some ideas. I did a 3d modeling of a castle to help me with perspective and lighting. This image background scenery was one of my first exploration related to matte painting and matte art and all CG environment world done in 2002.

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More information about the artist: Frederic St-Arnaud (aka starno) is a visual effect artist with 12 years of experience, focusing on high-end photo-realistic digital matte painting (also known as matte art or digimatte), set extension and concept art in the film industry.

St-Arnaud has contributed to more than 25 feature films, dozens of commercials for television and a few TV series. His film credits include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Death Race, Babel, Silent Hill, Sin City, Sky captain and the world of tomorrow, Once upon a time in Mexico, Spy kids 2 & 3, The Golden Compass which won the best visual effects Academy Awards in 2008 and more.

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AlleyKatArtHobbyist Digital Artist
This makes me think of the Abhorsen's house in the Garth Nix trilogy. Beautiful work!
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Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
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Now that is the ideal home for me!
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Jesus Christ! This is so realistic.
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Fedebach94Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful work!
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HehayoProfessional General Artist
I finally found you! I have seen this image for years.. and I could never tell who the aritst waS!!!! So awesome tofinally find you!
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Something for the rest of us to aspire to (in our dreams), and I really like the "starno" website, very impressive, and all on one page too. So complex in its simplicity.
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MedoAlBikHobbyist Artist
I loved your imagination <3
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Hi, do you sell this imagine? 
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KrisallysProfessional General Artist
i have no words. So much talent <3
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ShellquakeHobbyist General Artist
Well that's new.
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colaflareHobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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RedstoneArmyHobbyist Photographer
Oh my gawd.... AMAZING
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Thanks Redstone!
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Fantastic scene. Love the precarious positioning of the structure on the edge of a dramatic waterfall.
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That's the intention! THanks 
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dredwardgumball115Student Traditional Artist
How beautiful
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Thank Dred!
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They're adorable.
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THanks D Bunnies!
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AmbergrisComicsProfessional Traditional Artist
Indeed a very atmospheric painting!
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