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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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Given 2008-04-06
:iconhehayo:
Hehayo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional 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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:iconmcworldart:
mcworldart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018
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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:iconaybaz:
Aybaz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  New Deviant
Wow!
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:iconmedoalbik:
MedoAlBik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I loved your imagination <3
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:iconpaulasland:
paulasland Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018
Hi, do you sell this imagine? 
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:iconkrisallys:
Krisallys Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
i have no words. So much talent <3
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:iconshellquake:
Shellquake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well that's new.
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:iconschattenlotus:
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017
Beautiful.
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:iconcolaflare:
colaflare Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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:iconredstonearmy:
RedstoneArmy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my gawd.... AMAZING
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks Redstone!
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:iconmrdarshag:
MrDarshag Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic scene. Love the precarious positioning of the structure on the edge of a dramatic waterfall.
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
That's the intention! THanks 
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:icondredwardgumball115:
dredwardgumball115 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
How beautiful
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thank Dred!
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:icondubaibunniesuae:
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
They're adorable.
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
THanks D Bunnies!
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:iconambergriscomics:
AmbergrisComics Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed a very atmospheric painting!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks!
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:iconabdulazizalabbasi:
Abdulazizalabbasi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
naic one
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks
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:iconhavokoverlord:
HavokOverlord Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful scenery, wonderful
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks Havok
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:iconbasilhs333:
basilhs333 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
cool! it reminds me a movie scene!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks Basilhs! Actually, I work in the movie industry since 20 years! Come and visit our studio here: www.starno.net There is a lot to see!
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:icondandelionchinya:
DandelionChinya Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wow... this will be a great place for story and game stage... really gorgeous!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
I agree!
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:iconviritaclau:
Viritaclau Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
Very nice
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks!
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:iconkinakalamari:
KinaKalamari Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Student General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks Kina!
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:iconbeatles17:
beatles17 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
I'd be so terrified to live there XD
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Me too! A very noisy and unstable place!
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:iconbeatles17:
beatles17 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
You are literally a fart away from death
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
:)
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:iconantimatter-radius:
Antimatter-Radius Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely phenomenal concept art!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks!
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:iconctdsnark:
ctdsnark Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like part of Dinotopia.
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
I should see this!
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:iconctdsnark:
ctdsnark Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think there's only three books in the series,but they're great! Don't bother with the TV movie,it's junk.
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Ok Thanks. I'll watch this!
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:iconraven207b:
Raven207b Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely incredible! Your work inspires me to work more on my landscapes. Thank you!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
My pleasure!
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:iconmjp-70:
MjP-70 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Amazing work!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks!
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:iconazandrew:
AzAndrew Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Amazing!
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Thanks Andrew
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:iconzybotsu:
Zybotsu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one of the best pieces of any artwork i've ever seen. 
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:iconfstarno:
fstarno Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Wow! That's too much! Big thanks
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:iconlowesthero28:
LowestHero28 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
Frodo FTW!!!!!
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