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Frigid Warmth

By Rahll
This is a matte painting for one of my classes. I put quite a bit of time into it, more than I expected to, but I'm really happy with the outcome for once.

The original file is 4000x2250, and I totaled in at 174 layers. Surprisingly, my Photoshop still ran flawlessly, but that many layers is still overdoing it, and it can become difficult and confusing to work sometimes.

I listened to this a lot while painting it, it sort of helps make it an experience. I'd definitely recommend turning it on while taking a look. Anyway, I really hope you like it.

As for inspiration, it's definitely a combination of Halo and Mass Effect, as well as John Carpenter's the Thing. Also inspired by Dusso's work, and all the fantastic imagery in the Star Wars Episode III artbook I just got. It's sort of a companion piece to another work I'm doing actually, but I'll explain that more when I finish the other one.

The idea here is sort of a civilization pulling power from artificial waterfalls in an extremely cold climate. I was more concerned with the technical and learning aspects of the piece than the originality, but hopefully the idea and execution seems fresh.


And, as promised, here is the walkthrough for the piece, you'll also find a link to videos of about 4 hours of it being worked on there too:
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now all we need is the high res version
Ultraiveta22's avatar
Very much it is delightful
Zulaan's avatar
Simply fantastic !
maelmael123's avatar
look like a halo landscape, amazing!!
Saw this great pic on YouTube in SuicideSheep's channel... really remindw me of some pics hanging on my wall painted by Hans Werner Sahm, mixed with some Star Wars tech ;-)
Rsome96's avatar
Gosh, I haven't seen something like this in a while.
sirjosh10's avatar
Using this as background, love it!
profutur1971's avatar
Beautiful image ! Good job ![link]
SeekHim's avatar
This is so beautiful! I wish I could go there!

GOD bless
John 3:16
adamiscool's avatar
im so having this as my pc background.... FAVED
leonardchurch813's avatar
HOLY HELL,THIS IS BADASS!!!
Johnszan's avatar
my thoughts exactly XD
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Letheyann-Elethendyl's avatar
this is a fantastic piece that speaks of so much stories:heart:! on equestion tough,can you write here the name of the song and the band, 'cause i clicked the link and they deleted the song :(
Rahll's avatar
Hey thanks! And sorry about that, it's Just For Today by Hybrid [link]
Letheyann-Elethendyl's avatar
thx so much (and btw the song is pure awesomeness :heart: )
CanisLupusDingo's avatar
This is...stunning. So much detail. Beautiful!
HitoHikami's avatar
Really does give that sense of cold warmth, I love the blue/orange contrast here.
meganann23's avatar
It's very wonderful!
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