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LONG WAY HOME by tigaer LONG WAY HOME by tigaer in cooperation with the almighty =detail24 proudly presents: LONG WAY HOME


Long way home is a picture that truly deserves its title. For several reasons. One of the main reasons is the way i started to work on this monster. I got a picture/photo plate from =detail24 since we both decided to do some collab thing for the =DMchat mixed media challenge on I asked for something with water. I got something with water. Not exactly what i expected to be honest. (check plate here: [link]) The pic, nonetheless, was/is useful. I started to doodle around but only crap came up. I needed/wanted a waterfall in it - that was the deal. I left the project for a few days and restarted. I soon found out that i approached my idea from the wrong side. As soon as i had the right path for my idea i started to play around with my resources.

I'm not doing a lot of concept work when i work on my paintings... i'm just working them out. And while i work on them... it is like i'm discovering a completely new world. Every new detail i add... adds more life to the world i'm exploring. I guess that's why i invest so much work and time into my ideas. I want these worlds to be tangible. May sound weird but that's it.

Recently i really enjoy it to stretch my paintings over both of my screens to see them in full beauty. And it opens my heart. It truly looks like a window to a different world.


Digital matte painting for the win. Once again. Did i mention that i love it? I started with rough work to get myself an idea about the picture setup. The first thing i blocked in was the waterfall. The second part were the mountains. Then the detail work started. Layer for layer i added details, highlights, shadows, foliage to the picture. Made the different photo implementations match the lighting i needed. Added the planets and played heavily with the colors. The planets were an issue that one day. Check the concept stages link below... you'll see what i mean. First the planets make this pic really look otherworldly/off earth. They add so much wonderful depth.

Damn, how crazy beautiful must a sunrise look there? =)

I even got the suggestion to add water to the bottom of the waterfalls. I tried the idea but it did not work out as expected. It took off a lot of the mysterious look. So i kept the depths in there since it kept alive the feeling of the unknown... "where are the falls leading to...?" - "what's down there...?" - you know what i mean.

In the end... it really was a challange for me to create something magic off that photo. But i did it. Mission Accomplished.

25hrs - intuos3 - photoshop - 5300px wide - 240dpi

Wallpapers can be found in the [link] gallery

See here for [link] Print Detail

See here for various [link] concept stages

See here for the plate i started the painting with: [link]

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VISIT HIM -> =detail24 - be careful, he bites - but has some tasty photography!
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AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
This is brilliant
chloexlolx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Just beautiful, so detailed and intricate.
LookingMaterial Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Dude, this is gorgeous! Nice work.
thiagochackal Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks forthis

great man of PS
Jajka24 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Wow! :love:
Neon-777 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
that is like freakin awesome dude , u shud like write tutorials or somet :devart:
Nicshooter Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
dude.... no comments... it just took my breath away... how long did u take to do that??
Isarl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
How incredibly beautiful... I could look at this for a long time. :+fav:, +wishlist.
This painting makes me want to create - to disappear into another world and explore it; to see what vistas await me.
Thank you very much for transporting me. =)
You and =detail24 are both wonderful!
IceHandTitan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know that you are insanely talented? Hooo boy. I could stare at that for hours. Simply amazing. >_<

If we ever manage to get a severely detailed virtual reality system up in this world and someone designs a world from your paintings... we will have to grab a bag of popcorn and go watch for that sunset. XD Do you like extra butter?
dancingelf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Amazing!!!! :O Just send me there! :D
Aquazorx Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Outstanding mate, havent seen anything better

instant :+fav:
Almightypickle Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
that's lovely! :+fav: is in order!
DVeditor Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work as always! I'm featuring this one in my journal - you have an incredible eye for composition and detail! Keep up the great work.
songgryphon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
*sighs and imagines THAT sunset*
Raelor Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
Now THATS magnificent - awesome job :D i nearly fainted and fell off my chair when i saw this, no joke i nearly did :clap: awesome :)
brokenangel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Won-der-mous...just fabulous!
You always amaze me with those craftfully done images of yours....
Lisadora Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
getcarter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007   Photographer
Zaichick Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
God this is aweson I am sooo jealous! :worship:
LittlePear Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
Fantastic :clap:
yori2968 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
pretteh!! X3
JEHUTY-V2 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
wow that's rly something ^^

21citrouilles Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Awsome collab and image. :)
iamthejabberwock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The hourglass rocks, the flock of birds, and the lantern-lit bridge are great details. Again, I could have done without the planets.
Alcamin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Awesome landscape there! Really nicely created and great design. Great work! :)
Auross Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007   Digital Artist
Wonderful piece :)
BlackTowerOfTime Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Good Stuff! Also you can be proud to be a good dA member 'coz you wrote a so nice artist comment and background information story for the picture. This is not the most common behavior here on dA :-)

Hast das Matte Painting ja gut drauf. Sieht echt cool aus die Landschaft. Werd mal weiterschauen was du noch so an Bildern hast.
lexidh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Mrrr =)
A hotel with that view would be full booked all year long.
beeeeker Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007   Photographer
A m a z i n g . . . :aww:
Muenzmann Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
hm...kennst ja meine meinung...haben wir ja lang genug besprochen :)
detail24 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
findest es scheiße? :( darfst ruhig sagen alde!
Muenzmann Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
ne ganz im gegenteil....hatte da meine meinung auch dem tigaer schon über skype gesagt...ich hab ihm versucht auch input zu geben...;) aber das ist mal wieder eines das mich seit langem richtig begeistert ja auch nen fav..und der stock von dir...auch wunderbar :giggle:
tigaer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
woah krass wie er rumschleimen kann! wahnsinn! :giggle:
Elaynies Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
Breathtaking! :o
madbrainsurgeon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm i like it as usual but there seems to be a few flat areas of colour which spoil it for me
Caleb9849 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
This is simply incredible. It reminds me of the adventure game "Schizm." =)
ValiKchi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Artist
looks great, but wrong category....looks like terragen with sum brushing...its a 3d piece
tigaer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
you haven't read the description haven't you?
armillus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007   Photographer
wirklich spitze...
und es hat mich inspiriert, weil mir aufgefallen ist, das selbst bei einer szene wie dieser die kleinen details am meisten gefangennehmen.
ForestDanceOfAleKai Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Your work is absolutely incredible!
ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Schaut eigentlich gut aus, nur solltest du ein wenig die qualität hochschrauben ^.^ so macht es das bild nur schlechter als es ist ;)
iwasaprayer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007   Photographer
WOW is all i can say to this stunning work of art. its amazing keep up the amazing work =]
hikaritoyami Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007

Wow...that's amazing!
slackjaw10 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
:jawdrop: Insane. I've never liked the "giant planet in the sky" motif in photomanips, but that's just a minor thing.
viperv6 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nettes Plätzchen ;) gemacht mit den Wasserfällen...naja...ok, die beiden Felsen da sehen echt aus wie Sanduhren..aber der Rest wie immer SPITZE !!!!
ladyrapid Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Photographer
Pwetty pwetty my friend, very pwetty!
Fractured-Visual Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
tul Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
I like it as a whole, but i wish i could see the details better, I think i'm missing alot by not being able to see them
RoyalBlade Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
you rock
WuRscHtBr0T Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work !!!
And I think the title fits perfectly with it.
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