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NIGHTSHADE VALE by tigaer NIGHTSHADE VALE by tigaer proudly presents: NIGHTSHADE VALE

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This one was actually intended to be a fantasy novel book cover. So i was going for a portrait setup... instead of a cinemascope one. Though i prefer the cinemascope crop. Whatever. There's actually no big story behind that pic. I started to work with some of my new mountain stocks which i got from a trip into the alps recently. Stitched together some photo elements and extended them with paintings. With lots of scifi stuff from me in the past... this pic should be a nice addition to my gallery. Since it's more fantasy based.


I guess you could call this thing a digital matte painting. I wouldn't do so. It's a strange mixture of pure painting and pure matte painting. Well i, at least, can tell that i worked a lot with matte painting techniques. The top of the mountain is a complete extension. The path in front is 80% painted. I did not work too much into detail on that path in front since too much detail would have stolen the show the background actually gives you. Again i tried lot of new things and i think i got a acceptable result.

creation visualization: [link]

30hrs - intuos3 - photoshop - 5500px high - 300dpi - project folder: 1.8gb - psd: 460mb

WALLPAPER PACK (ca 2.5mb): [link]

wp pack contains two wp versions in 1600x1200 / 1024x768 / 800x600


happy viewing...
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Trisaw1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Gorgeous! Great image of heaven and earth. I really like the details of the city...nice eyecandy here. The level of detail's amazing! The use of tones, colors, shades, and perspectives is really eyecatching.
S0derlund Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Soo beautiful! I wonder if I can use some of your pictures on a site called (You create a dream stable with animals and so on) So do i have your permission to use some of your pictures to design my stable? It would be really nice of you! Ofcourse I write your name on the picture!
TheKatarzis07 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
it's amazing dude
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   General Artist
You have a lot of awesome art ^^
lonewolfcs Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Agree beutiful work
jUstfOrflO Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
One of the first images in the internet which captured my thoughts. Lovely romantic mood in there. I wish i could walk down to the river. :happycry:
missmermaid4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
you could give thomas kinkade a run for his money! you have such detail!
coolsaf007 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
i need the psd file of this one..
would love to work on it...
can u mail it to me plzzzzzzzzzz..
WhiteWolfWish Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
beautiful :wow:
lucipu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Wow! it
naruwolfhellsing Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
omg thats beautiful i wish there really was a place on earth that looked exactly like that if there was than i would go there right away
aminpk Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
love this,
really really goo[link] work
kayandjay100 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can only say ... this is brilliant! :deviation: :rose: :) Cheers, Coco
BlueSolitaire Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wish I could do digital art this well. It's astounding. :D
TS-Kyuubi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
kouki1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful work ;
LyraMeldy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Student General Artist
Are you even aware of how great your work is?
KichisCrafts Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
i hope so U: DD worthy plz!
Neylla Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
idril-ilae Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
People have said thousands of times, but again.. awesome!!
Quazzie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007
30 hours??!!?!? That's IT??!!? My GAWD... I can't understand how anybody could do this in less than at LEAST 2 weeks... bravo !
Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Solid-man Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flipvlug Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007
Lol I made my fav the 1000th fav ^^.

Though I bet alot of people do that with people defavving and favving alot xD.

Anyways OnArt:

I think it's beautifull, like most of your work
tigaer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:bow: :salute: :party: :giggle:
wolfenchanter Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am completely blown away by this picture!! It's breathtaking! :love: I've just been staring at it, absorbing all the detail. It's fantastic! The colours are beautiful, the scenery just so amazing.
s15jesusfreak Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Everything is so colorful, very enchanting!
seventhday Featured By Owner May 4, 2007   Writer
This stuff is inspirational. :+favlove:
dragonavants Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
you have some real gorgous's it
Nightshade-Kitsune Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
*Gasp* *Stares in awe* So beeauuutiful!! :D
I love it! :heart: I favorite it! :+favlove:
Rocketdog57 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning piece of work, I especially love the step-by-step shoowing us the process. Truly amazing!
VLphotos Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Great image :+fav:
Neckromantico Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
its great..I like it...specially the big moon/planet, the mountains and the tree=)
chaooss Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
This is so amazing...
You are an amazing artist my friend...
I wish I could do things like that...
passenger-nq Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
einfach weltklasse. was soll ich noch dazu sagen?
xDestitutex Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
oha... da hinke ich ja gewaltig mit den comments zurück ^^ Wird also mal wieder Zeit ^^

Auf den ersten Blick hat mich das Bild in einen kleinen Zwiespalt gebracht. Diese große Spanne zwischen Realem und Gezeichnetem muss erstmal auf sich wirken lassen, denn irgendwie kann ich beides in diesem Bild nicht so recht zusammenbringen. Und doch bin ich wieder erstaunt was für eine einzigartige Landschaft mit wunderschönen Details du geschaffen hast. Ich weiß ich sage es glaube ich in allen deinen neueren Bildern, aber diesesmal muss ich es nochmal erwähnen, denn der (Sternen)Himmel und die Lichteffekte an den Wolken sind atemberaubend. So stellt man sich einen Sonnenuntergang vor, wobei in echt ist er natürlich unübertroffen (vorallem mit weiblicher Begleitung ^^).
Sehr großes Lob auch an die Blätter der Bäume im Vordergrund. Zuerst dachte ich wirklich, es wären echte aufgrund der Blätter, was sich natürlich beim zweiten Blick wieder als Irrtum erwies. Beim Blick auf die Details sah ich dann das auch die Blätter alleine nicht echt sind ^^
Was etwas schade ist und nur in den Details wirklich rauskommt ist der Mensch auf dem "kleinen Berg". Der geht leider etwas unter obwohl er doch so gut gezeichnet ist ^^
Nunja dass soll es dann auch gewesen sein.^^
Für mich wieder eine sehr schöne Landschaft auch wenn es nicht mein Lieblingswerk wird. :)

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esquared Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
*_* -Siiiiiigghh-
scoutzero Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
Dude, I'm so jealous of you!
skribb Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
I like it. Kinda looks like Queenstown (NZ)!
hi-i Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
There is so much detail in this that I can't tell if its painted in some areas and other areas are just stock photos.
blackthornart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
so pretty :heart:
Ego-Trap-graphics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Amazing artwork.
shricory Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
those colours are amazing
matrix7 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathtaking as always. I will need to pick your brain on some of your techniques man. Simply amazing the stuff that comes out of you...
etheraiel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
slackjaw10 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
For some reason, I love the torches lining the path.
lulau Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006
and.. how the heck do u manage all that detail, textures and everything?? it baffles me.. if i were to ever try and do something like this - it would be a very very bad photomanip - how'd u make everything so real?
t'is beautiful. ^^
tigaer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
well i shoot a lot of textures myself with my cam. i have a nice archive with footage from the alps which definitely helps me to do these paintings. of course there's a lot of manip work required and stuff... it's not like *bang* and there you have your picture. a lot of work. :)
ZuluSplitter Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
WOW, respect, i love it ^^
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