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AT-AT Among the Sierra Nevada by fantasio AT-AT Among the Sierra Nevada by fantasio
May the Fourth be with you!Use the force! 
Today is Star Wars Day

Full view is duty!

Explanation here: please read !!

I did only paint the AT-AT Walker in Photoshop, not the whole Landscape!
The walker is inspired by Dimitri Kaliviotis
The landscape is a painting from Albert Bierstadt - check out his amazing works: www.albertbierstadt.org/
The work is in Public Domain, according to: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alb…
What does that mean? fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/…

Why did I do that?
Actually the intention behind this is to learn from the old masters, Mastercopies are good, but actually there´s no better way of studying them than to get your hands dirty and spend 10 hours in the image and paint something that is not there.

I learned so much more from this painting than a 2 weeks stay at the Louvre would probably ever do. Especially in terms of appreciating the techniques of the masters and learning to emulate them digitally - a priceless exercise!

Additionally this was a nice way to practice light and color. My aim was to make the walker to be believable in the situation, as if it was meant to be there and part of the original painting. Still not 100% perfect but I wanted it to be finished for today:P

Here´s a process-sheet from the development of the Walker (from 3d-viewport shader to Photoshop painting):

Albert Bierstadt - Among the Sierra Nevada, Ca by fantasio 

And a close-up - there´s much more texture in it:

Close-up by fantasio 

Actually I´m positively surprised about how well my recent Kaiju-piece was perceived, thanks so much!
For the Kaiju Fans: Leatherback is in progress :nod:

This is part of a study-series, called "Ancient Kaiju project" (AT-AT is probably not a Kaiju, but it certainly fits the scheme of big things)

Suggestion for other Kaiju´s are welcome as well as also constructive comments!!

I like popculture and I love traditional art, so this project came so naturally to me and since the paintings are public domain, no one was harmed, not even the original paintings!

There is no intention to sell these images, I did them for learning purposes and use them in my classes as well, however, if you want it as a wallpaper, feel free to hit the download-button to get the 1900x1000 px version.

cheers,
fant

The blog post containing all works and information: www.fantasio.info/2014/05/the-…

The deviantArt-gallery: fantasio.deviantart.com/galler…

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© by Oliver Wetter / Ars Fantasio

All rights of this gallery are reserved to `fantasio / Oliver Wetter and may not be used without my permission. It's not forbidden to use one or more of my work on websites, blogs, etc, BUT its not permitted to submit it anywhere and show it to others, claiming as YOUR work!

Thanks for your appreciation.

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:iconcmmdrsigma:
cmmdrsigma Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
That is a really interesting idea. 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Death6119 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
I would crap my pants if I saw this somewhere in Sierra Nevada! Amazing! :D
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, on the other hand the statue of liberty would not be less eerie in such a place :P
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:iconariaannaa:
Ariaannaa Featured By Owner Edited Apr 15, 2015
Oh, come on! My desktop resolution is 40 pixels higher. :( I hate all the resizing.
Anyway, I simply adore this <3
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks and sorry for that.
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:icondiablo291:
diablo291 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes an excellent wallpaper! I thank you!
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:icondarkmonkmorgan:
darkmonkmorgan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
This is just awesome. Thank You 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconuber-stooge:
Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
neat concept
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icongasmasktrenchcoat:
GasmaskTrenchcoat Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
"Father, what is that?"
"That is an ancient machine, dear boy. Used in the war."
"Which war was that, father?"
"Well, my son, it began a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."
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:iconanthro-animals-rule:
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Hehe, pretty much exactly what I said, albeit your version is a short introduction. It's great :) And that phrase will just never get old. :D
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:icongasmasktrenchcoat:
GasmaskTrenchcoat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
I must admit I didn't see yours. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cheat you out of your glory.
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:iconanthro-animals-rule:
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
It's quite alright. I don't mind that much really, we both had great ideas. :)
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SylverSpoons Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I love the AT-AT because it's so detailed. Truthfully, I find all your art really amazing. Yay.Handsome Squidward Dance 
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:icongothold:
gothold Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
rather eerie to me. The idea of an AT AT abandoned is quite appealing. 
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:iconuskius:
Uskius Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude. I mean, the original just so happens to be my favorite painting EVER, and then... kid of at a loss for words right now. But good job. ^_^;
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
belated thanks, glad you like!
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:iconbacara96:
Bacara96 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
WONDERFUL
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:iconitachi:
Itachi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness! Is it ever so wonderful!?
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:iconanthro-animals-rule:
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
A man and his son go hiking in the woods, when suddenly they see a peculiar mass of metal in the lake. The object, which looks like a vehicle with legs, awakens their curiosity, and beckons them to walk closer to it. The boy asks, "What is it, daddy"? The father takes a long gaze at it, staring at it with an intense look in his eyes. In his eyes, he has a mixture of anger and sadness.

"That my son, is a long, forgotten relic of a war fought a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. It's called an AT-AT walker, and it's a machine that's slow in speed, but wreaks unimaginable destruction to anything it comes across. These death machines were used by a tyrannical, militaristic organization known as the Galactic Empire, which was defeated over thirty years ago. It's these same machines that I've told you about in my stories back in the day when I was a member of the Rebellion. The man's son looked at his father in amazement. 'Wow', the boy said, 'so this is what an AT-AT looks like!'

The father nodded, "I'll never forget that day when I first saw these behemoths on Hoth. I was only eighteen years old, and I had little experience about flying a fighter. So, I was stationed as a ground infantryman in the trenches. I barely escaped with my life during that battle." He paused, taking another somber look at the rusty, moss-covered AT-AT. "I never thought I would see one of these monstrosities again, but I'm glad that it's in this state. Never to be used again by the forces of evil, hopefully." "If it weren't for the Rebellion, the galaxy would be ruled under an iron fist of tyranny and oppression, and we wouldn't even be having this nature hike today son!"

The man and his son continue hiking back through the woods, back to their space pod car, so they can go home.


Thank you to anyone that takes their time to read this. A picture is worth a story, you know.  :)  Beautiful job fantasio drawing the AT-AT. I just could not help but think of a veteran Rebel father telling his son about his days fighting the empire, much like in the style of how a Vietnam war veteran talks to his son about his war days. Clap Clap Clap 
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Jurijus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I am afraid he misses fighting this thing.
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aptiaa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! "Among the Sierra..." is one of my favorite paintings. Great work!

The only critique I have is that the AT-AT is less sharp or clearly defined than both the mountain behind it and the grass closer to the "lens" or the viewer.

Albert achieved a great sharpness with those white highlights around the whole picture. One of the things I love about it.

Cheers!
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:iconflucx:
Flucx Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Love the artwork. Can't wait for Episode 7
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:iconsquarenuts:
squarenuts Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Tripod? 
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:iconstefangaertner:
StefanGaertner Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I like the idea!
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:iconjmc42199:
jmc42199 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Is it still walking?
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
...wait a second - no, it does not move ;)
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:iconjmc42199:
jmc42199 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
:iconfacepalmplz::icondoublefacepalmplz:
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:iconwindspritemuesli:
WindspriteMuesli Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, the AT-At fits perfectly there XD...
I'm not sure, but is this based on an famous drawing?
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey thank you!
The background painting is based on the landscape by Albert Bierstadt, as mentioned in the description;)
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:iconwindspritemuesli:
WindspriteMuesli Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really should read the descriptions ;-)
I think my grandfather has a print of something of that paintingg hanging in his living room... I think that's where I've seen it before ;-)
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no problem;) cheers
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:iconmarypantsss:
marypantsss Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
oooooooooooh... any chance of a high res for personal use? said use might involve excessive drooling and gentle stroking of computer screen.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hi, you can hit download to get a wallpaper version;)
cheers
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:iconjceaton88:
jceaton88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
This is amazing.  Is there any place i can get a high res version to blow up for a poster or a place that sells large prints?
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconemerald-wolf13:
Emerald-Wolf13 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Awesome...
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:iconvindurza:
vindurza Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
strangely somber
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:iconangelus-novus:
angelus-novus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
majestic
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:iconrequiem-at-saturday:
requiem-at-saturday Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a fantastic job! I really thought the whole piece was one, drawn as one, so challenge completed, I would say. :)
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, glad you think so;)
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:iconcourtneytrowbridge:
CourtneyTrowbridge Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Love!
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:icondartht15:
DarthT15 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
I'd try to restore that..
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:iconstephanielovesdisney:
This is amazing! :)
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:iconekknight:
EKKnight Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. 
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:iconalmarilys:
Almarilys Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
There is a peaceful vibe to it. It's gorgeous. I must say I am very impressed with the texture of the grass on the AT-AT. 
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May the Fourth.... and then Revenge of the Fifth :meow:
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