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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:
The work is in Public Domain, according to:…
What does that mean?…

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.


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CC by Oliver Wetter / Albert Bierstadt
All rights of this idea reserved to `fantasio / Oliver Wetter and may not be used without my permission or the permission of the original copyright holder. 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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MarvinDiehl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014   Photographer
Very cool idea! =)
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Cool  :)
peccatori Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Frozen - Olaf's Happy Icon 
Awesome work!
Happytard 3D 50x50 derp 
You have a great talent. Spongebob (Imagination)
IvanRostoff Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
I wonder about the toxic impact of this. Those things must be filled with deadly chemicals that leach into the environment for decades.
rajasegar Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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wolverine122 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
shit somebody got lost and then strangled by vader
fantasio Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe, we will never know;)
wolverine122 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
i agree, damn jawa's when will imperial procurement learn they only sell used navigation system and that hoth has no temperate zones???
reclaimer76 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Star Wars meets Bambi?
fantasio Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yepp, my two cents about Disney bought Lucasfilm...
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