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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.


The blog post containing all works and information:…

The deviantArt-gallery:…

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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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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?
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;)
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 ;-)
fantasio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no problem;) cheers
marypantsss Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  New member
oooooooooooh... any chance of a high res for personal use? said use might involve excessive drooling and gentle stroking of computer screen.
fantasio Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hi, you can hit download to get a wallpaper version;)
jceaton88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  New member
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?
fantasio Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
Emerald-Wolf13 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
vindurza Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
strangely somber
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