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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…

Like my work? Get perks on Patreon: www.patreon.com/fantasio or follow me on Facebook: fb.com/FantasioFineArts

© 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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:icongothold:
gothold Featured By Owner 3 days ago
rather eerie to me. The idea of an AT AT abandoned is quite appealing. 
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:iconuskius:
Uskius Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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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:iconbacara96:
Bacara96 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
WONDERFUL
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:iconitachi:
Itachi Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness! Is it ever so wonderful!?
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:iconanthro-animals-rule:
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner 4 days ago
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 3 days ago
I am afraid he misses fighting this thing.
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:iconaptiaa:
aptiaa Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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 5 days ago  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  New member
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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:icondungeonsdeep:
DungeonsDeep Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I know you'd probably rather not disclose it, but any chance of getting a super high res version? I'd like to print one poster size for my home office. Awesome work.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! You have a pm;)
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:iconsupermegadalek:
SuperMegaDalek Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
The war between the stars is over... The technology has been left behind, forgotten by the inhabitants of our planet. The people today do not understand the threatening power that these once called machines carried with them.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comment, appreciated! Sorry for being late, much to do in the past weeks and very much to keep up with here;)
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:iconsupermegadalek:
SuperMegaDalek Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
It's okay I have stuff too, don't worry ;)
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:iconkingrievous:
KINGRIEVOUS Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
o__________O
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:iconmoddamine:
Moddamine Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student
Sierra nevada...¡Estoy a 30 min de ella!
Muy original, me ha encantado

Sierra nevada ... I'm 30 minutes of it!
Really Original, I loved it
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Much appreciated, thanks - and sorry for the late response ;)
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:iconmoddamine:
Moddamine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student
No problem, buuutt.....Sierra Nevada (Spain) or Sierra Nevada (EEUU)? xD

No problem
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:iconoceanrailroader:
OceanRailroader Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I really like this artwork in that it shows what could have happened if the Empire tried to invade Earth but got crippled and all of the star wars machines where left to rust.



The Fighting Machines from the War of the Worlds could be a idea in that in the book the humans left a lot of the fighting machines to stand their and rust. It could show what happened to the machines 50 to 100 years after the war with mars.
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:iconfantasio:
fantasio Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment, I have to do some research on the War of the worlds, but your suggestion is appreciated. Sorry for the late reply - was super busy - cheers!
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:iconoceanrailroader:
OceanRailroader Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I remember in the book they showed one of the fighting machines standing dead in the middle of a park in London.

As for this scene it reminds me of a failed invasion of Earth by the Empire and the reminds of it are falling apart.
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:iconrogerioguimaraes:
RogerioGuimaraes Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Well done.
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:iconsilverwing47:
silverwing47 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It feels content and. I like how you used the star wars ATAT
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:iconmybrainmyworld:
MyBrainMyWorld Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful environement ! omg it's so peaceful ! :O
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:iconedwardborgas:
edwardborgas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Awesome
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:iconkbrandenberg:
kbrandenberg Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! Only after reading through the description did I realize that the ATAT was embedded, it's really well done =)
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