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
Here´s a process-sheet from the development of the Walker (from 3d-viewport shader to Photoshop painting):
And a close-up - there´s much more texture in it:
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
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: www.fantasio.info/2014/05/the-…
The deviantArt-gallery: fantasio.deviantart.com/galler…
© 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.
Btw. you´ve got a note.
Anyway, I simply adore this <3
"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..."
"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.
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.