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Howls Moving Castle at Staubbach Falls Switzerland by fantasio Howls Moving Castle at Staubbach Falls Switzerland by fantasio
Hayao Miyazaki meets Albert Bierstadt!

Full view is duty!

Explanation here: please read !!

I did paint the whole Landscape and the Castle!

But, the landscape is heavily based on a painting from Albert Bierstadt - check out his amazing works:
The work is in Public Domain, according to:…
What does that mean?…

Actually the jpegs of this specific work for reference, were in such a bad quality that I had to paint the whole image from scratch - a nice test for me and I created some useful brushes along the way. Since I had no usable hi-res source, I hope you can accept the little flaws in it, most stuff is painted from imagination and my personal interpretation of huge jpeg-artifacts ;)

Good part of having to paint the whole thing was that I was able to push it more into a Miyazaki kind of mood and coloring that matches the concept that I originally had in mind.

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. This time it took me around 20 hours.

Process here:
Process-howls-staubbach-falls-near-lauterbrunn by fantasio 

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

This is part of a study-series, called "Ancient Kaiju project (...and other big things)"

Suggestion for other Kaiju´s or big cinematic - things are welcome as well as also constructive comments!!
Ohmu is planned as well as also the robot from Laputa.

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 2560x1500 px version.


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CC by Oliver Wetter / Albert Bierstadt / Studio Ghibli
Partial 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(s). 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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Given 2014-09-21
"Excellent fan wallpaper art of Howl's Moving Castle! The colors are absolutely beautiful, and the artist's attention to details is truly commendable. The overall atmosphere of the piece is just as wonderful. Well done!"

Howls Moving Castle at Staubbach Falls Switzerland by fantasio ( Suggested by Ginryuzaki and Featured by TehAngelsCry )
silica-casey Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
could I use this for an assignment.
fantasio Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that should be ok;)
silica-casey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
silica-casey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
DarkRainey Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
eniguima  dá pra ver a sofie e o marko ^^
Cela-thewhitewolf Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Now i am proud to be a swiss person xD this is an awesome painting!
WindspriteMuesli Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Steampunk Baba Jagas House in Switzerland... :D
Nice one
fantasio Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not really;) It´s Howl´s moving castle, which is a story on it´s very own - the walking home of Baba Jaga is much smaller;)
WindspriteMuesli Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay... stupid me. It was the first thing I thought of that because of these chicken legs... but maybe I'll read the book, now that I've heard of it :)
It's anyway great.
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