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July 21, 2007
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LONG WAY HOME by tigaer LONG WAY HOME by tigaer in cooperation with the almighty =detail24 proudly presents: LONG WAY HOME


Long way home is a picture that truly deserves its title. For several reasons. One of the main reasons is the way i started to work on this monster. I got a picture/photo plate from =detail24 since we both decided to do some collab thing for the =DMchat mixed media challenge on I asked for something with water. I got something with water. Not exactly what i expected to be honest. (check plate here: [link]) The pic, nonetheless, was/is useful. I started to doodle around but only crap came up. I needed/wanted a waterfall in it - that was the deal. I left the project for a few days and restarted. I soon found out that i approached my idea from the wrong side. As soon as i had the right path for my idea i started to play around with my resources.

I'm not doing a lot of concept work when i work on my paintings... i'm just working them out. And while i work on them... it is like i'm discovering a completely new world. Every new detail i add... adds more life to the world i'm exploring. I guess that's why i invest so much work and time into my ideas. I want these worlds to be tangible. May sound weird but that's it.

Recently i really enjoy it to stretch my paintings over both of my screens to see them in full beauty. And it opens my heart. It truly looks like a window to a different world.


Digital matte painting for the win. Once again. Did i mention that i love it? I started with rough work to get myself an idea about the picture setup. The first thing i blocked in was the waterfall. The second part were the mountains. Then the detail work started. Layer for layer i added details, highlights, shadows, foliage to the picture. Made the different photo implementations match the lighting i needed. Added the planets and played heavily with the colors. The planets were an issue that one day. Check the concept stages link below... you'll see what i mean. First the planets make this pic really look otherworldly/off earth. They add so much wonderful depth.

Damn, how crazy beautiful must a sunrise look there? =)

I even got the suggestion to add water to the bottom of the waterfalls. I tried the idea but it did not work out as expected. It took off a lot of the mysterious look. So i kept the depths in there since it kept alive the feeling of the unknown... "where are the falls leading to...?" - "what's down there...?" - you know what i mean.

In the end... it really was a challange for me to create something magic off that photo. But i did it. Mission Accomplished.

25hrs - intuos3 - photoshop - 5300px wide - 240dpi

Wallpapers can be found in the [link] gallery

See here for [link] Print Detail

See here for various [link] concept stages

See here for the plate i started the painting with: [link]

Happy Viewing (Fullview Essential)

VISIT HIM -> =detail24 - be careful, he bites - but has some tasty photography!
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AussieKiwi Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
This is brilliant
chloexlolx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Just beautiful, so detailed and intricate.
LookingMaterial Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Dude, this is gorgeous! Nice work.
thiagochackal Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks forthis

great man of PS
Jajka24 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Wow! :love:
Neon-777 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
that is like freakin awesome dude , u shud like write tutorials or somet :devart:
Nicshooter Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
dude.... no comments... it just took my breath away... how long did u take to do that??
Isarl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
How incredibly beautiful... I could look at this for a long time. :+fav:, +wishlist.
This painting makes me want to create - to disappear into another world and explore it; to see what vistas await me.
Thank you very much for transporting me. =)
You and =detail24 are both wonderful!
IceHandTitan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know that you are insanely talented? Hooo boy. I could stare at that for hours. Simply amazing. >_<

If we ever manage to get a severely detailed virtual reality system up in this world and someone designs a world from your paintings... we will have to grab a bag of popcorn and go watch for that sunset. XD Do you like extra butter?
dancingelf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Professional Photographer
Amazing!!!! :O Just send me there! :D
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