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Striders of Vvardenfell by ErikShoemaker Striders of Vvardenfell by ErikShoemaker
The title pretty much gives it away, at least for all the experts among you - yes! This is my first Morrowind tribute. I have been playing the Elder Scrolls Online recently, which has reminded me of what a great game Morrowind used to be. Maybe it is just a feeling of nostalgia, but I must say that I still find the level design wonderfully creative and original, even by today's standards. Perhaps it was only beaten by the Oblivion expansion Shivering Isles, but I'm starting to ramble...

What you see here is of course some fictional setting and not a specific town in the game -  it could be the area around Balmora perhaps. In any case, I had to recreate the impressive striders of course, and no Morrowind related art piece should come without the famously annoying Cliff Racers. As always I'm not 100% happy with the outcome, but at least I had a lot of fun during the process. Hope you like it!

Thanks to all the awesome stock providers: 
River Valley Panorama by EveLivesey | More Mushrooms 14More Mushrooms 9 & More Mushrooms 4 by Dracoart-StockBeetle Bug 06 by Stock7000 | Eastern Box Turtle 5 by Irie-Stock | HIAPL_1 & FA_Val_WildDTD_01 by jademacallaTurtle 3 by Peace-of-Arttreehouse by chasmdeepBird Silhouette1 by FrankAndCarySTOCKPng Bush 2Png Plant C & Png Bush 1 by MoonglowlillyOld Lamp 1 - Straight on by fuguestockMay Natural 139 by Falln-StockHanging Bat by TheStockWarehouse
Teutonic Castles purchased from photobash.org, some plants from textures.com

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First, I'm going to tell you that I'm completely unfamiliar with the game this is apparently associated with from your artist's comments. That said, this is an absolutely stunning fantasy piece! It's clear that you took a great deal of time composing this. The care you took with the beetles is obvious, but I'd feel remiss if I didn't mention how well the extended legs are blended. The only thing that makes them appear to be slightly unnatural (with respect to the image, because bugs that big are definitely unnatural) is the fact that the color is faded a bit from the darker tones of the front legs.

The detail that you put into the background in this piece is simply stunning. You made certain to include the tall mushrooms in the distant terrain at varying depths, and the giant beetles as well. The birds and the dragons are a very nice touch as well, adding a definite sense of atmosphere to this piece that really works to bring the viewer in. The rolling clouds in the sky also serve to do this. If there were one single thing I'd change about this image, though, it's the dragon closest to the foreground. Perhaps it's his proximity to the beetle, but he appears to be a little "out of place".

I love the mushrooms and the way you used the pieces with the details exposed works beautifully. It's especially useful to highlight those ropes with the lamps hanging on them - though I am curious as to where the rope that drops off the third mushroom toward the (viewer's) right of frame goes - does it just fall into the dust? Has it been cut, and is that why the dust clouds has formed? It's another wonderful way to draw the viewer in to the image, to make us question what we're seeing.

The humans (well, I presume they're supposed to be human) on the cap of the mushroom and on the beetle's back are wonderful touches for scale as is the castle in the mid-ground. It's all beautifully constructed, and if you weren't the CV for photomanips, I'd be sending it in with the notation that each and every element used in this image's creation serves a purpose and is masterfully constructed. The dust clouds are some of the best pieces of realism, and I have to point that out because it's absolutely something that might be overlooked when creating something of this magnitude.

Truly wonderful work - thank you so much for sharing this!
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Completly amazing.The giaganticness of it all is incredible.The mushrooms and grass really help send the height of the insects.
The insects tough huge seem peacefull and majestic.They remind me of elephants, just big entities, slowly moving in perfect sync with nature and everything around them.
The detailing on the background is really beautiful and sets the scene even better.
Superb lighting and specular hits, the mushrooms get sprinkled with golden rays of light showing they complex nerve system.

Actually the main insect looks almost 2D when compared with the mushroom's beautifull specular hits and shader work.

Looking at the sky you somehow have a "fake" feeling to it.The style of the drawing is cartoonish/wet paint and a little bit "spotty" but the sky is crispy clear and well contoured.It really gives a feel of "windows xp default background" .

The spot of white flowers in the front unbalance the drawing, they attrack so much attention for nu current reason and mainly ruin the contrast of the brightly lit sky and the dark ground.Somehow being insignifiant they almost ruin your experience by attracting your attention to a "dead" spot.Somewhere where nothing interesting is happening.
Aside from that, amazing drawing, superb theme and good realisation.
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carlos-salva-art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Raven: *GASP!* AwesomeHow fantastic this work of art is! It is so splendid!Raven: *GASP!* Awesome 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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niyya00 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just wanted to ask you if you do any tutorials? 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry not at the moment. Perhaps someday in the future though :)
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niyya00 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hoping that someday it happens ^_^ 
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CuzImaJellyfish Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an amazing piece of art
I would love to get your opinion on something I made:
cuzimajellyfish.deviantart.com…
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stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
What a stunning work again !! :wow: :love:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you and belated congrats on your recent DD! :)
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stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome and thank you it is very kind :)
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neverdying Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant piece. Landscapes like that takes forever to create. :thumbsup:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot mate! Yup it did take some time, but the landscape stock itself was already gold and nice to work with :)
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thebes1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
I am playing it now and I love it!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Morrowind or Elder Scrolls Online? ;)
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thebes1 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017
Morrowind with mods.
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Hawta-Mahmood Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I just love this 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it, thanks!
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BadgerLoaf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Beautiful! Your photoshop skills are masterful! I was happy to see the sillt striders again in the Dragonborn dlc. I'll need to make a pact character on ESO so I can revisit Morrowind... shame about the Red Year.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still have to check out that DLC one day. :) To be honest I played the Morrowind part in ESO and it brought back some memories, but it wasn't the same as playing the actual Morrowind lol.
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Brings back tearful memories of those Morrowind days! So splendid is this art!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww thanks so much, I'm glad it resonates with the fans! :)
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EdoanMello Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2016  Student Artist
i dont know why, but remenber me Amanita Design, i love it!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, that's a beautiful gallery :)
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theBEARDEDcanuck Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Only a filthy N'wah wouldn't love this.
Amazing work :D
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks a lot! :D
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SylkRode Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a giant flea
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty close :D
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danieloooo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive manip! Stunning details. Love it!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! Glad you like it! :)
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Bhomdrae Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
DAAAAAAAMN. This is good.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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JobSnow Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
This is amazingly beautiful!!
I love it!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! Glad you like it!
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ExionianArtist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolute beauty
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! :)
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ExionianArtist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no probs! and I can relate 100% to what you sayin
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sillinincompoop Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found myself saying very loudly "WOW" 
The mushrooms are flawless. The golden colors, the texture of the caps. 
This is incredibly Dali--- which is the greatest compliment i can give. 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha wow, thanks so much for the nice comment! I'm glad you like it! :bow:
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kayly101 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning skills indeed <3 Vvardenfell never looked better :love:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks so much for the great compliment! :)
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Alexander0232 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Gorgeous!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Justforvisit Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Just 3 words:

A-Maz-Ing!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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Tivirin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love the idea and the overall look of this, but if the one problem I see with this is that there is little to no detail relief. Even a landscape tells a story, and with all the detail it's very busy and a little hard to look at. The main focus in the painting should have the most detail and it should be less detail as it goes away from the focal point. Good work though, hope this helps. :)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah thanks for the critique! I tend to go overboard with the detailing and eventually I hesitate to remove them again afterwards with depth of field etc. :D
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hinderthis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This is freaking crazy! Nice job! 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! :)
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fliprock14 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Amazing,Dali's style
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha I don't know, but thanks! It's a big compliment for me :)
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Onisatsu18 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Morrowind! :D
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