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Perfect Fairytale II by ErikShoemaker Perfect Fairytale II by ErikShoemaker
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This is a remake of an old artwork of mine I made back in 2009. I remember being really proud of this one back then as I was just starting to get a glimpse of this whole matte-painting club.
Only while starting to work on the update I realized how weird the old version looked. Everything seemed to blend fine, yet nothing was really fitting that well. The background mountains and clouds had some strange lighting, the foreground was strongly overcontrasted and the water reflection was basically nonexistent. It's an artwork filled with fantasy clichés, yet it appeared somewhat dark. I ended up replacing the entire thing except for the center piece, which survived with minor adjustments. The new version looks much more like a real candy bar, and it has a rainbow. :) I guess it resembles the "perfect fairytale"-theme much better than the previous version.

But see the difference for yourself. What do you think?
Do this again: Perfect Fairytale by ErikShoemaker

Many of the old stocks used in this one were from sxh.hu (now freeimages.com), and they are not available anymore, so there's no point in crediting them here. The new stock is a mix of photobash.org, my scotland photos, visualhunt.com and a lot of painting.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
awesomeness Clap Clap Clap 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017
My pleasure!
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work :clap:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks man!
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Jean52 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :D
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MagicLaDyCharm Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Do you know what's up with deviantart lately ? That does not feature the best artworks?? This is fantastic and perfect like everything you make !!❤️
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hah, thanks a lot for the compliment, I appreciate it! :) Some of my works were featured in the What's Hot section last month, so I can't complain. :D 
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SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Great concept and excellent work Erik, it's wonderfully done.:aww:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Amber :)
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SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You are welcome Erik.:heart:
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adrianamusettidavila Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful! Love 
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Adriana! :)
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
very cool can I come visit
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure you can, just follow the red cross on the map ;)
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
ill be there as soon as I can Huggle! 
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:iconschlossbauer:
Schlossbauer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017   Digital Artist
great work 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Julianez Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
Fantastic creation. :)    
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Julian :)
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Julianez Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
You're  welcome. :)   
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C4rc455 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice remake, Eric! It's really nice to see how much you evolved during these years!
Congratz mate!
:+fav:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man, glad you like it!
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing scene, Erik, so full of vivid details and life! Wonderful fairy tale scene... :clap: 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Dani!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece mate.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Al!
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Whendell Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I loved this new version, so beautiful! congrats!! :clap: :clap:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you mate, I'm glad! :)
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Whendell Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! You're Welcome - Leonardo Di Caprio  
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NapalmArsenal Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional Artist
Gorgeous image and I have to agree with the Morrowind feel! 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it is quite known for it's unique landscape design! I might have been inspired by it back then, but I don't remember now. :D Thanks!
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NapalmArsenal Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Professional Artist
Your're welcome!! It's very enjoyable to look at all the different little aspects of it! =)
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caddman Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
spell binding...wonderful work...:heart:
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thaqnk you!
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caddman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
your welcome my friend....cheers...:lolly:
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Conceptbro Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
has quite a Morrowind feel to it.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well morrowinds' mushrooms are quite iconic :)
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:iconconceptbro:
Conceptbro Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was my thought.
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FieldyBob Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
does this correspond with "Striders of Vvardenfell"?
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really, it's just a giant mushroom :)
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FieldyBob Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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Hirschpiel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
So nice!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SecretDarTiste Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Outstanding work!! :clap: It's nice to see the older version next to this one. It's a beauty!
Zombie Grabin' Pumpkin Man  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Zombie Grabin' Pumpkin Man 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Happy halloween to you too!!
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Norski Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do I think? I see why you re-made the non-central parts of this image.

What jumped out at me in the first was the clouds being lit from two different directions. That alone wasn't so odd, considering the subject. However, there was no hint of *why* the lighting was different, and the alternate lighting did not carry over onto the distant landscape, or appear to represent different volumes in the view. The rather non-reflective water wasn't a problem, since it seems a bit like real-world effects, which usually appear just before less-than-pleasant weather.

Bear in mind, that's my first impression. There are other details which I see you changed - for the better, I think. The slightly-out-of-focus butterfly at the extreme right was a nice touch - adding an impression of depth, and - for me - drawing the viewer into the picture.

I probably missed many of the fantasy clichés, but enjoyed the recent version. The signpost was the most intriguing. Thank you for sharing.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your in-depth comment! I'm glad you like the changes. Thanks for taking the time to write down your thoughts about the update, I really appreciate it!
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scifilicious Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Professional Artist
Visisting Mushroom Island is still on my bucket list :D Great
Also a lot of progress was made in 8 years, well done
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