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Song of Storms by ErikShoemaker Song of Storms by ErikShoemaker
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A tribute to the best game ever: The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time

I: Song of Storms

II: Serenade of Water [link]

This is my entry for *freaky665's "Dreams and Fanatasies"-Contest [link]
and it's also my application piece for evokeone. Cross your fingers for me :peace:

technical details:
This matte painting consists of about 30 to 40 different stocks and a lot of painted elements. The work on the model was particularly difficult since I had to morph and manipulate a girl into a elb looking male who sits on a wild horse.

You can check thw 75%-detail-view to see all the painted bits which got lost with resizing.
[link]

from stock to art:
[link]

in general
psd-size: 300mb
image-size: 3000*2000 pixel
25 hours of work

storyline in short
Before time was time, three great goddesses decended upon the chaos that was and created the land of Hyrule; Din, goddess of power, Nayru, goddess of wisdom and Farore, the godess of courage. However, at the point where the Goddesses left their new creation, they each left behind a golden triangle which contained the essense of their power. This mighty artefact, called the Triforce, though able to grant extremely powerful magic to whoever touched it, was infinitely delicate: if one who did not hold all three aspects of the Triforce - power, wisdom and courage - within perfect balance, the Triforce would split into its three aspects and the person who first touched the Triforce would be left and only one force would remain in his hand: the force which he most believed in. The remaining two aspects would take refuge within the hearts and minds of two who best personified the remaining aspects of the Triforce.
Ganondorf, the Gerudo King wanted to gain full power over Hyrule and thus used his magic to communicate to the Great Deku Tree without entering the Lost Woods, and so avoiding the forest's magical air. Asking for the Spiritual Stone the Deku Tree posessed, in order to get the other fragments of the Triforce, the living tree sensed Ganondorf's evil intentions and refused. Ganondorf could easily solve that: using his magic, he placed a death-curse upon the Great Deku Tree which could only be removed by destroying the monsters which now lived underneath the tree.
The Great Deku Tree, now cursed to die before the sun set that day, would not give in so easily, he summoned the young fairy Navi, urging her to find and bring Link before him. When Link discovered that at last he had a guardian fairy, both himself and his friends were overjoyed. Link, armed with a sword and shield, entered the Deku Tree and destroyed the parasitic armoured arachnid there which was the source of the curse.
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some credits:
Blue Dress Stock 3 by *chamberstock
Bunny stock by ~thiselectricheart
Castle in the fog 4 by ~Legends-Stock
Cloudy Sky by ~ShutterBugs-Stock
Dead Tree In Field Cows by ~Gracies-Stock
deio kamots stock nature123 by ~deio-kamots-stock
Devil s Tower 3 by =SalsolaStock
Dragon s Lair Nebula Stock by =Moonchilde-Stock
Emerald3 by =faestock
Emerald by =faestock
Eurasion Eagle Owl 2 by =SalsolaStock
Fantasy Tree 1 by ~mawstock
Forest Hut Stock by *MirandaRose-Stock
Green crinkly Texture by ~Ordinary-Stock
Horse Stock 11 by =RaeyenIrael-Stock
Landscape 01 by ~svend-stock
Landscape 7 by ~Visualjenna-Stock
Old Bones by ~bean-stock
Screaming tree by *LucieG-Stock
Sunstone72 Stock 231 by ~Sunstone72-Stock
Sword 2 by ~chaotickittie-stock
texture2 by ~SStocker
The Dark Knight Sword by ^FantasyStock
Viking stock 18 by *Tigg-stock
Wolf7 by ~RainaDayze
Birds 1 by ~achatinastock
Birds 2 by ~achatinastock
Leaves and blossoms PS brushes by ~The-Max-Factor
stormclouds pack3 3 by ~archetype-stock
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:iconpriteeboy:
I think the part that lets down the rest is the middle-ground. The grass there dosn't seem to blend in with the grass further back where all thos shrubs are. There's seems to be a "line" seperating one grass type from the other, as if part of the grass was mowed or laid down at a different time. But this is the wild in the past, not a front lawn of today ;) so I think a more gradual and irregular transition between the two types of grass (which I assume were different stocks) is needed. The shrubs seem to be lit by a sun that's behind them (in front of the viewer) while the light source overall seems to be coming from the left, and the trees behind the main dead one even seem to be lit mostly from the right :confused: There are some things in that area though that fit the lighting scheme (one of the houses, the dead tree, and what looks like more characters in the back) :)

The wolf I think needs more contrast to make it stand out more, I would assume it's shadowed area would be a bit darker and in this overcast weather, wouldn't have such a well-defined shdow but a soft-edged one the bird on the tree looks like it would be massive too, bigger than a person to appear that size at that distance (unless it is supposed to be huge, I didn't play much of the games :shh:)

The rest is great though, Link and his horse fit nicely and are lit as expected (maybe just give him a haircut ;)) The landscape overall except what I said about the grass/plants is good, especially how along the edge of the hill there seems to be some direct sunlight showing through (hey, maybe even try that look on the significant areas closer up, even if its just highlighting the tops of the trees or something which would add some beautiful contrast against the dark sky :idea:)
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rairame Featured By Owner Edited Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm sorry but if you used my photo and fixed it, you must credit me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, could you please notice me and credit me!!!¡?¡?¡?  rairame.deviantart.com/art/Unt…Waaaah! 
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you kidding? My artwork is almost 10 years older than your photo. How could I have possibly used it?
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Feast-DigitalArt Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful Love Heart 
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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PandaAndDolphin Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks so realistic!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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Ramman05 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Awesome art!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Ramman05 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
You're welcome, thanks for putting it up. :)
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AlienaSBV Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
*0*
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D :bow:
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ALLsoLiT Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Writer
very cool
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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tylerc161 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
A higher res (at least 1080) would be amazing mate!

Nice work!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only have one of the updated version: [link]

thanks!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

This amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]
:iconhappydayplz::glomp:
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FallenAngels09 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely :-) :-) :-)
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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HazetheHawk13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is amazing!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconmgweller:
MGWeller Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What a beautiful scene, the connection between man and nature is awesome.
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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13-kingofhearts-13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Yup that's going straight to my ultimate honorary favorites ;D great work
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! :D
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naya-14 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
love the sky in this one, way nicer than V2 :)
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:iconmetal100:
Metal100 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing ... I love this picture
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :) glad you like it!
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UtopianNaturePhotos Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it alot except for 2 things, the wolf looks awkward/out of place & the close hill is brown
otherwize a great attempt in a difficult category
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the critique, you can check the updated version linked in the description where I already made a few improvements. :)
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MotherNature34 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifull, but parts of the person looks almoste computer animated, while the rest of the painting looks more real
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, and yea I see your point
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MotherNature34 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome :) its always good to recieve constructive critisism because no matter how good you are or how good you get there is always room for improovement, its also healthy to share constructive critisism with otheres but dont forget to give complements where the credit is due :) i myself am an artist, im not that good but im still working on the kinks, my main problem when it comes to drawing people is the hands and feet, also im not verry good at realistic painting... i always ask others around me for constructive critisism when doing a piece of art because it alows me to not only get better but also explore diferent ways of doing things and diferent points of vews
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes I totally agree with you! If you want to improve in drawing hands and feet it might be a good start to use your own as reference? I'm not the best painter myself, but that's what I would do I think.
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MotherNature34 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thankyou :)
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FantasyAqua Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop detected ! XD really cool i love it
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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EverydayImherpderpin Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this by the way! [link] (Your pictue is in it)
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry I see it now, yes the second image is mine. Thanks for the link!
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EverydayImherpderpin Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem haha!
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope, it's not ;)
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Bebeox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
You could blend the grass together a bit more but other then that i LOVE this, the only thing is that Epona is the wrong colour:O_o:
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, I have linked an updated version in my image description btw. The blending might be bit better over there! ;)
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BuukuStudios Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic...
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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BuukuStudios Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not just this one either... All your stuff is! Can't stop looking at it. Can only describe your stuff as entrancingly awesome.
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ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a great compliment, I really appreciate it! :D Thank you once again, and a merry christmas to you btw :)
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Andicous Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Why does it remind me of linken? :D
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Jenny2411 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Link got new horse XD

Seriously though, this is frigin awesome
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ;-D
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PeddyPenguin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, WOW. how much time did this take?
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