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Valley of the Ancients by MeckanicalMind Valley of the Ancients by MeckanicalMind
3 soldiers face their destiny within...


I did this yesterday, finished it up over the night. It was pretty fun. No pictures in it yet. Might go back later to ad textures.

Sort of Lord of the Rings-ish. I'm ok with that.

Original Sketch: [link]

*Update* so its taken me 2 years to upload it, but if you've been to my portfolio blog you've seen this version of it that i did a week or so after the original. Tada!

CS3 + Wacom
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:iconnahojis:
nahojis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Splendid work!
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:icontavisw:
TavisW Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lighting is awesome. Love the architecture, too.
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:iconnarrendor:
narrendor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   General Artist
Gorgeous! It has this great quiet feel to it. No, more of a "full silence"... I dunno how to explain it, but lovely work.
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:iconjilllenad:
JillLenaD Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work.
I enjoy how you established the enviroment and lighting, with just enough detail to flesh out the scene, while still retaining the painterly quality of the brush strokes.
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:iconstyper1000:
styper1000 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
nice work
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:iconkazaar8:
Kazaar8 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
Looks like the artwork you would see on a Magic the Gathering card. Amazing.
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:iconeternalsoldato:
EternalSoldato Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Epic....Really can't say anything more than that.
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:iconluminstyle:
luminstyle Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good work
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:icongregarps:
GregArps Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Kinda reminds me of Abe's Oddysee :P Awesome image.
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:iconthe-knowing-oz:
The-Knowing-Oz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
i wish i could create things like this
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:iconchainsawdroid:
ChainsawDroid Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
hotness
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:icondermonkey:
DerMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
nice, those arcs are very paick style :)
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:iconchromax:
CHROMAX Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
The style reminds me of the game "another world" or in us "out of this world"
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:iconconstellationss:
Constellationss Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
I STILL LIKE IT ! VERY NICE !![link]
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:iconconstellationss:
Constellationss Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
NICE ![link]
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:iconalonely:
Alonely Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009
The colors are so rusty and fit the rest of the image BEAUtifully! Wonderful. :D
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:iconsquiffies:
Squiffies Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Looks inspired by lord of the rings, but not a rip off
Very cool!
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:iconhalofan2010:
halofan2010 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
looks forerunner(from halo series)
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:icontactouc:
tactouc Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
So powerfullllll
Like it a lot :)
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:iconhecuva:
Hecuva Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
niiiiiice. instantly made my think "elven"(well, actually eldar, i'm a wh40k fan :p)
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:iconsandfire1on1:
SandFire1on1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
me too! (about the eldar)
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:iconkeepinitsteady:
keepinitsteady Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Great stuff. you do the trick with perspective where you connect different levels of the piece giving the the eye a clear path to follow into the background. ive seen this done before and seems like its a staple of good concept art. Someday im gonna use that trick, whenever i get over my landophobia (fear of drawing landscapes)
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KeremOkay Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Photographer
great !
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:iconvampireprincess007:
VampirePrincess007 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Now, that's beautiful. I wish I had your speedpainting skills, it's so hard for me to get the lighting look good.
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:iconminimasake:
minimasake Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
My god, you're so freaking incredible. D:
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   General Artist
absolutely wonderful, the colours and shading makes it look so nice! all made with photoshop too? :D
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:iconfallenangelii:
fallenangelII Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You have such a wonderful style and I love the scenes you create. This one is magical and has such a good story to it, or so it seems to me :lol: Great work :)
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PhoenixSparrow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
This is really great, I love the underside of the bridge/side area.
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:iconancient-hoofbeats:
Ancient-Hoofbeats Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Student General Artist
You've been featured in an article called "Of Mystery, Legend, and Pandora's Box"! [link] Sorry for the late notice. ^^;
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:iconbohemiozzz:
bohemiozzz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Great! You are a MASTER, man!!!!!
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
haahha, thank you.
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:iconquarkenzyme:
quarkenzyme Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
hmmm... seems more Star Wars Episode 1 to me than LOTR. :)
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:iconkaluverdeano:
kaluverdeano Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kickass drawing and painting so far! I'd love to see it finished with some textures
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:iconterame:
Terame Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Fantastic work :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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:iconmateria-arts:
Materia-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Nice concept art, this is good you should definitely add something more :)
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BlackTowerOfTime Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
like how it come out :-) I think it isn't much LOTR just ancient ruins in a canyon... I got also a bit interested in the title as I have on my worldbuilding "Gor'li Dimension" project a river valley or canyon which has relation to the origins of the races on that planet. Even that valley is the beginning of the accessible part of the "River of Time" starting with a huge giant waterfall and some very old cave monasteries on the side walls. also one sidewall were the waterfall come down is a high range wich enclose one side of the "Forbidden Triangle"/"Forbiden Land" wich is the real birthplace and origin of the planets culture :-)
sorry that I just commented with things your picture remind me in my mind about things flying around in my strange thoughts. But it is all I just fell with the picture so its hard to be focused on technical things or how you done the colors and so on ;-) but maybe it will give you some other new imaginations , who know.
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:iconburnz08:
Burnz08 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Student Digital Artist
O.O woooooooooow. Love your work.
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icontenshiskisu:
TenshisKisu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
awesome, and nice job on the water
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconseltaya:
seltaya Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
That's awesome, I love the concept.
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:icondmaland:
dmaland Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the "super vertical" feel.
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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:iconkheng:
kheng Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the blending with the cliffs and lingering off into the background, creates a epic feel
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondinmoney:
dinmoney Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
dude, your name should be dr. cliff-bridge, those are definitely your speciality!

but yea nice man, i like how you post the sketch too

keep it up!
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha, i had spent several days looking at many pictures of cliffs and stuff, so now it seems to be engrained into my work flow.
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:icontaratey:
taratey Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
awesome! :thumbsup:
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:iconmeckanicalmind:
MeckanicalMind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconmarty175:
marty175 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
incredible
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