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The Hide-out by memod The Hide-out by memod
It's about time for a new piece. Here we go, this is a matte painting that I had in the works for weeks and weeks. I did not get to work on it for a good while, hence why it took so long.

With this piece I wanted to challenge myself. As you might see in many matte paintings they make heavy use of fog and mist, which, admittedly, can make certain things easier. So I wanted to try if I can create a believable bright day-time piece where you wouldn't have any fog.
And booya, this was a pretty difficult setting, all this foliage almost killed me :faint:

The initial concept has been made as a pencil sketch, then I did a colour sketch in photoshop, refined that and only then I started to use the first photos. Some photos I took myself, all the rest were taken from sxc.hu.

Here is the photo that I incorporated first: [link]
And here is the stock photo for the ship: [link]

Gah, and I tell ya people, extracting a ship and its rigging is NO fun.


Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy it, I have submitted it in wallpaper size, so feel free to put it on your desktop. I have also entered this for the Ballistic Publishing d'artiste - Matte Painting 2 book, so wish me luck that they chose it :D

As usual, a print will be up soon.
Daniel :heart:
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The Hide-out by `memod "I just have one thing to say, ABSOLUTELY MINDBLOWING!" says archanN and once you read the comments about the details that went into this piece, you'll likely agree. Full view is a treat! ( Suggested by archanN and Featured by KariAnnLax )

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ElinasArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Tight Hug Love your works!
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional
You're being super sweet :cuddle: :heart:
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ElinasArt Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
small heart - rainbow You are very sweet tooLily's Rainbow Box small heart - rainbow  Tight Hug
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional
No you! :smooch:
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ElinasArt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Love BothSweating a little...
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mopy001 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
oh wow... so beautiful but i cant use this as a wallpaper :( my resolution is to high :( so sad :(
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DwarfPuddle Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Beautiful! :)
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PangoPango1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow this reminds me of Halong Bay! ouo
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memod Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional
Thanks Laura =] That makes perfect sense, since I was looking at pictures of Halong Bay a lot for reference =] And I think some of the stock photos that I used were either from that place or at least looked similar :nod:
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PangoPango1 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh wow that's awesome uvu
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
This is just beautiful and amazing. I love all the colors... The details are astounding and the textures look great. :heart: Looks amazing.
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MapylSyrup Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i loove this artwork sooooooo much! It reminds me of Treasure Island or Pirates Of the Caribbean! it is really awesome and sorry i didn't comment earilier
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional
Aww, I'm glad you do, Tess, thanks :aww: That means a lot! =]
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MapylSyrup Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! did you paint that or did you Photoshop it?
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional
Well I painted it using photoshop =] But in this piece I did also use photo elements, if it is that what you mean =]
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MapylSyrup Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah! that is what i meant!wow. i can't even draw a circle with photoshop (with or without the tool!)
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:iconmemod:
memod Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional
Then you need to practise, Tess :giggle: That's how it all starts, with practice =]
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MapylSyrup Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i know...oh well i'm much better on paper. i just can't scan my photos yet.
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional
Aww well I hope you will get to do that soon then =]
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Machonis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's beauty captures the heart...
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional
I'm glad you think so, thanks :aww:
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe you paint such wonders like this! The amount of detail is stunning and look how beautiful this tropical paradise is! The ship rising up out of the horizon is definately my favorite part, so realistic! Wonderful work and you totally deserve the DD, keep doing your best!
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memod Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional
Thank you, Ashley :hug: This was definitely a challenging but fun piece to work on :D I should clarify though, I did use photographic elements in this piece and combined that with painting. One would probably not find most of the photo elements if I showed them the original stock photo, but they certainly were the basis for parts =]
In any case, I'm happy that you like it :aww:
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Regardless of what elements your used, that does not diminish the masterful way you merged it all together into this! And like you said, I could not even tell that it wasn't all painted by you!
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional
Haha you are really being very kind, Ashley :D Thank you! :hug: :aww:
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killerqueen40 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
instant :+fav: It's simply magical.
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memod Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional
Thank you, I'm glad you think so :aww:
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killerqueen40 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure~ :D
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Helga-25 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
This looks just like a place in Australia, where there was actually a shipwreck many years ago and a couple of people sought shelter in the storm in a cave much like the one you have depicted... It's near Port Campbell on The Great Ocean Road...
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional
That sounds cool :D I'm afraid I haven't seen that before, and a quick google search did not really show much other than a close up of the wreck :hmm: But it must look cool to have a wreck in this awesome coast area...
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dotsweare Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
K: Wowee, simply stunning :D
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PancakeDee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Well deserved DD ! This is definitely my desktop at the moment, and you kicked butt on this subject !
I think you did very well on the perspective bit, not to mention all the details of the vegetation. You succeeded in painting a bright day-time scene.
What I like best are the effects of the water : the transparency and the reflections on it, plus the realistic diffused clouds in the sky.
This is a fav ! :love:
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional
Hussa, thanks a ton for that detailed comment! :hug: That's really sweet of you. Getting the level of detail right in that picture was definitely tricky, considering this was supposed to reach a photorealistic level. But I'm glad if it paid off :nod: I sure had fun doing it :D

Thanks again, and also for using it as your desktop background, that's always encouraging to hear :aww:

Daniel
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PancakeDee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I'm glad it is, I saw how you wanted Critics, so I developed my comment to make it as accurate about my opinion as possible :hug:
Continue the good work !
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memod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional
And I'm really thankful. It's quite rare that someone takes the time to really put their thoughts into words :nod:

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faerosebud Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
REALLY enjoyed, thankyou! :love:
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional
I'm definitely glad you did :aww:
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Nadia-design Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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memod Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional
:aww: شكرا
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ECVcm Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Writer
WOW on dirait une scène de mon roman,incroyable et fabuleux!
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Fravoc Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
fantastic!
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jaidaksghost Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Congratulations on the DD (well deserved) featured here: [link]
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rey-apel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Unbelievable details, Hilarious!
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional
Haha, not sure if hilarious is really the best word to describe it, but thank you :lol:
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rey-apel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yes, maybe the word is not appropriate. perhaps gorgeous is better. :P
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memod Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional
Haha, thanks :lol:
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TheHeadmaster Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
One of my favorites
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Zanarky Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work! Very intricate. Good job :clap:
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memod Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional
Thanks a bunch, Scott! :D Glad you like it :nod:
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danuutz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
amazing :wow:
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