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Winter's Keep by ReneAigner Winter's Keep by ReneAigner
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'Far into the mountains it lies. On a clear day you might catch a glimpse of it, near the top of the coldest peak.
Winter's keep. Its frozen spires stretching towards the pale sky. No one knows who raised it, only that they're long gone.
It's gates has been frozen shut for centuries and no smoke rises from it's chimneys.
But rumor has it, that on the coldest night of the year, when it is so cold that no one dares venture out, an eerie light can be seen patrolling it's battlements.'
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13thring Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So cold, so real ^^
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Emirichan317 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014   General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! May I use it for a character drawing background? I will link and credit you...
mgbrownd Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I think you did a good job with the fog, it shows just enough of the castle that we can appreciate it, but hides enough of it that it is lent a mysterious air and we want to know more.  It goes very well with the text, you did a good job replicating the atmosphere.  I think it would have been cool if you had done some sort of obscured human figure on the battlements, only for the sake of the text.  However, I realize that this could potentially detract from the whole abandoned feel of it, and it looks simply amazing as it is.  Great job.
DiegoKlein Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love snow landscapes!
Guimasmoraes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Greetings, we are working on a book and this art match with what we want. Its open to license?
kingoftheswingers Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
It seems so real to me, enough for me to sense the chill in the air. Beautifully done.
coalesceny Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not enough adjectives to convey how nice this piece is.
LencreBlanche Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Very nice job!
Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh jesus! this is fantastic
K-raven Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
is a splendid vision!!!!!! nice
Qualotesh Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this pic. Maybe there's someway that I can convert the fence to my home to this wall. Coming home would certainly feel epic every time.
Techz59 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great details!
Mars636 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Nice. One of those pictures I just want to step into and explore.
Exalmus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
The way the land glides upward to either side is very captivating
anaehtheana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
this is a worthy ancestor of the romantic movement, great composition and rendering!! Caspar DAvid Friedrich is great in you. :D I myself have written a dungeon arena where all soldiers are trapped, built in a canyon in the middle of the earth. The armies screaming inside and are fed whipped cream by the Goddess of hate to calm them down. None of you is interested to illustrate a mythology? I got some sceneries like the "river of injustice" a waterfall mounding in a place where angels can see the shipwrecks falling down from a beach. It also has three hurricane like eyes to suck the passion out of the earth. Others are for instance a mountain rim with fire behind it and one tall silver sculpture to reflect the light. Its a classical mythology based on Greek Allegoric imagery and scenery. If you read a few pieces you should find it unique and not been written for 2000 years, i desperatly need art to make clips on youtube. woman reading it and placing text. Finally it would be published of course the book is getting a lot of interest lately. also for instance, a girl is given a sword, trapped on a mountain it lashes the sword into the mountain tablet, she dies and is reincarnated into a giant cloud, an angel dark standing over the lands with giant wings, while a cloud overtakes the lands, she plays with it with her wedding finger. whil the mountain bursts flames in the distance,... i'm not getting into the story its not just these sceneries of course.
DRIZZT--DO-URDEN Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great scene. Very moving.
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Harsh & beautiful :)
batosail Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is insane.
RaLhA Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great piece, nice story attached to it.
Jobe3DO Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LV-Jeanne Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Somelarder Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
That Reminds me so far Assassin's Creed ! Oo :D
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! :omfg: Really well done! :)
Art-By-Anders Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sooooo awesome! :D
Dying-Hopes Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Wait, what? This isn't a photograph?? :O :O
Wow. Great. Awesome. :O
ProdigyDuck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is amazing!
Yishtar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... WOW......
Now in english don't know what to say, but in french I will say :

Je suis sur le cul.... ><

Amazing you are a talented artist ! :dalove:
puppetgirl247 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
amazing! You're very talented
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful scenery!!
DylanStricker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Photographer
so sick
NickHerbert Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
beautifully rendered, looks almost photographic.
isisdesignstudio Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome mood and scale! Congrats!;)
Rayn3ll Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Wow. Beautifully done. I wish I could do landscape art like this.
reformedoverlord Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This is magnificent!
joelpear Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FlamesofFireLily Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
I really do love the atmosphere within the piece. It really gives off that ... winter feeling (if that makes any sense).
xxmihoxx Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Me gusta <3 Very cool. I'd love to get to this level of vividness one day.
studiotou Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
very nice. it reminded me of whit's stuff at first glance.
AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist
feels like it needs a bit more frost on the towers to match the description. otherwise, its beautiful :)
da-fucker Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
It looks incredible. Great use of atmospheric perspective.
TobiasWeinald Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this really transports the mood. Makes me feel frosty just by looking at it.

And btw: If you ever think of creating tutorials, I'd really like to know how you did those rocks! They're massive!
TrineKN Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. waow:]
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