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Superman : Fortress Of Solitude by AndyFairhurst Superman : Fortress Of Solitude by AndyFairhurst
My very first attempt at a matte painting so please be gentle with me. I am quite pleased with the result considering it's my first one :D I enjoyed this loads so will try another matte painting but I'll watch loads of tutorials first as I need to learn the techniques used in this particular discipline.

Anyway this was inspired by a photo my brother took which just shouted 'Superman' to me - [link]

Photoshop CS5

Thanks for looking

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Uncle-Conconz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooooooooooo cool
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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SupahCabre Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I wish I could draw like that!!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is less drawing, more photo bashing! One of my rare attempts at Matte painting :D
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VanBeezie263 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Love It!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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londaeric Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014

I Love this more every time I look at it. I keep returning to view this and I wondered if you ever sell you art?

Is this piece for sale?  I am smitten with it.

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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I do sell my artwork but not this one unfortunately. It's too small to print with any decent quality
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Very good! It makes me think of movie concept art.
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Felipe400 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing!
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Felipe :)
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:iconlondaeric:
londaeric Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I really love this
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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londaeric Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
I really love this
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ForTuchanka Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. I didn't even notice it was a matte painting initially. Nice work.
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Phoenix1701 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Clark studied the S-shield-shaped sunstone crystal in his hands with a growing fury. All of his life,this damned thing had brought nothing but pain & grief to himself and his family. It was a symbol of all that was wrong himself and his life. Clark's father-his biological father-had given it to him,along with the baby blankets which would become the basis for his costume,as a reminder of where he came from. Like the alien ship and freakish powers weren't enough,Clark thought bitterly.

But this....thing....wasn't just another artifact of a dead world,of a long dead universe.

According to the message Jor-El had left him,the crystal held all the memories of every Kryptonian. Not just those who had lived and those who were living at the time of the Cataclysm. No,this crystal,so Jor-El had said also contained the memories of all the Kryptonians yet to be born. All the Kryptonians that were yet to come.

Kryptonians who now would never be born.

How could such a thing be,Clark wondered. How could you record the life experiences of those who had yet to take their first breaths,would never know what their parents faces looked like,had never met their great loves and most definitely never would?

As Clark turned the crystal over & over in his hands he felt his anger grow from dull-red lava to blazing white-hot rage,bubbling deep within his core. Jor-El message had stated that when the time was right,the complete knowledge within the crystal would "make itself known to you,my son,but if this knowledge,this power was unleashed too soon,all of Creation-and particularly the One responsible for our world's destruction-will seek out the crystal and the knowledge contained within....and use it to totally remake the Universe you now call home."

"Well,DAD,you were right! It sure as Hell felt like all of creation came gunning for me when they found out about the crystal." Clark's roar overpowered the howling wind. The Problem was THE CRYSTAL WASN'T QUITE READY!! Darkseid,Brainiac. EVEN AN ANGEL OF THE FRIGGIN' LORD ALL CAME AFTER ME,ALL LOOKING TO GET THEIR GRUBBY LITTLE MITTS ON THIS HUNK OF USELESS ROCK!! YEAH I SAID IT,A USELESS. HUNK!! OF !! ROCK!!!BECAUSE WHERE WAS ALL THAT KNOWLEDGE & WISDOM WHEN I NEEDED IT,DAD?!?! HUH?! WHERE WAS IT!!!!

The mournful sound of the Arctic wind and the snap of Clark's cape provided the only response.


"Fuck you,Dad!"

Clark let out a breath,and took another look at the desolate landscape surrounding him,satisfied by what he saw. The nearest inhabited area was a thousand miles away,and aside from a sapling,long-dead,there was not another living thing for miles and miles.
There was nothing of any interest in this area. No petroleum,natural gas,shale deposits,nothing to attract the attention of oil companies. This area had been throughly explored by every scientific organization known to man and was both strategically insignificant and totally lifeless. Well out of the way of all the major shipping lanes (and quite a few of the minor ones,as well.) and no aircraft or satellite overflights,whatsoever.

Perfect

This frozen hellhole would make an appropriate burial spot for the crystal that was the repository of the knowledge of a long-dead civilization whose hearts were as cold and hard as ice.The pain and suffering caused by them. Let it all end here.

"Fuck you,Dad!"

Clark wound up for the most important pitch of his life.

"And fuck Almighty KRYPTON!!"

Within the span of time it takes for a human to cough,the deep blue of the crystal was lost in the infinite white.

"HERE AND NOW,KRYPTON DIES WITH ME!!"

There was silence for a long time after that. Even the wind seemed to still.

After another minute or two,Clark finally released the breath he didn't realize he had been holding. He felt as if the weight of his homeworld had finally been released.

For the first time in his life,Clark Kent felt at peace.

He turned his back to the direction where he threw the crystal,and prepared to leave this place forever.

Then he felt the Earth tremble....

His right eye had just begun to touch the spot where the crystal disappeared,when the first crystal tower broke through the icy ground. And another. And another. Before Clark's astonished eyes,a virtual city,seemingly made of ice,and stretching for miles in every direction appeared before him.

Clark tried to speak,and it took him a second to realize his jaw was hanging open.

"My parents never did anything small,did they?"


Realizing he could not leave this....Fortress alone,Clark squared his shoulders,and began walking up to the entrance. As he got closer,he could almost here it calling out to him....
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very good. Did you write this or is it an excerpt from somewhere?
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Phoenix1701 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Oh,and there was that time Superman wrestled an angel.

:P
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:iconphoenix1701:
Phoenix1701 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
It's all me,though parts of it were inspired by the Smallville TV series.
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:iconandyfairhurst:
AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was very good :D
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trigun666 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
excellent..i can almost hear the John Williams Theme..dun dun da da dun..dun dun dun..dun dun da da dun ..DAH DAH DUN!!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That was great and not out of tune at all :D
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trigun666 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
i smell sarcasm....
nyum.
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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capedwonder Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Hi Any,

STUNNING! Would you be interested in painting a high-res version with Christopher Reeve outside the Fortress similar to this one with even more criss cross crystals like in the first movie?

Thank you!

Jim Bowers
Editor
www.capedwonder.com
capedwonder.editor@gmail.com
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! Email me with the details and I will see what I can do and when I can do it :)

andyfairhurst72@hotmail.co.uk
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude!
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bakeur6 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
man you kidding me right
it's magic
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you bakeur :D
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Pi-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's has very nice textures. I must merit your efforts, especially since it's your first try, as you claim. Great Job!
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! First try at Matte painting yes but not at digital painting as I've been doing that a while now :)
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SuperOldTexan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I love this print! I would like to add it to my collection. Is there a copy for sale?
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's not a print I'm afraid.
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Snigom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the rock. Having just dabbled with failure in that area. What tutorial would you suggest to be able to successfully illustrate it?
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh shit sorry dude! I thought you were talking about my Lara Croft image regarding the rocks lol This is a matte painting so I used photo elements in this and painted over them. That's why the rocks look better :)
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Snigom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah for some reason I didn't see your entry until today. Still good stuff. I guess you must have a cool brush that does tree leaves. I like the way they look. AUGH! I just need more practice...
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah there are a few foliage brushes around. Just type leaf brush into deviantart and there should be loads.
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I find doing rock incredibly difficult and every time I do it I get mixed results as I can never get the same results. I need to find a good tutorial myself.
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Snigom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, it looked like you employ something similar to what I do. I have taken "texture" photos for years so I have a personal library of all kinds of rock surfaces. Those are what I used. They get the job done...I could probably use them to better advantage...
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djkester Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I love the effects on the snow in the foreground. Really well done.
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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TheKrazyBomb Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Just... wow
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Krazy Bomb :)
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I77ustrat1v3mind Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely love this piece, definitely very good for your first attempt at matte painting. I love how it looks so very realistic(it is extremely believable), definitely could see this painting used as a scene for the new Man Of Steel movie coming out in June of this year. Originally thought that was the case in the beginning, but apparently it is not for the movie, too bad because that would have been really cool, this piece is all kinds of awesome. Keep up the awesome work Andy:)
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow the fact that you thought that in the first place has made my day :D Thank you very much indeed :D
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I77ustrat1v3mind Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
You are very welcome :)
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MTCarpenter Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice work!
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