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Master study: Bierstadt by danielwachter Master study: Bierstadt by danielwachter
Studying the old masters is said to be one of the best ways to learn - so I did a study of Albert Bierstadts "Among the Sierra Nevada, California".
It's not 100% accurate but I think I learned a lot.

Painted with SAI.
Any comments / critique / feedback are always much appreciated.
Hope you like it! :)

You can see the the original here: [link]
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This is a beautiful piece! those mountains, the waterfall, the lake, the whole scenery.
The cliff is amazing, the rock is very well done and I like the waterfall a lot. Same goes to the secondary waterfall and the mountains in the background.
The sky was very nicely done, I love the clouds and I think you accomplished the look you were aiming for quite well.

However, the thing that stood out to me first quite oddly was a small detail. The deer seem more stiff than in the original, and in fact..they seemed lightly stiff in the original itself for me. I felt they needed more of a variety of positions, that's just me though.

The second thing I wished was a bit different was the lake. If it had reflected more of the sky's colors I think the impact would have been far greater.
And other than that, everything was absolutely wonderful, great job!
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:iconjtgruber:
jtgruber Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Writer
I am familiar with Bierstadt and this painting in particular, and I think you did a great job.
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks, man! :)
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:iconnagini-chan:
nagini-chan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
:jawdrop: :eyepopping: :omg: :omfg: :love: :heart:

I'm at loss for words. ^^;
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stunning work!! :D
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your welcome!! :D
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:iconalmightygir:
Almightygir Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well i just found a new desktop wallpaper!
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Happy to hear that!
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:iconlhianne:
Lhianne Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
:heart: Your wonderful work is featured by :iconwater-dreams: here [link] :heart:
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome - thank you so much! :)
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:iconlhianne:
Lhianne Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
...absolutely my pleasure :hug:
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:iconjoao-paulo:
Joao-paulo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I just can't believe you did this in SAI
its really amazing :D
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconlhianne:
Lhianne Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
wonderful work :heart:
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconlhianne:
Lhianne Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
You're very welcome :hug:
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:iconbonisol:
bonisol Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! :wow:
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :dance:
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:iconbonisol:
bonisol Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:icondennykoo:
dennykoo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a print of the original in my living room and when I saw your pic I was AMAZED at how well you reproduced this. The lighting in the sky, the mountains, and the water are to me the strong points of this piece. Great work!!!
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Great to hear - thank you very much! :)
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:iconlucasblahblah:
lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy smoking baby seals
That is gorgeous
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :dance:
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:iconlucasblahblah:
lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
............ I like it better than the original LOL
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:icongellydraws:
Gellydraws Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well done !!
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconnightelf86:
NightElf86 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is absolutely amazing!!! :wow:
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconnightelf86:
NightElf86 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconfrenchfox:
frenchfox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
gorgeous landscape ! :clap:
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconlovz2draw:
Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
W0W!*_* thats amzaing!
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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:iconlovz2draw:
Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
your most welcome:D i Lov the deer:D
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:iconayranit:
Ayranit Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome! :O
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icondebra-marie:
Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is breathtaking, great job! Stop making the rest of us look bad ><
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconnotyoursteppingstone:
NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bierstadt is my favorite and I actually have a print of this in my home. Nice job, I love the lighting.
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah I love this too - thanks. :)
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:iconmichaeljtr:
michaeljtr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
probably your best so far, i like it :)
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
It's only a study of Bierstadt's masterpiece. But thank you very much. :)
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:iconlilaccu:
Lilaccu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome <3 ^^ Totally love it
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconskycre:
Skycre Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May i just say, masterpiece.
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Well it's just a study of Bierstadt's masterpiece - but thanks a lot. :)
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:iconmuttiniraq:
muttiniraq Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing :D
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:icondanielwachter:
danielwachter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Well done.
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