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The Great Hike by mynti The Great Hike by mynti
Based loosely from this stock photograph: [link]

The backpack and water bottle were referenced from life, for the person I didn't use a reference.

I started this painting back in September but it's taken me ages to finish. I took a long pause from start to finish after being a bit overwhelmed with the sheer complexity of this.

Much thanks to `memod for his pushing me to continue and for all his helpful critiques. It may have started as a gift for my mother but my dedication for this painting is to Dan.

Enjoy our planet, it's the only one we've got!
-Gracie

Process Animation:
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Stats:
Adobe PSCS3 + Wacom tablet
more than 80 hours I'd wager.
Details here: [link]
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The Great Hike by `mynti
The suggesters of this gorgeous work, "I'm in awe of this painting. The work is amazing and absolutely wonderful, and the details are just magnificent. The first thing I remember doing when I first saw this image is just sitting there mouth wide open and staring at the image for minutes." ( Suggested by JurgenDoe and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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scapeaholic Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Incredible detail! :)
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pranile Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
A masterpiece !
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moonlight311 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
wowo just wow
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ZenInGeneral Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. How can I get there?
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xzendor7 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013   Digital Artist
This Is A Beautiful Piece.
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TheBerber Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I do wanna say somthing but i can't belive me , its just WOWWWWWWWW !!!! love it so peacful .
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Neoeyal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is... just... AMAZING!!!
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KatrinaAriel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
It's me!!! Beautiful.
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Amerguin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I love it, it's wonderful
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jimtargett Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Amazing
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PunkPirate-art Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. just a woncerdul piece of art, vibrant colours, superb lighting! you are very talented :)
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Ezekiel-J Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good
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RazzorLife Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OMG !!
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Gwasanee Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link]

If you want it removed, please let me know :heart:

Have a wonderful day!
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ArtIsNotEternal Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Artist
Wonderful. Simply. Wonderful.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I faved this piece back when you submitted it in '08 and I still find myself thinking of it every now and again over the years. When I'm walking on my own in dense woods it comes to mind, I'll always be hypnotised by those fantastic drooping mosses and lichens, how damp and cool it feels and how I would love to be there. I'm kinda jealous of the hiker!
Anyway just thought you'd like to know that this is a piece of art that has stuck with me for years ;)
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mynti Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for telling me! I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner, and I hope you don't take that as disinterest.

I have often felt this painting is one of my soul. It is expression of love for my mother. This place exists, if you want to save up and go before it is not so pristine, I would - the place is Milford, New Zealand, and I am jealous of her trip too! I plan to go myself when I can scrounge up the crazy plane fare.

My mother and I share a spiritual bond in our love of nature and especially of hiking, and this was my gift to her because her roll of film that she took on the plane with her wasn't exposed, so when she got home - they were black. Instead of her having little to nothing of images to remember her trip, I painted this for her birthday to remind her of her Great Hike. I got it printed on 24"x36" canvas and she has it in her living room.

I think that's probably why it has stuck with you - I put everything I had into this painting, and while i find I look at it now and see where I could improve it, the spirit and soul of it is still ever apparent, and thus is one of my favorites.

I am so pleased you remember me and my work and that it has touched you and your hiker sensibilities! Thank you for telling me, it means a lot to me that you get something good out of it!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What a wonderful story and I'm absolutely certain now that that's why it's stuck with me! Your poor Mum, what a disappointment, but made up again with such an amazing gift.

It actually reminds me a lot of a few hikes I went on around the Strathspey area of Scotland. Near Loch Morlich when I was younger they did orienteering courses and they were some of the happiest days I've had. Scotland doesn't get much sun so we were so lucky to have cloudless skies for the whole weekend, and sitting eating our packed lunches after a 10km hike in the cool forest... When I saw this picture it instantly took me back there!

Although this seems altogether more magical, what incredible things could be hiding under that mossy canopy? Now knowing it's based in New Zealand makes it far more real, New Zealand really does have magic hiding in every fern and I really hope I'll get enough money to visit some day.

Thank you for sharing the story with me!
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Chibillyriusa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful piece!:heart: Makes me wanna be there :love:
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lgmac Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
WOW, this is amazing!!
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Lady-of-the-Shield Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Writer
Beautiful! reminds me of my hike in the Appalachians...
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ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome looking piece of artwork, great job!
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dwuff Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Lovely!
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mynti Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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kayleero Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Gosh, this is amazing! You're an incredibly talented artist!!!!!
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mynti Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks, but it's hardly talent - years of doodling and painting daily, more like!
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kayleero Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Well it's certainly paid off! :heart:
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CyanideAndCake Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful!
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mynti Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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halloichbinJulia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow itīs greate^^
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NoApatia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
hard work! liked it!
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rossete139 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how u draw the nature
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KarlyMacDonald Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
great moss!
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RadioAntenna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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NinjaAssassin415 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Very beautiful. I would hike in something like this.
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cbards Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Beautiful light and atmosphere... really amazing.
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mynti Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Sela01 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist
It's amazing! The colours, the details, the light... I'm faszinated! I love nature and I'm often in the forest and can walk the whole day long with my backpack. It has a very peaceful atmosphere... :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it so much! My mom is the same, and I enjoy walks myself too. :love:
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is truly, truly wonderful! I've seen mny images like this, but this one really stands out.
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mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you - many people say so, and it must be that I painted it for my mother, and therefore did my best.
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   General Artist
amazing detail, and it gives a very good feeling :)
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mynti Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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awwabl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see that it toke u so long to share it 4 a reason !!! its amazing !!!!
it looks like a real life photo that have some CG effects XD !!
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mynti Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's all CG Mynti yo! :D
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awwabl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know but the reality that's in it makes it looks more real that CG
!! XD
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gaararockssocks Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
*faints from awesome* Whoa... *while trying to to faint again, favs the piece*
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mynti Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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AnthonyCummings Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Cool
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LimpingGnome Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! I watched your process animation and am in awe of the level of detail. I wanted to congratulate you on your moss in particular (I know, odd detail to notice XD). How did you go about doing it and maintaining the detail? I love to paint nature scenes, but my moss and general undergrowth tends to turn into an inarticulate mass. But just by observing your image, I can tell color contrast and layering of dark on light tones might help me significantly to pop the details.
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