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Northwest Passage by MichaelO Northwest Passage by MichaelO
It's been a while since I've done scenery like this - mostly because it is so time consuming but I think this one was worth the time. I was inspired by the movie 'Behind Enemy Lines' which has a cool scene with an old statue standing alone in the snow.

I used the name Northwest Passage as reference to the time eons ago when Alaska and Russia were connected land masses. Seeing how I am from North America and the original photo of the model was taken in Russia, I thought it was an appropriate title.
Thanks to those who reminded me of The Neverending Story also.

If you know my work you'll see a lot of similarities between this image and Freedom's Edge and Trajian's Outpost. I think that is because it is rare that I do this sort of work and I wanted to stay within my comfort zone.

Model: Nastya Fedorova

:bulletblue: Original model image: [link]

:bulletblue: Favorite comment to date: Wow, your work is incredible! Everything in your gallery has its own flavor and message. You create this scene so beautifully... I get such a strong feeling of peace and solitude from this piece. I love it. :hug: ~xblackcherryx
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suzipru09 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
This picture is awesomely inspiring.  
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ichbastele Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool :)
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MNPATHFINDER Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
HEAVEN. VERY NICE
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Powerful image! It's gorgeously done :)
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Zakahia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Photographer
What a amazing work.
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JennLaa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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pevtsoff Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Wonderful work :)
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Janrey011 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
STUNNING!!!!
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melodygrint Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
So wonderful =D
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Eden-Ophelia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
God, I wish this was a real place.
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Belieber4-ever Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! :D
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lucid-ser Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Digital Artist
im in love, totally awesome !!!
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Evatr Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Beautiful
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:iconzenoxen:
Zenoxen Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathtaking!
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YikYik Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
It looks cold and lonely... but very beautiful! :happycry:
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PsdDude Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
amazing work, very emotional!
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Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:omg:...I could imagine what it was like if ever this were animated.
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GoddyDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
masterpiece damn cool
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digital-fluids Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
awesome. The motion blur on the snow brings it to life.
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woutart Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Now this one just sent my imagination into a frenzy. Somehow it draws me in. Wonderfull image.
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fakebny123 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
What this makes me remember is the Neverending Story movie.
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johnsalvino Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
its cool that this is almost monochromatic, nice use of minimal color. Also that Stan Rogers song is now going through my head.
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SBraithwaite Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful
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antilite Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :)
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patrusya Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
This is really great... congratulations[link]
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bogdaniki Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Much I wanted to know how you changed the picture
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Sin-GirL Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
w0w It`s amazing !!! Love it ^^ <3
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Mr-glow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. I especially like the angel wings and dramatic lighting. It looks like you snuck a little Aurora Borealis in there too ;)

Nice job!
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Spartanec1770 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
adorable picture! on my monitor it looks magnificent! masterpiece, it causes deep feelings in me
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Spartanec1770 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
adorable picture! on my monitor it looks magnificent! masterpiece, it causes deep feelings in me
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Va5ilich Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great atmospheric image. Молодец, парень! )
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Very beautiful work!
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reflexcellent Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
reminds me of that one seen in the neverending story, nice job!. btw... FAAAAAALLCORRR!!!
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lynnlynnlynnlynn Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
The lighting is fantastic... love that scene from Behind enemy lines...
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Foxtorch Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful!
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gala66 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
and especially very perfect .. My congratulations
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MrFllu Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
This image is astonishing! I am speechless...
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DragonDew Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
This awesome deviation has been featured here in my journal[link]
Hope you don't mind:heart:
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wearethegodsnow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Amazing! :heart:
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PsPBuRnOuT Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Awesome beyond belief

Paul

Peace
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SignalsSalem Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
When I look at this picture I feel like an explorer finding this statue for the first time. It has such a sense of being undisturbed and peaceful. I can't stop looking at it. I love it.
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AiretSyl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great transcription from the model to the statue.
And the landscape is so realistic...

Nice.
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mike-reiss Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I realy love the colors and the atmosphere...
Great Image!!!
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LadyTerentia Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
This is AMAZING! I love the statue and the sun shining over the mountains.
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vehemencia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great composition, hope to learn something from you.
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digitalinkrod Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic mood...awesome colors:wow:
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danka-ns Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
featured here:
[link]
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ShatteredAngel9 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I've got Stan Roger's song of the same name running through my head now. :D Nicely done, keep up the awesome work!
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MythArcana Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Oh man! I'm speechless about this one..well, maybe I can find some words. :) The atmosphere in this piece is just so dramatic in a winter vein and your references are realized and executed so well it's eerie. It's hard to even believe there is some photo stock in this at all..it's just seamless! Absolutely phenomenal work!!!
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a3t3rnum Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hellow ! :iconthankyouplz1:

This amazing art piece was featured in my new article:

:iconhappydayplz: FANTASY TRIBUTES Part II :iconhappydayplz:

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CONGRATS !!!
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