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Sleeping Beauty by algenpfleger Sleeping Beauty by algenpfleger
It's been a while since I last did a personal piece, so when the chance came around in the form of the Bobby Chiu Fairy Tale Challenge, I wanted to really take some time for it. And I'm glad I did!


Sleeping Beauty is an incredibly inspiring tale I think, and I hope some of that made it into the painting.


Done over 8 or 9 days, all in Photoshop, and as usual without references. But boy, I'm glad I got a new computer. The final file is 800MB, with I don't know how many layers, certainly more than a hundred, at 6400*2700 px.

Here's the steps!
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:iconheventyce:
Heventyce Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Damn, great work , it looks like 3d.
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:iconolapidot:
olapidot Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Very original. Thanks!
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:iconfatboiartiest:
Fatboiartiest Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow....
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:iconyzitan:
yZitaN Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So realistic.. epic!
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
wel done :)
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Saliseiren Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
I was browsing around, just killing time, and I HAD to let you know I logged in JUST to let you know that this literally took my breath away! I whispered "oh wow," and could just stare!  How this hasn't earned a DD is beyond me! 
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SourKiss Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is so amazing!
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:iconkahu1991:
kahu1991 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Gironimo, I couldn't said that better! It's such a beautiful modern/fary_tale picture! :D
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:icondenebtenoh:
denebtenoh Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
woow! impressive!!
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:icongironimo:
Gironimo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your modern interpretation of the old fairy tale. It's a strong work, And I love your composition :clap:
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:iconanimaljameverything:
animaljameverything Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
amazing! ~.~
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:iconn-jaud:
n-jaud Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Wonderful, great job!
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:iconmcreativeworld:
MCreativeWorld Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive, I love it !
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:icong21mm:
G21MM Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm just amazed. Beautiful.
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FiremanJim Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013

I saw this pic awhile back and came across it again today.

I should have said it earlier but this is a fantastic piece of work and was part of my inspiration for a fanfic I started writing last year.

Beautiful job!

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Mojo-Smileyface Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Most realistic painting I have seen! :D

Superb!

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facelessfabian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
wow this is an original idea! Love it!
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:iconpantykins:
PantyKins Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it
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:iconwinter-cranium:
Winter-Cranium Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so realistic... very interesting setting! I really like how you did Sleeping Beauty and the prince... sort of eerie. Some big plant monster is going to come out or something the closer he approaches. Lol
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TSalad Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I have to ask what is the story behind this picture O_O It's awesome, in a dark beautiful way.
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:iconv0lt1c:
V0LT1C Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome piece
Love everything about it :)
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:iconnoobletyler:
noobletyler Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I haven't been fooled like this in awhile. Totally looks 3d rendered.

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:iconlegion1a:
Legion1a Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Impressive and Intriguing image
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:iconphoenix001:
Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: :worship:
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:icongyrin:
Gyrin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
I still can't believe this isn't real =A= Such impressive quality.
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pepper131361 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!!!
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ARMYTR00PER Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Either I watch too many horror movies and listen to too much Creepy pasta, But I feel like just by looking at the girl I feel that it's a trap.
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:iconcattledogcass28:
cattledogcass28 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
It looks so real!
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SinnerDom Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is absolutely amazing.
Thanks for sharing the steps too.
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gameguy94 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
When Hollywood inevitable makes a gritty reboot of Sleeping Beauty hopefully it will be like this.
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:iconunsuregirl:
UnsureGirl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I love this so much!!!
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:iconkampfly:
kampfly Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you're amazingly talented, and i love this little parody of sleeping beauty!
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:iconprodigiouspenn:
ProdigiousPenn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In Awe...
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RedLotus4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Very cool. Excellently done and definitely a new take on the story. Totally love it.
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dragoneyesai Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Don't get me wrong, The artistry is amazing, and it is certainly reminiscent of the tale, but the first thing I thought when I saw this was; "I really hope those roses are thornless..."
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Siephe Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Interface Designer
And here I thought this was photoshopped or maybe done in a 3D program... Last thing I expected was a painting! Wow!
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starfish4512 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
very cool
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:iconmylesmw:
mylesmw Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing. I thought it was a photo and then I saw the process steps...Mind. Blown.
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:iconhitmontin:
HITMONTIN Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
WHY SO PERFECT ?
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:iconhitmontin:
HITMONTIN Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I AM NOTHING
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MeisterSpade Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ridiculously photo-realistic. I'll give this a ten out of ten just for the fact that you managed to fool me. Well done!
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BlackRaven117 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I refuse to believe this image is not photography!
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:iconhieistar:
hieistar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I still don't know how you did this but... I'm going to let my mind not freak out by saying 'picture perfect' because it sure fooled me now and every time I'll see it on not being a 'picture' with a camera.
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otakubhogs Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
It look so real..very real. You're a man of great skills and talent. A true Master of his craft.
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:iconmiyazu:
Miyazu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
your works are awesome. you are awesome.
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CallItANoBrainer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
How!!! Its, like, really, really amazing!!
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:iconahmadmaps:
Ahmadmaps Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a painting??????, I thought it was a photograph modified by Photoshop or a similar software, how amazing...
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:iconmbanksj:
mbanksj Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this looks freaing real
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SleepyKittenz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Bravo
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:iconeuxiom:
Euxiom Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Wow, this is such a cool piece! I love all the different elements of the two people and the room. So much character.
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