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The Castle by ClaudioBergamin The Castle by ClaudioBergamin
Rata Blanca is the most classic heavy metal band in South America and this image was commissioned to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band. When it comes to album covers, working with classic bands is always a privilege for any visual artist. One of the first things that got me into art and graphics when I was a kid were all those fantastic illustrations on heavy metal covers from the 70s and 80s. So the minute this band got in touch with me, I knew it was going to be something special.

The original gold was to upgrade the cover of the band's first album; a modern, more sophisticated version of that old castle. Even though the original illustration is extremely simple, I didn't want to departure too much from it; just to add more detail, color and depth.

Here's the original cover
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I painted the basic shape of the castle and then added a lot of textures to achieve the final photo-realistic look. I used clouds from my own photo-archive. All textures were taken from here; [link]




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:iconwolfie383:
Wolfie383 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist
This is so cool! i thought it was Hogwarts
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SilverStar317 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous :)
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wandson589 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  New Deviant
Great Job! I love it!
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Pink-Blue-Sylveon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Anybody see that as Hogwarts? Or is that just me.
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MyaAnne Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
Hi can i just say wow... you probably get this a lot but im trying to develop more skills so i can become a multimedia artist and i was wondering if you could give me some pointers or tips??
it would really mean a lot :)
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kajsamountainbridge Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Please tech me how to draw like you?
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kajsamountainbridge Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
OMG!!!!! do you animate? because if you do work or a company doing backgrounds i MUST WATCH IT!!!!!!!!
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Gareque Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, but if it was done via commission, how come prints are being sold?

I didn't know that was a thing.
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016
I can sell prints.  That is not in conflict with the client's business.  They sell records and t-shirts, not art prints.
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Gareque Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh, fair enough.  I thought if they paid for a commission, they 'technically' owned the image.  Thanks for clearing that up :).
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
On most of these commissions there is NO ownership contract.  Just a verbal agreement.  And since there are no millions of dollars involved, nobody cares.   For mainstream acts on the other hand, the arrangement are different, all uses and ownership are specified in the contract; and I always ask for allowance free use on personal collections and art prints.
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Gareque Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cheers for the information :).
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Cat-Girl21 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it so much how did you make it 
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:iconantsstyle:
Antsstyle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Great work! :D
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ajayan96 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool dued
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:iconbiasedgiraffe:
BiasedGiraffe Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Amazing work!
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Julianez Featured By Owner May 20, 2016
Wow...A fantastic job. :)
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:iconstyleart1:
Styleart1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Beautifully brilliant 
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TheCastlevaniac Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Lovely.  Just lovely.
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J7aser7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Great work! Awesome castle at night!
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Ultraiveta22 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Interesting picture!!!Interesting picture!!!Interesting picture!!!
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TJGarrett Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Hey. Would you mind if I used part of this painting as a temporary book cover for my wattpad book? You will, of course, be credited. 

Tony
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Sure..  but the image is all over the web promoting the band Rata Blanca (the commissioned the image).  So it could be confusing... people might think your book is about the band.
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David-Bennett Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Really cool! Reminds me of Harry Potter's Hogwarts!
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heey6 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Marvellous:squee: Boogie! 
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
Cool. 

:)
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
it's a good picture but I think it's too small...
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Tiriltoget Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Hogwarts!
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taihuwood Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's great
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Kradath Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Nice!
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xarisavee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
 I used your photo here. If it's okay. ^^

www.wattpad.com/story/15076026…
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ietthavavrosor Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is amazing
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William-Tael Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Wow! This looks fantastic!
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michaelhardcore13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work and that moon!
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daAERRoR Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks a little bit like Hogwarts! :D Beautiful!
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
and I'm not a fan of HP!
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daAERRoR Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.....! Sorry!? ^^
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RainbowFay Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice castle. I love the way you did the nighttime sky.:)
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
thanks! 
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RainbowFay Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.^^
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LuizAmato Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Hi. I would like to use their art for book covers here in Brazil. Can you provide for this? Hugs from Brazil
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
You should get in contact with the Rata Blanca Management and ask their conditions.  It's not up to me.
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LuizAmato Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Ok........   Thanks
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Fictasy Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm not familiar with the band, but this is still super epic looking. XD
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T-Small Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
This bad ass, looks amazing for a cover nice job. LOVE IT!
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ClaudioBergamin Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
thanks!   :D
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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