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Crossing the Ashlands by TheMinttu Crossing the Ashlands by TheMinttu

Doodled while listening to Morrowind's soundtrack. <3

Photoshop CS, ~2h.

Morrowind © Bethesda
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Naka117 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
I love the cold atmosphere.
S-Anchev Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The subject is not exactly the classical beauty, but all in all it's a wonderful picture. The soft colors, the mix of sharp details and blurred background...

I was never sure whether I loved the world in Morrowind because or despite the very old graphic, it had a charm of its own. You captured it perfectly, thanks for bringing back good memories.
ArtistBrandi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love the atmosphere here!
Equinox96 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ugh, a cliffracer in the distance. I so hated those dreadful things. Its a shame not many Silt-Striders are around any more :/. Awesome work! This is definetively a favourite.
Cyl0n Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Why walk, when you can ride"
Flea <3
The fog is great on your pic, so was it in the game :D
BradMarX Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Brilliant... I love how there is a Cliff Racer closing in to ruin the day :)
AngelineWolfHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You remind me of your friend who described your friendship...This just makes me feel teary and warm inside...Full of emotions <3
TakumiMatsuo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
silt striders are so damn cool.
catmanmovies Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I wish I could favorite this more than once.
I seriously love this piece.
It's been my phone's wallpaper for about 2 years now.
punjabby Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Love the work. I'm a volunteer working on a fan based port of the Morrowind game into the newer Skyrim game engine. We are creating fan-based art loading screens for the game and would like your permission to include this piece of art work and any others that are Morrowind related. Full credit will be given with link to DA profile. Its a free game made by Elder Scrolls enthusiasts. For details you can check out our website
Equinox96 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey how's that going? Been a while since I heard any news from it.
picknell Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
when i saw this, it reminded me to what the silt strider guy was telling.
"Why walk, when you can ride."
CoyotesCry Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
When playing Morrowind I always wished you could actually see the Silt Striders traveling about the land and maybe even ride around on one. Beautiful drawing!
Gremena Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I love it! This painting makes me feel like playing The Elder Scrolls III again, and I must admit that the Ashlands is the worst region to explore in the land of Morrowind, my Dunmer caught the blight disease several times while travelling on foot.
godzilla7777 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I still never figured out how slit striders work? they look like insects but they never seem to move, AT ALL! but man this picture brings back memories when i was 6 and got my Xbox, this was one of the first games i played, good times
TheMinttu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If you really wanna know

the Silt Strider riders make them move by prodding exposed nerve endings.
pROvAK Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
One of my all-time favourite Morrowind pictures. Such good memories.
LightningDan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
When I first looked at this picture, I could hear that "throooom" sound that silt striders make. The lighting is really good as well; it looks just like the haze you get in dusty areas of Vvardenfell.
Paksenarrion-Reader Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
There's a Cliff Racer in the background. There's a Cliff Racer and I cannot kill it. *deep breath* Okay, it's not a Cliff Racer, so I need not kill it.

The art is great -- looks like the slitstrider "station" in Ald'ruhn? :)
Popie788 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I like this (and no not because my name is Ashland) It's nicely done
trish05 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Very beautiful!
ThaKannekt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
too bad they did not have something like these in Oblivion or have something similar in Skyrim, but i think the game dynaics are a little different so they had to come up with a faster way to quick travel, whereas now you just basically teleport from anywhere outside and its a different time as if you had traveled, and before you had to run to one of these and hop on to go really far. It would probably be a cool way to travel in any DLC they add to Skyrim!
AuriV1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful atmosphere.
QSaga Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love Morrowind sooooo much! (:
It is both beautiful and alien. I just wish there would be wild silt striders.
cellolott Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I LikE ThiS! it tells stories of trips and ash and strange wayfarers, I like the mood in it. WellDonE
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely my favourite from all your pics. Oh my God, the atmoshpere............... the colors, the ash, the "silence" in the picture..... just beautiful.
And while viewing this I can't help but imagine this creepy sound you always hear when you visit cities like Ald'ruhn and such. I can't describe it; it seems it's coming from some big insect somewhere in the wildness, I don't know... I's such an atmospheric sound:)
PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice atmospheric perspective :)
solarseen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
love Morrowind ))
great job, thnx u )))
noxfoxArts Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So in the mood... The first time I heard a silt strider ingame I freaked out like "where's the monster that made that sound??", killed some cliffracers and mudcrabs then realized that was just wrong... Though nervous in the beginning as I played I really came to love this bitter atmosphere and I think you reproduced it perfectly.
And I love the detail of the road signs, the cliffracer and the soft moons in the sky... The colors are wonderful.
DemonStash Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very awesome
ValkyrieThunder Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is SO pretty...:love:
Capperz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Silt striders ftw
The-Real-Seamus Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful! Totally captures the mood of Morrowind!
Liaska Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Photographer
oO wow!
Avriad Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MilaineSummerset Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
I've so longed to see them wander the lands...
bluecorp Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student General Artist
god, this is beautiful. i love how wispy the ashlands look, how red it all must be, and that goddamn cliff racer up in there HRRGH.

favorited. <3
9domino9 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
KICK BUTT!!!!!!!!!!

It's so pretty *sigh*
9domino9 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
KICK BUTT!!!!!!!!!!

It's so pretty *sigh*
RabidWater Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   General Artist
Haha! I remember those things! Great work!
puppetts11 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I miss the Siltstrider
Ireth16 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg i thought i was the only one who thought they looked like fleas! whew lol im not crazy
rexxar454 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
i seriously think that morrowind is someone's scalp, and the flea things are litteraly fleas
Owhl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
I recognized this immediately... must have played that game through like 4x. Great work!
Laukr Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
WOW ! It's amazing. Looks like it's near Ald'Ruhn :)
SilverMagics Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Just like this alot!
otsegolectrice Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Filmographer
I got this hanging just behind my desk I'm in love with it.
otsegolectrice Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Filmographer
Yeah I printed it myself, bitch.
vgras-somni Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Very nice, your work is some of the very best conceptual art on Morrowind.
Valindalk Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This inspired me to write a story about a world like the one in this picture. Many thanks.
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