Vale has been an off and on personal project that I've been working on for a long time. The idea came to me out of nowhere one day and I decided I had to create it.
Nearly everything in the image is 3d. Only a few things like the river and waterfalls a composited from photos. The plants were all created using Onyx. The mountains were displaced in max using hightfield maps created in World Machine. Thanks for viewing and for any comments!
Staff pick for 29th August 2006