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Winter Cliffs
By request, I've added a winter version of "Autumn Cliffs". I used a different camera in this scene to create Winter Revelation.

"Winter Cliffs"

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8.97/10 rating (149 votes)

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I just can't say enough good things about this one -- you've really outdone yourself this time, Ryan. The scene is so realistic that I wish I could go and see that gorgeous blue sky, breathe that frigid air, walk among those pines and touch that ice-blue water. It is just a beautiful scene.


Tue January 26, 2016 at 11:52 am
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Winter Revelation
The winter version of "Autumn Revelation". I was pretty happy with the cloud setup in the autumn version, but managed to tweak them a bit so they wouldn't look exactly the same (since this pic is supposed to be a whole new season). The evergreens have kept their needles but the colorful trees have dropped their leaves.

"Winter Revelation"

8.81/10 rating (131 votes)

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"Winter Revelation"
It's not easy to create artwork that deals with simple shades of white, gray and black, but I like this cool a d frosty image.

Mario Carini

Fri January 29, 2016 at 3:12 pm
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The Promise of Spring
Hard to believe it has been 7 years since I posted the original. I was never quite satisfied with how blocky and chaotic everything came out in the first version. I think this one has a bit more pop. I am not quite satisfied with how Vue d'Esprit's DOF came out this time. Some areas are great but others have a few artifacts (which are less noticeable at the lower resolutions). You might recognize my cherry tree model from Sakura (2013). This render is for anyone ready for Winter to be over...

"The Promise of Spring"

7.78/10 rating (114 votes)

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"Not bad"
A touch bright at the top and would have liked a bit more detail at the sides. It's a bit hard to see what all the grey is supposed to be. But overall I do like the way the light shows on the tree

Sat June 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm
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Fire Below Ice

"Fire Below Ice"

7.83/10 rating (84 votes)

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"The more I look, the more I like!"
Has someone else already asked this... Is it just me, or does it look like the light is coming out of the mouth of an angry looking man's profile up top?? Either way, I love it!

Mon April 6, 2015 at 11:04 am
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The Black Angel (Winter)
I created the original "Black Angel" as a Halloween wallpaper but I was already thinking how interesting it might look as a winter scene. I've used the same snow-covering technique that I first attempted in Hokkaido to cover the branches and vines with snow. This scene, however, was considerably more complicated so the results were not always perfect. Inspired by the Black Angel in Iowa City's Oakland Cemetary, which I became familiar with during my time as an undergrad at the University of Iowa in the 90s.

"The Black Angel (Winter)"

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8.19/10 rating (77 votes)

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"Brilliant! "
I'd love to see you do a whole seasonal series of this scene as you've done with some of your other images. The original is a lovely and moody piece of art that is excellent for Halloween and I delight at changing it to this now that we're in the midst of winter.


Wed January 6, 2016 at 10:57 am
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This piece was inspired by a photo I saw of Hokkaido's famous "Blue Pond". My first version of this render kept the tropical blue from the original pond, but I am trying out a more wintry color palette here.

Believe it or not The Dreamer and this scene sprang from the same root, even though they couldn't be more different tonally.

PS: Purely coincidence that I am posting this on my 43rd birthday...


Pickle Jar Versions

7.77/10 rating (83 votes)

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Great picture! The first thing I thought of was Hokkaido. I had the unfortunate experience to be sent there while in the military. Kind of reminds me of a "light" morning snow there. :-)


Mon September 7, 2015 at 0:04 am
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8.64/10 rating (159 votes)

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I am so drawn to this picture! Thank you for sharing your gift and talent with us!

Fri June 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm
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Sleepwalker Woods (Winter)
I thought my "Sleepwalkers" forest might make a nice setting for a winter scene. What do you think?

"Sleepwalker Woods (Winter)"

8.22/10 rating (143 votes)

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"Sleepwalker Woods"
So chilling...very cool Rayan!

Wed January 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm
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An update to 2001's "Winterborn". I wanted this version to be brighter and have a little more "magic". Hope you enjoy it!!


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8.39/10 rating (195 votes)

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So crisp and sparkly. I can feel the cold. Love all of your work.


Sun January 3, 2016 at 8:09 pm
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Elegy (Winter/Day)
A daytime rendering of my "Elegy" winter scene (without wolves). I hope folks using "ChronoWall" to change their wallpaper with the time of day will enjoy this one!

"Elegy (Winter/Day)"

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8.67/10 rating (165 votes)

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"Tree Pictures"
This is one of my favourite tree scenes


Wed February 17, 2016 at 6:46 am
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Elegy (Winter/Night)
A night-time winter version of my "Elegy" wallpaper. I rendered this one shortly after posting the original Autumn version, but thought it would be better to post it later in the season (a little closer to Halloween).

"Elegy (Winter/Night)"

8.61/10 rating (175 votes)

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"Elegy Winter Night"
Just as I thought you had not shown snow falling except on GG winter, you introduce us to this. Oh, and thank you for adding three wolves. I understand that odd numbers are more asthetically pleasing, but I would rather see two of these magnificant creatures than one (probably means it has no pack-not good) as on Desert Snow and Desert Dawn.

Tue February 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm
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Winter Solstice
Auroras are a favorite theme of mine. I've always used Lightwave to make them before but I thought it would be interesting to try out Apophysis. This is also my first render using the new Vue d'Esprit 9.

"Winter Solstice"

8.84/10 rating (454 votes)

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The Turning

'Tis the time

Winter solstice time

Frost in rime

Bells in chime

Rays are long

Sun grows strong

Praise in song

Winter will be gone

-Skip West

Thu December 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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Highland Winter
The winter conclusion to my "Highland" seasonal series. I was going for a "frosted" look here and the stark colorless look is intentional. For better or worse, after 5 years of living in Illinois this is how I've come to see winter...

"Highland Winter"

7.54/10 rating (245 votes)

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I love your images, and the multi season landscapes are wonderful, but making the winter version black and white ruins the realism for me. You have some wonderfully beautiful winter images in full colour with lots of blues like harbinger, worlds edge, canopy creek, and even arctica, and they look much better, more realistic, and refreshing.

For people like me who can enjoy winter, it is not a wholly dreary, depressing, and dead time of year, but a kind of freeze frame of nature where snow and ice blanket the world in a serene calmness.

Cold has a certain beauty to it. I urge you to consider recolouring these drab B&W winter scenes.


Matt K
Mon May 27, 2013 at 0:39 am
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In early 2010 I was asked to create a brighter version of "The Ride" for use as a printed Christmas card. After I removed the sleigh from the image I felt it made a pretty nice standalone "winter" wallpaper, deserving of its own spot in my gallery.


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8.75/10 rating (187 votes)

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"Concur with Kevin"
This is a great image and would love to see a dual screen version.


Sat November 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm
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At World's Edge (Winter)
The second in my "At World's Edge" series. As I did with the "Green and Gold" tree, I fashioned this one out of many individual Vue tree models. I learned from my first mistake however and made sure the branches all intersected the trunk. That made possible this leafless Winter version. It is my personal favorite of the series.

"At World's Edge (Winter)"

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8.90/10 rating (882 votes)

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Would like to see this in 4K

Tue March 24, 2015 at 11:08 am
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