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Merrell Diorama Contest - Autumn by juliedillon Merrell Diorama Contest - Autumn by juliedillon
I primarily do digital paintings, but lately I've been wanting to do something handmade. This contest seemed like the perfect challenge, especially since I love the autumn theme. :)

One of my memories of autumn are of going to Apple Hill, an area up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas filled with ranches and farms. When I was younger, one of the main reasons we went was to pick out pumpkins at one of the several pumpkin patches, although now I go for the scenery and the amazing bounty of fruits, vegetables and baked goods. At almost every ranch are massive crates of dozens of varieties of apples, the smell of fresh apple pie and apple cider in the air. Something that really stuck with me, though, were the beautiful vistas overlooking the farms, orchards and vineyards on the hills, with the Sierra Nevadas rising up in the distance. My grandparents and I used to do the 10k walk through the hills in the fall that took you along several farms and vineyards and let you really appreciate the scenery. This scene doesn't depict one specific location; instead I tried to capture a feel of the atmosphere, which ended up being a lot harder than I thought it would be considering I'm not used to working this way. X)

I didn't have a shoebox on hand, so the box was constructed to the dimensions specified out of thick illustration board and painted on the outside to look like an apple crate (though that doesn't show up well here). The interior pieces are cut from cardstock and colored with chalk pastels and colored pencils.
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sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
I've never seen a diorama like this before. I love it. This has such a warm, home-like feel to it even though I've never lived anywhere near an apple orchard. You did a wonderful job designing this for optimal viewing from multiple angles. How much planning went into making this? 
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epeescrub Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Oh man, I've loved dioramas since I was a kid! I've never seen one so well done!
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:iconzydh:
zydh Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing! I thought it was digital first!
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Ardanae Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
What a beautiful and magical creation! Definitely a place I'd love to visit^^
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24Autumnights Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I like yours more than the 1st place winner
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limaslush Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, jeeze... this is magnificent. I've always loved dioramas and cutout art, and this is just above and beyond in terms of lighting and colour. Fantastic!
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Willowstream Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is just gorgeous! Good luck in the contest :D
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This one is definitely my favorite of the semi-finalists!
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tonica Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
This is really brilliant, it's like a different time of day no matter what angle you see it and it's beautifully done
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Lindblut Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Just wow.
This is awesome!
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Oh my GOD that's amazing.
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ZenInGeneral Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, the layers are amazing! It feels like Fall just by looking at this!
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:icongensanity:
gensanity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool, original technique
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:icontatsuyabocchan:
tatsuyabocchan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
the picture looks like printing, or it's just the paper texture?
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bluefish3d Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
a beautiful diorama - really well done - :D
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:iconamaniwolf:
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Wow, that's just beautiful!
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noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Damn that's creative!
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curlyhair Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Omg,it looks fantastic! :D
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Larkspur-KiwiPickle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You go to Apple Hill too? I LOVE APPLE HILL. And you captured it perfectly! This is so gorgeous I don't even know how to put it into words.
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Ross-A-Campbell Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is bloody INSANE! I seriously thought at first it was digitally painted and made to look like it was cut out of card. You're just that good ;).
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masha88 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice idea with lightning-it looks alive. I have the same idea but can not realize it how you did it. so wish you good luck!
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muhminatali Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU ALREADY WON!!!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is really wonderful, so awesome!! :love: I love how it all comes together when you bend down to look at it straight-on. Very good!
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abou3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's the best work of the bunch.
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tabard Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Holy crap lady, this is amazing! And I love the fact that you photographed the inside of it with actual sunlight for the backdrop. <3
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is amazing! :wow:
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kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so lovely! I hope you win!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This may be my favorite thing you've ever done :D
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very-vera Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
this is so gorgeously done! Amazing!
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beachrain Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful! you deserve to win, great depth, detail, and composition. I wanted to participate but it really is a lot of work and I didn't have time to commit, kuddos to your hard work!
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is just so unique, so creative and different from so much other art on this site.
Thank you very much for sharing it!
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   General Artist
Oh my, it's lovely... coolest piece of art I've seen in awhile!
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1Robin-Lover1 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
this is so inventive! It also has a lovely hint of nostalgia- I'm getting a "Jolly Postman" vibe, and now I must go and unbury my collection of children's stories....
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Vespayik Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!
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ItsMeMelody Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute!! I love this! :love:
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HKKornel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, you captured it beautifully. I've never been there but I feel that atmosphere through your art, congrats! :)
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Writer
The fullness of this is astounding!
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Marielishere Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing!!! I love it so much! I can stare at this for hours!
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
darn, this is gorgeous, I really love how harmonious the colors are
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
woooowwww, that is awesome.... I wanna live there.
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:iconredjackett:
RedJackett Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
This is wonderful! It reminds me of a storybook all warmth and comfort!
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dwilliams Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Love that lighting!
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Synferi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Ugh! What the heck...this one is so good! Ugh! the Dimension is terrific. It really looks like it goes for miles! I am so jealous...
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FooFootheSnoo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful. Great job! :)
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:iconralamac:
Ralamac Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist
this is amazing! :iconawwwplz:
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:iconjorgemarquez:
JorgeMarquez Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's beautiful, I wish we had that sort of scenery where I live
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so whimsical! OAO (it so better make the final cut or the judges are crazy XD)
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Gabbi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is just breathtaking work!
I love it! :love:
Good job!
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MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
wonderful!
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Varsa-svasa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
:iconwhutplz: MY GOASH! Woah!
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