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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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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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