Forest

Next picture is something a bit different from what I usually paint, as I wanted to test my skill on something I've never did before. Drawing of a forest, painted with just a simple brush, no textures or stamps, took me a while, but it was a refreshing experience. I'm not especially proud of this one but I guess it's not that bad either ;)

As always I'd be happy to hear any comments, not only about the picture but also about the tutorial itself. If you spot any mistakes or something seems to be unclear - let me know!

I start with an empty sheet and some lazy sketch. Well, it didn't prove itself important but it was some start. Sketching helped me to arrange whole composition, place nearest trees and so on. After a while I painted over this sketch with some first colors. It's still a planning phase, I often start painting without any serious idea about what I want to achieve... ^^'

Then I move on to the main tree and while feeling really insecure about it I plan out some branches. I don't have any experience with painting trees so I used some references. Main idea for this drawing was also based on some photograph (if someone recognized it and knows the author please let me know).

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I paint more trees and focus a bit on detail. When I work with a new topic I tend to draw detail on a very small fragment of the whole picture just to see if it's even worth trying. A bit odd, I know, but I am rarely sure that I will be able to achieve the level of detail that I would be pleased with and hence this strange tendency ;) That picture was no exception. When on the separate layer I started painting some backstage trees I tried to make them look realistic as soon as possible, just to see if I can really do it. I used a round brush with halved opacity to paint those trees.

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When painting moss I used brush I made for fur some time ago (you can read about it here: Custom brush). Of course that's not the end - such moss would be too regular and wouldn't seem natural in any way. Nature tends to be a bit random ;D I leave it like this for a while anyway and move to the top, when I draw a lot of little branches. That was certainly the longest and most boring thing to do in this picture... When I finally had them done I moved back to drawing moss and added some random grass blades and small plants.

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Forest

On the very end, to make this drawing a little bit more interesting, I add those little spirits or whatever you want to call them ;D It might be a small change but it makes the drawing more lively. I also add some small lights to my forest. everything was drawn with a soft brush on the separate layer. I use low opacity to make those forest spirits a bit transparent.

Then I change color scheme of the picture. I do this adding a separate color layer and painting it blue. After that the whole picture is done :)