|I started off with the colors in the sky -- very basic.
|With a soft airbrush I started to mold the clouds.
|With smaller brushes I began to etch out the highlights in the clouds
|As a final touch to the sky I added some sunrays
and a rainbow.
I created them on a separate layer so I could control the transparency.
|Here I simply reflected the sky for the water.
|The mountains I drew here were more for placement
so I could draw some foreground
objects without being distracted by the unfinished background.
|This is a tree trunk that was basically drawn
by first drawing the solid shape,
then the basic shading, and then drawing the texture and details.
|Here are some branches for the tree.
|There was no easy way to draw the leaves here. They wre all drawn one at a time on a layer, after that I duplicated the layer and moved it offset under the layer to help create a 3-D appearance.
|I used the same technique of duplicating layers to add more demension to the texture on this tree.
|This log was drawn pretty much the same way as
the other two.
I used a custom brush to assist in making the knotches.
|The wood grain here was drawn simply by using
brushes of varying pressure, transparency, color and lightness.
|You can see where I've started to draw the grain
using light strokes. It is somewhat
time-consuming, but it will take many strokes before it starts to look right.
|Here is the log with the finished wood grain.
|If you can see it, I've added a rotted tree stump.
|On these two trees I experimented with custom brushes to create a unique texture.
|I started to draw some leaves by first drawing
the branches, then each individual leaf.
I then locked the transparency to do the shading.
|You can see more clearly the process of the drawing the leaf here.
|Yet another tree.
|I used different colors to create more unique-looking
leaves. I shifted the position of some
of the trees, showing the benefit of keeping objects in layers ...
|... The downside to layers is that they can become
cumbersome when they start to pile up.
I will usually start combining layers into groups as I go.
|Here I've added a few plants to fill in the foreground
a little bit.
I studied various nature books as a reference for the plants.
|I took normal plants and played with texture,
color, and exaggerating the size and features of them
to create alien-looking plants. I had a lot of fun creating the trees and plants in this drawing.
|Here is a fallen tree, it kind of helps tie the left and right side together.
|Here is another alien tree.
|This is to be the main focus of the drawing --
a menacing snake plant.You can see again
how I've started with basic shapes and shading, then I will continue to add more detail.
|Here I've added more detail to the snake.
|I drew a row of plants here to separate the foreground and background.
|Although the landscape looks pretty uninviting,
I wanted to create a space in the drawing
where it appears someone could walk -- so I left an area of the forest open.
|But the only open area where one could walk is
where is the snake-plant
is positioned -- which creates some tension in the drawing.
|I started to draw the details of the background.
|Then I decided to create a valley instead of the
I used softer brushes to create a forest in the distance.
|I continued to add details and plants to fill
in the gaps of space. I slightly blurred the background
and added a noise filter to the objects of the foreground to give them a little more texture.
|I then flattened the artwork and used the smudge tool to softten the edges of some objects and to add more detail. I also used various tools to make slight adjustsments to color, contrast, etc.
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Matt / Leo
like with PSP or photoshop
for example to had frames or masks?