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On A Roll

So it looks like I’ve finally caught some kind of ‘super-productive-producing-art’ kind of bug. Now I know it’s quality over quantity, but for the last year or so I’ve really struggled to create something without over thinking it and spending weeks working on it. Again, I know this can be useful, but working in that way I didn’t feel like I was progressing and learning new skills as quickly as I would like.

So last weekend I had a look through some of my old photos (well, old as in maybe 3 years old?!) and it suddenly hit me; I’ve been desperately trying to create scenes based on my imagination and I just wasn’t getting anywhere. Because I was lacking the initial inspiration that has always kickstarted my art. And looking back at some of the original scenes that made me pick up my camera and shoot, I found that inspiration coming back, with the added bonus of a ready made scene (with ¬†composition and lighting decisions¬†already made), which meant that all I had to focus on, was painting.

Anyway, enough waffle, here’s what I managed to come up with:

Thirlmere finished

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Waterfall Speed painting/study

So I thought I’d have a go at a bit of speed painting (something entirely new for me), as mountains are something I’ve really struggled with painting digitally.

I know there’s still a lot I have to improve on (particularly lighting and atmospheric perspective/depth) but I’m surprisingly happy with how the detailing turned out on the left side rocks and I feel like I’ve picked up a lot already (most of it completely unintentionally) so I guess I’ve just gotta keep going!

Waterfall 3

Waterfall 4

waterfall without aurora

Waterfall 5

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Latest WiP

So it urns out having no deadline to stick to on a project means you spend far longer on one piece than you intended.

I’ve still got a few things to finish working on (the bridge wouldn’t pass any health and safety checks for a start…) but I’m still a bit stuck trying to figure out the final details (stuff like plants, flowers and general foliage). So if anyone’s got any feedback it’d be awesome to hear!

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Fantasy Landscape WiP continued

Slowly making progress on this one, although thinking I may need to take the sky back a few steps as it’s beginning to feel a little over worked. Although that could just be because I’ve been looking at it for too long…If anyone’s got any thoughts I’d be glad to hear them!

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Latest WiP- fantasy landscape painting

So continuing my digitally painting journey I’ve decided to have a go at my first landscape painting. Over 10 years of being far too snap-happy has meant I’ve gathered a huge amount of reference images (it’s almost like I knew they’d come in handy some day!)

I still have a long way to go but I’m having so much fun with it-particularly learning new techniques (this tutorial was really helpful for the grass:¬†http://ehkindred.deviantart.com/art/Painting-Grass-the-Lazy-Way-330837080 ). Next up to learn, waterfalls, lakes and rivers!

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