Forest Keeper

Posted Jan 18, 2009, 6:59:37 PM

I finished this one a while ago and gave a poster of it to my brother for Christmas.  I've just been so caught up in everything lately I haven't thought to post it here.

So, in all its belated glory, my very first full-detail card for my new fantasy card deck, The Queen of Diamonds: The Forest Keeper.

Enjoy!

References used:

Moon - a NASA photograph of the full moon.

Mushrooms - a googled photo of a clump of mushrooms.  I've looked again for a link, but I can't find it... :(  If anyone else does, please PM me so I can add it to this reference list?

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  • Jan 18, 2009
    Wow! This looks amazing! Your works are always so good!
  • Jan 18, 2009
    Awesome man. OI love the realistic approach you taken. I think my favourite part though has to be the moon hanging overhead in her tree antlers. It looks so surreal
    • Jan 19, 2009
      Thank you so much!
      I still think it could use a lot of improvement, but I'm glad the surreal effect I was going for comes across to you.
      Thanks again for the comment! Heart
  • Jan 20, 2009
    Wow, she's just gorgeous. Fantastic job.
    • Jan 20, 2009
      Aw, thanks! So glad you like her. Bounce
  • Jan 20, 2009
    Wow nice photoshop work. I really love the business going on in the hair and trees and clouds. That part looks sweet.
    • Jan 20, 2009
      Yay! See? I'm learning again! Go me! Laughing

      Thanks, Susie, for taking the time to comment. (and for everything else too, but hey, you already knew that.)
      • Jan 20, 2009
        Thank you for all of your hard work lately! I know your life has been pretty busy!
        • Jan 21, 2009
          Yeah, but I don't think it's been as busy as yours. Also procrastination is key when it comes to homework. ;)
  • Jan 21, 2009
    OK- critique.

    You're always difficult to crit cause you're higher than me at practise in art (whether you chose to accept it or not), but there is a few things...

    For the theme of things, it would've been cool if you gave her a texture to make her look like a wood nymph (Unless she's meant to be and elf, in which I say make the ears obviously pointy). the face to me looks fine since she's in a fantasy picture where I don't think of her as human. Cause of that, she looks more alien like this which is beneficial cause its an aesthetic alien look- like DND elves (being NOT human looking) I think you coud highlihgt the tree more by making some of the higher clouds brighter/greener slightly- they don't have enough light to define with all the bright colours around it distracting you. Her face looks a bit flat too cause it's over exposed when the hair is not. Try warming her up a little. Um... Besides that, I love the theme of the picture, and the tree hair is great!! I donno where you come up with these ideas, but she has a very fey feel about her ^^ Awesome work hon ^^
    • Jan 21, 2009
      Thanks so much, Ark, for the input!

      I probably won't change her too much now, but I wanted to know so I could apply the tips to the one currently in progress.

      Although the face overexposure bugs me, too, so I may have to go in and adjust it. While I'm there, I could play a bit with the tones, but I want her to be somewhat green in skin tone, too.

      I think you're right about lightening the green of the clouds as well, to bring out the contrast. I will have to see if I can still do this.

      As for the skin texture - she's not meant to be a nymph nor an elf. She's the essence of the forest itself. A spirit, as it were. I thought about giving her a bark texture when I started the painting, and I may still do so, but I have to make it one that will show up in the card printing size, too, which is something like 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, so quite small.

      So I will have to work on this one when I'm done the rest of the deck (in something like 5 years), since by then I should have a much better grasp of the media, too.

      Again, thanks so much! Hug I'm so grateful you took the time to do such an in-depth critique.
      • Jan 21, 2009
        If she's a spirit, why don't you make her atherial looking by giving her a transparency and glow? If you double her colours, and put a gaussion blur on the higher of the two levels, it'll give a glow that's very soft. If you then put some green underneath the glow (without loosing the details) then you can make her look slightly transparent and still bright. IT's a thought.
        • Jan 21, 2009
          Well, there's a few reasons why I don't do that.
          One - she's not separate from the background.

          Two - she already has the Gaussian-Blur glow. It shows up pretty clear on my own monitor, but I think some monitors don't pick it up too easily so it gets lost.

          and Three - I'd have to check, but I think I've already flattened the whole image (or almost the whole image) since when I was making it it just kept getting too big for my computer to handle without jerky movements.

          I think I actually like the texture idea best, though. It will be really cool if I can get her skin to have the texture of bark without changing the colours too much.
          • Jan 22, 2009
            A texture is better then Smile I just thing she needs to reflect some of the earthy tones of the picture. Make her look less human and more naturalistic. The colour theme is beautiful as it is though, so don't migrate too much from it ^^