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Forest Scene by TheRueRoyale Forest Scene by TheRueRoyale
I can't tell you how hard it was not to title this "once upon a forest," but that gives false expectations about a movie reference. xD

Another piece for Tech Opaque, I've actually gotten some great paintings out of this class.
This was a done with a few references from some nature magazines Steel brought in, mashed up together and smoothed over. Actually it was a lot of fun, leaves are a nice relaxing thing to paint. Also I like raccoons.

Done on 20" x 7" Illustration board
Took about 10-12 hours
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AdanskaBelow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Well, it does remind me of the awesome stunning forest shots of Beauty and the Beast.... And the raccoon reminds me of Sam's infamous fox drawing.
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
You know now that I'm watching Beauty and the Beast again, I think you're right. xD
And I still have to see that piece. >>
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AdanskaBelow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
And you prolly won't, unless you crash her house.
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xstrawberrymilk Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Raccooooooooon :3 Toooooooo Cuuuute~! I love this. Lol. I'm painting in my art class too XD o-o; This inspires me :p
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Aww, I'm glad you like it!
And that's fantastic, I'm happy to hear you're taking a painting course, you should give it a shot more often. :D Painting is awesome.
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Willowanderer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love the little raccoon.
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Thank you! I call him Ricky <3
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Willowanderer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
XD Is he a ranger?
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
You know he wasn't?...but now he is. xD
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Willowanderer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
hehehehe.
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MikauKau Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
i like the way the sun shines through the trees :o
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Thank you, I really wanted to play with the light in this one and that's always been a cool effect in my eyes.
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LossingFeathers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
err I did forget to mention your strokes of paint ^.^ I really like it. It took me forever to get texture into my paintings.
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Oh, thank you! It was mostly just layering in the end. very therapeutic, I like having a little texture in my paintings.
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LossingFeathers Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I do now that I have learned not to be so frugal with my paint ^.^!
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LossingFeathers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
I love this. Landscapes are no easy task. I love the fact you used so many references to pull it off. Is this acrylic? I'm not a fan due to the fact it's hard to fix mistakes due to it's fast drying time and now dark it ends up drying.

Illustration board is convenient but the carbord behind it is very thirsty and sucks in all your paint color making it dull. Masonite is much cheaper and doesn't do this, but you will have the gesso it yourself. If you go to Home Depot or any such hardware store that sell wood, you can find this. Often times they are willing to cut it for you as well for free or a small price. I strongly recommend it. Particularly if you like that harder surface over stretched canvas.

Color tip: Everything that light touches kisses the surface with warmth, like a woman with too much lipstick ^.^ Photographs make it hard to see, but every time you go outside try to look for it. light pinks, yellows and oranges. They become really mysterious colors. In the deepest part of a clear blue sky is red ^.^!

O.o I am just blabbing on not even knowing if you want to hear this stuff... Sorry. I LOVE color... ^.^;; I could rant about it all day. hehe ^.^;;
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Yeah, this was done with acrylics, and actually I find it a lot easier to fix mistakes if only because you can always just paint right over the original mistake, clean up edges and the like. Granted you do have to keep starting over and remixing the paint on the pallet, so yes that gets annoying fast.

Masonite? Okay I can look into that, it sounds like a nice option over the illustration board honestly. I didn't know to Gesso the board this time, really wish my teacher had told me you have to prep the board. I know better now. I miss stretched canvases, it's what I learned to paint on originally, but for all the small pieces we've been doing it's too expensive to buy small ones for each one.

Haha, no worries, I'm still learning color theory so its nice to hear advice from other people too. I need to go through and add more to the lighting, you're right, it would stand out a bit more in the details if I went through and added more warmth to the lights. Also, have to tell you how much I'm laughing over the kiss concept of lighting. xD It's true, and a good way of looking at it, but I can't help but laugh at the mental image.
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LossingFeathers Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
^.~ it is the mental image that will stick with you and remind ya of these facts. But for color, I have been painting for years... as in... over 7 years, and I am just now starting to understand how color works. color theory is nice and all, but that's not how light always works. Painting outside on a clear day for three hours has helped me so much. Those are when the colors are the purest. ^.^! I love it! Though my outside paintings are never done. That's what makes masonite so nice. It's so cheap that I don't mind unfinished paintings when it's all said and done. They are very expendable.

Best of luck with your painting! I know it's what I enjoy the most!
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KodamaHime Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Photographer
Wow..... O______O

I have so many troubles painting leaves... Dx
How do you do it?
You make painting look so easy...
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Its comes down to abstracting them a little bit, just dabbing on the little splotches where leaves will be and layering them with more leave splotches.

Honestly it's not all that hard, but I'm learning a LOT in class now, making it easier.
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KodamaHime Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Photographer
Hmmmm....I see....and this is acrylic? Someone told me once that oil paints would be easier to use than acrylics, but I've only ever had acrylic or watercolor, or just straight inks. .____.

I actually tried painting trees recently, and it was....well....hm. Better than before, but still not good. Dx
I can never seem to get enough detail.
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Yup! This piece is all done in acrylics. Honestly I prefer acrylics, I mean they don't mix as well, so it's harder to get smooth transitions but whats nice is that it's very easy to paint over things in acrylic. So if you mess up you can always just put another coat of paint over it and gently cover up all the mistakes. With oils, you have to either wait a few days for it to be fully dry to paint over it, and you'll have to use a much thicker coat. My issue with oils is that you need more things to work with them, i.e. linseed oil, turpenoid, thicker brushes. It's easier to get a blend of colors, but it's harder to get colors to stand out against one another.
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KodamaHime Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Photographer
Hmmmm.....I'll definitely remember that. Thank you! :]
Looks like I need to work on painting a bit more.
-runs off to art shop to pick up more canvas boards-
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OukamiYoukai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
This is so pretty. I'm confused why the clouds are reflected but not the trees, though. o_o?
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
.....
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!
I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO BACK AND FIX!
I touched up the water but never went back to finish the tree reflections. XD
I can't believe I didn't notice that...and that my teachers and everyone at the critique didn't see it.
Thank you for pointing that out, now I can fix that up.
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OukamiYoukai Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
You're welcome! I'm a little confuse why so many people didn't catch that. It is a really pretty piece though. You're very good at painting.
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phillebovsky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
great work!
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Thank you!
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phillebovsky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
if u have a free time visit my pics!
wish u success!
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DonBowling Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great! I love the racoon.
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TheRueRoyale Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Thank you! If you look to his right there are two more tiny ones hiding in the other tree. :D
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DonBowling Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are awesome!
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