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Badlands

By BLPH
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Hey, it's been a while since the last fully detailed piece. As you can see, I deviated a bit from my usual color palette (because I really find greens hard to work with in general). Kind of a self-induced challenge with some spark by ~bloknayrb caused in this comment. If you don't mind me, I'll be going back to blue/purple tones again now :D

During my vacations, there was no internet; hence the distraction-/procrastination-level was low. Original size is 6400 pixels wide and painted at something like 200% mostly (yes, I could've chosen 100% @ 12800px as well, but my computer died at this res already :p). The hyperbasic idea behind: spikey rocks. There are about 250 of them in there. I didn't really count but if anybody's having no life, you're welcome to number them ;p

So, as usual, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did while creating it :)



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- Original size: 6400 x 3200 pixels
- Time spent: 1 month
- Software: Photoshop CS2
- Power outages causing me to redo 30% of the piece: 1




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CommanderEVE's avatar
Some artists say to say away from green, yellow and purple as they 'do not work'. But, I think you have used the green well here. 
BLPH's avatar
Thank you! Green is insofar dangerous that it becomes really ugly once you slightly increase the saturation. Can't say the same about yellow, purple/pink might be one of those (let's call them) "radioactive colors" as well, though.
CommanderEVE's avatar
You are very welcome.

Indeed. The only thing that I can think it looks good for is scenes with vegetation. But with your piece I noticed you did not use that much green as you mixed it with blue, which as we both know works very well and quite a bit of yellow that works well as light. So, when using green it has to be mixed with a colour that the eye can feel at ease with, as what I did here (It is just a sketch): commandereve.deviantart.com/ar…

Although, purple and pink go well when you combine it with blue. But personally, I do not like using too much colour from right across the spectrum. I find if you are using red, it is nice to have a blue tinge to the shadows, the same with any two contrasting colours.

 
artbypaulfisher's avatar
Amazing painting, so much detail and nice lighting!
BLPH's avatar
Thank you so much! :)

(sorry for being so late, I was on a hiatus the past 2 months)
Khelmer's avatar
That's incredible!!! n..n
Indeed has many details, must have cost you quite a while to do this piece, or maybe not?
Although costing you work with color green, it looks pretty good to me. n..n
Anyway: great job!
BLPH's avatar
Thank you so much! It definitely took a huge amount of time, especially because most parts are painted with a default, flat, hard PS brush :p
Khelmer's avatar
You are welcome! n..n
Usually
I paint using soft brushes. Is more comfortable to me :)
BLPH's avatar
I agree, working with soft brushes is nice :)
It's just that I want to get that bit of grittiness from those hard edges :D
Khelmer's avatar
Interesting. So you used hard brushes to make that effect.
Sometime I used hard brushes to make some details :)
BLPH's avatar
A faster way would be to simply resort to textured brushes... but then again, I feel more like I've accomplished something when I don't have to rely on anything. Essentially, it feels great to create something from practically nothing with no help whatsoever :)
Khelmer's avatar
I feel the same way. The feeling on doing something by your own is something to be proud about it. But also is not so bad have something to help you :)
ErikShoemaker's avatar
gefällt mir und die Farben sind schön :D
BLPH's avatar
Und das TROTZ grün :p
Haha, danke!
Somelarder's avatar
This is gorgeous, wow ! :w00t:
I love the atmosphere, it's splendid and the amount of details is flabbergasting ! :D
BLPH's avatar
Thank you so much, I really appreciate your kind words :)
Somelarder's avatar
You're welcome ! :)
XIGRAHAMIX's avatar
The glorious detail!  I love this piece, and wow it has been a while since you last posted a really detailed piece.
BLPH's avatar
Haha, I blame my chronic lack of time for the lack of detailed pieces. And maybe a bit of laziness :p

Thanks a lot! :)
Mikloph's avatar
Einfach Hammer (;
BLPH's avatar
Vielen Dank! :D
LightrayPhotography's avatar
Wonderful since of scope, as always. Good use of light and contrast. 
BLPH's avatar
Thank you very much! :)
agapetos's avatar
Wonderful lighting and atmosphere.
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