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Garden Path by chateaugrief Garden Path by chateaugrief
It's been a crazy little week for me, so I apologize for not coming up with a grand sweeping vista and a rollicking story to go with it, but at least I did something.  I have been struggling with green for quite a while and I really wanted to force myself to do a picture with the dominant color as green, not brownish-green, emerald green.  This was also an interesting brush experiment and a 1-layer painting, which I usually don't do.  I too my inspiration for the lighting setup from that Thomas Moran piece I talked about in the last masterclass tutorial (on Patreon) Summer Storm  Wanted to keep it very dark and stormy looking and keep that light definitely gray.  It worked as far as allowing me to keep my greens, but it's lacking in a lot of atmosphere.  What do I need?  More sensitive color handling?  More extensive bounce lighting?  better plant shapes?  Actually I'm pretty happy with this piece.  It represents a milestone in me being able to figure out how to add another color to the toolbox.  

In the spirit of low-energy-week, here's the link to the comic without further commentary: 

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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Garden Path is visually interesting with an air of mystery and in wondering what lies at the end of the path. 
This came out really great. :) 

Landscapes certainly helps establish the scene and mood of a story, especially in comics. 
I enjoy the visual composition, the way you have the elements placed in such a way. Kind of hard to explain, 
but overall visually interesting. :) 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I certainly agree about landscape establishing mood in comics.  More than that, it's essential to knowing what's going on in the story.  (I should do more landscapes in my own comic.)  I find it funny though, no one gets into comics because they want to draw comic backgrounds.  Literally no one.  It's the human interest that draws you in.  Can't forget the physical world though. Backgrounds: Love 'em or hate 'em they're always there. 
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome. That's so true! XD
I remembered seeing some panels where the background is absent, 
or obscured by speech bubbles and stuff, after the background was already used to 
establish where the characters are at. Sometimes I draw certain panels with only a few background elements, like this train scene that I drew.
I was having trouble with determining the right perspective of the interior of the train, because I couldn't find any good visual sources on the internet. 

But I decided to only include the seats they were sitting in, as I was more focused on their immediate interactions. But this was based on what I've seen in 
some comics where the background sometimes gets replaced with some sort of visual effects or plane shading of color that portrays a certain mood or atmosphere.
As far as telling a story goes, it seems like an effective method. ^^ 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
are you doing a comic regularly?  *watch*  Perspective is super tough...as far as I can tell, very few comic makers don't struggle with it as the number 1 problem.  Practice helps they say.  I hope they're right!
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right? XD

I try to work on it regularly, but it's more like an on and off thing for me.
Between my job and my church ministry I only have little to no time to work on it, 
but when I do manage, it is often a result of fighting to get it going somehow. In which case, 
I had to improvise and plan tactically. I go as far as pretending to go to work sometimes, 
just so I can spend my day off to work on my comic someplace quiet on board one of the bigger 
cruise yachts. XD Ninja IG Emoticon- Miscellaneous 5  I get easily distracted at home since there's no privacy. 
At home I always get stuck having to cater to things which can be time consuming and it never seems to end. 
It's a little of many things, but I try my best to fight such oppositions. Being an artist was very challenging for me.
Twice, I lost years of art work in the past. Once when my family lost the apartment, and the second time when we had 
a fire at the storage facility, and I had to redraw my comic from scratch all over again. :( 
This is the third time I'm redrawing it from memory. I still have my notes and sketches of old storyboard panels or what's left of them. 
When the lost happened to me a second time, I cried and was so frustrated, I almost gave up as an artist, but I have too much of a fighter inside of 
me to give up now. Dragon Ball Z - Goku's Kaio-ken Attack icon KAIOKEN! { Gif Set } KAIOKEN! { Gif Set }   As long as I can draw, I can still recreate it only as better and improved versions. By now, I would have 
had plenty of material to show here on DA, but the constant setbacks is what slowed me down severely, almost to a breaking point. But I held on, and 
kept fighting. I only know when I'm strong, when being strong is all that I have left. 


I don't know how long it will take me now, but so far, the progress have been rather slow but recently, I have been a little more consistent than the last time. 
But I had to work on it on different intervals. When ever I see an opportunity to work on it, I take it immediately. Even if it's for a few seconds of sketch work, 
a little progress is better than none. ^^ 

At least my literature is 12 chapters ahead of the comic version. Since the lost, I've kept notebooks with hand written versions as my fall back, along with my DA stash.
So I still have some material to work with. :) 

...Oh awesome! Thanks for adding me to your watch! :D (Big Grin) 
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Narcessa06 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018
you are an amazing artist
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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tarlanx Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You make me wish I could be there to walk this path! Lovely piece :)
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CLG-Artisa Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Same.
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DreamertK Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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FireBlazeDragon5 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the piece does what it's supposed to do.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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FireBlazeDragon5 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome. ^^
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! :love:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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alarso Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Student Filmographer
The ammount of detail you put in your work pays you off :)!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Emarress Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  New Deviant Professional Artist
Ooo, pretty!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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BlackW1nd Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wonder how people drawing with paints because they have only one "layer" to draw on - paper. Even more, it's hard to fix mistakes then you draw like that.
The fact you made this on one layer is amazing. These emerald green colors is truly pleasing the eyes. Also I love then skies is dark and ground is bright, and you painted it this way, so well done :clap:
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I usually don't do 1 layer... I just found some nice smeary brushes to try it out on. It was fun and I think I learned something, though I'm not going to make 1 layer a habit... Thank you!  
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
very nice Clap 
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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poisen2014 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018
My pleasure!Hug 
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lonermade Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
When I first looked at this my reaction was that you were trying something different. What struck me most was it seem to be a more intimate landscape. From my memory they were grand vistas with the exception of the grand mission, secondly it felt luscious and fresh. Reading your description it sounds like you are still looking for something and after reading your description I'm looking for something too. I can tell you what I think is working really well. The water in forground between path and plant has a lot of presences. Also the end of the path dissolving into the sun drenched trees beyond. The foreground path has a nice shine and detail. I can tell you a couple things that maybe bother me. I think the sunlight on the path reaches too far down the path it feels a little compositionally unbalanced to me, I think maybe the far bend. I'd like the plant in mid foreground to have similar detail and moistness as the path adjacent. Trees to the sides might want a bit of texture, not detail maybe some dark line work similar to thin light gray that runs thru them. Or possibly it need to go the other way pulling some of the detail from the foreground to make a little more impressionistic. Those few detractions are minor to all the good qualities and the more I look the more I like it.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I agree with your critique 100%. Spot on.  If it redid this, I would do al these things.  For me, it's a matter of time, resting time, hours spent analyzing something.  I can get it right if I spend the hours.  I want to hone my instinct though too, and I think I'm getting better, but it's a process.  More detail never seems to go amiss though, take that Monet Cezanne and Seurat!  This was a really good experiment for me, and I think half the setup was for me to be so slammed for time ...pressure creates diamonds.  I'm going to learn from this piece. :)    
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lonermade Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps you have found the exercise that will allow you more time. As with a dancer, actor or musician that has a fixed time to complete their finished work practice commits their actions to muscle memory. Perhaps setting time limit occasionally then reviewing positives and negatives would help identify areas that you overlook on first run.
Just a thought, I'm so much better at seeing how to help others improve than I am at improving myself ;)
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sleeping on it is one of my best ways.  rest the eyes.  finalize my work in daylight. no fluorescent lights, no sunglasses, no polarized glass.  I'm usually pretty organized with my schedule.  this past two weeks my lack of time was due to medical wound care for an animal, hours and hours and hours of it.  they'll live though, i'm so relieved.     
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lonermade Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Sleeping on it is good solution for all sorts of difficulties and good light is solution for good color. Sounds like you have things in hand.

Sorry that you've had problem with animal and hopeful that things will work out for best.
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Telian24 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It really looks like just after a rainstorm. The wet planks impress me the most, but I also love the vivid greens in this.
And yes, I'd aso love to have such a garden ^^ Although, in a way, the whole world could be our garden; we're just not always very good as gardeners.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I love rainstorms, I do miss summer rains.   None of that in Mediterranean California, no sir.  No rain for me until october.  Thank you!
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SouhailArt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive !
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SouhailArt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :) (Smile) 
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The-Inventress Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg ITS BEAUTIFUL! I find it totally amazing you did this in just 1 layer! That's one heck of a feat
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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jabezcrisp Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  New Deviant
That's really cool - there's a great balance between the detail and much harder strokes, awesome!
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SloogCat Featured By Owner Edited Jul 12, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wow I wanna just go there it looks so serene   sparklesparklesparkle
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018
Awesome work.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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geographic1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I would love to have a garden like that.
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
yeah me too  I'm working on that :D
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janeartworks Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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chateaugrief Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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ainjeluv Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very calming and peaceful; thank you for sharing this!
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