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Unicorn Valley by Hideyoshi Unicorn Valley by Hideyoshi
another one for EOW, but I am not taking it to poll, just using the topic as inspiration.

2 h, no ref.

I try to mimick traditional media a lot nowadays. Using very few brushes on a single layer (well, I almost always do it this way). Studying old masters like Sargent, Sorolla etc.

Trust me and learn digital painting the right way, applying direct colors and values with simple brushes and well-thought strokes. No fancy custom brush trickery and layer modes crap etc. You will get farthest that way! Also, hone your drawing since it's key to a skillful painting!
(sorry for preaching... :D hey, I should maybe make a journal and stuff all that art babbling in there)
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, you're goddamn good.
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Michaelsstuff Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OoO
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Valkury Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Definitely like this first Volume much more concerning the wohle scene. It actually isn't as mushy as you wanted it to be, IMO. Or maybe its just that the unicorn (HATE'EM!) makes me believe that this place must be really peaceful if nothing lives there to hurt them.
I also liked the stuff you said about digital art/painting. It's some years later now, would you still say the same ?
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
its still relevant I think, yes. Mastering techniques the hard way will definitely make you a better painter with a stronger skillset.
Going lazy will only get you so far. Challanges are good for growth in general.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not a unicorn! It's a llama! >_< !!!! >< ><
lol.
What a nice digital painting.
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mikemars Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
your right on. preach away! this is another fav of mine. KISS right ;) keep it simple stupid, if you didn't know. im sure you did
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Vimykins Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey it's okey to share your ideas!=D By the way I'm totally gonna :+fav: this!
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medienvirus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
simply nice and great!
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AugustynaK Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
beautiful
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FilmmakerJ Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
Wow, I'm sure rock formations like this, have no known natural cause for them to form. But screw that, this is COOL!
Did you have any specific inspiration for this, or did you just see what everyone else was making for otherworldly spiky rock formations?
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I just went with my gut feeling :) I know it's not grounded in reality but this is more fantasy :P
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Smaragdia Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my journal :D :iconbigheartplz:
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Decowood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
This piece is sooooo Amazing!!!
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omi-kun Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, I really, really like this one. So... m@ like :3
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Woah, what a sight!
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Glorious. Your grasp of light? Awesome.
As usual.
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vivax Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
Hi!

first time commenting, though i had come across your profile a long time back. amazing art. i have bookmarked the train station saga page...so come to chek at times for updates. i am not a painter, just an admirer, and keep preacing, may be some noobs like me if they take up painting may benefit a lil.

keep up.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hey, thanks for that! :)
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vanillachunder Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
Nice Landscape!
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zelos22 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
its a beautiful painting and your advice is very good :) it took me a while, but i eventually realized that just not doing anything fancy gave the best results! and im happier with my stuff as well xD
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Qygen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
wow, I really love all the angular and abstract shapes in the background. looks great! the choice of color is great, too. nothing stands out too much and nothing stands out too little. :D
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Koontah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love your work because you leave lots of space for the eye to wander in. you dont' use 'eye candy' coloring; you let the subject matter speak for itself. It looks like a place I'd love to visit. Dont' you wish we could take our ideas and make them into real places, peole and things?
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wha, thanks for that comment, means a lot! Yeah, trying to avoid any eye candy stuff, that's become important for me nowadays. :)
who wouldn't want his visions to come to life, I sure do, too :)
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mdandree Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Hey, thank you for the lesson! I'm an old guy, an illustrator from way back. This image of your's reminds me of Roger Dean. He did most of the album covers for "YES".
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
whoa, cool! Veteran illustrator! :)
Gonna look up Roger Dean now...
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adox-tnw Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oh and thanks A LOT for the art "babbling" . I think its amazing for us professionals to share about our expertise :) ... well I wish I could tought you something you could find useful, lol! but I'm all about advertising
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
well, can't learn enough about anything :)
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adox-tnw Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The slight rotated horizon and the two gigantic "canyon walls" on the sides... Make this a jaw droping and inspiring piece of art! ...and then you see the small unicorn, and it all gets even bigger and more magical, hehehe

Well done! as always :)
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
ha, thanks a bunch!
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional
Man man, das ist ja mal ein richtiger Kracher :D Gefällt mir seeehr gut. Das Licht und die Farben sind einfach klasse. Das Bild strahlt so viel Räumlichkeit aus, und das winzige Einhorn verleiht dem ganzen Größe. Ist echt toll.
Haha, und klar, pack das in ein Journal, ist immer interessant, zu lesen, wie jemand an so etwas ran geht.
Ich vermeide ja selbst auch layer modis und so. Geht zwar nicht immer, aber ich hab einfach gerne meine Layer alle auf normal. Ich hab zwar selten nur eine Ebene, schon gar nicht bei einem Matte, aber ich versuche zumindest, die Anzahl so gering wie möglich zu halten :D

Daniel
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
danke sehr! :) Ja ich versuch mal was zusammenzuschreiben im journal...vielleicht... :P
Nicht, dass das dann arrogant rüberkommt. o_O
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memod Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional
Du musst die leute nur vorwarnen, dass es ein 'rant' ist :lmao:
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Wolfguardian Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love the lighting. I agree with what you said I'm only now learning that I really miss a strong base in traditional art and I wish I would have paid more attention during my life drawing and painting classes because now I have to learn it all on my own which is a bit harder to do '^_^
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, just hang in there! :) YOu can likewise learn the basics digitally I believe. Just practice it the right way...
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Wolfguardian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's true soon I will be buying myself a cintiq and I have promised myself to start over then and go back to the basics and I have also bought myself another little sketchbook (I used to have alot of them) that I can carry with me in case inspiration strikes :)
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foRg0tTeNhEr0 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
Could i just ask what EOW means would be great to know :D
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
environment of the week. Weekly activity on conceptart.org
'Epic' round 100 is going on right now! :)
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foRg0tTeNhEr0 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
How do u get the ideas for these awsome pics novels or just ur creativeness :D and have u ever though of tryin to do anything from the matrix, there is a lot of nice imagery in the last film :D
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Djota Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Student General Artist
Fantastic!
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c-a-s Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
it looks awesome man, beautiful lightining
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
thank, man! You're on Conceptart.org, right? c@s?
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c-a-s Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, I'm there too. I probably should be spending more time there than here, cause I learn more there, but there's so much stuff to see here that it's hard to let go...
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, but the whole metality over at CA.org is way better. Sometimes I feel like leaving DA completely...
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BlueRogueVyse Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god, he did it....
Hideyoshi.... he really drew unicorn....
Dude.....


.....respect. You´re really a dare-devil man.

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Oh yeah, i´m also trying to paint on as less layers as possible, mostly on one main layer and one or two additional for things that take up big space like focused buildings, ships etc..
But come on, you´re also using c-brushes often enough.... here again, too =P
AND don´t you think Painter works better for tradigital painting...?

But i know whaddya mean, using more traditional 'techniques' and basic paint- and drawing knowledge. Well, as long as one doesn´t bring in a lensflare-filter.... hehe....
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lolz, unicorns FTW! (Last Unicorn was a fine film btw)
Actually, as soon as you separate things like buildings into a new layer, it's different already. The trick is really to paint like you were painting on a canvas, pushing paint around without any layers :) Try it once in a while... ;)
Ah, never got the hang outta Painter. I have some good enough brushes in PS that mimick thick paint very well :)
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BlueRogueVyse Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Student Digital Artist
yeah, i know i know, using only one layer is still the best. Now i feel even more inferior to you^^.....
I thinks it´s great for speedies and paint-studies, but if you want a shiny, rendered artwork, i.e. for a client the accuracy should be superior to the learning purpose.


And yes, Last Unicorn was on of the rare animations for matured audience. Always cried when watching it as a kid... *sob*
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, of course. If your're working on biger projects or for clients, get some layers in there :) You never know what your client wants changed etc.
Last Unicorn has indeed a very strong atmosphere and rich characters/story! Gosh, I need to see it again (though I have probably seen it 4 times already when I was a kid)
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BlueRogueVyse Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Student Digital Artist
It´s running on tv around christmas each and every year anyway, so you´ll have good chances.
Mostly on rtl-crappy-2, i think....
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Dekus Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
great job! very nice environment and realistic colors.
you used a reference pic for the colors or just improvised..?
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
nope, no ref. as stated in my description :P
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