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The Old Mill by Huussii The Old Mill by Huussii
"Nobody knows who built or lived in the old water mill deep in the forest. Whoever they were, they left everything behind."

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Originally a pretty short painting for the school's digital painting course, but I ended up liking the setup so much that I dug it up later and continued the piece. 

I think this could be considered the fruit of my recent big change in the way (well, last year or so) of working, which is starting from grayscale and applying colors with overlaying after the sketchy phase and then working from that base, instead of just starting straight off with color. It gives a more lively base to work on in a similar feel that wet on wet technique could work on oils.

At the beginning (on some of my pony works etc) everything was generally too bloomy and colors were all over the table, I felt like I had lost something special I had before with the more realistic, rough and less color splashy style, but now I kind of feel like I can make it work better and return to the feel of my older pieces from around 2012 while improving the colors, detail, everything through better use of the tools. I feel like I've finally adapted and changed for the better. Though time will tell if this was just a lucky shot.

Nonetheless, I have regained my full motivation for art. And it feels damn great. Summer will be a blast I can keep hold of this.
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Al-FaitH Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist
This is awesome! 
Was watching everything in Aeternia, everything is so deep and beautiful, keep developing it!! :D
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AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Hobbyist
Every piece can be a learning experience!  I like the floaty glows, fireflies or magic or whatever they are meant to be. The atmosphere is quite nice in this one.
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kajsamountainbridge Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Teach me? please?
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ShimmeringDewdrops Featured By Owner Edited Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Very well done. This piece actually reminds me of "The Mill' - an MLP fan fiction featuring Applebloom by RazedRainbow (There's a dramatic reading of it on YouTube by Dr. Wolf). I thought perhaps this was intentionally related... but after reading the description that doesn't appear to be the case. Still, this is a very lovely piece of artwork in it's own right and despite it's realism I can't help but think that there is something about it that is almost magical.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing what you learned and the discovery of your new process of coloring.  Now that I've had more time to be artistically active, I'll be checking out your work and piggy-backing on your art school experience.
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TheEdamame Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
what program do you use?
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:iconfixap:
Fixap Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
NICE!
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:iconcactuscat12:
Cactuscat12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's amazing! Who doesn't wanna live in the forest away from all the drama?
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hnng so beautiful.
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Ph03n1x-Warr1or-Z Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply gorgeous.  I like your approach to making this piece.  The amount of details and the execution of the lighting and palette show how much effort you have put into it.  The short story is a nice touch too.
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AtlasCity Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
It remembers me my old town's woods. Beautiful work! ^^ 
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Yuukon Featured By Owner May 13, 2015   Photographer
Would you look how wonderful a wallpaper this makes on my laptop <3

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 18.18.36 by Yuukon  
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Huussii Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers. The colors of your task bar do happen to go quite well with that. :D

Glad you liked it so much.
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Yuukon Featured By Owner May 16, 2015   Photographer
Yeah, it looks great! It's a nice and calming scene, always works nice in a busy life :)

I hope I get to chat with you soon again! Been a while! 
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DJTwitchMusic Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Pretty! :)
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carpediemi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my god, it's awesome!
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:icondarlingofmyheart:
DarlingOfMyHeart Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful!
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:iconkahas:
kahas Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
The ambient atmosphere is really interesting !
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Idiotbox914 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
It's nice :)
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:iconreedenlandshey:
ReedenLandshey Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous <3
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:icon13creationz:
13Creationz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! The back lighting in the painting makes it feel magical.
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:iconkazukihell:
KazukiHell Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
it brings me a lot of peace, thanks!
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Muraki3777 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Nice!
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:iconkianmjl:
Kianmjl Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student Photographer
Very nice :)
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:iconthelastlover-o3:
TheLastLover-O3 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
REAL EPIC :D
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:iconpatrickrsghost:
PatrickRsGhost Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Very nice.  Reminds me of this classic Disney cartoon.
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:iconnuvolavolpe:
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
:love:
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kgpspyguy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Very impressive.
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TigerGeekGuy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Nice work!
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SepiaWren Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Stunning lightig and atmosphere! Love the colours in the stream and the tree canopy - I want to go there!
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AdriennEcsedi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is very beautiful and so peaceful.
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Coupling this pic with that snippet of information makes for a beautifully mysterious atmosphere.
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rjarts15 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Magical! I can hear the water and the birds twittering in the trees :)
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:iconiglybo:
Iglybo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
beautiful :D
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DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Student General Artist
So cozy
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:iconprimordialnothingnes:
Absolutely beautiful
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MaskedMenace833 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
"After 'em! There headin' to The Old Mill!"
"No we're not."
"...Well, let's go to The Old Mill anyway; get some cider!"


This is a cool picture! It has the glorious serenity of the radiant, sunny forest and sparkling river, centrepieced by the contrast of the Old Mill giving off a haunting yet peaceful kinda vibe.
All in all, it's got a pleasant feel to it.

I like it =)
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JubaAj Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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Falcotte Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This piece is really relaxing. Excellent work on the details.
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x-Seraphii-x Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It gives me some sort of creepy nostalgia, like a half-forgotten memory of a bad dream I had once. XD  The piece itself is beautiful though.
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mrscats Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work :)
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AndromedaCatWar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Wonderful place! *0*
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:iconmokey1980s:
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Wow, I love cozy settings like these. And I'm just talking about the cottage and water wheel's design, not to mention everything else to go with it.
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0Alfa Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I can just imagine the sound of the water turning the mill every moment the owner lived in there...
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:iconcyb3rsamurai:
Cyb3rSamurai Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
That's pretty fucking comfy
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:iconspacechickennerd:
spacechickennerd Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! Instant fave, not much else to say.
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Fasdaff Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I love your landscapes
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purplemalemute Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Looks great
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I think it looks BEAUTIFUL! :D
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SnoopyStallion Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks so lovely. nice job :) 
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