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K04sk Environment Tutorial

So lots a couple of people were asking me to do a tutorial. I didn't know they are so hard because I find them kind of a pain in the ass to do , probably because I have never done one.

sorry for the big file size , but I will upload the actual painting by itself probably tomorrow , still some minor touch ups I forgot to handle

Any ways this is a basic approach of to how I would approach a landscape environment either at work or something personal at home

you can view a bigger version of the actual painting here

please don't think this is the only to do it for there are many , i am by no means an expert on the matter so whatever I say is not fact , its just my opinions and approaches to how i do it

lasso tool and gradient tool can be your friend if used correctly. I feel its important to not zoom into the details to early on and not rely on custom brushes. They are all just tools at the end of the day. So learning to paint things from scratch is always makes for a better artist in my opinion, and if you want to paint things from scratch you need reference.

if you want the full size just download it

thanx for looking
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FrozenTokos's avatar
Hey! I'm going to try and do better backgrounds and such for my images (as my current ones are pretty crap xD)

and I was wondering if I could have a link to the brushes you use..?
awesome tutorial! :-o
DarknessOnly13's avatar
kleinir's avatar
Thank you! This was really useful. (:
Ankit1480's avatar
Thank you for all of your tutorials sir. I want you to know that I learned a lot from them. I appreciate it a lot. You are my hero :-)
Keep drawing
DVel0x's avatar
EstefaniaJaquier's avatar
Thank you so much for your awesome tutorial! =)
DaiSanVisART's avatar
thanks a lot. this helps a lot to starting artists like me who simply dont know where to start xd THANKS! i learned a lot!!!
Lupsiberg's avatar
Thank you very much for sharing :iconflowerthnxplz:
MarilouL's avatar
That is by far the best tutorial I have read about environments, thank you so much
GabrielaBorta's avatar
Hello :) I want to thank you [again :)!] very much for this tutorial! I followed it and learned a lot of new and useful things!
Recently i remind to post my work and it can be found here:… , mine it's more like a color sketch, but at that time I felt like I finished it :D Now, looking back at it, I would add more details and erase other things :)
Jemura42's avatar
very helpfull thanks ;)
krios82's avatar
Thank you for sharing =)
Hey i can't seem to download any of your tutorials 
higgypoo328's avatar
This is great. Thank you for taking the time to make this. I've got a question..I'm going to be trying to break into the concept art industry soon and I'm curious what quality of work and how fast you need to be able to produce stuff?  Like how many pieces a week do you produce and how fast for each of those pieces? It's one thing i've been a little worried about.
k04sk's avatar
wouldnt necesarily worry about how long it takes you , just keep making stuff , eventually you will become faster and more efficient . so the more you paint and the more you try to paint something better and better each time , the faster you will get

higgypoo328's avatar
I totally understand that. Is this like a closely guarded secret of the pros? I am currently producing what I would consider good quality paintings in about 6-8 hours if I spend a lot of time polishing them and making a good structural start. If I try to see what I can produce on a whim (like I would in an office) I usually can get it down to around 1-3 hours. I'm just wondering if that's normal, slow, or fast? When i'm practicing art, I don't worry about the time, but if i'm going to get into the industry, i'd like to know if i'd just embarrass myself haha.  Thanks so much for responding, I know you're super busy. (ps, the work that is on my DA page, is not my current' work quality) I've been painting for a couple years now, but haven't gotten around to posting it since I changed from comic art to painting (which i'm much better at luckily haha).
k04sk's avatar
It's not a guarded secret or anything like , honestly it just varies on the artist and the studio

The overall requirement is that it's quality work , which is why I stress quality more so than how fast you did it

For example I worked at game studio and I had do pieces in a couple of days . So typically an 8 hour period I can do a couple of pieces or a bunch of rough concepts

Then I worked at Lucas films where I worked on -a piece for a week at a time . So again it really depends on the studio

So for me time is not important once you get a certain level especially since it's concept art most places give you enough time . And if you do quality work they don't care how long as long as it good , so to me hard to be really slow at this stuff especially with so much information out there . Most people paint at the same pace , I've never seen someone who paints super slow

But yeah it really depends on the studio some want super rendered paintings some want rough stuff . So don't worry about embarrassing yourself . Seems like your current speed is fine to me
higgypoo328's avatar
ok. Thats awesome my friend. I don't have a ton of people that are or have been in the industry to talk to about that kind of stuff.

thanks so much for putting my mind at ease and letting me understand what you meant.  It's good to know. Thanks again. and If I didn't say it before, Your Art is friggin killer awesome. I love looking through your work.  I really appreciate your texture work and your sense of color composition. You have such an awesome grasp of believable, moody and emotive color schemes.

Can't wait to see what you do next man!

Thanks again!
GabrielaBorta's avatar
These are amazing hints and tricks! Thank you very much for your time to make this amazing tutorial!
Hokkohono's avatar
Good tutorial !

How did you create the "misty" effect aorund the river and between the rocks ?
k04sk's avatar
just any kind of soft misty brush will do , i have a custom cloud brush that I got from somewhere but I do not remember where , but if you just get a soft brush add a little bit of scattering and randomness to it , it should give you the same effect 
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