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Witchwinter: Dread Trees (Concept)
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Published: April 11, 2019
The first concept for the Tree of lost Souls, here you can get a better feeling for the actual size of that thing. There are treadmills, ladders and scaffolds all over the monstrous thing.

The idea behind those is that while the evergreen trees continue more or less as before, some of the deciduous trees turn into some kind of magical fed unlife, growing ever larger without ever budding or growing new leaves.

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Kimberly-SC's avatar
Kimberly-SC|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is a dark scene! It looks haunting and fascinating at the same time! I like that the full moon is shining through the branches and that the clouds are enlightened, too! You are taking a lot of care to make your pictures realistic and I love to look at them!
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I had this image in mind, unfortunately I lacked the skill to really show the size and mass of the thing.... there are platforms and ladders and scaffolds around it for people to get up and down... it's used to hang certain witches and warlocks that are otherwise difficult to keep... well... dead...
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Kimberly-SC|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Showing details and size is pretty hard when you have a dark background and even harder, when it is against the light source since you just have silhouettes then....but in my eyes you still did a great job!
And interesting information! A prison for zombie witches/warlocks? :skeptical: 
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well there are few things more tempting to a human being than cheating death (and if you keep in shape even more so), especially if you have gotten your dark magic to look after more mundane matters... 

And since there is no such thing as a free meal (let alone free eternal youth), most methods are a bit... unsavoury?
But the trees, even though they draw their existance on similar powers, brute force most of the attempts to bind something as delicate as a human mind and body into a magical pattern to oblivion...
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Nice concept.  Reminds of how people’s hair grows even after death
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it. And yeah, it kinda feels that way. Creepy.
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REK-3D| Digital Artist
Mein Freund der Baum... ist tot. Sagte schon Alexandra in den 60ern :)

Love the different grey-blue shaded silhouettes. The branches look like spider legs or monster claws. Makes the tree look 'alive' and poised to strike at any moment.
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flink's snow trees without snow :D 

Weird though, this test render got more faves than the actual picture Sweating a little... 
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Ardalos|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive scenery, the crane gives an idea about the size of the tree. Makes me wonder what you’re going to do with it - doesn’t have to be dreadful, necessarily, depends very much on the lighting.
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... you know those execution trees from the Thirty Years' War...
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Kibosh-1|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Massive tree! Love that moonlight and fog showing through the branches - definitely brings out the 'dread' in the scene ;) (Wink)  Creepy in a good, suspenseful way!
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it's huge and that always bothered me in the original version with the two witchhunter characters, that you really could not get a hint of the size, even with the extreme pov. It's not really higher than a Sequoia but certainly much wider in crown diameter, and since those trees usually stand alone, they can be seen for miles.
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Ardoric-Art|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very interesting and scary concept, it really has to be a place where I would not want to be but see ...
cool!
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's quite the contrary to your tree designs, but no the whole place looks like this, there will be another concept that will be more lush and pleasant (if treacherous, maybe) :)
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LmAnt|Student Digital Artist
This is promising to become massive, really!
A greatly designed concept with a truly epic fantasy feel to it!
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some chimps are doing overtime at their typewriters, I hope the story will turn out well or there will be no bananas :D
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LmAnt|Student Digital Artist
Hehe...let's hope they don't go on strike! :D
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BricksandStones's avatar
Awesome concept - the mood and setting looks wonderful, excellent colours as well! Congratulations!
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
There will be a 'production break' for Witchwinter, but the next storyline is almost complete and there'll be a lot good old fashioned horror stuff :D
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PSK-Photo|Hobbyist Photographer
In klein sieht es bombastisch aus! Die Stimmung und Farben sind wundervoll und erinnern an diverse düstere / ältere Filme.
Würde gut zu einem Kopflosen Reiter oder "Galgenmänchen" passen.
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ja ich hab es nie voll ausgerendert, deswegen der körnige Look. Es war eigentlich nur als WIP -Füller gedacht, hätte nie gedacht das es so ankommt (das fertige Bild an dem ich vor einem Jahr ewig rumgerudert hab, hat natürlich wieder nur einen Bruchteil der Faves :D , und ja da hängen dann auch Leute dran ;))
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PSK-Photo|Hobbyist Photographer
P.S. gerade ist es die 8te Position in "most-popular-of-week" im 3D Bereich. :) (Smile) 

Also wieder ein Klassiker mit "man denkt sich nichts großes und es kommt unerwartet gut an". Aber hast auch gut 50% Fav. vs View-Rate.

34 Gruppen? I think I've fainted.  Mich überfordert schon immer die Einordnung bei meinen 5-10 Gruppen die ich meist nutze...
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Magnus-Strindboem|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ja, das der turnover ist erstaunlich, einer der besten seit langem :o (Eek)... naja da sind nicht mal die personen-orientierten Groups dabei. K.A. ob's was bringt, aber ich hab einfach mal gedacht, wenn ich tagelang an einem Bild rummache, sind die paar Minuten es durchzuposten dann geschenkt (und meist rendert gerade eh was anderes ;)
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Tinnuien|Professional Digital Artist
this tree seems to be very magical indeed...
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