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Golden Hour by Sankam Golden Hour by Sankam
Paint Tool Sai, color adjustments in Photoshop, about 90 minutes (I am not fast)

Study from photo reference. Although I am happy with the color, I got impatient with the trees, so the woods are a bit sparse.
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Nice work as usual, nice to see you doing some landscape work! I like the violet of the tree shadows, and the design of the tree bark, it reminds me of the work of Eyvind Earle or even some of the Spumco backgrounds (think Yogi), only much more textural. I think you could get away with more simplified trees like the silhouettes, perhaps even linking some of those shapes to create more of a middle ground and a more clear ground plane. Overall I would say depth of field is the one thing really missing. I like the stand of lit trees to the center rear, but they are so consistent in execution they almost read as a lighting/lens effect. I think that some loose leaves or other atmospherics could really help enliven the scene, but it's not really needed. I wonder a bit about the fade at the bottom of the left foreground tree versus the seeming 'tear off' of the tree to its right.

The color overall is wonderfully vibrant! Now I want to see Moira prowling around this place. ;-)
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fecunditycom Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
I like the way you don't make the detail too precise. It's... evocative? Maybe that's the word that I'm looking for.
Sankam Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Artist
Yes. I'm more concerned with the impression than the minutiae in a study like this.
stokerbramwell Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
I was hoping you'd upload the background. It's really lovely!
ADSE Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
amazing backgound! i adore these early-autumn shades you add to the foliage and the tree's wood..really something gorgeous and vibrant!
Razzek Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've got a weakness for aspen trees in autumn. I love the colors for this piece. :) It reminds me very much of a few places I visited growing up in Colorado. :)
Sankam Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Artist
It is one of my Favorite Things too.
Deer-Hunter01 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011

Wish I could draw just as good as you. I need more practice...
wikigiuli Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
simply beautiful!!!
KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011


... wow.
Zackeio Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
*whistles* That's a lot of foliage (looks at the ground). . . I can see what you mean with the sparse trees in this piece. However, if I could make a suggestion? How would you feel if you were to add some shadows into this piece? I think it would help make the trees standout more.

Regardless of that little issue, I like the color scheme, gives that early fall feeling. :)
Sankam Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Artist
It's a good suggestion, thanks!
Zackeio Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
:nod: Glad to be of some sort of assistance :)
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