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Environment Test - Late Afternoon by nicholaskole Environment Test - Late Afternoon by nicholaskole
I just threw this together- trying out something new!
I don't often do pure environment work or get quite this painty- but I've been pushing in that direction more and more, and I've really enjoyed experimenting with it!

This is just a quick style test, but I figured it would be neat to show you guys just a little process- it's not much, and I still intend to record some sort of tutorial video for character work- but I was pleased with how this came out.
I busted out some of my old Hollow Men methods for this- it was like seeing an old friend :)

It's really pretty generic and not conceptually fancy at all, but as an exercise in technique I think I learned a lot and I'm excited to see where I could push this! :D

More of me talking here, at bloggington gardens: [link]
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:iconkelcid:
KelciD Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing the process sketches with the final result! Now I'm really inspired to try this. xD
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
YUSS! get into it :)
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jmjack156 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
im still trying to get better at drawing on a pc but let me try to understand how this was done. you made a sketch, dropped the darkest color down, added the basic color of everything, then gradually added in the lighting?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that's exactly right :) I like working dark to light when I paint like this, since adding the lights is fun :)
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jmjack156 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
cool, I've been trying to improve my drawing and i think i get the process but need to practice it a little bit more.
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sixtyseventy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
One of my favorite times of days.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) ditto
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AwkwardSylence Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IIIIII like it. :D
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
IIIII am glad :)
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kvweber Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like seeing how you worked from a mostly cool colour pallete to something significantly warmer in the final piece. It's a very interesting process! In the strip along the top- in the last two images- did you paint the richer red tones into the piece or simply do a colour adjustment process (through the program, not manually)?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it's informative :)
I always work cool-to-warm...I prefer to start by making my shadows work together and try to make sure they're relatively complex (which is kinda hard), and I do that first because it's like eating your vegetables...my favorite part is painting in the highlights, so I save that for later :)
It's funny, because watercolor is the opposite...and I love that too! Go figure.
Anwyay- to your question; that step is mostly a somewhat complicated system of masks, gradients and color adjustments to get what I want...I tend to move between that and painting in by hand. But at that stage I do use the program to adjust things a lot! Haha- ain't no shame :D
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KichouTenshi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Artist
It looks really cute :meow:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thank you- apparently my brain/hand do 'cute' when they are set to default :D
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LordAlphie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gowsh I love this! Wish I was able to do anything like this!
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm sure you could- you've got the princess thing down! :D
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awesome stuff....per usual....what are you doing for work?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Right now I'm freelancing wherever I can find it while I wait to hear back on a few long-term things. Always looking for ways to pay the bills! This was for an art-test to do some concept work for a game studio
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Emailing you...maybe I have some freelance for you.
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GrainyFly Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it, it has a nice rustic look to it.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha- yeah! woodsy and stuff! :p
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:iconeduherrera:
EduHerrera Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice environment!
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Foyaland Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I love the atmosphere of this piece!
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! misty atmosphere means I don't have to draw all the trees :p
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:iconnafah:
Nafah Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Really cool to see your process! Thanks for sharing. I've been wondering just how people start things like this, so thanks for answering my question. C:
Lovely piece, too.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :) It was a fun process- somewhere in the middle it went from "buhh...this sucks" to "wait...something...I like something...here..." haha
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Gray-Mecha-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Nice job.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Jajna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow....even if its a quick thing it looks wonderful....
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it!
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:iconfedini:
Fedini Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so awesome :heart:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks!
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool, I really love all the texture!
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:iconnicholaskole:
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah- I've been working hard to get a little more grit and texture into my work. Sometimes I feel my digital work is too slick :p
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Tilberger Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Great to see how its done great stuff!!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome- glad you like it :)
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BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
The second to last one in the top band is my favorite. It made me feel sunrise again. X3 Lovely work!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I like some of the middle phases too- but I can't resist red, so... :)
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BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
XD Then the sunset was a granted feature. XD
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hehe- always :D
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