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Aqueos by Wildweasel339 Aqueos by Wildweasel339
Aqueos is a port city surrounded and entangled by an overgrowing forest. Though once pristine, it has now become a refuge for pirates, smugglers, and invasive tree growth.



This illustration was commissioned by :iconjanecshannon:
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:iconswniver:
Swniver Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Holly crap someone have to make a movie about this or something
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:iconanother-person:
Another-Person Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
This is great.
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Domick12 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
love its atmosphere!
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:iconrazio:
Razio Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
So impressive, you gave me huge inspiration.
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:iconsukuangtou:
sukuangtou Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Writer
So much detail, I love it!
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:iconmii-sama:
mii-sama Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So magical
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Shnnani Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
great concept
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vilkeri99 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
''Aqueos is a port city surrounded and entangled by an overgrowing forest.'' basicaly: elves!
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lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This picture is just brimming with motion, beauty and magic. Magnificent :0!
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RuaCharl Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like the play of light and shade that you used to outline the plans and differentiate (softly) the natural elements as those built :)
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:iconshiftmaker:
shiftmaker Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
same thing i wanted to say ...
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:iconfantasywench:
FantasyWench Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmmmm a picture that can write so many stories.
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:iconladyinna:
ladyinna Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Fantastic!!!!
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:iconpatxitoillustrator:
Patxitoillustrator Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! fantastic work! very good ligths and composition
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:iconspectercody:
SpecterCody Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great atmosphere and lighting!
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good grief!! this makes me want to paint a copy of your pic, or a fanart or whatever! RIGHT NOW!! :D
I guess we have the exact same idea about how fantasy cities should look ;)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks! This one was a real challenge. Most elements were repainted several times before I was satisfied. I think it took over 40 hours.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
any chance you saved progress shots to marvel at your workflow? :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have any process shots, but You can see my very first thumbnail sketches which I did for the client. here: [link]

The purpose of these was to decide which perspective of the city would work best for the story. Option 3 was chosen.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
m-m, nice.. it appears more like you combined 3 and 4 for the foreground and background...
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, this was worth it :)
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Luthi02 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
TAT I love this sooooo much, I wish i could draw backrounds like this *^*
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:icondevyn-wolf:
Devyn-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Beautiful work! Great attention to detail. Just looking at it makes me feel inspired to write a story :)
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AmsilHobbes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
holy cow, this is amazing :wow: there's so much detail and it's just so beautiful :D i'd love to live there!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! :)
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:iconamsilhobbes:
AmsilHobbes Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
no problem :D
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Avondrood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
wauw... nicely done
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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paradox1368 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
like :thumbsup:
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Depessmind Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
beautiful work!
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:iconavianpain:
AvianPain Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! Awesomeness..
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dragonux Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:worship:
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Lord-Paladin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this, it's beautiful! More please!
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goyalrahul Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WoW!!!
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jasmineroseellery Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
this is amazing :D
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CyberStreaker101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
amazin work man
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CyberStreaker101 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
great work
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Wezlez Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
WOW, this one is so amazing and full of great detail, I love it. Keep it up!
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!!
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ArminiusWillabert Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece! I love the light and atmosphere. Keep up the good work.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Salynrad Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Absolutely amazing composition.
I love the way you tell the Stories of the characters and how they are placed in the enviroment

Everything seems so busy, yet harmonic and the way you create structure is really impressive

Brilliant work!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Good to know it working as intended then :)
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
This pic is amazing! The composition, lighting and everything is really well done :).

I have real trouble with digital painting, whether it be composition or just getting the right textures, is there any advice you can give me?
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks a bunch!

Digital is just another tool for artists. In order to excel in any medium you must first get a good grasp of the general fundamentals. Knowledge of light/color/composition all come from studying from life and from studying (and mimicking) master artists.

If you have specific questions, I might can be more helpful. But the best general advice I can give is practice practice practice. Learning art is just like learning another language. It's the visual language.

Here is a link to some resources you might find helpful: [link]
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you so much for the advice as it has really helped me. I have been on the computer hours every day since and funny enough my digital work has improved :).

Specific questions? Hmm...well creating textures in your artwork using just brushes kind of baffles me so if you could shine any light on that it would help me no end.

Sorry about the late reply I have been preparing for the university interview I had today and I aced it :).
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I use a variety of custom brushes to get a range of textures. I like to avoid the standard round brushes in Photoshop, simply because that tends to produce a "digital" look. Though with that said, the standard round brushes are perfectly capable of creating great art.

You can play around with all the brush settings, that's the best way to learn. Generally I try to paint with a big brush, that way it shows more texture. Here's a video on making custom brushes: [link]

And here is a nice page of general digital painting info and goodness: [link]

Grats on the interview btw!
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Gosh sorry for the late reply just been looking through your resources, trying out stuff on photoshop and doing loads of drawing.

Aaaanyway...I looked at the tutorial by daarken and found it really useful plus I went out and took pictures of things like mud, leaves and tree bark to use as textures for my brushes which is working great as well. Thanks for the info on brushes :). The pages with videos on digital painting was good as well, I just keep watching them over and over as I work for reference.

Thanks for the help with this dude it is nice of you to be so caring :). Thanks, the interview was great, now I only got to wait till September to come around :lol:.
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When i saw your pic, it came to my mind the Monkey Island games. I love this Carribean fairy tale feeling of your art work. Well done! Excellent job. :D
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh cool! I didn't think of it before, but it does have a similar style. Thanks!
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