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Ancient woods - Process by JeremyPaillotin Ancient woods - Process by JeremyPaillotin
Here's a little step by step of this image : fav.me/d7qwqkz

In the first step I try to lay down the basic composition, figuring out where to put details and where not to. You can see I used a fibonacci spiral to help me a bit. 

I then define the forms of each feature in the painting, still trying to find good compositions but on a smaller scale (shape of the rocks etc...).

On the third step I roughly put the colors, trying to establish the mood first, not worrying about details.

I adjusted the values on the fourth step for a better read, more atmospheric perspective always help.

And then finally I spend a lot of time detailing and refining until I call it done.


Feel free to ask me if you have any questions ! ;) 
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mikemars Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
really like how loose your process is. seems very confident. can you recommend a good book that teaches some traditional painting techniques? 
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ! The two best books I can recommand are Alla Prima by Richard schmid, and color and light by James gurney. These two books helped me a ton and will do all my life ! I can't value them enough.
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mikemars Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ha! i have those two books already. guess ill re-read them. they are so dense with info its easy to be overwhelmed...thanks for the reply
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah there's so much stuff in there that you can go back to them and find something new each time.
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mikemars Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
that is soo true. i congratulate you for seeming to really understand it. thats what i see in your work from my perspective... 
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KettleQuill Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   General Artist
It's always helpful to see how others work, thanks for posting this! :)
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Sku-sku Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beauty. Is it one-layered? How did you come up with the idea to do this? Did you plan it beforehand or did you just jump right in ?

I kinda feel stuck about my creativity. I always seem to want to paint "THE PAINTING" like the extraordinary work that puts every other thing in its place. Do you know that feeling? If yes, how do you overcome it?

BR
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot !
It's not completely one layered but I tend to merge my layer really often (too often actually !) I usually have just one layer above my background where I paint, and once I'm happy with it I merge the whole thing.

I came up with the idea after seeing photos of Yakushima, a small island in Japan which inspired the backgrounds of Princess Mononoke. It's a really beautiful place and I wanted to do something that looked a bit like it.
So you can say this particular painting was planned beforehand. It's not always the case in my paintings though, I sometime try a more chaotic approach and I don't know what I'll end up with, it can be a lot of fun !

About that feeling of always wanting to do "the painting", I'd say don't stress it too much. Every artists at every level never feels 100% confident about their painting, It's what keeps us going in a way. You always see your flaws and want to do better next time. So I guess you have to accept that this feeling is never gonna fade, and use it at your advantage. 
If had to give a more down to earth answer : paint as much as you can, do lots of studies, be passionate about it. You are never done as an artist and you will always grow, and that's the exciting part !

I hope all this nonsense answers your questions !
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redkitebait Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I like the use of texture brushes! When I try and use different shaped brushes it tends to turn into a right mess....

Thanks for sharing!
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ! Yeah textured brushes can be tricky sometimes :p 
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I recently searched about the fibonacci suite and spiral, nice to see it applied : )

The last step really brings depth to the composition, I've got to search for more tutorials from you !
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ! I don't have much to offer in terms of tutorial yet, but from now on I think I'll upload these little "process" every once in a while.
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HeyRJ Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Amazing, I'm glad to see the golden spiral or Fibonacci spiral used in practice. Thanks for this :)
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Silharai Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Thank you for posting this! It's amazing how it flows.
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JeremyPaillotin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ! the fibonacci spiral helps a lot with the read and the flow, it's almost like a cheat code.
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