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Environment Tutorial - Through the Valley by JenniferEasley Environment Tutorial - Through the Valley by JenniferEasley
So, this turned in to a bit of a beast, I hope it isn't too much text!

As promised, a tutorial showing how i painted this picture [link] It requires some basic knowledge of Photoshop but nothing too complicated.

It has a lot of theory that i've picked up over the years, so it doesn't just apply to this painting, but to any painting really.

I hope it's helpful, and feel free to note me if you have any questions about anything :)
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CARTproductions Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing tutorial :la:
I've always struggled with landscapes and perspective and whatnot, so this will be super helpful. :meow:
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you find it helpful! :D
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Raeistic Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of awesome tips here, thanks! :D
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful!
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cyhennessey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Very nice tutorial. I winced every time you mentioned merging layers though lol, especially merging the final product. I've always learned to try and keep as many layers intact, just in case.
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used to be the same! There comes a point though when it just slows your painting process down. I still make new layers for things i'm unsure about, but i think of it as a safety net that can be removed once i'm happy with that element of the picture. After all, you should trust that you can paint over your mistakes if you need to. That can lead to happy accidents that improve your picture! Don't be a slave to ctrl-z ;p
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cyhennessey Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Just curious, but how long does a painting like this take you? I've yet to really nail down my own workflow, and was curious as to the length, since you've very nicely written out your own process :)
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Hmm i think this was about 10 hours? I am pretty slow given my work process never goes smoothly and i change it with every picture. The only picture i've timed recently was this one [link] and it took me 14 hours which is way too long really! That was over several days of small sessions though. If i'm free in the day i can usually sit for 10 hours and do it all in one go :)
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Synthesia92 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perspective is hard, but I think, if I keep practicing, maybe in a few thousand years I will learn this ^^
Its a really (and I mean) REALLY useful tutorial :D
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JenniferEasley Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, keep practicing! Once you understand why it works, it's not so bad. Check out some more detailed perspective tutorials too, but yes, the key is to put it in to practice! And thank you very much btw :)
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