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Forest Dream Environment Tutorial by Narandel Forest Dream Environment Tutorial by Narandel
Hello everyone. I know i've said a long time ago that i would be doing some tutorials on the process behind how i create my environment paintings. Well it's been long overdue, but here is the first of many to come. This tutorial was done for my latest piece Forest Dream. I've summarized most of the steps that i do and if you have any questions, feel free to ask away. If you are interested, there is a recorded video of me painting this on my livestream channel, so do check it out. Hope this tutorial will help some of the aspiring artist out there that are having trouble painting environments.

Livestream: livestream.com/narandel
Twitter: Sean_Narandel
Facebook: www.facebook.com/snwjj
Blog: theartofseanwong.blogspot.com
CGHub: narandel.cghub.com
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:iconaoi-kanou:
Aoi-Kanou Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! You inspired me to kind of wanting to paint forest! When I tried to paint a forest background yesterday, well it was my first time painting, and the result I got was not good. So, I decided to search for some tutorial regarding how to paint forest background, and I found this. I will definitely try painting a forest in the near future using your tutorial!

PS: I'm a Singaporean too! Nice to meet you! :D
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice to meet you too. Thank you very much, glad the tutorial was of some help to you, keep practicing and you'll get better at it. 
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HermitCrabStock Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconatgunn:
ATGunn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thanks for sharing your talent!!!
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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:iconrymae:
rymae Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
This is really cool, thanks for sharing :) ! (By the way: really beautiful *o*)
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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:iconcglas:
CGlas Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Thanks for sharing! :D
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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:iconjillamos:
jillamos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
this is cool! I have a question (didn't see this asked before):

Did you get your idea of the forest from reference (real life or photographs)? Or was this from your imagination? 


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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. This was painted all from my imagination. No reference was used :)
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:iconjillamos:
jillamos Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
wow. how do you get to that point? Practice and lots of study?
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes :)
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:iconfullb0dy:
fullb0dy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
so much thank u dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so it lies w/ the opacity... learned a lot just from this!!!!!!!!
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Glad you learned something :)
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:iconfallenphoenixiv:
FallenPhoenixIV Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
u could have stopped before the step that you added the light and we'd still enjoy it just as much w00t! 
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) But im a sucker for detail, if you know what i mean ;)
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:iconiridescentcatalyst:
IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Since I'm in no way a digital artist, this has no use to me (yet), but it does inspire me to attempt digital masterpieces like yours in the future. Keep up the good work!
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope it can help you in the future.
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:iconiseeajenjen:
ISeeAJenJen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Will definitely practice this! ^^
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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Sandeyes Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!  If we use this tutorial, do you want us to link back with the final product?  Obviously it won't look the same.
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You dont have to link back the final product. I made this tutorial to help artist out there that are having trouble with their workflow. If you want to link the final product after using this tutorial, i wouldn't mind :)
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Sandeyes Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, thanks! :)
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:iconapalrieuscentauri:
ApalrieusCentauri Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
 Very helpful :)
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:iconeirenare:
Eirenare Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Beautiful tutorial! Thanks for sharing ^^
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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:iconamandaramsey:
AmandaRamsey Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is awesome!!! thanks soo much for making this!!!!
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Glad it could be of help.
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:iconboxno:
boxno Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is soooo super useful! Thanks so much! I sometimes don't know how concept artists manage all the shading and the colors at the same time. I really like your greyscale first technique and I'll try it out in my next pieces. Wahhh you're super talented!
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad it could be of help.
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cyber-specter Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this, this information and technique makes it a lot easier to paint BGs, which I had a problem with doing... so much that I gave up on them... thank you so much this really helped
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it help you! Thats the reason why i wanted to do tutorials. It's one way that i can give back to the art community that has been giving me so much support.
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks easy, but I can't even sketch like that! XD
I'll practice a lot, thanks for sahring this! :heart:
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Keep drawing and eventually you will be able to!
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:iconalislinn:
Alislinn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ;v;
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:iconpauladaruk:
pauladaruk Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Great tutorial! Thanks a lot :D
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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:iconjukobaelet:
Jukobaelet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
whao good!...well, probably need to know how to do the grey block first...not even able to draw T.T
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Just pick a basic round brush and set your brush opacity to around 70 to 80% and start painting away. If you're having problems painting the things you want, then its probably time to start doing some drawing and sketch studies.
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:iconbromeliacarnivora:
BromeliaCarnivora Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
This seems very helpful!
Thanks for sharing. :)
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, hope it will help the art community here.
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:iconbromeliacarnivora:
BromeliaCarnivora Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sure it will!
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:iconfesbraa:
Fesbraa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconnarandel:
Narandel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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