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The Dark Forest by TheBlack-Arrow The Dark Forest by TheBlack-Arrow
Full colour art trade with the awesome :iconganjja:.

I know I'm late, as usual... ._.
It took me quite some time to paint the background. There are just so many leaves and I just can't seem to find a custom brush that would do the job fast and still look good.
Nor have I had any success making one myself.
I played a bit with the perspective, it was supposed to be more exaggerated but I didn't quite like the outcome so I toned it down a bit.

I hope you like it c:
~Arrow

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Time: around 17 hours
Tools: Photoshop CS 5.1 & graphics tablet
-no video, again :c
Art me =TheBlack-Arrow
Character 'Ganjja' =Ganjja
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You are not authorized to copy, trace, reuse, redistribute, alter, or use in any way, shape or form without my permission!
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:iconkatiefrog217:
Katiefrog217 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student General Artist
your backgrounds are beautiful--
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! c:
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:iconkatiefrog217:
Katiefrog217 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Your welcome! I wish I could draw backgrounds like this ;u;
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:iconkefide-sugar77:
Kefide-Sugar77 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful, elegant work. The very essence of the wild is in the detail. You are one of my new inspirations :0
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much c:
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:iconramenscotch:
RamenScotch Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome work- amazing job on all the details and the color choices are perfect ^^
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! (:
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:iconwar-therapy:
WAR-THERAPY Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
see? see? see what you did?
you made me jealous.

i hope youre proud now. now im going to hide because i used to believe i was an ok artist.
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nuuh D:
Don't be jealous, you're a great atrist
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:iconwar-therapy:
WAR-THERAPY Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like that sense of humour of yours. ;)
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:iconnerielmi:
NerielMi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The background and overall atmosphere is amazing.:)
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you (:
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:iconlidius-arcanriz:
Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh so cool ;u;
I love the background soo much hnngg gimme your background skills girl xD
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ;u;
And I dunno why would you even want them D: ? You draw great!
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:iconawesomeponytail:
AwesomePonyTail Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome dragon and background. Very impressive.
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconatlas231:
Atlas231 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
THAT looks scary! D:
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:icondae-thalin:
Dae-Thalin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The background looks really awesome, you really did a good job on all those different textures of the leaves and the treebark, and the colours with the green blue and the slightest hints of yellow also look fantastic.
But you should probably do something about the dragon, I don't know if it was your intention, but I can hardly make out anything except its silhouette(and I have a bright screen), which is a little but sad, since I'm sure you put a lot of effort into the dragon.
But it's a great picture anyway :)
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! (:
I went with a warm colours for the forest until I realized that the dragon only resides in dark places, so I repainted most the background in blue-green.
And I do realize now that the dragon is hard to distinguish and I have a bright screen as well, but that actually may be the problem. I used to have a small screen which was rather dark, and it didn't bother me as much as the lack of space, so I bought a new widescreen from the savings I had left without checking how the colours look, and I do regret that now. It doesn't handle them well, for example black on 97% looks brown, the dark blue around the bottom of the trees looks way too saturated, although it isn't, and basically trying to blend darker colours results in some slightly pixelated areas, but when I transfer the picture on my phone it looks good.
It is annoying, I just hope I'll get used to it and not make the same mistake again :L
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:iconcelestialrainicorn:
CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job.

This looks pretty well drawn. It looks like an scary movie!
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you (:
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:iconcanvasian:
Canvasian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhhh dat mood. I'm scared D: *Clings to Arrow!*
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
-pats-
It's ok, nothing's gonna hurt you x3
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:iconcanvasian:
Canvasian Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Crawls under your wing and hides!* o.=.o;
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:iconfloeur:
Floeur Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, the background is breathtaking! I really like the blues.~
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you c:
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:iconzmaj-dragon:
Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The background is very good, but the dragon is somewhat hard to distinguish. Otherwise, nice picture. :)
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you (:
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:iconzmaj-dragon:
Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nema na čemu. :) (Svako malo zaboravim pisati na hrvatskom kad pišem tebi. =P)
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha ;D
Nisan znala da li želiš da te i drugi razumiju pa san i ja pisala na Engleski xD
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:iconzmaj-dragon:
Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Da, to je i meni palo na pamet nakon što sam ti poslao poruku, kao "moj je izgovor da me i drugi razumiju", ali ipak nije bilo tako. Ne trebam muljati.
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:iconthetwotailfox:
thetwotailfox Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that is Epic
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconthetwotailfox:
thetwotailfox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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:iconblendercraft1:
blendercraft1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is amazing. The forest in the background, is one of the bests I've ever seen before. This pic goes directly into my desktop-background diashow folder
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, thank you x3
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:iconblendercraft1:
blendercraft1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconkillonumbers56:
killonumbers56 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Let's talk in deep about this piece ja? It's been a while since I have seen a work of you.
The background it's absolutely incredible, as equal as the effort and some short of magic that you have created. In the past days I have been seeing forests and other kind of background, but this one is one of the best I have seen. Only a few are comparable to the level of skill. It almost seems... real, comparable to the real life we all know well. Exquisite how you have played with the shadows and different light effects. Now that's it's something to stare for the next ten minutes and beyond.  The level of realism in this picture is really perfectible and for a moment I thought it was a photo, something that is really impressive for a work  The character is dark, theme of darkness and obscurity. The penumbra that plagues this drawing is fascinating to analyze, I have seen a few lighting and darkness effects and you just strike with all in my imagination. The amount of details in every part and corner of this artwork is admirable and of course sublime, incredible. That's good, really good how the perspective has been played around. Congratulations for the incredible job, I really liked it!
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
I rarely get such constructive comments, and it makes me feel happy to hear that from someone c:
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:iconkillonumbers56:
killonumbers56 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are most welcome!
I'll try to comment more, I'm normally shy...
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:iconganjja:
Ganjja Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH WOW !!
:iconiloveitplz: I think I've screamed too loud when I've saw it ;A;
This is A WAY TOO MUCH AWESOME !
I totally love the colors of the woods <3333 and the woods themself! and Ganjja fits to 100% with it. Oh my god. I don't know what to say.... just Thank you!
ffff love the perspective !

You did it better than I could imagine it C':
And you're not late, I finished your part too soon x3

asdfghjklm I love it, I've find my new desktop ! C:
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:icontheblack-arrow:
TheBlack-Arrow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thank you so much! <3
I'm glad you like it, especially the colours because my monitor seems to not really like dark colours,
so I had to check them by transferring the picture to my phone and viewing it xD
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:iconganjja:
Ganjja Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow :o It was surely a pain !
thank you again c':
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