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This is Gnarlwood. Home of Gnomes, Dwarves, Fairies and hyper-intelligent blue shadows ;)

Had the luckiest painting session ever!! I'm really proud of this piece, because I had enough patience and bollocks to get over that frustrating zero-point where your painting is becomes a big blob of undefined shapes and has yet no depth or perspective. But I went on and now I feel so relieved, I can't tell you. At least I made a picture I would hang on my own wall. :w00t:

Working time: 'bout 12 hours
Tools: Wacom Intous A3, PS CS3, Aspirin

Please don't steal. It feels much better to practise and have your own success. Believe me!

EDIT: THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE DD !!!
Referring to my last sentence above, now I really can tell you how cool it is to get rewarded for your own work! This is very encouraging. MERCI BEAUCOUP!
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Given 2008-10-05
GNARLWOOD by *gusti-boucher ( Suggested by louvre89 and Featured by JunkbyJen )
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mistyskies11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Since I had to dig through my old deviantart account to find this image again I thought I'd let you know that I've kept this as my background for probably 5+ years now. Thank you so much for making a piece of art I hold very dear to me that makes me feel at home <3
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:iconeasolinas:
easolinas Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
I adore this picture. Wonderful work!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Dankeschön!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Sehr gern! :hug:
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:iconlljohnson:
LLJohnson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Featured in my journal :)[link]
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Much appreciated!
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:iconlljohnson:
LLJohnson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
You're welcome :D
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:iconlljohnson:
LLJohnson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Featured in my journal :)[link]
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Danke!!!
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:iconepicmyst:
EpicMyst Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UWAAAAAH!! :'O

I love this so dearly! Your attention to detail is captivating in this, and your clever use of objects and things we are familiar with being used in an unfamiliar, new way, is just awesome. I especially like the heart-shaped porch lamps ;P
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:blush: Thank you so much for that nice comment (and the :+fav:s)
I still makes me happy to see that my picture has an effect on the viewer.
If I just could draw people as good as you, I could populate my magic woods.
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colormyworld3195 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
this is really amazing!!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Taaank Youuu!!!!!
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colormyworld3195 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
n/p
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:icondamedesreves:
DameDesReves Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
:clap:
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Mille Grazie!
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:iconmimose-stock:
mimose-stock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, great :aww:
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
Lovely scene, very detailed and atmospheric. Well painted :worship:
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconkeichris:
keichris Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I love this <3
it has this enchanting feeling when I view it.
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconblassther:
Blassther Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
wunderbar! This is just beautiful :D
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
this is great! we r workin on a landscape kinda deal over at mine and would like ur opinion very much! congrats on ur deviation! thanks
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!

I had a look on your work in progress and I'm really a Swamp Thing fan. It's a good idea to integrate the scenes into Swampies head.
What I would consider is to have enough visual silence between the different scenes. There's a lot going on and you can emphasize the details by separating them more. Or you can push back the not so important creatures by darkening them or reducing detail.
Then, that's just a matter of taste, I associate a swamp with muddy, muted and earthy colors. Maybe it's worth a try to reduce the color intensity and saturation a bit here and there and just leave the ,center stage‘ intense. Especially the greens look a bit too juicy ;-)
I hope you found this helpful. It will be a great piece of illustration, regardless of my humble opinion. Thumbs up!!!

Cheers,
Frank
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
ur ideas r exactly where im goin frank, i totally agree. its not finished yet and i need to keep the colors a little bright at this point to determine compositional placement of key elements (that and my monitor is not the best, so when i have to zoom out to see where everything is, its helping to keep it brighter as of now! damn shitty monitor! lol). once i determine all my proper lighting sources and where everything is going i can do all the proper shadows and reduce those extraneous colors u deftly noted to keep your eye from wandering too much and control the composition. thanks sooo much for the critique! ill drop u a line when the more finished version is up and c whats up then. and congrats again on ur absolutely excellent pic!!
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to see that you're dedicated to your work. That's crucial and I often have problems to push myself forward. Anyway I'm very curious on your final artwork and after having a closer look at your gallery, I noticed that most of your pics are very motley colored. This is your own style and you should keep it up, if you like it.
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
thanks for lookin thru my gallery as i was lookin thru yours! first off its good to find a swamp thing fan in this sad world! second, i am trying to move on to other coloring stlyes now that i got the one down kinda. i personally like to use a lot of colors as experiments but professional work is going to require limiting and narrowing points of interest which is what im kinda practicing on now. i've only been digital painting for about a month now with my mouse and am gonna be getting a new comp n some form of tablet now that im gettin the hang of it. i will let u know when this piece has progressed to a more finished state that i hope u'll dig. its going to be huge and im greatly going to reduce the effect of the colors fighting for dominancy. dont be a stranger round here, cause i wont round yours. and thank u so much for comments. greatly appreciated
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
no prob! And big kudos to you that all what I've seen is done by mouse (!!!). Hell, what a click-job! Hope you soon will get you tablet ... Keep up the good work!
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LordoftheBling-XXL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
its a good mouse lol! quicker than the comp its attached to (as hard drive bursts into flames! very slow flames! slow like the hard drive!) i want to get a cintiq, but the middle of the road one, cause they r pricey as u probably r aware. also thinkin of upgradin to cs3 but dont know if if it would help much more, plus heard was confusing to learn a bit (even tho im a kwik study). if u have any input on any of the preceding statements i will pay u (in Respec! the most valuable currency, except for well,real money!) for schooling me in the ways of the force!
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Nehemet Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing.
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconnehemet:
Nehemet Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome :D
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DOOMGUY1001 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it! It's like a happy - joyful version of Yoda's swamp.
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gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
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Fantiqua Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student
This is absolutely stunning! Some day I hope to have a creative mind like you :D The detail is just incredible
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. You're very nice!
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wilddoug Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Very nice!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconazzza:
azzza Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Student Interface Designer
what a magical image!
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconk-ayu:
K-ayu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, awesome work! I especially love the wood detail =)
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconk-ayu:
K-ayu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, you deserve it =D
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:iconmongkih:
mongkih Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
superb :)

-salute-
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:icongusti-boucher:
gusti-boucher Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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