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Dense Woods by WestlyLaFleur Dense Woods by WestlyLaFleur
--- So, you remember how I promised to show you guys my process? Here we go; remember these?



Which were based on the client's initial description:
"Dense Woods- This terrain is great for defense, ranged attacks into and out of this area are extremely difficult. Due to the thickness of the forest, travel is also impeded. I would like a forest scene that includes a lot of light effects, maybe a sun in late afternoon or early morning shining through various sections of the thick canopy. Maybe a mist I think I have the forests of Germany or Scandinavia in mind."

Well, when I sent my client the thumbnails, this is what they had to say:
"Dense Woods: I like the bottom-right the best. I also like the mountain from the bottom-left. Could you incorporate that into he extreme background of the lower-right, give it a heavy distance fog?"

--- So, I took another hour and a half or so to hash out better details and values in greyscale before starting in on the colors and then, three hours later, this is what you get; about five or six hours in all, enjoy!

~ Wes

P.S. I'm thinking about maybe uploading process GIFs if people think they could benefit from them, let me know if you're at all interested.

EDIT: Thanks so much for the daily-deviation guys!

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Given 2013-06-15
A great example of the process of concepting with a client: great detail and the final result is eye popping Dense Woods by *WestlyLaFleur ( Featured by PolyMune )
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sfaaf4 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
nice work
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Paksenarrion-Reader Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Man, this could be an illustration to Sun Tzu.
Awesome, and congratulations on the DD!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ShonaliKapoor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :hug:
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Tetsu-neko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :iconcheerplz:
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Wow
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the way the colors get more and more posterised as the distance gets longer. It's exactly like in real life. Except artistically. :D
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Wow, how wonderful.
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The woods are lovely, dark, and deep. Very beautiful picture :clap:
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CamiR94 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Woooo hermosooĦĦĦ
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dcloud Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of the woods of Forest Haven in Windwaker.
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Renacido Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice atmosphere. :) I took a look at the large version out of curiosity because it's reminiscent of matte painting. Is it partly matte painted or are there photo-textures involved in this?
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure :heart:
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ObligatoryOnsen Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD. :)
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ukibori Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
good!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Selina99999 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love the plants.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ManixPanix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow. I love the way this looks.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ManixPanix Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome
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raesar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Westly,

Thank you for these. I agree with the comments above. I actually didn't think someone would be capable of getting such photo-realism. Astounding...simply.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. C:
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FantasysDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow, this is great, the ammount of detail in it, when i was looking at the thumbnail i thought it was a diffrent deviant and i didnt know it was you so i thought it was an actual photo...then i scrolled down XD
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, thanks! I'm glad that I can now be mistaken for not me. ;p
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rosanovella Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing! Your best enviroment picture so far!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AmayaElls Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is certainly more detailed than any other piece I've seen from you, you've done an amazing job.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's somewhat due to the use of textures, since I'm on a deadline. C:
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999inthedark Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
WOW!!! A big section of the leaves make me think of a photograph! The detail is spectacular!!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Borkky Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
........
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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silentvoid-017 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
There is not one word that describe on how I feel about this piece, almost like standing there in the actual woods. I also commend you on creating a piece befitting of your client's preferences.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to hear you think so highly of it, thank-you.
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Scruffy-Stevie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Breath taking, I love the monochromatic use of green, really helps make the piece pop out.
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love monochrome color schemes, thanks!
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