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Forest Guardian by genniieeee Forest Guardian by genniieeee
Deep in the woods dwell, the fairy queen...

This piece was inspired by Yoshitaka Amano's beautiful illustrations of different fairies which i purchased while i was at G-anime. The painting process put me under a lot of pressure. At some point I decided to just render the hell out of everything lol. So this piece is more like a study than a finished painting.

What I learned was to stop painting forests and jungles as a backup when I can't decide on what to do for a decent background.... forest-crutch is my new term for that lol. That being said, I actually did plan out the background forest while planning the character so it's not that bad this time around. I tried something new and rendered parts of the background before finishing the figure, which I think works somewhat better than finishing a figure and then concentrating on the the bg. This way the fairy stands out more but at the same time is fused with her surroundings.

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time spent... far too long... lol like 6-8 hours? in the span of 2 months
Corel Painter Essentials
Photoshop CS4 and CS5
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Shinu7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
So strange
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Awesome work. How's it going?
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Giando1611990 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Stunning work! your style is very very intense
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou!
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Giando1611990 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Digital Artist
welcome :)
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou!!!
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Wow nice work. I love the forest it's great :) How's things going?
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
d'aww thanks! it's my birthday today so things are going pretty goooood
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
You're welcome :) Happy Birthday :D. That's great
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ArienSmith Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The transparency of each brushstroke gives your piece a very unique feel! I love the way the lighting is--you did an awesome job!
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aww thankyou!!
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ArienSmith Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!
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Karla-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is very pretty, and i really like the colours. :)
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou! : D
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Karla-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :)
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MilleV Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I'm in love with this.
No other words, really.
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou.
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Trudsss Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely goooooorgeous colour palette!!
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou!
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Rooncakes Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Bought this from you at AN! :3 I was the Dead Master with the Prince, who lounged around forever at your pretty table 8D
Sorry about that =3=
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genniieeee Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes i remember!! thanks for buying the print~~ : D
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Rooncakes Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Come back next year with Absinthe Verte! I missed buying it this year D:
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genniieeee Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes! i didn't print enough copies for AN but next year!! i will! thanks!
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Rooncakes Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
:heart: yay <3
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AviiCeruleanSkies Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student
this is beautiful!!! I love the butterfly lol :D
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou so much!
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LarryMoe2012 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
beautiful atmosphere :o!!
instant watch <3
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou!
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Wow I love your gallery it is awesome! You really put thought into what you're painting and why anD that really tells me you care about art and it isn't just something you do for the hell of it. I wish I could paint like this but digital is harwd for me for some reason.

Do you work professionally as an illustrator btw?
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thankyou so much!! lol the reason why i'm so slow with updating is because I do put all my effort in every painting :D lol digital took some getting used too

No i'm not professionally one right now, but I can be :) ahha lol I'm still in college right now but hope to work as an illustrator someday!
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
That sounds great how dedicated you are. I've been trying to improve my digital and traditional painting lately but it's really just hours of painstaking study. I can imagine digital took getting used to but there's so much you can do with it ya know.

I'm starting university this September doing animation degree yay! Hopefully I can brush up on m painting there especially for animation backgrounds :).
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol yes there's so much potential with digital painting :D

ahah same i'm in an animation degree program as well, our painting course is toughhh lol it definitely helped my digital painting though!
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bleedinggumspteter Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Yep that is very true though traditional provided a good base for digital I think.

That sounds good as you are learning skills that can be applied to other areas as well as animation, right?
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very beautiful the background and the shading is amazing and interesting character design.
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your welcome.^^
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meronsoda Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
This is very beautiful. I like your painting style a lot. Wish I could trade with your fairy. While she appears sad the way she merges into the leaves suggest the forest is comforting her
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thankyou for your lovely words, at the time when i started this painting I was feeling very sad and regretful, to think that it showed through... lol thankyou very much!
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meronsoda Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
I guess this happens a lot. At least I observe emotions flowing into paintings.
May I ask if you are of chinese origin? I just thought so because of your last name.
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol yes I am Chinese Canadian (born in Canada) my Mandarin is really limited
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meronsoda Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
oh I see. I lived a while in china so I asked ^^
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zombie-boyfriend Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
so this perrty jean, hangout soon?
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol i hope so D:
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leinef Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is beautiful! I love the setting and the color tones. The green is so rich and has so much depth! also, although the girl's colors are rather light, she still fits nicely to the dark forest. great work!
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Ahh there was so much green @.@ glad it turned out well! thanks!
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ravenlael Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Student General Artist
beautiful~ she should have fairy wings there <3
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol yes! when I finished the picture, I just realized she's a fairy without wings! D: lol
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Cheetah-Of-Darkness Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student General Artist
She looks like a Viera from FFXII. She's dressed like one. I love it! It's very neat. ^^
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genniieeee Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
omg yea! lol I guess it's subconcious decision making because my friends are doing an all classes Viera cosplay group this year lol ^^;
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