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.
time spent... far too long... lol like 6-8 hours? in the span of 2 months
Corel Painter Essentials
Photoshop CS4 and CS5