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Expanding the comfort-zone by FOERVRAENGD Expanding the comfort-zone by FOERVRAENGD
Yes I know, it's a bit hypocritical to call this a "not tutorial" and yet place it in that category. But I honestly don't really know any better category (Devious Fun feels a wee bit off-topic you know). Suggestions for a better category are welcomed.

List of tutorials that helped me with environmental painting:
"How to make your own Perspective Grid in PS" <--- this one is the best thing I've ever discovered. Srsly CHECK IT OOOOUUUUT!
Snuffen's Background Tutorial P1 More or less ALL tutorials by Griffsnuff is awesome, so make sure to check out the rest of them!
More or less ALL tutorials made by AquaSixio!

List of youtube channels that also helped and inspired me:

FZDSCHOOL - More or less one of the most known concept art-related resources I know on youtube. It's great to sit and draw and just listen to the talking.

SinixDesign - This guy is also great! He has some design workshops ever now and then where the viewers can send in their stuff for critique! very encouraging and inspiring!

moatddtutorials - This guy is more into drawing than painting, and has a more cartoony style. He has interesting methods when it comes to perspective. And he also challenge himself in some of his videos (the engine block video is a great example of this)

foxOrian - Also known here on dA for his awesome perspective and composition tutorials. He has a youtube channel where he posts some videos that might be interesting as well.
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SonjaSorgenkind Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this, i needed that!
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2017
amandioka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Thank you for sharing your experience and the lists of tutorials and youtube channels you follow!
LadyShallandra Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of what I wanna say has already been said, but just thank you so much for the tutorials and helpful things :D they're awesome, you're awesome, it's a learning process but I have started to notice improvements in my work! Since finding your manga to realism and then your understanding anatomy, I refer back to your stuff a lot and I know it's helped me, although sometimes I get lazy and it backslides ^^;
Holydiver79 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Thank you og tusen takk <3

I am a new member at Deviantart.
I have been all over this site and Google to find things to study to improve my drawing (had a break in about 15 years, donno why I stopped drawing and life is now complete), and I found From manga to realistic and Understanding anatomy. Great. 
Thank you very much :D You are a very talented artist.

Btw is it possible to buy your book?

I have read your tips about other great tutorials, like Loomis, The book of bones and other tut at Deviantart. Also have a couple of books (they are 20 years old but still great), have also ordered a couple more.

Have a great day, and sorry for my bad english 
WOODENIRON1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Student Artist
thank you :)
Seabit Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really really needed this to get back on track!!! Thank you so much for the motivation plus resouces!!! <33 these are all rlly beautiful too
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I can't just like and leave without saying a thank you
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Wonderful piece!~
Umbravita Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you have a link to the environment challenge template?
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a real eye-opener. I've been needing to expand my comfort zone, and I have a lot of the problems you mention here. This is a beautiful non-tutorial. Thank you so, so much for making and sharing this. I feel motivated to try expanding soon!
ShaozChampion Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks alot for this tutorial ^^ 

Look what transpired from it:
grendawn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Amaze as usual
cruxified11 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
I have problems with environment too :) This helped me a lot, thanks
thredd Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
you should be a teacher.
xTwilightWingsx Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I play minecraft often and HOW has it never occurred to me to use that for landscape ideas!?
RandomPlayer822 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
lol agreed
enillej Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I am on the brink of giving up on doing concept art since I am so bad at it and I feel like I'm not improving but then I read this and I was encouraged to practice more. Thanks a lot. You're a blessing to me right now. TTvTT/
TeddyBearDog Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

This helped me with my animals ^^

  In art we had to draw something with chalk and oil pastel. I usually draw dogs, only dogs. But on

this project I picked a dragon and a horse, to improve and get out of MY own 'comfort zone'. Suprizingly

to hear that for my first times drawing dragons and horses they turned out better then the references

I got them from! Even better than the kids in my club that have been studying them for a long time,

which I was very happy and proud of!

  Thanks to that horses, cats, hyenas, dragons, and even bunnies are my new priorities now. Occasionally

a wolf or a dog if I'm really in the mood. But also this tutorial, thank you also for encouraging me to step

out of my 'comfort zone', I think of myself as a much better artist than I used to be and thank you so much

for letting me do that and encouraging me to be a better artist for the future. ^^


p.s. This is my friends account so don't be expecting any of those drawing posted on here ^^' ))


PatiLee Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
This is super inspiring, but I know it doesn't work.
RandomPlayer822 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
nice profile pic :P
amoret-elf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. This was something that I really needed to hear. After reading this I think I'm ready to start trying more difficult subject matters that I'd kind of given up on. 
Umbravita Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this. I need to expand my horizons to get better and although each time I succeed I'm reminded of the value of persistence, it always feels like I'm learning to draw all over again when I do it. :faint:
vinman99999 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Pretty cool, where can I find this environment-challenge template you said
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think you can find it just by searching "background challenge" on dA or something like that :)
vinman99999 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! IŽll definitely give it a try, awesome work btw
wmhearts Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
This tutorial gave me the motivational push I needed to stop avoiding backgrounds like the plague, lol. I will practice them properly from now on. >w< Thank you so much! Every picture was absolutely beautiful and it was very inspiring ~
adi-chi Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
You really do speak my mind. Your tutorial actually gave me encouragement to push myself harder ! thank you allot ! :)
I-Am-A-Flying-Bird Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This motivates me to start practising with environments as well
Doodletigress Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Artist
Wow, thanks for sharing that! There are so many things I need to work on in my own art that i dread having to practice, but reading this & seeing all the progress you've made is really encouraging!
benn232 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Oh gosh wow! Just one question, what is air perspective?
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
the farther away an object is (like a mountain) the lighter and more "faint" are the colors and values due to the athmosphere in the air. This is very visible in for example photos of environments with a lot of fog and mist :)
Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this, it's so very inspirating! I featured it here :)
xXJillianRoseXx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :D For the inspiration and for all the marvelous links to other tutorials in your description :]
Ariyx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is really inspiring QwQ thank you for taking the effort and time to make this tutorial<3
Mourphine Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
<3 thank you.
ZombieMonsters Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Oh gosh, I just had to comment to say -- I am about to start learning to paint environments for the first time, and I was actually going to fire up Minecraft to find some good shots, just like you did! I thought it'd be more fun for me if I used a game that I like and also got to play around with painting a silly blocky world.

I might still give that a try just for the fun of it someday, but I'm going to take your advice to heart and experiment elsewhere. ;D I also LOVE to play with color, so this is really encouraging! Thank you! ♥
Stalcry Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was seriously feeling extremely crappy about my future until I looked at this. I go into spades of I CANT DO THIS and then BUT I HAVE TO DO THIS and IM GOING TO DO THIS back to I CANT DO THIS again. Which is a problem since I'd like very much to be a concept artist, hahaha. Thank you for the pep talk! Your personal improvement has inspired me!
hundefrau Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is so interesting to read :nod:
All of your concept pictures are so wonderful and I guess I'll try something like this, too :nod:

Thanks for sharing :D
denai1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this. This is very inspiring to me ^^ thank you
jill-fogarty Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This was great! Thanks also for the great links! =) All very inspiring. You improved a lot over the course of your paintings! Very impressive!! =)
Sharp-Negative Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Wow, this is amazing. Thanks so much!
Syngamer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student
I don't always comment on stuff(I'm a silent surfer on dA lol) but this has inspired me to great heights! This is also my first favourite on dA!! Haven't started posting stuff to my gallery, but this gives me the urge to post my traditional drawings as well as start learning Photoshop, so I thank you for inspiring!
Elyan-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's a nice advice, to expand the comfort-zone. It made me realize why I had so much difficulties for a work I have to do for school : it's because I have to draw environnement and I'm not comfort at it XD
So, thank you ! I :+fav: to remember this !
NitroSquirril Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
well that was super inspirational, wow. Thank you so much.
JoeySidebottom Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is fantastic...
SilvaWolf248 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can I........... Hug you?
Draca-Khfan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
this is my exact problem!! thanks for making this, it's inspired me to try to improve on environments! :aww:
vikky1991 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this helped me a lot now, thank you so much for this tutorial!
mattheath76 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work, I really love hearing about the thought process behind the work. Thanks!
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