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Who-o-o's Watching the Brew by Pennes-from-Heaven Who-o-o's Watching the Brew by Pennes-from-Heaven
This is specially created for :iconmanipulatethis: Dark of night challenge. Level 3
I started with the required background thanks to :icontw3dstock:
Other stock utilized in the creation were:
from :iconcynnalia-stock:
from :iconpink-stock:
from :icontw3dstock:
from :icondeathoflight:
from :iconmjranum-stock:
[link] Cauldren supplied by WarriorMare at Flicker
[link] OwlBrushes from :iconmidnightstouch:
[link] human bones brushes :iconunicorn-san:
[link] well from :iconbreedstock:
[link] castle from :iconkrueldulf:
Fire created by me
Hopefully I got all the resources and that this turned out ok.
As usual, I really appreciate the comments. The ones that I received on my first entry were really helpful.
Considering the large size of this, I am sure it can be sized down to be used as desktop wallpaper.
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010   Digital Artist
You're being featured under "Other Favorites" at #ManipulateThis! :dance:
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for the feature.
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010   Digital Artist
This "Dark Of Night" challenge entry is being featured at #ManipulateThis. :)
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for the feature!!
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:icon3dstage:
3dstage Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
This is beautiful. Very nice color tone with the green shades, very cool! Now you are getting me into the Halloween mood :nod:
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou so much, and thankyou for the fav!!!
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:iconfant0me:
Fant0me Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
It's impressive all the work you've done on this artwork. It's rich and intense.
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou so much, it was a real challenge considering that I don't usually use premanipulated backgrounds.
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:iconfant0me:
Fant0me Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I know! I also prefer not to use premade backgrounds.
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:iconbrandrificus:
brandrificus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
WOW ! This is great. what a fantastic witchy theme you've created here !I see that you've taken all of the prior advise to heart and it all looks good to me !!! I do have one little note/suggestion . When you think of fog it is easy to see things right in front of you , and much harder to see those in the distance. Your fog is very thick in the foreground and thin in the background , taking away some of the depth. HOWEVER , you have presented everything else here very , very well ! Nice work !!
:iconfearmeplz:good luck in the challenge !!!
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for your kind comments, I did rework things some more editing the cauldrons stand to make the rear right leg appear to be a bit hidden by the mist. I even changed up the broom some with some warping and dodging and burning. Just small edits really this time.
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:iconenone18:
enone18 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
I love the whole theme...perfect for Halloween! Great job!!!
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou, you need to take a peek now that I have edited it.......Great to see you here on DA, welcome!!
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Cynnalia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Nice broom! ;) I love the ruins in the background and the cloud of bats. The cauldron with the flames and smoke is also very well done! You've gotten some great suggestions and I don't have anything more to add. Good luck! :D
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought that broom was just the finishing touch I needed. Great that you had just the ticket for me. Thankyou for the comment, I did go in and edit the scene since, incorporating the suggestions from the others, I am just hoping that I haven't made things worse.
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Oh, I really like the owl's eyes! Lookin' great! :D
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:iconkimmiekrazy:
KimmieKrazy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great job!! Good luck!!
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou, it has been edited since your comment though. For the better I hope.
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:iconkimmiekrazy:
KimmieKrazy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The broom looks great!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed! Good luck!
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:iconkimmiekrazy:
KimmieKrazy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
OH....much better!!!
I hate to say this...but the broom looks out of place. Maybe because it is so new. Do you know what I mean?
My favorite is the fire and the haze...gives it the feeling of home!...great job!
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I reworked the broom with a bit of warping and dodging and burning to give it a bit of an aged appearance because I was thinking the same thing as you. Just a couple more small changes. Thankyou so much for watching it evolve as it has.
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:iconda-joint-stock:
da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! Nice work!

The whole scene looks great! Very creepy! The flames on the pot look fantastic!

The smoke and fog effects you've used look great! There are only a few issues that look out of place...

-First, the pile of bones in the middle-right seem to sit above the fog layer - I'd suggest dropping them down so they look more natural - also try smoothing the edges a bit witht eh Smudge or Blur Tools to take the sharpness off them.

-Second, the booking pot, flames and smoke all look fantastic! My only suggestion is to flip them horizontally so the shadows+highlightsmatch the rest of the scene.

-Lastly, just something to take into account when doing fog - the closer an object is to the viewer the clearer and darker (depending on the lighting) it is. Objects farther away tend to be distorted(hazy) and be lighter from teh fog. As for teh fog itself - it tends to get denser the farther away it is (meaning objects in the background should be more obscured than objects closer to the viewer). Just something to remember when manipulating fog/mist/smoke.

Otherwise this is amazing! Best of luck in the Challenge!

Dan
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love to hear what all of you say and take it and run with it. I did take the cauldron and reversed just the pot as you suggested, it really does improve things in that area. I went back through my layers and improved upon the fog, I do think it gives more depth to the scene now that I have worked on it. I softened edges on things that appeared to sharp edged as well as fading back on the edges some to help things to blend in better.
The mist does give the appearance of a glow on things though, a little eerier don't you think?? I really love that you all give your honest opinions on creations, makes me work even harder at my shortcomings which to be more than I thought when I signed up as a level 3. I am not used to working with premanipulated backgrounds and found that it does take more creativity and work if you start rearranging things and creating a wider piece that the original. Just let me know if you think this is better. Your opinion counts to me.
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da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! Not very often I get long replies like this! :D

The scene looks amazing now! The fog gives it a real atmosphere and depth!:clap:

I have two further suggestions:

-First, something simple... The legs holding the cauldron look good, but the far one on teh right looks too clear for the amount of fog around it. Try cropping that leg and putting it underneath the fog layer.

-Second, this ones a bit more difficult. This isn't totally necessary but it would make a great improvment. Fire generates a lot of light that is particularly noticable in darker scenes. Try adding a faint orange glow to the flames (2 actually, one in front of the cauldon and one behind it - both transparent). Then try to add some faint orange/yellow highlights on the poles supporting the cauldron (honestly not sure what thet thing is called ^^;).

But seriously, this is great - definitely an improvment! :w00t:
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Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Got a bit more taken care of but my glow on the pot and legs seemed to disappear when I applied my final color fx to it. But did take care of that back right leg and even aged up the broom some to make it fit in the scene better. Thankyou so much for helping me along the way
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:iconda-joint-stock:
da-joint-stock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student General Artist
:wow:That looks amazing!!

The glow on the legs looks fine! Its a little faint but its fine that way.

But the broom...the broom looks amazing! :w00t: Excellent work!!

:clap:
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:iconmercave:
MerCave Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice blend of stock pieces and a very spooky color choice. :)

My critique:

Shadows: Several of the pieces are lit from different directions. I would stick with one to three light sources (one of them being the moon) and work on casting shadows on each object from the right directions. :) :) :) One way to do this is flip the images so the existing shadows work. Another way is to use your lighten/darken, brighten/burn brushes along with painting colors on a new layer and blending them with overlay and opacity settings.

Sharpness: Most of the scene and your objects are obscured. But the stone, broom and bones are very sharp. I would use the blur tool on their respective layers to smooth out the edges a tiny bit.

Thanks for letting me critique your piece and I hope some of it was helpful to you. Good luck in the challenge!
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Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to critique this creation. I have edited it incorporating the suggestions that you gave along with some corrections on my mist. It does have a tendency to make things glow a bit but I think that gives it an eerier mood. I would be happy to hear what you think now that the edits are done.
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:iconmercave:
MerCave Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks great! That really looks like a scary place to walk through. :D :D :D
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:iconcazcastalla:
cazcastalla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
This is outstanding - so many fine details and they all fit perfectly together. Good luck in the challenge :dance:
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:iconpennes-from-heaven:
Pennes-from-Heaven Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much, I've edited it a bit to tweak things a bit, would love to know if you think it improved it.
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