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Heart of the Forest by cerona Heart of the Forest by cerona
Commission for :iconkalmanen:

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This is *kalmanens Friesian-Andalusian cross stallion Ambrosius. She wanted him depicted in a forest, and god knows I can't draw forests to save my life! But I had this vision in mind of a secret place deep, deep inside a forest, near an old tree and a pond with lilies. So I did my best to make that place come to life and well, here it is! The tree is based on a tutorial by =nathie.

Done in Photoshop with my little Bamboo tablet, during 3 days. Original size is A3 but reduced to 20%. A couple of references for the horse and the pose, but I still didn't get him to look very Andalusian-like!

Hope you like it :heart:

THE MAKING OF "Heart Of The Forest"

    Tools: Photoshop CS2, Bamboo Tablet
    Time taken: about 15 hours over 3 days
    Layers: 42
    Original size: 3508x4961 px


You are not authorised to use this image without my written permission. It may not be used for blogs or sim games, reposted and claimed as your own, or altered in any way. Please respect my wishes.

    Ambros © *kalmanen
    Artwork © Malin Träisk


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:iconwild-mustangs:
Wild-Mustangs Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I just Looove how you draw horses !:heart:

This is my favourite one :glomp:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm so glad you like it ^^
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kokamo77 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Oh! Green is one of my favorite colors ever! :wow: I love this one as much as the others! :love: Beautiful job! (And sorry I always comment way after I favorite! ^^; )
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cerona Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, glad you like it :heart: I think I went a bit overboard with all the greeny-ness of it, but I wanted it to be a nice, earthy picture, and it went so well with the sort of sandy colours of Ambros coat. But I doubt I'll be drawing anything this complex (as in texture-wise) again!
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kokamo77 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Ahh, but the background isn't all green at least! You did add those nice pink and blue flowers along with the water being a teal color. I'm sure it was extremely hard to do with all the textures!
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Lambidy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE this picture :d great work! :D
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much :huggle:
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:iconlambidy:
Lambidy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O i really admire your painting-style :D
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Student General Artist
It's a really, really beautiful picture - I love the refined greens of the woods around him, they really compliment the horse's sandy colour. And the water-lilies are so good! They're like Monet, only more defined. XD
Izzy
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, glad you like it :) I tried my best to try and stick to one colour scheme in this (mainly being green-brown-yellow) but I'm terrible at keeping to limited palettes! And I love lilies, so this was my excuse to draw them :meow:
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeah, I like them too... especially the Amazonian ones that are 2m wide; I'd love to have sat on one of them when I was smaller! Only it would probably sink under my weight now. D:
Izzy
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
I was looking through my deviations and noticed that there were a few very old ones of yours I haven't looked at yet! ^^; Sorry about that!

This is gorgeous. I love the lilypads in the background and the water, too. Every last bit of this is incredible! The expression is awesome, too. I love the way your horses always look so pretty and realistic! :aww:
I certainly love the grass in the front, and the anatomy of the stallion looks really good. I love the pattern of him- buckskin paint. :w00t: And the flowers are really pretty! Also, great job on the tree, too. ^^
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cerona Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha no problem, and thanks :love: I think this was the piece that made me start focusing more on the surroundings and the backgrounds rather than just on the character. It was great fun to try and think of little details, but very tiring! And I love all sorts of buckskins too, I it's such an adorable and rich colour.
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
You're welcome! :love: :hug:

I really love the background and the character. It must have been hard to add in all of those details, but it really turned out great! :aww: It looks incredible.
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yeah, it took a bit too long compared to drawing the horse itself!
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sunsetluvr247 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Haha! Well, it looks fantastic!
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scouting-for-stars Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
The background is magnificent! And I can't take my eyes off those lily pads. c:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thanks :love: I really spent too much time on the background :giggle:
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KathyKnodoff Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's amazing. Every little detail on the grass or the tree is simply a joy to look at. I wish I had the money to commission you. Great work, keep it up! :nod:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :heart: The background really killed me and my tablet in this one, but I think it was worth it in the end. Definately the longest I've ever spent on a background before!
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Hymnsie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks beautiful! :love: Especially love the background and once again, all the details you add :XD:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :huggle:
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TsukiJewels Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing, amazing background! The amount of detail is just stunning. :love:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you, glad you like it :tighthug:
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hydraequus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god ! I love, love and once ahain love this picture :heart: you're amazing, this tree is awesome ! and water - magnificent :love:
I'm not going to tell you about the horse, coz you know you're drawing them marvellously :heart:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much for your lovely words, I'm happy knowing you like it :love:
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:iconhydraequus:
hydraequus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure, I love all your pictures :love:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp:
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oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the background! You also did a great job on the tree and the reflection. The shading on the horse is impeccable as always. :D
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :hug: I spent a long time on the background, and I could still spend another 3 hours or so adding more and more detail to it, but I had to stop somewhere :D
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casca-x Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Wowwww the greens you used in the background look SO good with that gold coat! :love::love: The texturing on that tree is fab, and the water looks so real :omfg: Amazing work yet again, Cer. The grass in the foreground is incredibly detailed :drool: I love the little bits of red and yellow colors you threw into that green mosh in the back :giggle:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you, glad you don't think it's too green :giggle:
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casca-x Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
XD You can never have too much green IMO :laughing:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good :D
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crazychickcrazy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
OH WOW! I love this, its so...magical! I love the reflection in the lake, with the lilly pads in it. I agree with xTiger-Lilyx. The tree makes it seem more magical! :love:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :hug:
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The nose and mouth area on the horse look akward, but you did his colorings and legs so well. The forest looks perfectly fine by me, I mean, at least you actually can do backgrounds. -__- *giggle* she must have loved it.
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D I hate drawing the muzzle area on horses, so I can believe if it looks a bit off. I really need to practise them. I've got a few photos on my computer I could draw from, but I never have time like I said before :(
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stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, yeah making time can be difficult. I'm sure you will get better in a little time though, because you can learn from full drawings as well as sketches. ^.^
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CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every one of your pictures is just so magical, I can never have enough time to admire all the little details like the fungi on the tree or the perfect reflections and sparkles in the water...Those leaves in the background are great too, I really need to learn how to do that. This is such a beautiful scene. :D
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it :cuddle: And the leaves were quite simple to make, they are just from a home-made brush with different settings applied to them, really simple :)
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Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
This picture is awesome. I totally am in LOVE :drool: :love: with the background!!
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you so much, really glad you like it :hug:
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Lucyolla Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I love everything about this work except for the watermark...but I understandwhy it is here.
I'd love tohave some headache with the tree, too. will you please give me a link to this tutorial? I looked through his gallery but didn't find it(((
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :hug: Yeah I don't like to watermark my images either, but as it's a commission I don't want anyone stealing it, as it's not fair on the ones that pay. The tutorial can be found here: [link] .
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Lucyolla Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
oh, thank you so much! :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Beautiful colour and detail!!
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :love:
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JulieBales Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Wahou!!! It's so awesome! I love the landscape, the tree who seems "magical"! I love all :heart:
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:iconcerona:
cerona Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thank you, glad you like it :hug: :heart:
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