This was my first time creating an environment concept. I have in the past painted landscapes traditionally during an independent study at community college, but I have always struggled to get my own environmental ideas painted. I'm really happy with how these turn out and it has given a boost of confidence for future projects.
For the first project, I had a really cool idea for the runes that were marked on the rock from some mysterious ancient civilization that radiated downwards to pools of water giving the flower magical energy. The pools of water didn't come out quite how I wanted, but they were based on some form of reference of caves.
I had to really flex my brain muscles trying to come up with more than one thumbnail here and I ended up liking the first two, but overall I believe the first one was the strongest.
I think my favorite part of my concepts was the line art phases. I just really appreciate how it looks before the rendering.
While I couldn't seem to make my concepts look more realistic I still enjoyed the more impressionistic painterly look despite that. I hope as I continue to practice I will be able to achieve better rendering and lighting.
I actually did more sketches than this because I was just really struggling to figure out a cool composition for a forest and make it look like the trees were giant. I ended up choosing the last sketch I made.
For the line art, I made a couple of changes to the foreground and some of the mushroom shapes which helped improve the overall composition.
I'm not sure I quite hit the "huge" scale for the trees, even with adding elements to make them look like homes, but at least the mushrooms are larger than life!
I really enjoyed doing these projects because I wanted to start doing some world-building based on an idea that I have had for a while. I tried to place each of these within the context of the prompt and the world I am creating and really make these pieces my own. Thanks for laying this course out in such an easy-to-understand accessible way!