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Spirit of the Forest by arisuonpaa
Spirit of the Forest

Had a chance to finish the painting during the holidays. What do you think?

Painted digitally in Corel Painter with color adjustments and final unsharp mask filter done in Photoshop CS. A few different forest photos were loosely referenced, and my 5yo son was kind enough to pose as the troll :).

Already thinking of the next painting: should I this time record the painting process and do a time lapse video of it?

For progress shots and extra content feel free to follow my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/artofarisuonp…

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Winner announced!


There were 436 participants in this raffle. Here's how the winner was chosen (using Python code):

     

>>> import random

>>> random.seed()

>>> print random.randint(1, 436)

410


And number 410 in the favorites list is :iconspirit--queen:. Congratulations!










It's been over a year since I last had a giveaway so here's a chance to win 1000 points!

How to Enter?


  1. +fav this journal. It's important since the fav list is used for selecting the random winner.
  2. Link this post in your journal.
  3. Post a comment letting me know you've done 1 and 2.

Optional


I'm looking for more followers for my Facebook page, where I post unfinished pieces during my painting process. In case you like my art and wish to have your comments heard early on, please consider liking the page here: www.facebook.com/artofarisuonp….

Please note that this doesn't affect your chances on the giveaway. I'm not seeking higher number of likes, but I highly appreciate any comments during my painting process. I'm always trying to explain the choices I make in my posts, so it's a good place to learn and ask questions too!




The giveaway ends on July 20th. I will randomly pick a number and use the favorite list to select the winner.

Since some of you are not familiar with my work I'll include a few examples:


The Fox and the Crow by arisuonpaa

Treasure Hunt by arisuonpaa

And Back Again by arisuonpaa

Gone Fishing by arisuonpaa




Treasure Hunt by arisuonpaa
Treasure Hunt
This one is an attempt to see how my paintings have improved during the last couple of years. I did pirate themed paintings in 2005 and 2007. The one done in 2007 is seen below:

Mighty Pirate by arisuonpaa 

In my opinion the most obvious improvements are in the area of composition and values. These are the two main building blocks for any painting. As you can see, the new painting has several diagonals pointing to the main character, and a palm tree keeping the viewer inside the picture. The values (in another words the lighting) are more consistent in the new painting. The direction of the light is not obvious in the old painting. There are shadows pointing to several directions, and the lighting of objects conflict with each other.

The new painting also has a story, which an artist might easily forget when concentrating on the technical execution. And from a technical point of view, the edge variation has improved. That means there are both soft and hard edges being used. Usually the hardest edges are where the light is strongest, and the shadow side should have softer edges to add depth. It’s also important to vary the level of detail and keep the focal point (the pirate in this case) most detailed. One needs to stop the painting when it’s still fresh, instead of adding details to every part of the painting.

As usual, the painting process was published on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/artofarisuonp…. Please consider liking the page if you want to have your comments heard during the process of any future paintings.

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Ari Suonpää
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Finland
Having lived most of my life in small Finnish towns have given me an opportunity to be inspired by the country's rich nature on a daily basis. Painting and drawing have been my passion since a child. One of my fondest memory from school was a time when we spent an art class outside drawing an old iron works.

Being also an engineer keeps me intrigued by all the digital tools for creating art, but meanwhile I've always enjoyed landscapes by the old masters. This must be the reason why most of my paintings are created using digital tools, but they still look almost identical to my traditional paintings. When not in front of my computer, I like to do studies into my sketchbook, and paint using oils and acrylics. Most popular subjects in my paintings are nature and people, since it's easy to appreciate the beauty in both subjects. Being a fan of fantasy genre, sometimes a dragon or two might also end up into my paintings.

What keeps me painting is the chance to create beauty out of nothing. I like to paint in realistic style, but not just to copy what I see. The feeling of control comes from the ability to combine things you like from several sources, be it something seen outside, or something inside my head.

Winner announced!


There were 436 participants in this raffle. Here's how the winner was chosen (using Python code):

     

>>> import random

>>> random.seed()

>>> print random.randint(1, 436)

410


And number 410 in the favorites list is :iconspirit--queen:. Congratulations!










It's been over a year since I last had a giveaway so here's a chance to win 1000 points!

How to Enter?


  1. +fav this journal. It's important since the fav list is used for selecting the random winner.
  2. Link this post in your journal.
  3. Post a comment letting me know you've done 1 and 2.

Optional


I'm looking for more followers for my Facebook page, where I post unfinished pieces during my painting process. In case you like my art and wish to have your comments heard early on, please consider liking the page here: www.facebook.com/artofarisuonp….

Please note that this doesn't affect your chances on the giveaway. I'm not seeking higher number of likes, but I highly appreciate any comments during my painting process. I'm always trying to explain the choices I make in my posts, so it's a good place to learn and ask questions too!




The giveaway ends on July 20th. I will randomly pick a number and use the favorite list to select the winner.

Since some of you are not familiar with my work I'll include a few examples:


The Fox and the Crow by arisuonpaa

Treasure Hunt by arisuonpaa

And Back Again by arisuonpaa

Gone Fishing by arisuonpaa




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DragonGscales2015 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
Saw you on 
katzun.deviantart.com/
 in a post with your pics . Love your art . Watch for watch ? :)
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Nighteba Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is AMAZING. Deviantart should be filled with people like you... :)

Keep up the good work!
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thanks :)
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Nighteba Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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TheUselessTrainer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thank-you for the Llama Badge, I'll send one back your way + click "Watch" :) :D
Best wishes ~
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