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The Great Marsh by JemiDove The Great Marsh by JemiDove
... I didn't know what style I'd be going with for this but HUZZAH IT'S DONE
Finally a piece that I'm proud of :'D Many thanks to my bestie :iconzkcats111: for the Photoshop brushes she shared with me, they were a life-saver QvQ

Based on this unfinished drawing I did in 2014… , which was inspired by this music… (the first song, listen to it while viewing this artwork for maximum impact 8D )

The Great Marsh, formerly known as The Great Bird Bath, was Berura's birthplace. It used to be a highly populated rural area with waterbird villagers like swans, ducks, cranes, flamingos e.t.c. until the inhabitants were wiped out by a sudden enormous flood. Many could not evacuate in time due to the lack of technology to detect incoming natural disasters in those rural areas. This was where Berura was separated from her parents.

I'm still thinking of how she got out alive; she was only a chick/egg when the flood occurred. Likely gonna link it with the main villain, Flapwing the Flamingo. Somehow.

Any comments would be much appreciated >v<;

Berura the Swan, "Big Swan" comic (c) JemiDove (me).
Program: Photoshop.

Time taken: About 10 hours, in one sitting! I was so excited to see this piece finished and i had a whole day to myself, so yeah!!
Date: 15 March 2016
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This is so atmospheric... very calm but lonely air. I love the colors in this, and the textures are great, too!
SimonArty Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Student Filmographer
Impressive work! You're doing very well keep practicing, I'm not really a background guy nor painter ack. It gives off a very lonely yet atmospheric feel. Thumb up Emotion 
JemiDove Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words :D Yeah, I'm not much of a background artist/painter either so I've been trying to get better in this area for portfolio's sake. :XD:
Carinaconstellation Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful. When I drew marshes I used the colours brown and green and yellow to create this dryish feel (although marshes are wet XD) and you've totally used the opposite to create this nice night, sad feel that is moist. Gah! I don't know how to say how great this is. I really like it. That's all. It's fab. 
JemiDove Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ahh thanks QwQ

I'd say you're on the right track with using green and yellow for a dryish feel. Well, based on what I've seen of the swampy areas of two videogames I played when I was younger, Ice Age 2 and Zoo Tycoon 2:…;…;…

I guess my marsh looks moist because of the reflectivity of the water, and the cool colours (and we tend to associate coolness with water/wetness). Hmm :O But anyway I'm glad you like it!! As I've said on your marsh picture, I have a soft spot for marshes as environments (no idea why though) :XD:
Carinaconstellation Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'Welcome ^^

I see. Well, I've been experimenting with colours to set moods so it seems to be working :P There are some marsh areas where I live but the one I drew was sort of based of the dead marshes in Lord of the Rings because of its dryish feel.

Yes, pretty much it. Very true 
I know ^^ Marshes are full of wild life, you know? I used to try and catch frogs in marshes when I was little... until I came across toads and grew a fear of them XD 
Phaenur Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
I love the old name for the place...and I'm depressed by the backstory.  I have to wonder how much of a role this place will play in the story as a whole!

Awesome scrub and grass on the surfaces, and the mist over the water is amazing too, ephemeral enough that you kind of wonder if you're actually seeing it, yet thick enough to obscure the mountains.  Have to say, though, the tree and the mountains themselves are a little too flat-colored and simple for my taste, especially with the awesome water and short grass contrasting them, and the mountains themselves seem to just poke up out of the water in a smooth line without any foothills or even mudflats beneath them.  Granted, mountains frequently *do* that in reality, it just feels a little too abrupt.  I think that could be addressed with a little more detail on the mountains to provide scale, if they're meant to be close enough that we could make out some vague ghostly trees or rocky outcroppings even through the fog, or else an additional and much lower line of mountains in the front.  As it is now they seem too tall to be as close as they look, yet also too far away to still see ripples in the water right at the base.  The fog could be playing games with us both in- and out-of-universe, and that's a legitimate choice, I guess something just doesn't sit right with me.

Back to the gushing praise, though - that moon, and the moon*light*, are amazing.  I love the color choices here!  And Berura is very interesting, shaded almost like she's just another part of the background.  That plus the swamp atmosphere and the palette add up to a very mournful, almost ghostly look for her, which sounds like it was exactly what you were going for.
JemiDove Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment and feedback :)

As I've mentioned in the description, I didn't know what style I was going for with the shading of the environment, so I was hovering between a flat-ish style and a textured look for a very long time.. which resulted in the dissonance between the mountain and tree against the textured water and grass. I didn't feel like fixing it though, fearing that adding more texture would overcomplicate things farther from my original vision (and possibly result in me going back to my perfectionistic ways again, aaa)

But thanks for the input :thumbsup: (and praise too), it's much appreciated.
Speedy1236 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the colours and atmosphere in this. It gives off this vibe of quietness, thoughtfulness and solitude (no necessarily in a bad way at all, they can all me calming, too). Kind of makes me think I should have a moonlight walk some time again.

So Berura has a tragic backstory? Poor kid.
JemiDove Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Yup, that was the vibe I was going for, on top of a sense of uncertainty for Berura.

Thanks for commenting! :)
Speedy1236 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :)
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