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Alien Forest by hekatoncheir Alien Forest by hekatoncheir
I have... so many other things to upload on here. It's not even funny. But this one, definitely needed to come first.


I did this about a month ago (though now looking back at it I want to work more on it). It was a concept I thought up for my own game idea. I wanted to create a habitat suitable for aliens. And I wanted to capture the way light hits the seafloor.

Edit: Needed to state the sources/references used-- various photographs via google, picasa, and flickr for kelp forests & deep underwater lighting. (Example: [link]) :) Which by the way you guys should check out.
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:iconwolfplanet102:
wolfplanet102 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
are you still working on the native inhabitants?
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
actually I haven't, but now that you reminded me, I'll take a note of that. I should make some aliens. :D Thanks!
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:iconarmornick:
armornick Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Very cool. It feels foresty yet has something of an underground feel too. I absolutely love it.
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you thank you! It is actually supposed to be underground. :O I'm glad that came through hahaha.
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:iconvikingscarecrow:
VikingScarecrow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   General Artist
I'm madly in love with this. The colours, aaammggg.
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you! Colours for this one took a really long time, and this was also the second draft of it. Just gotta keep hammering at it. ;)
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VikingScarecrow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   General Artist
I don't do backgrounds/landscapes as much as I should, but from the ones I have done, I can agree it can be pretty time consuming. I don't have the patience for it, but I wish I did - because daaaaamn, it pays off. I honestly really do love this. If you do another draft, I'd love to see it!
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite the composition being off(I might be wrong since I don't know which eye-level you were intending with this), this is very organic. You choice in lighting and colors work really well with the environment you used here.
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SimoneMorgan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Holy jesus you're fantastic.
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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Anna-Arkham Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I do not have any experience in digital art, but I like this work. Great colours and atmosphere... to me it seems to be deep and... well... mysterious in a way.
Well done.
Greetings.
Anna
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconchrista-kinde:
Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Writer
Simply stunning!
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconzireael07:
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The colors and the light are awesome!!!
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconwillpheonix:
willpheonix Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
This is really nice man, ive been following your stuff for a while now, and while your stuff is already prity awesome its cool to see your stuff improving too. Love the colours and mood of this piece, can't wait to see more.
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOGISTIC PUPPET!! (thanks bro!)

Can't wait to see more from your too. :D
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:iconsamaelsevanhadar:
samaelsevanhadar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012   Artisan Crafter
The sky reminds me a little of Van Gogh. Love the shapes and colours. More of this, please!
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! And hopefully, yes there will be more. :)
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:iconcrayauchtin:
crayauchtin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Am I imagining that the light is pulsating because of how lifelike it all seems?
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
..if I stare long enough at it I see it pulsating too...trippy.

Or maybe we're both imagining haha.
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:iconcrayauchtin:
crayauchtin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
How is that possible?! At first I thought I was hallucinating, then I thought maybe it was a gif, then I thought I was hallucinating....

This picture is starting make me question everything about my life. :P
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DementionThree Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   General Artist
interesting palette!
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
haha thanks, I can honestly say it worked a lot better then the first one I had.
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:iconsilentmarbles:
silentmarbles Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i want to live here forever
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Meet a charming alien man. And have a nice alien life perhaps.
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:iconsilentmarbles:
silentmarbles Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
exactly.
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:iconxoshen:
Xoshen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
My jaw just dropped :D
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hahaha thanks! There needs to be a smilie for that.
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:iconxoshen:
Xoshen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Ok!
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:iconmoeenn:
moeenn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
The colors and the blends is like ... DAMN!
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
haha thanks! ... I think.
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SparxTheEmbers Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is brilliant! the lighting is veryu well done! :D
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you !! :)
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WillGArt Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
\very John Scholes, i like it :)
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
John Scholes? I'm not familiar with him. :O
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:iconwillgart:
WillGArt Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only discovered him recently myself, hes a beast [link]
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh oh oh I know who he is now!! (I didn't know his first name was John though O.o)

His environments are heavenly. Thanks for the link!!
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:iconwillgart:
WillGArt Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Np man, keep the awesome stuff coming ;)
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AngelicMoonSushi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, just amazing. the feel of this is just.... AMAZING!!
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:iconhekatoncheir:
hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you thank you! don't get lost in the forest. :)
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:iconangelicmoonsushi:
AngelicMoonSushi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm already lost in this forest of amazingness :P
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mmadhu94 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
OOh i like this one! This has a lot of nice eerie kind of tones. Almost like its glow to it. It looks really nice. I'm sure aliens would love to live there.
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hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you! At least I hope so. Maybe I should've included some aliens in the piece. Not make it look so empty.

But then again. I guess I'll make you wonder what's behind the trees. hehehe.
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mmadhu94 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Oh noes aliens creeping behind the trees!
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JessiJellibean Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh the colours are stunning. Love that swirly mass of trees and the way light filters through them. Very cool idea :D Can't wait to see what other stuff you have.(been waiting forever ;P)
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hekatoncheir Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
haha, soon. Soon there will be more art. The swirly mass of trees took a hell of a while. :|
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