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Tiny Environments -Exercise- by Serain Tiny Environments -Exercise- by Serain


After I uploaded some of my practice work yesterday (with two more added today!) a great deal of people expressed interest in doing them as well. So here's my prompt/exercise to get people into the wondrous word of painting environments. These are the original colors I started my backgrounds with! You can see where I added more colors and where I painted over them.

Too many people think of backgrounds, as well, in the background. However, it is in your interest to consider the picture as a whole, with a focus. Painting tiny little environments is a way to break out of that mentality, and practice as well.

Here's how to do it:

1. Take these base colors.
2. Grab a word or two from the word list.
3. Visualize your image. Think about what you want it to look like.
4. Paint directly on the color of your choice, taking reference as needed. Feel free to change the colors, or even paint completely over them!
5. Upload!

Try to:
-Keep the drawings short & small! Time yourself, and get a drawing done in under ONE HOUR. Getting caught up in the details is no good. If you feel like you want to expand on a drawing, save it for later!
-Not draw people/animals in the foreground. They can be used as props, but the important thing is the environment.
-Swap compositions about.
-If you get stuck, throw it out and start another!

Word list:
Bridge
Tower
House
Manor
Mountain
Valley
Sunrise/Sunset
Lake
Forest
Tree
Field
Market
City
Road
Sky
Desert
Hill
Snow
Storm
Prehistoric
Futurist

Tiny Enviornments Done From This Template!
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paupaula Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
This exercise was great!, I really enjoyed it [link]
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Kamo-Mille Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
I've learned tons from this exercise! Thank you so much! :hug: Here's my final result -> [link] .
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karlarei2003 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! I would have never even thought of this method of practicing!

Thank you very much!
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Serain Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Welcome. Love your icon btw.
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karlarei2003 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! C=
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pani-godnosc Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
i hope i will have time to try this one! (:
if i do, i will send you my work!
thanks! (:
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Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Thank you so much for this! I have always struggled with bg's, but this helped immensely. I chose some of my own words but here it is [link] I put times for each one as well. Tried to spend less then 20 mins on each.

thanks again. I also linked this image
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ste3o Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I did it! ^^ That was really fun and good practice! Awesome idea, thanks! [link]
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Orico Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Finally - here's my tiny environments!
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Orico Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I will definitely be doing this when I get home!
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Serain Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Dang, I would love to see the finished result.
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Orico Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Chores (stupid laundry, dishes, etc.) got in the way last night, but tonight I'm gonna do 'em!
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micehell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Thanks for this!
I'll do them quick-smart ;)
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ShengDaFlashPRo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
/stalk
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micehell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
:(
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Worldomonation Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
/stalk 2
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micehell Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Not youu toooo :ohnoes:
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theLuminary Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Your mini-environment paintings were the original reason that I started watching you. I love these! This exercise looks kind of fun.
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AnnickHuber Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Saving in my favorites for later =)
I always welcome insipration offerings. thank you!
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011   General Artist
I'll have to try this! I like how you have the base colors already there, as well as a word list- it's a lot easier than starting from nothing (especially when you're very inexperienced with environments). I can look at the color and a couple words, and instantly have an idea of what to draw!
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