The girl in the forest

A friend of mine had a daughter a few months ago and asked me to draw a picture of her walking through an enchanted forest. I finally got the chance to make it happen this week. Here's how it turned out:​​

​Below you'll find an animated GIF I made of the different stages. First the sketch, then the lines, then flat colors, then the first rendering pass, and then the final pass. Between the first and final rendering pass I softened, and in some cases eliminated, the black lines​ (replacing them with another color). I also added another layer of trees in the back, brought in some more texture and cranked up that enchanted light.

This pic was a lot of fun to draw. I feel like it's been too long since I just lost myself in a picture. Instead of playing Borderlands 2 or finally watching The Avengers (which I bought, so I have no excuse now), I found myself wanting to work on this image instead. That creative pull is undeniable. It was just what I needed to fill the lull after finishing my second novel. Now, back to Borderlands 2!​

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Posted by yeah_write

A friend of mine had a daughter a few months ago and asked me to draw a picture of her walking through an enchanted forest. I finally got the chance to make it happen this week. Here's how it turned out:​​

​Below you'll find an animated GIF I made of the different stages. First the sketch, then the lines, then flat colors, then the first rendering pass, and then the final pass. Between the first and final rendering pass I softened, and in some cases eliminated, the black lines​ (replacing them with another color). I also added another layer of trees in the back, brought in some more texture and cranked up that enchanted light.

This pic was a lot of fun to draw. I feel like it's been too long since I just lost myself in a picture. Instead of playing Borderlands 2 or finally watching The Avengers (which I bought, so I have no excuse now), I found myself wanting to work on this image instead. That creative pull is undeniable. It was just what I needed to fill the lull after finishing my second novel. Now, back to Borderlands 2!​

Posted by TeflonBilly

Nice picture! It exudes a real feeling of warmth.

Also, I really enjoyed the gif showing off your process.

Posted by FritzDude

I love it! It's very charming. Looks like something you could see on television. You deserve a pat on the back, good job.

Posted by afrofools

Nice use of colour. Did you make or read the novel before creating this picture? Are you some kind of children's book illustrator or something? Because that would be pretty neat.

Posted by yeah_write

@FritzDude Thank you! Glad you like it.

@TeflonBilly Thanks! If you’re interested in seeing some more of them come together you can check out my speed art videos here.

@afrofools I finished writing my second novel before writing this picture, but the two are unrelated. I’ve illustrated a couple of children’s books and have written two young adult novels. I’m hoping to have an agent in the next month or two so I can get those novels sold and on to store shelves. In the meantime, I work a day job as a marketing copywriter.

Posted by SexyToad

Looks amazing. Very nice work!

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Awesome work!

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Posted by MarkWahlberg

Looks like it belongs in a children's book, very nice.