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K04sk Environment Tutorial by k04sk K04sk Environment Tutorial by k04sk
So lots a couple of people were asking me to do a tutorial. I didn't know they are so hard because I find them kind of a pain in the ass to do , probably because I have never done one.

sorry for the big file size , but I will upload the actual painting by itself probably tomorrow , still some minor touch ups I forgot to handle

Any ways this is a basic approach of to how I would approach a landscape environment either at work or something personal at home

you can view a bigger version of the actual painting here

please don't think this is the only to do it for there are many , i am by no means an expert on the matter so whatever I say is not fact , its just my opinions and approaches to how i do it

lasso tool and gradient tool can be your friend if used correctly. I feel its important to not zoom into the details to early on and not rely on custom brushes. They are all just tools at the end of the day. So learning to paint things from scratch is always makes for a better artist in my opinion, and if you want to paint things from scratch you need reference.

if you want the full size just download it

thanx for looking
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Ankit1480 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  New Deviant
Thank you for all of your tutorials sir. I want you to know that I learned a lot from them. I appreciate it a lot. You are my hero :-)
Keep drawing
DVel0x Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Thank you!
EstefaniaJaquier Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your awesome tutorial! =)
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
k04sk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
iDaisan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks a lot. this helps a lot to starting artists like me who simply dont know where to start xd THANKS! i learned a lot!!!
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   General Artist
Thank you very much for sharing :iconflowerthnxplz:
MarilouL Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
That is by far the best tutorial I have read about environments, thank you so much
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello :) I want to thank you [again :)!] very much for this tutorial! I followed it and learned a lot of new and useful things!
Recently i remind to post my work and it can be found here:… , mine it's more like a color sketch, but at that time I felt like I finished it :D Now, looking back at it, I would add more details and erase other things :)
Jemura42 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student General Artist
very helpfull thanks ;)
krios82 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Thank you for sharing =)
JoshRosa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey i can't seem to download any of your tutorials 
higgypoo328 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is great. Thank you for taking the time to make this. I've got a question..I'm going to be trying to break into the concept art industry soon and I'm curious what quality of work and how fast you need to be able to produce stuff?  Like how many pieces a week do you produce and how fast for each of those pieces? It's one thing i've been a little worried about.
k04sk Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wouldnt necesarily worry about how long it takes you , just keep making stuff , eventually you will become faster and more efficient . so the more you paint and the more you try to paint something better and better each time , the faster you will get

higgypoo328 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I totally understand that. Is this like a closely guarded secret of the pros? I am currently producing what I would consider good quality paintings in about 6-8 hours if I spend a lot of time polishing them and making a good structural start. If I try to see what I can produce on a whim (like I would in an office) I usually can get it down to around 1-3 hours. I'm just wondering if that's normal, slow, or fast? When i'm practicing art, I don't worry about the time, but if i'm going to get into the industry, i'd like to know if i'd just embarrass myself haha.  Thanks so much for responding, I know you're super busy. (ps, the work that is on my DA page, is not my current' work quality) I've been painting for a couple years now, but haven't gotten around to posting it since I changed from comic art to painting (which i'm much better at luckily haha).
k04sk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's not a guarded secret or anything like , honestly it just varies on the artist and the studio

The overall requirement is that it's quality work , which is why I stress quality more so than how fast you did it

For example I worked at game studio and I had do pieces in a couple of days . So typically an 8 hour period I can do a couple of pieces or a bunch of rough concepts

Then I worked at Lucas films where I worked on -a piece for a week at a time . So again it really depends on the studio

So for me time is not important once you get a certain level especially since it's concept art most places give you enough time . And if you do quality work they don't care how long as long as it good , so to me hard to be really slow at this stuff especially with so much information out there . Most people paint at the same pace , I've never seen someone who paints super slow

But yeah it really depends on the studio some want super rendered paintings some want rough stuff . So don't worry about embarrassing yourself . Seems like your current speed is fine to me
higgypoo328 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ok. Thats awesome my friend. I don't have a ton of people that are or have been in the industry to talk to about that kind of stuff.

thanks so much for putting my mind at ease and letting me understand what you meant.  It's good to know. Thanks again. and If I didn't say it before, Your Art is friggin killer awesome. I love looking through your work.  I really appreciate your texture work and your sense of color composition. You have such an awesome grasp of believable, moody and emotive color schemes.

Can't wait to see what you do next man!

Thanks again!
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are amazing hints and tricks! Thank you very much for your time to make this amazing tutorial!
Hokkohono Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good tutorial !

How did you create the "misty" effect aorund the river and between the rocks ?
k04sk Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
just any kind of soft misty brush will do , i have a custom cloud brush that I got from somewhere but I do not remember where , but if you just get a soft brush add a little bit of scattering and randomness to it , it should give you the same effect 
Hokkohono Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great ! Thanks :D
Good luck 
KnowHopePro Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Tutorial!
zo6ka Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Thanks Allot!!  I am a dummy! 
6-of-tentacles Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
> probably because I have never done one.

Can I suggest maybe it was hard because you did such a farking good and complete job? Lots of folks are content to just throw up step-by-step images with no explanation. And I'm grateful for those of course, and they help, but this one is way better. I'll be staring at it and reading it and thinking about it for a long time. Large hat tip!
DarkDragon774 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterful, I say!!
Na-pion Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks you for everything :x!
Na-pion Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Don't Zoom In!!! <- THIS help me alot!
OPStrawhat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG thank you soo much, this will come in handy for my future works :)
Oracle-of-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for share it with us :)
samirparida Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
kircida Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! It was really useful :)
ImaginationSlave Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tips. I really like the part and explanation for staying zoomed out. I definitely do that too much, zooming in and getting too focused.
AbsolutePineapple Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Very nice tutorial! Environments are something I've always struggled with, but this is making me want to pick it up again :)
Yuki-Namida Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's one of the most useful landscape tutorial I've seen so far. Lots of tutorials explain how to precisely paint a rock or a river or a cloud, which is great of course, only this doesn't teach things such as composition. Your tutorial has got a more general approach, it helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing man! =)
wunja Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is great! You explained everything in such an easy and understandable way. :) I like how you explained the whole process, instead of being like "This is how you paint a stone". Thanks a lot!
EmperorMumble Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This is easier to get! Thanks for the gradient tool tip! I've been wondering how many digi artists get such good blends ! XD
salomnsm Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Thank you so much, This tutorial itīs great!!!
Quebits Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
This is awesome.. I gave it a try but I'm awful with lights and shadows. I'll definitely come back to this next time I try landscaping. Thank you!
JomaroKindred Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very helpful, thanks chief!
k04sk Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Kitsuru Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Useful tips, thank you!
xevozzez Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
May you be blessed for this tutorial , happy holidays and a long life :3
intrepid98 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome :D thanks!
Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
its amazing!!!
dankelby Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial and a great help. Thanks! :D
nadav-y Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
thank you for sharing this,
have an opportunity to test it my own the following days.
looking good but seems to be short, or its only me searching for mass explanations,
like brushes settings in different stages of the paint and such (tried some painting tutorials and this little detail very helpful).
you mentioned the first sketch for the idea, i dont want to be greedy, but it could help to see how it looked like, more or the less.

thank you again for your help and share,
you're really great :)
SIERRAREYNA Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks so much that really was a good tutorial, lots of great tips!
XavierWard Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great tutorial thanks very much :)
chocobikies Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
OMG WOW! this is amazing!
RosieReaper Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
That is amazing work!!!!!
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