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The dry season by rontufox The dry season by rontufox
Rain only comes to Aheya three months out of the entire year, making life for the native population extremely meager. As nomadic pastoralists, they drive their herds for miles and depend on them for every aspect of life. When the rainy season finally arrives, all the Aheyan tribes reunite and celebrate at the source.

Environments are so hard :stare:
Gonna try to practice and upload lotsa landscape concepts.
If you're interested in seeing more concept art for ~Spatty and my project, head this way~

EDIT
jk, flipped the entire background~
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Mr-Bluebird Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student
gorgeous colors!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Wow, thanks so much! =)
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a nice concept.
I especially like the colours of which you used. :)
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rontufox Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like the concept, and the colors =)
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why wouldn't I ? xD
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rontufox Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
O-oh, well... I didn't expect that question :XD:
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha :XD:
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NkoGnZ Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh boy, I love the layers of different colors communicating distance, clever!

And the pic itself it's quite the eye candy to look at, love the field and hot like vibe it gives! :D

Nice back story, rain seem to be quite important for the Aheyan people, and yes environments are hard!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Hey thanks! It's awesome that you looked at this with an objective eye to tell what I was doing with the layers ;p Also I'm very pleased to hear that most people find this warm to look at in both senses of the word, nice too look at and also hot-in-temperature looking. Those were definitely my goals!
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lucas420 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the scene and how you played with colours.

is aheya a place you made up? it sounds so very lovely, and unique. i love the part where they come to celebrate, sounds like a very nice culture.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Thank you =) Yes, Aheya is the creation of ~Spatty and I, for a story we're working on. I'm really glad you find that little story interesting, and that you find Aheya to seem very unique! It's where the main character comes from, and we really want it to be a unique place, in contrast with the common theme of the peaceful green homeland that most stories start with.
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Steffistuff Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesum!
I hate drawing backgrounds too, it's so bigXP but pretty if u pull it off
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Haha, actually I love doing backgrounds, I just hate finalizing/cleaning them up... takes so long :crying:
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Looks really great, and YES, these things are HARD to draw... Ugh. I hate bg's... they are my WORST thing.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks! Yeah, I'm bad at environments cuz I tend to zoom in way too much, so then I usually create something boring =/ Why are you bad at them?
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Well, I don't seem to have any sense for it. I'm never sure what should go into one, how to do the layout, how to keep it from just being a bowl of copypasta (except I mostly draw on paper, so the repetition get SUPER tedious)... basically, I just don't know what to put in a background.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
My best advice is to look at tons of landscapes, tons, and usually of the speed-painting variety. I didn't even know where to start, I always have like 20 reference images up while I'm trying to come up with a landscape.
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Yeah, that does sound good, I'll definitely have to do that. The whole thing just baffles me, and I don't even really know why. Lack of practice wouldn't begin to cover it either, I've only ever even drawn backgrounds four times in my life that I can think of, and I think they're all on here.
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Haha I know what you mean. The thing about landscapes is compared with drawing just plain ol characters, they're really boring to do, so most people don't get much practice on them...
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Oh, MAN is that the truth. I've actually been forcing myself to do a landscape of a sort of modern/realistic green hill. It's been very difficult, but it's turning our good so far. [link] Though, speed paint it ain't... I'm not even halfway, and I'm going on a month now...
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Oh wow, that's quite a project there! :noes:
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Clerical-Error Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The colors in this are absolutely beautiful! It has a great sense of depth -- it really feels like those hills are very far away. And I love the story behind it as well.:D
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Getting the atmospheric perspective to look right for those hills in the distance certainly was a challenge, but I'm glad it comes across well! Thank you very much, I'm happy you enjoy!
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TVJunkie2342 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Love the color!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks!
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sonicbommer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh wow, I love your color pallet and usage of it here, nicely done :D
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks! It was tough coming up with a combo that worked, but I think this'll do
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chester1010ir Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful...i love the colores u use:aww:
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy them =)
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chester1010ir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
continue youre this style :D:heart:
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
That's something I can definitely promise! =D
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chester1010ir Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe! ok...:D
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Ben-Keen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Love the colors, man :)
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks man! :iconheeplz:
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Fifianna Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my it's ... epic! :iconlazycryplz: (I can use this word this time right? ^^')
I love everything here, it's so uh klsdjlksd so terrific! :excited: feels warm... >w<

oh and only three rainy months? D: yeah, talking about hard nomadic life :c
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Thanks! Really glad it feels so warm to you =) (both because the weather is hot, and also cuz it's the main chracter's homeland)
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Fifianna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^__^ You're so much welcome! C: :)
ah yeah that's what I meant to say! :D
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Snivy94 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Aheya looks awesome! It would be awful to live without rain for 6 months DX The other three months must be bliss!

The colors look bright and vivid. They give off a cheerful feeling :aww:
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Very true!
Glad they do! I really wanted to create a place that was cheery looking, without automatically making it a cute, green, lush place.
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Snivy94 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah I think you did a really good job showing the cheerful side of the dry area :aww:
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321stk Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
still looks as good :D
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Haha, thanks :XD: I have no idea why I didn't think to flip it before, now there's tension in the composition with two things on the "rule of thirds" areas.
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321stk Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD lol
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
the color and concept design looks great! =D
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks, glad you're liking it!
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
anytime =)
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bulgariansumo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
This is wonderful! I love the different colors, the landscape, the gigantic rocks, the shading of the hills, and how the colors fade the farther you go into the background!
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Ah, glad you like so many elements in this! The colors fading is called atmospheric perspective, where things get bluer as they recede into the distance, and it took me forever to figure it out here :XD: Thanks!
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MintChocoFusion Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
very good! ^_^
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rontufox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks!
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