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Background Practice 5 by unicorn-skydancer08 Background Practice 5 by unicorn-skydancer08
I'm on a roll, mates! I decided to try yet another underwater pic, this time at the bottom. I looked at a couple of pictures of the sea floor, but mostly this came from my own imagination. And I listened to "Under the Sea" and some underwater sound effects while I worked.

Unless you're at the shallow part of the ocean, I doubt the light could really reach that far. Still, it looks pretty good to me.

I guess this could also pass off as a lake. Whichever way you prefer to look at it. :shrug:

Light and Bubble Brushes *redheadstock (everything else, I drew myself)

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:iconfruits-punch-samurai:
This is probably my favorite of all your backgrounds! It looks so much like the ocean floor, especially if you're at the beach on a very rare still day.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Thanks, mate! :heart:
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:iconfruits-punch-samurai:
You're welcome! Do you think you're going to use this as a background for any of your characters?
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
It's a good possibility. Terence and Rhiella both love swimming, and they'd get off on scuba-diving and stuff.
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:iconfruits-punch-samurai:
In that case, can't wait to see what you come up with!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
That, and I've also been working on a few merpeople. My own kind of merpeople.
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:iconfruits-punch-samurai:
How exciting! Mermaids are my favorite fantasy creature :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I think they're very interesting. And don't worry, my mermaids will have some kind of "shield." ;) I appreciate being a woman, but I don't believe in flaunting womanly parts, either. It won't just be a shell bra like in The Little Mermaid, either.
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Superhobbit Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Looks like the edge of a coral reef to me. very nice! good coloring.
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thanks, mate!
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Superhobbit Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
What program did you use for this?
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Photoshop Elements 7.
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Superhobbit Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
How much does that cost?
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
A good chunk of money.
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Superhobbit Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Well, that wont work for me. whoever invented the term 'starving artist' had me in mind...
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I can't say I'm rich myself.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is quite nice :) Well done. Though I would encourage you to try to create your own brushes? :3
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I know. I got your message the first time.
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:iconmarydemauro:
marydemauro Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Only trying to help.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
I definitely did that cliff you see off to the side by myself. I threw some colors together and used the smudge tool. And I did the mist myself, too. I increased the transparency of the brushes, and later I used the Gaussian blur.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Well when I made that comment I was only talking about the other picture. This one obviously does have your own techniques on it, and it looks great :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Thank you.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I know you are. And I'm sorry if I sounded rude. I really do appreciate the help. I was only saying that you encouraged me to try brushes on the other picture. Well, I'm not, as of yet, very good with nature. That's why I'm using these brushes for right now, to get a feel of how it should look.

With luck, the day will come when I know how to do it myself.
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marydemauro Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
It's cool, no problem. ^^

Well, really the best way to learn to do nature is to study it in reality, or to learn painting techniques. If you have a sketchbook, use it to record scribbles of nature that you see around you. Check out books from the library or look up tutorials here on deviantart that will teach you about color theory. That sort of thing. :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
And while I have a pretty good idea of how nature looks, drawing it on paper is quite another matter. I still need practice.
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
loving the colors!
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Thank you!
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
welcome. :)
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PrissyKissy Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so pretty.....I love all the shades of blue :love:

I think it's my favorite of your backgrounds thus far :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I think it's the most well-done.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I thought it was a cave or something at first, but then I read the description. =D
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Close. It's an undersea cliff.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay. =D
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I really like it, though it was tricky to draw at first.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Basically I threw different shades of purple and black together and then used the smudge tool.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. =D
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Alleycat252009 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Oooo...
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Pretty, innit?
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LugiaAngel Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hmm I should try using less to no brushes =)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Oh, I used a few brushes, but most of this was done by my own hand and mouse.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Since I'm such a nerd, the first thing I thought of with this was the soundtrack to Ecco the Dolphin. [link] Listen, it's quite fitting.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Thanks!
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Makes you feel like you're scuba diving, doesn't it?
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
More a feeling of beautiful isolation, if that makes any sense.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Sure, it does.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the reason why Sega fans loved Ecco, by the way. His games gave you that feeling of being really alone in this beautiful world.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I prefer to think of it as solitude. It's a more pleasant term than isolation.
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