Feb 142019

Yet another fantasy woodland scene. Can you tell I love doing these?

I’d made that wonderful treen and wanted somewhere fitting to use it on it’s first outing 🙂

Artwork by Gill Brooks
Oct 242018

I see a lot of Rowan trees on walks with my dog.  I thought I’d have fun creating a totally digital tree using only Filter Forge, Plant Factory and Vue.

First off, I created some single leaves in Filter Forge using the Leaf filter.  I did a little tweaking of them in Photoshop.

rowan leaf

Next, I created a stem in Plant Factory and used a selection of the leaves to make Rowan-like clusters.  I saved them as a .tpf file to load into Vue.  In Vue, I rendered several variations, also with a variety of colour and saturation.  These were saved as .png files for using back in Plant Factory.

rowan clusters

These were then used as texture bitmaps on Warpboards in Plant Factory, using at least 5 or 6 different images for variation.  The result is 3 (currently) different Rowan trees that look pretty much like those along our canals.

Rowan tree variations

I also created some “rowan-type” branches using the clusters.  These, at some future point, will be used as bitmap textures on Billboard leaves to be used as lower poly background models.

Then, yesterday on my walk, I noticed how the leaves were turning Autumnal, with different colours on the clusters.  So…..back again to my favourite softwares, I also created several Autumn variations of the same trees.

Rowans Autumn

Rowans Autumn

These are the “branches” that have been created to use as bitmap textures on billboard leaves, which I will post here once they’re done 🙂

rowan branches

Nov 082017

A few days ago I had a dream where I was flicking through a magazine and saw some photos of a misty forest, enhanced with copper details. Well, it took a while to create the elements (no pun intended), build the scene and render it, but here is the finished work.

All of the plants and foliage seen here were created using Plant Factory

As you know, details of our dreams fade over time, so this is as near as I can recall, although the colours are spot on. The only additions to what I “saw” are the ivy covered trunk and copper ball in the foreground, because I felt that they belonged 😀

Digital Art by Gill Brooks

An early test render of the ivy covered ground

Digital Art by Gill Brooks

Nov 102016

After my plod through the forest today, I made some additional tweaks to my Silver Birch

silver birch