edit: wooow the lighting was messed on the first picture I added. I fixed it. My laptop doesn't connect to the net here so I have to keep using the usb stick and yeah. Anyways, its good now.
So this is another painting I've been working on for months. I guess in the last few days I've been bored and had my tablet with me, so yay.
I tried a bit of a different style, more contrasty, thicker lines, etc. I think it looks ok. I also like how tariana's hair turned out with the curls.
The water was a bit of a challenge, ripples, falling water, splashes, and still/ reflection all in one. I got everything ok in the end, but the falling water/ waterfall still looks somewhat odd to me. (better than it was, but still)
My brother was around while I was doing this and him and his friend were harassing me the whole time. "there's a face on that rock!" "can I try? I wanna write my name!" etc. He suggested doing the roses and told me to fix the water and stuff. He also said I should draw an elf hidden in the trees which I did not, hence the title. My titles always suck so I figured that'd work
I used a bunch of different references for the water, trees, etc. but nothing specific. Done in photoshop elements 5 with a bamboo fun tablet... uhm I'm guessing it took about 6 hours or so. I'm trying to balance things so my digital and traditional take about the same amount of time.
Critique is welcome of course! Tips on drawing falling water would be good. Keep in mind it's supposed to be exaggerated lighting, and the horse is a kirin who has somewhat deer like features.