View Full Version : Dark Land - Environment Concept

10-21-2011, 11:03 PM
hello there, an environment concept, titled: Dark land, a combination of painting and couple of elements to achieve the drama of this entire scene, most parts are painted using tablet, in artrage, photoshop and painter.
the source of inspiration for this was an image of the Monument Valley, USA. that im sharing as well. so, this is also a kind of extension of the whole thing.


major aim was to have something little depressing, abandoned with an intense dark mood and to have a place from an unknown era.

artrage was used initially for all the basic blocking and for initial color layout. esp on the structures. other softwares used for some detailing later.

i thank you for stopping by. best.

10-22-2011, 01:02 AM
Wow... This is just amazing! :):):):)

10-22-2011, 03:09 AM
waheed... nice to see you back here.. you really captured the mood in this work the sharp monoliths with the spikes add to the dangerous feeling as does the sky... not a painting you want on your wall but a terrific image for a movie set..game or book...:):)

10-22-2011, 03:20 AM
Well done, I like very much

Steve B
10-22-2011, 03:35 AM
This is a wonderful piece. I love the sense of distance you're getting with the washed out tones and dusty horizon in the background, as well as the addition of the two objects in the extreme foreground. I also dig how you're mimicking the form of the mountains with the abandoned objects-- you can't tell, far in the distance where detail is erased, if you're looking at buildings or mountains. That's a nice touch. Plus all the little details-- the birds, etc.

I'ld love to hear a little bit about your process on this. How long did it take? Did you start with the reproduction/creation of the natural scape, and then bring the buildings in "on top" of that? Or did you sketch the entire thing out from scratch as a whole image? What are you using the different programs for? As in, what are you completing in Artrage versus Painter versus Photoshop? It would be very interesting to see how you're using all your tools.

Mostly, it's a very nice piece with a great deal of depth, and that piques my interest!! :)

10-22-2011, 04:23 AM
Wow! The perfect cover for a book like "The Dark Tower" of Stephen King.

10-22-2011, 07:54 AM
Waheed so nice to see you again, missed your beautiful paintings, this is a wonderful piece and so very powerful:):):)

D Akey
10-22-2011, 01:28 PM
All I can say is the commercial land developers you have been helping to visualize their shopping areas probably could rethink the appearance to get people to come shop. I don't want to offend anybody, but maybe suggest a better architect for the buildings, and a decent landscaper couldn't hurt the project. Do some market research. A few focus groups couldn't hurt. I mean would you take your family to this place to shop for clothes, grab a bite to eat, see a movie? :D

As always your work is very skilled, Waheed. And here you show us again something very clear. It has great depth. The idea of space and distance is good and vast. These sort of towers remind me a little of corporate feudal warfare (assuming people live in these and it's not just rats and insects).

Seems also like you guys are playing around with the psyche of the audience. Playing on people's fears is a mainstay of cinema. It really grabs ya low and starts the adrenalin pumping. It will definitely engage an audience if the rules of the new world are agreeable to where the audience finds it plausible enough to go on your cinematic ride. Many American films loose touch with that and fail as a result. Many are also done splendidly. And we can pretty much agree which are which. But your guys will definitely have a good looking product at the end with your help.

It's as if the civilization game has been reset, and the object is to play around in that metaphorical sandbox. Can't wait to see it.

Very well done, you.

10-23-2011, 08:12 AM
Pretty outstanding piece.

10-23-2011, 01:44 PM
wow, if I looked up ominous in the encyclopedia...
that's a scary scene indeed.
masterfully done.

11-11-2011, 05:29 PM
thanks a lot my friend..:).
im sorry i couldnt log in earlier, was little busy with "Eid", our holy festival.

barnburner, gxhpainter, EB, Steve B, Armoured, pat1940, D Akey, byroncallas and screenpainter, those are lovely words, thank you..:).

Steve B, as u see, ive posted an image too, that inspired me to create this scene. its kind of set extension of the whole thing. we do that quite often, while working on movies, shorts, actual shoot or cg (3d), like matte paintings. the sky that u see was taken and put, the rest is all painted. this is my personal piece, but while working on projects at work, i do create scenes like these at times, where i use image, textures, do a lot of painting as well, esp the light, also do the color/tone correction, and also handle all what a compositer does in the post production phase. whats left here is a bit of camera animation, pan or zoon in/out, but not always, we do create scenes for stills shots too.
i mostly use artrage for the base color, the first color layout and to get an idea on composition. artrage gives me a lot of spontaneity for that, freedom and speed.
here, i brought the sky in photoshop, adjusted its perspective and tone. then in painter i painted the entire thing, with all the details. for anything realistic, personal or for work, i paint most parts in painter, while i love using artrage when i go with a painterly approach, for that always artrage..:).
its little difficult for me to mention down all the steps and what i do in various softwares, as i jump in from one to the other all the time. but basically i do what ive written above. its just what i do what i feel like doing while working. no rule.
in the last for all the color/tone correction, i use photoshop. also for cropping of the image for finalizing the format/composition (if needed).
thats about it Steve. ive tried my best to sum up everything in a short time..:).

D Akey, hope all is well mate..:).
hehe, i like that, i like the first part of your comment..:). for anything commercial (shopping) centre, this would be a failure at once..:D.
as ive joined an animation studio recently, im more inclined towards these kind of concepts. where i can use freedom and imagination to have something different, unusual. working as an art director and concept artist, its my job to create places (when working on environments), with atmosphere and mood and provide as much information to the rest of the team for strong compelling results. i believe, a good pre production work, concepts are crucial for any project and i try my best to provide that.
i might assign someone at work to work on this scene, in 3d with a little camera move, lets see, but this is only possible if we get free time during projects.
i thank you for taking interest in my threads, and for your kind comments..:).

best to all...:).

11-11-2011, 10:55 PM
Even not looking at Your signature it couldn't but be one of Your stunning artpieces, dear Waheed, so masterfully executed by Your recognizable unique and renowned hand!
I don't know the creation process You followed here, but I think that, as perfect and realistic as it may look, I think to see that most of it comes from Your natural talent as well as Your mental and manual superlative skill and art. Congratulations!

11-12-2011, 12:59 PM
Hi waheed, this is fantastic, its so moody,love it

11-13-2011, 01:26 AM
Such wonderful lighting Waheed, it is a masterful piece of artwork:)

11-13-2011, 07:41 AM
Love the feel of the scene and while it's true that it doesn't look like a place to raise your kids it still sparks the interest of the viewer. Very well done!

11-14-2011, 07:31 PM
Caesar, swansong, coops and jibes, thanks very much..:).

11-17-2011, 03:37 AM
I am a great fan of all things dystopian and i really like this amazing painting. The setting is spot on :D

11-17-2011, 12:52 PM
Waheed, a beautiful dark, menacing painting

11-19-2011, 09:48 AM
I love scapes like this. I've a load of printed out images by various artists up on one of my walls in my studio. They are on the same lines as this and are great just to sit and look at for ages.

Always have a big respect for this kind of artwork. Excellent work you've done there.

11-19-2011, 10:08 AM
Really neat, love the depth you have captured in this one and the great sky.

11-20-2011, 10:26 AM
Ominous yet beautiful!

11-20-2011, 11:26 AM
wow this is amazing:eek:

11-20-2011, 10:58 PM
Your talent never ceases to amaze me. This painting is simply stunning! :)

11-21-2011, 09:02 AM
Beautifully done. Reminds me of something a matte painter like Dylan Cole would do.... Excellent work. Many thanks for sharing....

11-22-2011, 08:26 PM
Jasper, justjean, shugmonkey, limey-g, Sketchism71, sabena, scribbledsoul and kenmo...thank you so much..:).


Steve B
11-23-2011, 04:24 AM
Thanks for the post about your process. It's always interesting to see how good results are being acheived- particularly how you're working with different programs to get different affects.

Also, I was curious-- how long is it taking you to paint things like this? Sometimes, it seems like it looks so easy when the painting is done, but there's a lot of detail in this if you really look. How big is the canvas you're working on, to get the kind of detail you've got in this?


11-29-2011, 04:44 PM
Dear Steve, thanks..:). i dont really keep count of the time i put in a work, i cant, i work on a off, during breaks, but if i sum up total hours, i mightve put around 8 hours on this probably. after about 5 hours, i got the thing ready to some finishing touches and details.
we all develop our style and methods of working, and know how things to handle quickly, esp in my field where we have to work quickly seeing the deadlines and also produce quality at the same time. my method is quite straight forwards, where i dont really depend on computer tools or effects/filters that much, im more comfortable in handling things manually and that works best for me in less time.
canvas size for this pieces is around 1400 pxl (width). for my personal pieces that i do to keep myself busy, i stay around 1500 to 1700 pixels normally. for personal quick paintings, in artrage, i dont go for bigger dimensions.

thanks again mate, wish u all the best with your work..:).