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  04 April 2009
The Green Man Awakens, Phil McDarby (2D)



Title: The Green Man Awakens
Name: Phil McDarby
Country: Ireland
Software: Photoshop

Hey everyone,

I started working on this image a few weeks back and over time it evolved into an image of awakening. I'm always telling my daughter that everything wakes up in springtime, watching the flowers and leaves bud in our back garden over the last month, so the image evolved in that direction. Herne the Hunter calling The Green Man out of his winter slumber - tendrils of his magic reaching toward The Green Man's heart. I can't count how many hours I've spent on it, but the full image ended up being 10000px wide. It is a mixture of painting and elements of my own photography. Rather than go into a big explanation, I have posted a detailed walkthrough on my site here -

http://www.philmcdarby.com/index.php/blog/article/the_green_man_awakens_-_a_walkthough

if anyone is interested in seeing how it evolved. This was my original plate - a tree I was fascinated by, in whose branches I saw an ancient creature leaning over.

http://www.philmcdarby.com/images/uploads/tgma_1.jpg

Anyway, thanks as always for taking time to look!

Phil
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  04 April 2009
Great textures!Amazing work!!
 
  04 April 2009
Great, great technique ... It's a beautiful picture, as usual ^^
The colors are amazing.

5 stars
 
  04 April 2009
No words, just super ..BIGGG fan of your dragon series..
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  04 April 2009
Hi Phil,

Lovely theme man! great light and ambient, thanks for the walktrought, its great to see how you manage this sort of work and in the end things look alltoghether! you getting better every picture! Congrats

Gonçalo
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  04 April 2009
Phil strikes back! Man, I love your works...really brilliant. Your woods are full of mysticism and fantasy. I think to myself: "Where the hell does this guy live? Fangorn forest?". The walkthrough is also brilliant. Thanks for gifting us with it.
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  04 April 2009
Thanks so much for the encouraging words guys, much appreciated.

Goncalo, cheers - for me it's always about trying to improve on the last

Hey Andreas, good to see you man - Fangorn, eh? I wish! You can imagine how blown away I was by the job they did for the movies - talk about nailing it! Hope you're well mate.

Here's a crop of a detail - 50% of final res -



And the original landscape format here


Thanks again!

Phil
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  04 April 2009
i literally jaw dropped looking at this..amazing details!
 
  04 April 2009
Really great work - very lush and magical.
 
  04 April 2009
I can see that you loved doing this, all the details are done so carefully and well, and come together for a great whole--a beautiful image!
 
  04 April 2009
really good

Really strong... the details are working perfect, and my mind sometimes cannot say what is real what is manipulation or painting. It really good.
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  04 April 2009
Thank you Michael, L.W. and Vaidas.

You're right L.W. - I particularly enjoyed this one

Thanks!

Phil
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  04 April 2009
Wow lots ov details
nice work man

Best regards

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  04 April 2009
azz!!! real amazing work!!!
 
  04 April 2009
Utterly breathtaking The photographic elements are seamlessly integrated. Beautiful, beautiful work.
 
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