Hello all, I work on a personal project for some time now and I am in a point I can no longer make any meaningful decisions. I don't have much experience on stylized art so I would really need some feedback.
The original concept is from RYOxKJ: https://www.deviantart.com/ryoxkj/art/2019-FEB-22-786705639
Specifically I would like some feedback on the overall composition and I am having a hard time with trees, foliage and bushes.
In the pictures above the alpha planes on top of "leaf spheres" have their tangent normals disabled until I fix them to match the sphere normals. The "sphere trees" give me good stylized shapes especially from far away, but also give me bad unnatural shadows on the ground.
Below is a previous try of mine for the same tree:
I somehow feel the trees & bushes create a lot of "noise" by having too much detail, while I need a more minimalistic approach. But I fear that a simple texture won't match the rest of the environment.
Here are the landscape textures & foliage props: