Long time no see !
So the "Tormented forest" is a new project. I want it to be dark, scary, oppressive....
My main reference is Darkwood from Fable universe, the forbidden forest, and the Nighthaunt lore from Warhammer Age of Sigmar.
I want to focus on vegetation and trees because that is something I don't usually do !
Do you remember this mission, when, in Fable, a merchant had to be accompanied and protected and you obviously had to go trhough the Darkwood forest ? This is my main inspiration. It was not an easy mission at all and the merchant was so afraid that he was completely dumb.
For the art direction, I want this project to be kind of stylised, not realistic. I'm looking for something detailled but I want to play with shapes and color first (see the work Billy Wimblet below)
I want to feel the huge scale of the trees and the character to be small among them.
I like to play with long focal lengh, something inbetween 50 and 85 mm. But I also don't want the final image to flat so I probably will work a lot on that later.
I will be heavily inspired by the work of Billy Wimblett and the work on Disney environment painting (Bambi to give an example).
Tyrus Wong's work is awesome too.
I will try to stay on thoses tracks as I usually change my mind a lot during this process of creation !
moodboard and inspiration : credit to Billy Wimblett and Tyrus Wong.