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Controlled Burn by Arrkhal Controlled Burn by Arrkhal
"Do we really have to stand by and let it burn?"

"I told you, Derpy, it's a 'controlled burn.' It will prevent buildup of flammable plant matter, and help some plants that need fire for their life cycle."

"But how do we choose what to burn? How can we choose? There have to be just as many cuddly little animals living here as anywhere else..."

"This is the Everfree Forest, Derpy. It doesn't work like the rest of Equestria. In this case, we don't choose what burns, only... only what doesn't burn. The cloud perimeter is being set up. Beyond that... is what we've chosen. If we decide to save everything, eventually there comes a fire too big for anypony to handle. The entire forest would be destroyed. So in a way, we have chosen to save everything. Or as close to it as we can."


Decided it was finally time to practice landscapes. First one evar, yay? This is legitimately the first landscape I've ever done that wasn't completely half-assed.

Step 1: Get stoned on grass and prozac.
Step 2: Give self an afro with Elmer's glue.
Step 3: Make some custom brushes, the smallest of which is 1,000 px.
Step 4: Watch some old episodes of The Joy of Painting.

Okay, so I'm only going to actually do one of those. Now, let's see. A nice, bright, springtime sky, with some happy little clouds, with the sun just peeking out from behind one. Peek! I'm crazy, I like to go out and talk to the sun sometimes.

Now we put some happy little trees in the background, and some happy little bushes, and happy little smoke and fire... Smoke and fire? WTF? Aaaaaaah, fire! Goddamn you, Bob Ross, you never said anything about happy little forest fires!

Anyway, this was mainly an exercise in color choice and composition, aside from being my first landscape attempt. Think it turned out okay, though. Probably my best yet. I'm slowly learning how to use the smudge tool.


Updated a tiny bit, nothing major. Just darkened the foreground, mainly. The lack of contrast started bugging me pretty shortly after I uploaded this, and I finally couldn't stop myself from fixing it any longer.
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PaxTheArtist Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of last year when my fam and I were staying at a cabin we bought in Gatlinburg and when we came closer to Gatlinburg it looked like the apocalypse and when we stopped at a DQ for food it was raining ashes...after we got to the cabin it had only been an hour and the power goes out... Fun... After the sun went down which we didn't notice it go down. My dad/and or mom (can't remember) pointed a finger out of our window to a round light and said 'Look at the sunset.', that was no sunset, that was a wildfire going on 3 miles away from our cabin... my 2 sisters and all slept on the three couches that night and the next (mind you we're 13+ and terrified). It didn't help that there were rlly heavy winds, it just made the fire spread more, at least it was raining. The fires died down the next and we went out of course guess what... the street to our cabin was being 'flooded' (It wasn't when we got there.) and on top of that there were trees fallen over and mudslides. Our dog was still at the cabin, we left so fast worried about our dog. He was fine at least. Nothing happened luckily. They also set a controlled fire not far from we were. I was terrified. Lucky the power came back and was only out for 3 days and we had a gas powered fireplace. All was well after that aside from our cousin's cabin burning into nothingness. Sorry this is long. I just wanted to tell the story.
CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Found the perfect song for this after binge-watching Criminal Minds on Netflix for a couple hours.…
Coocme Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
justjukka Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful! :)
WolvesMoonDance586 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*automaticly saves because of my instinct of when i see awesome art*
ZezimaHushimo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
charris120 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Very good, I clicked on your profile and saw Luna picking and my mood changed haha.
Arrkhal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what she's there for!
rick-rolld Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
My, when I was reading that... oh my, I did while listening to this! XD
Arrkhal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda had something more like this in mind: [link]
rick-rolld Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Babileilei Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had to explain controlled burns to someone before. It is no easy task. Most people can't get past the, "fires are good for nature" part. And forget trying to explain how some coniferous plants need fire to pop open their pine cones and reproduce. Explaining nature to people can be...exhausting. Anyways, good job! Know what you mean about landscapes. I just did my first non-half-assed background, and I'm pretty happy with it! Still gotta touch up the picture before posting, though...anyways, it's 2:45 in the morning, and I'm babbling...
trolled-hard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
derpy is cute and the background is nice too :)
Animesketch12 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist
:iconsadfaceplz: the forest is burning
RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Artist
wow very very lines and great pic :)
invadersorin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's, just.... Wow... *eyes grow HUGE like in the fionna and cake ep. of adventure time*
TyphlosionsKingdom Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
ummmmmmm derpy is the one thats sets the fires......
pj202718 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Oddly enough, I can see this happening in the series itself.......
Arrkhal Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your avatar gave me an idea for an alternate title/caption, that I decided to put on the featured pic thing on my profile page.

pj202718 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Glad to help....

(Also, my avatar is not only a reference to Joker but to the comic strip For Better or For Worse. That's because I bludgeoned a piece of clip art called 'Winstuff Guy' into submission.)
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