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Pandoran Forest by priteeboy Pandoran Forest by priteeboy
A combination of a warm, humid climate, a dense atmosphere, yet lower gravity than that on Earth means the plant life of Pandora are free to grow without nearly as much of the physical limitations that cap their growth size and speed as much as what happens to the plants on earth, growing under relatively harsher conditions and higher gravity by comparison. The result are phenomenal sized trees growing in seemingly endless forests and regular forest floor plants still taller than the average human. While most foliage is the tried and true green like it is here at home, some of the more unusual plant strains take on a blueish colour - which is rarely encountered on any vegetation on Earth, these are also the ones most likely to bioluminesce (glow) through semi-transparent leaves and stems at night time, possibly to attract pollinators during the frequent bouts of darkness that occur on Pandora, rendering traditional flowers not quite the useful bug-magnets they have proven themselves to be on the relatively brighter earth where their colours are more easily appreciated. Of course, this glow could just as likeley to be a way to ward off hungry herbivores from eating them. Large trees and plants lack this ability and tend to take on more earth-like colours and forms.

This was actually, originally created quite a few years ago, shortly after my other work of the same theme (only with more focus on the plant varieties as they appear at night). But while sorting through some files on a slow day I thought I'd go ahead and upload this one too, while not as "fantastical" as the night version, I think it does have a better sense of realism and depth to it than the other one did :) It was made using Vue and Photoshop. Some stock photo's were used for some plants, along with some of my own. The giant tree roots were created using custom Vue vegetation of which I simply just turned upside down in the scene file to the branches became the roots :idea:

Artwork made any copyrighted by me. Please do not use, modify or sell my work without my permission Pandora landscape concepts originally inspired by Avatar. Some plant formations resemble those seen in the film but were not taken directly from it.
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've done such a fantastic job combining Vue (and its tricks!) with stock... I can't even tell. It's amazing!! :love:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stocks were used on some of the foreground plants, some of which I just took myself one day. Vue can do plants well but not so well that I can't still pick them out from real ones in other people's work ;p
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3DLandscapeArtist Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work! Big like!
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ReaverPan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
beutiful ^^
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rmpro7788 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
HEY  FRIEND  WHAT PROGRAMS ARE  YOU  USING
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vue, Cinema 4D and Photoshop for most of my landscape works :)
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MBO13thXundergroundX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing picture, very well done...;) (Wink) 
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :bow:
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MBO13thXundergroundX Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure...Clap 
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
very cool, through in my opinion i would have preferred a ecosystem of blue forests and very few green plants so it wouldn't look too familiar to earth forests, and while i know the forests glow bluish at night, in my opinion the forests should have been blue at day as well.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here. Blue is such a rare and unusual colour for earth vegetation (you can find plants of various kinds that can appear in all colours, but something truly "blue" is pretty much non-existent) so a blue forest by daytime too would have looked more alien, but it was considered bu rejected as the director of the film thought green vegetation would be more appealing to the common viewer (but perhaps less exciting :p)
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penwiper Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superb. I love the idea of flipping the veg upside down! Got to try that.
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DarkVixenLove Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i was wondering if i could use this as a room on a chatsite called wolfhome? I would give credit and it would just work so perfectly! c: love this type of theme <3
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, is it going to be a permanent/ongoing thing? Since I usually don't do that. But if it's for a temporary use (like for a one-time chat event) then I guess it's OK. But I don't allow free permanent or long-term use of my works ;)
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DarkVixenLove Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
okie, thank you ^-^
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TheSangson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Man, usually I'm so not into anything involving 3D and recognizeable photo textures, let alone stock photos. I preferred the older stuff I remembered you from..but this one really has something.
 
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been using 3D for years now, but it's still somewhat rare for me to use stock photo's, as I generally prefer to make my work entirely my own. But here, getting a realistic result was more important :)
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saphira98 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
great
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UniverseDreams Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love the perception of depth in this one! It's so mesmerizing and I love all the different greens. @_@ I could so get lost in this forest...but then you'd never see me again. :lol:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the depth was the real winner in this one too. I was happy how it turned out :)
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lovelessdevotions Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Your wonderful piece has been featured here. :heart:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :la:
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lovelessdevotions Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
:dummy: 
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Otori-Gin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ĵejeje Cool 
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BLPH Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015   Digital Artist
That is a really cool idea with the upside-down trees! Also, they look so realistic compared to the last time I tinkered with Vue-trees :o
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well some postwork in Photoshop sure helped too ;) But yes, it's really the only way to get decent root formations in Vue (though lately some of the more modern Vue plants seem to look better, I bought Vue's side-program Plant Factory a while ago but haven't had any time to experiment with it yet. It sure does better trees/plants than Vue though whilst still being able to export them into it =p)
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BLPH Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015   Digital Artist
This sounds great! Makes me want to get back into this whole Vue-business if it wasn't so ridiculously wallet-shredding :x
Hoping to see tons of plant-images from you now :D
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Lee99 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful image :) good composition too. I've allways loved trees like that, huge roots towering out of the ground all weaving in and out like snakes. would be an amazing world to explore.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We have some trees around here that do that with their roots (various species of ficus or "fig" trees shoot out aerial roots from their trunk and branches, which then head towards the ground, thicken out and form dramatic root formations as the tree ages) There was one my best friend and I used to hang out in as kids. Granted it wasn't THIS big :faint:
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Lee99 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, I pretty much spent a major ammount of time climbing trees as a kid.
I seem to have aquired a fear of heights now though, never used to get vertigo
when I was a kid but now that I'm a cautious adult my head spins when Im at high altitude Boing! Boing! 
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AlexSkullUterna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Beautiful!
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blue-biscuit Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing atmosphere! Makes me want to be there Love 
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ValentiniaK Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful. I also see you have improved on the textures of plants, look much more realistic.

Great scene =D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, though this one technically is a couple of years old already. Some of the plants were based from real ones though ;)
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pulbern Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The highlights and lighting in this are to die for! :faint: :wow:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you liked it :)
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AronKamo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015   Digital Artist
Amazing artwork!
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Starshine9268 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I could wander off into this forest and never return
absolutely beautiful <3 great job :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many don't return. But not always at their own will :evillaugh:
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Starshine9268 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would willing go in here
and if someone unwillingly tried to remove me they'd have to find me first [and catch me] :happybounce:
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Kaihran Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
... and this is why I came back to DeviantArt! Your art has the ability to take me to a different place and it's always such a wonderful adventure! Thanks, pritee! :D
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't even leave in the first place :ohnoes: Welcome back!
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Kaihran Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Life took me on a grand, unexpected journey and I just stopped so many things. Thanks!
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vagepaul Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
butifull
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8legs Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember having a varigated Rubber plant when I lived in California. The leaves had strains of Red, Yellow, and Green interspersed on them. You mentioned the Blue hues and that got me thinking about it. Again why could this not be really happening somewhere? What I love about your work is that you keep it realistic with just enough fantasy to add some variety. Thanks for sharing.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a whole science dedicated to explaining why certain colours are more commonly seen in the leaves of plants than others :nod: A lot of it is said to do with the kind of sun end environment the plants are exposed to. Maybe different colours would be more common on other planets, especially planets with different kinds of sun-types :plotting: Odd however that on earth there's a plant for practically every kind of colour available (I got plenty in my garden that are in shades of red, pink, purple, yellow, brown, black etc year-round) but none appear in blue (the closest I've seen are some that appear  a pastel greyish-teal colour, which look somewhat blue under certain lighting conditions) but "true" shades of blue seem non-existent in the plant world, except for certain flowers that appear in blue. So it would be a sight to see some of the really blue vegetation scattered around the forests of Pandora :omg:
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8legs Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I use to have black Tulips in my yard. This locale has few colorful plants and the ones that bloom have no scent. I miss that from California. I love plants and Cacti and Succulents but sadly can't grow them here because of the temp. extremes. A guy that lives about 60 miles north of me (Grand Rapids) has grown Banana trees although they won't bare banana's. Apparently there are some hardy varieties but Banana's the world over are in decline.

We are right square in the Tornado zone today and it could be rough so I will have to make preparations--No Fun!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember seeing a black tulip ages ago, but only in a cut flower arrangement. I don't often see them growing in yards around here (maybe the climate here is too warm for them) but that's a worthy trade-off for being able to grow cacti and succulents here (so under-appreciated - everybody thinks they're ugly :no:) Banana plants can be seen growing in many a backyard here, but they too don't bear any actual fruit, since an even warmer climate is needed for that. I heard that all banana plants are infertile and so the only way they can be propagated is via cuttings/dividing, making many of them clones :clone:

Tornadoes have always struck me as the most interesting/impressive of all natural disasters (even if not the most powerful) There's an eerie beauty to them. But that's easy to say when you're not worried about one heading right towards you I suppose :p But there's a whole sport dedicated to intentionally finding them. People "seek" a tornado far more often than any other natural disaster event :omg:
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8legs Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
People often think they can out run a tornado. Even the weak ones are still powerful, we had one strike north of here and even though it was the lowest on the Enhanced-Fujita Scale, it did considerable damage and some buildings will have to be torn down. We have entire TV shows devoted on hunting them, surviving them, and trying to understand them.
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fighterxaos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional Writer
Lovely scenery! 
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