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Milla's Garden Podcast by TysonTan Milla's Garden Podcast by TysonTan
A picture for Milla’s voice actress Aimee who has just joined us on twitter recently. Follow her, Milla fans! Aimee's twitter: twitter.com/AimeeSmithVA

This picture started as a gift to be Aimee’s new twitter avatar, but I eventually pushed myself to make a finished picture out of it, something I haven’t been doing in years! Although I had to redo the color for Aimee’s avatar, which reminds me of the danger of over-funding a kickstarter project XD

Original character design by Ziyo Ling ZiyoLing.
Concept art and additional design by Tyson Tan (me, twitter).
Freedom Planet © GalaxyTrail.
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If I were allowed to sum up the thousand words worth for a picture like this, I suppose I could say, "incredible". Alas, I must say more to express how fantastic this piece is; such as how Milla seems to be imitating a or should I say her own voice actress in an adorable manner and in a very fitting, yet tranquil botanic set.

What impresses me more is how you initially planned to make this piece in avatar style as a kind gesture for someone special, but you did one better; you decided to make it into a full sized, full body picture, giving the picture multiple positive meanings. For me, this represents kindness, admiration, joy and youthfulness. This constantly reminds that no talented and seasoned you seem to others, you still desire to improve as an artist which is something I respect. Well done.
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First off, I want to say that even if I say some negative things, overall your picture is very well done. It looks amazing, especially from it originally being an icon.

First off, the negatives. To me, the biggest issue with this image is that it doesn't portray the setting very well. Yes, it's a forested area, but where? From the look of it, it could be anywhere from something I could find in my backyard to a rainforest, but unless that's what you were going for, I can't pinpoint the exact setting. There are common looking plants, but also vines and palms too. I recommend if you're doing a plant heavy painting to study what types of plants grow in the specific area you're trying to portray before you start.
A smaller issue is the lighting. To me, it seems a little dark in places, like the table for example. I couldn't tell if that was light hitting it or just discoloration in the wood at first. The light source is coming from the top right if I'm correct, but there is no light hitting the foliage at the left of the picture even though there should be. I'd recommend either making it brighter or placing more foliage to block more light.
Finally, there is a small issue with detailing. For the most part, this is excused because of the picture's history; i.e it was intended to be an icon originally, but I feel the further away from the character you get, the less detail there is. Now, sometimes this is a good thing, it helps you focus on the focal point, your character, more, but sometimes it can work to your disadvantage, as the viewer is drawn to the less detailed points more because of how they stick out. For example, the vines aren't completely connected in some places, and the back hill consists of very simple brush strokes. Again, I'd recommend you either up the detail in the background or stick to drawing closer objects and block out distant background where it looks good.
One last point is that while the color scheme looks good, it doesn't do anything to pop or draw your attention in any way. If you look at it from a distance, you'll see nothing but a mess of green. I can see you were trying to have the yellow on her skirt and the wire be the focal point, but it wasn't obvious enough in my opinion. There's nothing I can really offer you in regards to tips for this issue, though. Coloring is hard, and sometimes you just have to fiddle until it looks right.

Now, the positives.
The thing that this image excels at, it my opinion, is personality and charm. I love surreal, but still possible scenes, and this is a perfect example. The way that the technology and artificial wood desk are in the middle of the wilderness has a unique sense of wonder to it. I had always wanted to have a spot like this, and I think that it kind of captures the essence of the fun of a secret base: A little spot for you, out in the middle of nowhere.
On the technical side of things, while I did criticize the lack of any outstanding elements, overall the colors blend quite nicely. It gives the right atmosphere that she's in the middle of a forest, or where have you. The level of detail on the actual character and setup are amazing too, especially the mic and the potted plant. I also like the small little plant growing onto the table in the corner, it gives the table some age and gives you an idea of how long she's been coming here. Maybe some slight degradation on the table and/or mic would work as well?

Overall, it's a very well done picture, if not very attention grabbing. And who knows? Maybe that's a good thing, in this case at least.
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IsisConstantine Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
Lovely job!:D
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sonicOrigins Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Love this character, I actually bought the freedom planet game on my Wii u. Its really awesome and one of the better downloads on the Wii u from the e shop. The Picture is really nice i love the detail. Very lifelike, makes me feel like i am right there with her.
Good Job Thumbs up okay 
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RhiannaMoon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the coloring, the name and tge cute litte character :heart:
The way you color it, all the shadows and highlights, it gives the drawing such life

It's simply

Living it perfectly

:huggle:
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:iconle-doude:
Le-Doude Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
This is simply adorable.
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:iconesitaro3670:
Esitaro3670 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
The way you just draw her it's simply amazing!
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:iconnickmaster64:
NickMaster64 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016
your fabulous art deserves five platinum stars :3
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:iconboybig5411:
boybig5411 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Student General Artist
so cute
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:iconcaseydecker:
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done of Milla in such a setting looks very nice and cute for sure! :D
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:iconpolymerwantacracker:
PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those leaves are magical.
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!
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:iconvexusarzxis:
VexusArzxis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tranquil and very calm. What a lovely art design! It makes me want to sleep for a bit :P
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Great work. How's things going?
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:icondark4kuran:
Dark4Kuran Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing !!! *o*
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:iconnarratornumberone:
NarratorNumberOne Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Simply adorable. Reminds me a little of my nieces on the Sakamota side.
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:iconanimenotaizai:
animenotaizai Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! :D
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:iconmanueljlin:
Manueljlin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god this is so cute
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Adorable, and I like the greens.
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:icongoldiwi:
goldiwi Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find it sad that so many other people draw :iconziyoling:s character but she doesnt.:/
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:iconboneybackrivers:
BoneyBackRivers Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I want a secret hidden forest podcast
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:iconnecrovert:
Necrovert Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great use of color! I like it!
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:iconfinsterlichart:
FinsterlichArt Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(●´□`)♡ this details are just amazing
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Really good
Shes cute
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:iconkergonan:
Kergonan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the mix of nature and technology in your art. It feels harmonious.
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:iconhalfdrake010:
Halfdrake010 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thats not a garden, thats a full-blown jungle!
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:iconaabarro13:
aabarro13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know where her parents went?
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:iconidragonwishi:
IDragonWishI Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Your stuff is becoming exponentially adorable, but I wish you had more time to do art. ;-;
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:iconj-fujita:
j-fujita Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
I found a Green girl. :D
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
           Lotus Leaf 
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:iconj-matt:
j-matt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
marvelous ;D
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Awesome!:D
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:iconfenfel:
Fenfel Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist
Well this is nice, really really nice. I can't really stop looking at the leafs you did, they look pretty good. Milla too looks pretty cute and I'm curious how that podcast would be, I kinda wanna hear it hehe.
Really good work and a pretty nice gesture towards Milla's VA.
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:iconarcadian123:
arcadian123 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
adorable XD
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:iconresidentsmile:
residentsmile Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Milla: Now for the weather.
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:iconhanisod:
hanisod Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Damn it, you did it again! :D
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:iconclubpenguin1:
clubpenguin1 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
so very beautiful :3
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:iconmacumazahn:
Macumazahn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's so detailed, it's impressive.
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:iconhanimetion:
Hanimetion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, absolutely adorable, and as I said on Twitter, that mic is absolutely getting scratched =P
Wish I knew how to do shading like that.
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SpikeyBlueHedgehog Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This one is so adorable!!
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TheCelesticWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Again, an impractical place to record.
But I guess she can multitask considering she's an alchemist as well.

I don't think I commented on how gorgeous this picture is.
It's gorgeous. 
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mistypine01 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent art, Tyson. Milla is sweet and adorable.
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:iconspunky-psych:
Spunky-Psych Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
This is so gorgeous!!
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:icongoshaag:
goshaag Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would listen to Milla's podcasts for entire week! Heart  Love this picture, amazing work!
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:iconsakkali:
Sakkali Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student General Artist
really nice <3
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MysticM Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2016
It reminds me of the movie Children Who Chase Lost Voices.
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:iconmcjohns:
MCJohnS Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student Artist
Do you even "leaf"?

:D
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:iconipskrimson:
ipskrimson Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Milla is looking adorable as always! ^w^
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:iconfantasyrebirth96:
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
oh goodness YES YES YES! Oh My Goodness! Great job overall! continue doing your best~
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:iconarung98:
Arung98 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She's beautiful :heart:
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:iconwheeled-tank:
wheeled-tank Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
So this is infact a Garden Podcast. Nice to see the finished product, and its great that Aimee liked it
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artest-pad Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016
Very amazing job mate!
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