First, a description. For a while, I think I'm going to focus on directly re-creating scenes from nature, and my aquascape plans like Naupaka Coast (which imitates a hawai'i coast, "naupaka" is a hawaiian shrub that looks like HC sorta) revolve around this goal. This sketch, as the title suggests, is based on the many Forest/Mountains you can see from the window of a Shinkansen in Japan-- a stunning sight with deep green sakura and maple leaves entwined with the fuzzy stems of yellow/red-green of live and dead bamboo. Rotala sp. Najenshan is stepping in for the bamboo. I plan to make the aquascape in the spring, if Naupaka Coast is finished by then.
So what is this picture? It's a computer graphics drawing using photoshop and a wacom tablet. A computer tablet is a kind of board that is plugged into the computer, and matches each point on the tablet with a point on the screen. A tablet-pen meant to work with the tablet takes control of the mouse so that you can basically draw, on the computer-- very, very well. My intuos III has over 1000 level of pressure sensitivity. Well, drawing isn't quite the right word because while I do draw a lot of it, there are some different photo-shop tricks that makes this possible.
If you click on the banner in my sig, you can browse my deviantart gallery to see this and all the other aquasketches (in larger size too). Also, you'll give me pageviews I don't mean that to sound greedy: I don't get much useful feedback at DA because people don't know aquascaping. I get more here honestly. The main reason I jumped into the deviantart community is so that I can expose more people in the general art community to aquascaping.
The more pageviews I have, the easier it becomes to get more people exposed to aquascaping. :P
I'm not satisfied with it being as unknown as it is-- it annoys me to have to pull out one of Amano's books and show it to people everytime they come to my dormroom and I have to explain the seriousness of this.
Ah, and if you go there, you can see a higher rez version of this sketch, with fish.