"Forbidden Lands" is the 23rd video game painting by Mal on MalMakes and is her longest video on her channel to date. It also took the most time to paint. Mal started the painting between December 14th and December 22nd, 2016 and finished it on January 12th, 2017, taking just under one month in total to complete.
In the video, Mal said that she found painting the rocks very frustrating and challenging, so she looked up time lapses of other people painting rocks as well as historical paintings to help her. This can be seen in Day 2589 of the vlog.
- Canvas: 18x24 Gessoed in white
- Favorite Brushes: Blick Studio, Liquitex Basic, and Simply Simmons
- Golden Heavy Body Acrylic in: Dioxazine Purple, Jenkins Green, Mars Black, Titanium White, Titan Buff, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Magenta, Cyan, Yellow, Neutral Grey No. 5
- Other: Golden High Flow Acrylic in Carbon Black, Shading Grey (High Flow)
- Specialty Items: Molotow empty marker (filled with Golden High Flow Acrylic in Carbon Black), Chalk Pastel, Palette knife
- Posters and prints of this painting can be purchased here.
- Stephen tweeted about this painting while Mal was still painting it, saying that "Mal has already spent 8 hours on the top corner" of the painting.
- On Day 2606, Stephen also considered "Forbidden Lands" to be "her hardest piece and her most time consuming piece, by a large margin", and mentioned that the footage for it exceeded 2.5 terabytes in size.