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April 3, 2007
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I'm not decided whether to check mature content or no. Breast are shown but it has no sexual or offensive content... What do you think?

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A Modern Classical Painting workshop commissioned by ImagineFX, to be found in Issue 17.

To be exact, I aimed at an early XXth century stylization. Lots and lots of studying done to get the subject, composition and feeling right... The works of W. Bouguereau and Lord Frederic Leighton were especially helpful :)
For extra fun, I incorporated some elements from works the old masters' paintings: e.g. I placed the character in the same forest as Bouguereau his Biblis. Please check the link below for details! Also, I ended up adding a small surreal twist to the image. I will refrain from outlaying the idea behind it, I hope the picture itself manages to tell the story. :)

The whole image was done in Painter X with Airbrushes, Chalks, Oils and Blenders with slight help from Photoshop. Aside from some live reference, I used many paintings/photos for inspiration and anatomy checks - click [link] to see. The images were found through google,, and (if I remember correctly) getty.

The painting technique was quite different from my usual, with much more Airbrush used in the process. Also, when doing the background, I went for a looser look, only hinting details with visible brushstrokes instead of painting everything precisely.

All comments and critiques are most welcome :D
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TimPrevett Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Stunning work - excellent.
FaeryRaven Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
This is gorgeous ... and is no more "mature content" than any other beautiful work of art depicting a woman. The "masters" painted many women with their breasts exposed and art museums display them freely. Yikes, Americans can be so uptight!:) (Smile) 
anakat1 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I really like all your classical paintings!

platterpile Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
There is no offense with regard to her nudity in any way. Some may argue but they’d be wrong-
jeanmaryanne Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think she is placing the key with the others on the ground, so that only the right one will be able to pick the right Key to fit the keyhole to her heart.
Her skin is flawless and softly glowing. Her facial expression is one of knowing a secret. I love the pose and no you do not have to check sexual or offensive content. This is a work of art and I think it's wonderful!
ManFromAbora Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of those keys has to fit.....
sickelevra Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
why this called locked., she wasn't "locked" at all..
Bella-Star14 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
She's holding a key, so I'm sure that's part of the reason.
NameLips Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
She has a keyhole, and she's holding a hey. I'd say it's the "key to her heart" or something.
fenice8 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
classic photo paintover..with dear marta not saying she painted over a photograph...the deadful trees should be a clue to the observant..
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