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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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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) 
I really like all your classical paintings!

There is no offense with regard to her nudity in any way. Some may argue but they’d be wrong-
jeanmaryanne 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 May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of those keys has to fit.....
why this called locked., she wasn't "locked" at all..
She's holding a key, so I'm sure that's part of the reason.
She has a keyhole, and she's holding a hey. I'd say it's the "key to her heart" or something.
classic photo paintover..with dear marta not saying she painted over a photograph...the deadful trees should be a clue to the observant..
If you actually took the time to read her description of the painting you would realize that she states for the public that she purposely made the background look loose, and decided not to put in as many details.
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