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Ondine by dahlig Ondine by dahlig

Done originally for Imagine FX issue 100, I recently repainted quite a bit of the piece and decided it’s about time to show this one :)

Done in Photoshop from start to finish, with help of refs and peanut M&Ms. The full painting process was recorded and can be seen on that IFX 100’s DVD. And oh, if you want to check out the details, here is a FACE CLOSE UP

And about the piece itself: The task was to tackle a common subject of a “fantasy female”. Quite a challenge, since pretty much everything has already been done before within this theme. My idea to handle it was using contrasts – both in terms of depicted elements, colors, lighting etc. I love clashing opposite things so, in this regard, I consider this one a personal piece…

I had a blast working on it and hope you enjoy it too. :)

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Given 2014-12-16
Ondine by dahlig is gentle and flowing with details that are almost tangible. Pops of color offset the soothing, glowing quality of the figure, making this image one for the ages. ( Featured by Aeirmid )
aisforgrlsnamedamber Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

russellcattle Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
 An image that is reminiscent of the movie, Three Colors: White.
Slayme Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Absolutely gorgeus! She so beautiful.
PoisonIvy55 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
oh my God.. This is incredible!!
Jamie-Nicole Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to my February 2015 Journal. You
ToxicaFay Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
There are no words to describe how much as love this
Ambar-Elementals Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
love it!
nightshade77 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MythArcana Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Intricate details here and I love the cloth work! It would appear she has some help on laundry day, as well! Lovely colors with an eerie somber mood, my type of art! Gorgeous work and congratulations!
DarkLover33 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014   Writer
adaounder Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great art
JoeF2011 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014   General Artist
check out my sublime art!!! it's way better!!
Andy813 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is stunning.. From the design of her dress to the flourescent flowers. I love it, great work and congrats on the DD!
Marqania Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
It's rare that something so lovely makes me so mad.  The flowers and the hands pulling the figure down have more energy than she does.  Granted, the title is the name of a mermaid, so the figure could simply be going back to her natural element, but her expression makes me question whether she's going back of her own free will or because she's given up.

Despite the urge to shake her (I say shake, I mean smack) and yell at her to wake up and fight back, I actually do like this piece.
kawaiirainbowgirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing art!Meow :3  
maRKE0 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Really nice
Bazzkorg Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
This is beautiful, creates a mythic sense. 
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
Bauvy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
The hands in the water are trying to pull her down, and she doesn't even seem to notice.  Maybe she is 'spaced out', or in a dream.  She looks like a fashion model, so maybe she isn't too bright.  Good job on this piece, though.  It is beautiful and haunting at the same time.
becsketch Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The little details really bring this to life for me - the embroidery in her bodice, the cast shadows of her eyelashes, the glow of the petals and all those wonderfully unsettling hands! Beautiful work
Roseanna-Bludd Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
ismailjalili Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
So beautiful and inspiring
jhonismartins Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Artist
Oh Gosh! It's very very fabulous! I really really enjoy it (:
JacquelineMorren Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
This is beautiful and pretty much realistic- love it!
JMD8o Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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annemaria48 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow where u get that lady stock :) :heart:
JMD8o Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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EveGrimm Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Writer
great work. love it
jborna10 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi . So nice . How did you get idea ?
Forever-Changing Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student
JBSWIF Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work<3<3<3
opulasereth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are one of my favorite artists & this one is absolutely beautifulDance! 
galaxy-parrot Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
This is awesome, would love a tutorial ;)
kg177 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
now I have a pleasure of looking at a canvas print of Ondine hanged on my office wall:)
MarisaMcMadHatter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Beautiful as always. I wish I had talent like you! You were my inspiration to begin my studies in art. I do simple things now, and I'm currently in school for Graphic Arts, Media Arts, and Graphic Design. Please continue with your beautiful pieces.
Nelloxxy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Insane work, I love it!
artweak Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
You are one of the artist I've look forwarded to follow and really enjoy Umbrella Sky every time I see it. I'm glad you are back :)
Mileenie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Recently one of my friends played a piano piece by Ravel called "Ondine" it's pretty awesome.
starwitchstone Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Amazing colors! Wowzers!! :heart:
Brisbane-Printing Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Really Beautiful!!!
Critter-Creator Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! All of your artwork is so realistic! I love how she looks like she is glowing and the contrast between the background and the flowers. 
Fluffachu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your artwork.Clap  How do you make the skin so realistic!? I seriously looks like it's glowing!Nuu 
Aimiyuharmonia92 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Photographer
love it 
crystaleyes909 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Beautiful - the contrast in the colours and that purple light really makes this stand out, not to mention the lovely details in the lace and petals. 
simonamoon Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
elfarwenevenstar Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I'm in love with this- particularly her lips, they pop so much it's gorgeous :)
lil-razzle-dazzles Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I didn't notice the hands right away!:omg:  So symbolic.  You have not been here.  I've been here for two years and I remember seeing your art and thinking, "I'm going to watch this person.":nod:  But alas, you never came back.:(  It's good to finally see you painting here again.=D
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