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Hello there ;)

Following my new year's resolutions to update more often, here I am.

Well OK, it's cheating, since this piece has been done in 2010 for Digital Artist mag, issue 12 (I think). You can see the "making of" process there.

Done in Photoshop in loads and loads of hours. I've used an airbrush quite extensively for detailing, which was a new thing for me.

Used some refs for the flowers and gold elements, as well as posed in the mirror for quite a bit until I got the pose right. That's about it :)
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bobjeanhot Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
BoldRobber Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Imperious  Queen A wonderful piece of work :Violet-orb: 
Rolsfer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful! =)
hlootoo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is the Whore of Babylon isn't it?
darkmae76 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Amazing work.
Endaewen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was just re-reading that issue of the magazine. Definitely neat to see the image here too.
xzendor7 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Fascinating, Love The Headdress.
Ladyisarma Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Like this, the colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
rudynalsya Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
so klimt...
jonathanshummingbird Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Love it. I wish I could do this. You rock my socks off.
Aquignea Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea how you paint hands so well, your hands are always so gorgeous! One thing I noticed when watching a "making-of" video of one of your pieces, is that you never mirror the canvas to check your work. I think this may impact your faces in particular since they tend to look a little wonky. I think if you mirrored the image regularly throughout the process, the mistakes would jump right out at you and be much easier to fix. I went for years without doing this little trick and now I do it all the time throughout the painting process. It's a life-saver and keeps things from looking weird and "wonky". Hope that makes sense and helps a little! Keep up the beautiful work.
SLMRebeiro Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Reminds me of the old Art Deco prints, but with a wealth of color and detail that they never achieved. The only Art Deco works I've seen with this kind of shimmering, sumptuous color were pieces by Lalique. And I *love* the pose, and the detail on the hands. Exquisite.
Shadowed-Star18 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
[link] featured :D
Zacharka Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great detail! Can look at it for hours!
Zhuhui Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
nice picture :)
tuxsuti Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gordengekko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Saw your work at Digital Artist. I love how u explained your work. Thank you.
MissWinchester88 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Amazing! I love colours in this work
Shadowed-Star18 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
christianstudios Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Digital Artist
So Beautiful work... I love color and all the details..amazing work
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Beauty, charmed and expression ! Good job ![link]
LiuAnQi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful rich colours!
MariaVill Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Aerisblack Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SPLENDID i Love this! I really like it. For sure.
HopiaGirl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
Enthalpie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Veils are gorgeous!
s-blue-faerie Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing picture :)
OwlsOnFoot Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the over-all composition, especially the use of color between the shades of violet and gold. That being said, is there any particular reason why her eyes are half-shut? It is a little reminicent of the oracles of ancient times that were usually intoxicated (in one way or another) in an effort to "see the future". What was your goal with the eyes?
BelleVDM Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutly love all the detailing you did!! Very beautifull!
(lol, I know all about posing in the mirror to get a pose right, ;-))
leeinlimbo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Looks like a classic silent movie starlet come to life.
kitsunegarispiriva Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
perfection. really love the colours and especially the way the fabric is pained. love it!
isa-lollipop Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Love love love!
AgOlada Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Naprawdę przecudowna praca, a najbardziej urzeka mnie faktura materiału wplecionego w ozdobę. Pomijając oczywiście klasę wykonania samych złotych elementów i cienie na łańcuszkach. Jedyne, co wydaje się nie grać, to dziwnie krótkie palce. Ale sama posiadając bardzo długie, może po prostu nie jestem przyzwyczajona ;)
jigsawpuzzle007 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
This piece is stunning, I love the vibrancy of this piece, her hands are amazing, :)
Tzel-ha-Lyla Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your skill at painting hands blows my mind!
LASEED Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is truly stunning
Botzilia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Wonderfully vibrant colors! Love it!!!
xxHoneyxx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow....I love her hands
Valentina-Remenar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :hooray:
3V1LG3N15 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I love the details you put into the headdress which make it very realistic. The fabric is so smooth that I feel like I could run my hands through it.
White-WingsXX Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I love the touch of orchids.
t1gertasha Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
great colouring on all the jewellery pieces
Serene13-27 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
The details are wonderful!
Great job!!!
silverwingsoffire Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
For some reason, this reminds me of the Oracle of Delph. Wow.
MidnightFantasyJunsu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous, this is gorgeous! Oh wow I could only hope to be able to make something as wonderful as this!
hyuuga-eji000 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
This is amazing?!
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
You are still here :la:
isolella Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woah ! the jewellery is wonderful ! we could see the pendants swinging ! the veils are amazing and the fur is very realistic . This is a real artwork ! I fav' it !
scarletrusalka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I can't help but wonder what do you mean by "used some refs for the flowers and gold elements"? Because I assume you either traced and brushed over the photo refs, or exploited the eyedropper tool a little bit too much.

I could be wrong. Some artists do copy every detail and every slight change of color of a photo ref without using eyedropper tool, though I never understand why they would do that. It's better to either cheat all the way by painting over photos/picking up colors from refs, or to ignore the original ref and use completely different colors.
So what was it? Eyedropper, or painstakingly copying from photos?

Yes I sound pretty harsh here, but I really don't believe that you created your own colors for the woman's skin/gold elements/flowers. They look too much like a photo. And this isn't meant to be a compliment--copying refs makes your painting not so different from a photo collage. Might as well just do a photo manipulation piece; it's less time-consuming and achieves the same thing.

Again I could be wrong. And I do love your design here--I think your art has potential. But if I were you, I'd learn to have more control over the painting and rely less on refs. You can use them to get the pose/expression/details of objects right, but not to simply copy them.
Tzel-ha-Lyla Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can understand where you are coming from. Blackeri has amazing skill - I'm putting that one out now as I know her painting skill blows mine out the park, so please no one tell me "but you can't paint like that, so don't comment!".

I have no problem with people who have the ability to paint exactly (emphasis on exactly) what they see. It is part of their skill. I also believe, yes, you do need references. References don't have to be the exact thing in the exact pose you are drawing. It's the photo reference thing that can be an issue. The content in photo references have already been flattened into 2D, so the artist loses that original 3D feel. Photos are also static. Thus the content loses it's "movement" and becomes too suspended. You can always seem to see when it's a photo reference the artist took (thus they saw the content in 3D and had a chance to interact with it) than when it's a "found" photo.

The whole idea of painting over a photo thing was new to me until I came to dA. I had never encountered that in my training and was really surprised by it. The closest to tracing I was taught was used to make deadlines and only ever used for very rough pencil outlines. Once the picture you were tracing was taken out from behind your page, you weren't restricted (yup, restricted - that's what I tended to feel when tracing) by it and you had merely a rough thing to work with.

When I look at this painting, I can feel the artist has used live models and cloth before, as the two look very alive and in motion. But, although the metal is beautifully rendered, something about it doesn't interact with the person wearing it. I can't pin down what it is - maybe the metal needed to reflect the person more, so maybe its the lights and shadows in the metal - but the model and the jewellery look slightly separated - like a collage. I know though that it's something fixable.

Gosh...I think I went off on a tangent.
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