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Dividing the Imagined by ShesABromide Dividing the Imagined by ShesABromide
Inspired by the Phoenix:heart: series done by miss ~MadMarchHare :flirty: A captivating story coupled with amazing visuals. I highly suggest checking it out B-)
:bulletred:The tale begins here: [link]
:bulletorange:But yes, my first red/yellow/orange facepainting ordeal! :dummy::meow: D'acryl acrylics, blue no-name glitter, leftover facepaints from halloween, and lots of free time/photofiltre. :aww:
:bulletyellow:The result was a Marvelesque-bodyart-photo(manipulation). :woohoo: This was super hard to put into a category. It wasn't all digital, it wasn't all traditional. :hmm:
Btw, I was going to try to get the whole flame-hair thing that she has going on in the picture, but the editing looked cheesey =P So I opted out of the cheese-fest and instead went for a sense of realism. After all, Hikastia has dark hair in human form
Enjoy! :bow:

:bulletblack:Is the contrast/intensity of the colours overkill, or a good stylized approach?
:bulletblack:Keeping in mind the inspiration behind this: [link] is there anything that could have been done to make the image more effective? i.e. a background, more of the shoulders/ body showing, less negative space, etc.
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Critique by The-Theory-Liz Mar 6, 2011, 10:17:50 PM
Let me just say at first glance I thought this was a drawing, but when I saw it was under the photograph category and I was astounded. This is truly a really unique piece of work with the make up and paint with the oranges and the the yellows and the eye makeup and color with the blue. It is otherwordly and very stylized.

The only real part of this photograph that does bug me is the white eye, it's a bit creepy and my eye tries to roam the whole picture and yet it comes back to the white eye. I'm not sure if that is a saturation issue or if it was an artistic decision, either way I'm not sure if it was the best decision. The over saturation of the ear on the edges is a little disheartening because I think a little more pink could have been shown.

However the rest of the composition with the tilt of the chin works extremely well.

Good work and experimentation!
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Very interesting here as i look at it. My only complaint is the fact that the composition and what is being drawn is a very common and often done drawing. It seems bland to me simply because i have seen it so very often. I am not sure exactly what you used to create it so i am judging it based on that it was drawn. Anatomy looks spot on and everything which is the main reason i enjoy this so much. I feel like the strong colors versus the faded colors could be in better locations to show form, but at the same time i like how it helps direct my attention to what you want me to see.

The only thing i dislike is the fact you gutted the eye out or didn't draw the eye. I think you should of because i see that as a major distraction.

All in all, good work.
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chopper481 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Personally I like the intensity of the colours; it's what made me want to look at the whole picture and not just the thumbnail. Also, I really like the perspective you used.
ShesABromide Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Thank you very much :la:
The perspective was mainly because of the piece I gathered inspiration from, as are the choice of colours. But the intensity was all me B-) :giggle:
I wanted it to "shimmer" like fire, so I'm glad that came through :D
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I am also from #Critique-It. :thumbsup:

Wow! :wow: This is a photomanipulation?! Just... wow! I would never have thought!

The contrast and colors look fine to me. Though, have you considered trying another background color other than white? It may produce interesting results!

I think you did a good job considering the inspiration. Though, I don't get the same whimsical feeling from this as I did from the drawing.

I would suggest doing something with the hair, too. Different style, maybe using some manipulation on it too.
ShesABromide Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Hehe it's a combination of face paint, photography, and photomanipulation :)
And thank you very much for the kind and constructive feedback :aww:
Yeah, I kind of wish I'd have done more shots with this one; maybe a few with my hair down. The intensity of the lighting and post processing gave it some nice shine, and with it down I could have colourized it to a fiery red :shakefist: :giggle:
I'll definitely try to revisit this one someday; play with the editing a bit :nod: I've gotten lots of handy feedback, so I'm sure it would come out loads better =P
I'm glad to hear you found so many positive aspects though :happybounce:
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I was thinking you could use - if you wish - heavy flame or fire brushes on the hair, to make it look like it's down, or give the illusion of movement upwards? That could be an option if you ever wish to come back to this picture. (I thought of this when reading your comment about having your hair down.)
ShesABromide Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Yeah, I was thinking I might try this: [link]
I'm not use to working with photoshop, but it would be nice to learn as so many people seem to use it =P
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
That would look great! :heart:
ShesABromide Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Did a little test run; changed the background to black and added flame hair. Any thoughts? =P
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student General Artist
That definitely makes it more interesting! :thumbsup:
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