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Sakura Nymph by SparkOut1911 Sakura Nymph by SparkOut1911
and FINALLY I think I'm going to call this one finished! Thanks to everyone that showed up to the livestreams for this thing even though I didn't have many and to all the others who also offered their morale support :3

This will be featured as a print at Animazement :3 I'm excited to be going!

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TheIronClown Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
hot damn, WOW
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YumeNox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This drawing is wonderful !
The colors and soft and fit well together in this forest atmosphere.
The character of the nymph is very well done too : i like her having Geisha style lipstick ^^
landscape aroung is fantastic fairy-styled
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HoshinoDestiny Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning picture! The way you colored it is amazing!
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GaleRider Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I had a look at the face, needed to zoom in 300% on the close up and you're right. I know exactly why you aren't happy with it as I suffered with painting/sketching the same kinds of faces. Here's a sum of what's wrong and needs fixing.
1. Her eyes are flat, especially the left one, there is no 3 dimensionality to them.
2. Contrast. there is not enough of it. There's nothing is that bringing the lips forward.
3. Lighting. there is no definite light source here, thus you have random highlights (like under her chin) and no proper shadows to further form the face (needed on her neck ).
4. Her left cheek is too flat comparing to how 'full' her right one is.
5. her ear is way too low, the more your head tilts down, the more your ears move up.
6. Her smile is not clearing shown through tone, when you smile it pushes up on your cheeks.
I suggest looking at references of faces more, study them and try and understand how colour works to tone and form the face. Also look at different faces and different features, all the ones you use are all the same.
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to give me a well thought out critique, I really appreciate it. I'll have to give this all a hard look when I get home and see if I can't save the picture x_x (thanks also for being technical about it unlike a certain someone.)
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GaleRider Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, just hope you take in my advice as my previous critiques didn't seem to help, I've mentioned your lack of lighting and contrast once before. (she had red hair...there was marble floor or something)
You should really look at other colourists, or at least people who do line art then colour like Artgerm, he's a fantastic example of how much you can do with colour and has live streams)
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
Well I think I'm overthinking some of the highlights, like the one you mentioned, the one under her chin. Doesn't light bounce off things? I think part of my contrast problem is also my computer screen, I thought I was mindful to put more in but when I look at it on my phone it looks different than on my computer :\ I mean its not the whole problem but it certainly doesn't help.
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GaleRider Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, light does bounce, but not all the time and everywhere. It depends on the light source and where the light is coming from and how strong/soft it is. In this picture I have no clue where its from or how strong the light is. Also depends on the substance it's shining on, some things absorb more light while some bounce more.
You shouldn't blame your PC, Why don't you just calibrate your screen then? doesn't take more than five minutes and its built in your PC's system.
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
wait really? ^^; I'm so computer illiterate.

I meant to make the light source come from overhead and just kinda failed miserably >< I kinda thought that light should reflect from her chest back up a little but I guess I miffed that up.
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GaleRider Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just Google it if your not sure.
Studies of lighting would fix that.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I said it before and I'll say it again, those extra small details really paid off! :eager:
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
^^ thanks! I'm still going to have nightmares about cherry blossoms, so many x_x maybe it's my job that gives me this sort of patience since I sometimes end up altering thousands of the same part all day.
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Que-ink Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty good, the detail is quite exquisite in this particular piece~
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
^^ thanks. I thought I was going to die half way through all of those cherry blossoms ;__; lol
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cbalk193 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so great! I love the Japanese influence!
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
^^ thanks! I did it for my table at Animazement this year so I went really heavy on the japanese theme :3
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cbalk193 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For an anime convention, I can imagine! lol
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KwongBee-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I DON'T THINK THISA IS A FLOP AT ALL IT'S AMAZING AN INSTANT FAVE
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Digital Artist
:3 thanks. I suppose maybe I just have bad luck :/
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KlarthSan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very nice, I love the composition and your style :)
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Digital Artist
:3 thank you ^^
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Digital Artist
I really like the depth in the picture, how the foreground stands out from the trees behind. The flowers and the petals frame the picture really nicely. The colour scheme looks fantastic. It gives a sense of warmth in the sunlight and coolness in the shadows. :)
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Digital Artist
:3 thank you very much! ^^
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TurquoisePastel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ohh, very pretty! i like the flowers falling down gracefully onto the ground! the colours work well together c:
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks :3
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TurquoisePastel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
np :3
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AutumnGoose Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
love the color and the depth of the pic, good job!!!
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks!
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GaleRider Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice to see your treating the hair as a whole rather than individual pieces, a nice improvement : )
The cherry blossoms look really nice too. Shame I didn't catch the live stream though, I would have suggested you look at trees and how they are textured cause they are actually pretty easy to paint. At the moment the tree kinda looks furry...ah how nice it would be to have furry trees, we could make thneads!
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Hmm I may go back and fix it at a later date x_x I think I burned myself out a little on this one lol
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Riversun Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The finished product is just beautiful!! So much detail, so many amazing colors that blend together so well!!
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SparkOut1911 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
:3 thank you!
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