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Gaze by ScislaC Gaze by ScislaC
First off... do I have to say it? Fullview!!

Done in Inkscape and took somewhere between 15-25 hours... who can keep track of time when "in the zone", and w/ work broken up over a 3 week period. UPDATE: Yeah right... I can't stop working on it and usually do for about 10 mins a day or so. This deviation will be updated occasionally to reflect the changes.

This picture was inspired by and done with reference from Sinessa by - * emshae. (was used as reference with her permission)

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To see my original submission (prior to all the updates) check out the original, now in scraps.
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Rohan-Skellams Featured By Owner May 12, 2005   Traditional Artist
Awesome image. My stiff isn't a patch on this - all from scratch... incredible!
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zyclone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
brilliantly detailed work! the shading and colours is very well done, better thna my brushing skill anyday :D keep it up
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Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Extremely detailed work. I'm impressed. The wings are wery well done, and so is the sky and the leaf.

I think her lips are fine... They just seem to have a strong lipstick -- perhaps a softer tone would work better. But the silouette and the shading are very well done. Instead, I think that the visible hand needs some more work... And the eyes don't seem to fit in completely either. It's not the globes themselves, but the way they connect to the face... I think they need eyelids, or such. And perhaps, a smaller, more roundede, and less pink eye corner.

There is something weird in her hair... Perhaps the fact that behind it seems to be nothing. I think that you should place a dark brown (solid) layer as a base for all the hair silouette, and then start adding layers of hair in different shades of brown. This is theoreticall -- I have not tried it -- but it should work. Or not.

But, hey, that is constructive criticism -- the picture is aready very, very skilled and well done (I would never in my life be able to do such a thing). íKeep up with the good work!
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, one last thing I didn't mention... you should really compare the original version I uploaded to the current one. If you have a tabbed browser, pull the current one up and you'll see a link in the description to pull up the original. If you do it so that they're both lined up, you can switch back and forth between tabs to see the progress that's been made since I first upped it. Basically the amount of atmosphere and depth is the biggest improvement. Just thought I'd recommend it since you put the time into the constructive criticism.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I removed a lot of the technical info from the description as no one seemed to care. But just so you know with the sky, there were 418 accurately mapped stars, most of which ended up being blocked by her (doh! that's what I get for working on it seperately and merging it in).

Regarding the lips, yeah... I definitely agree that the coloring is strong, but they seems to lose a bit of depth whenever I muck around with it... I should really go back and see if I can do anything. In regards to the visible hand, what recommendations would you have for what should be done? And yes I agree, I should definitely try to work in more visible eyelids. The pic that's up here isn't the scale I was working at either... there are details such as her eyelashes actually mounted into the pink edge of the eyelid that aren't visible because the resolution is so low (yes I said so low).

The hair is sooooo tough... there are literally thousands of individual strokes that make up the hair (all of the darkness you see there are individual strokes, no large solid objects in the back). And because there is so much going on, I can only have one layer visible to work on at a time (and each layer is a _very_ small section). That's gotta be the toughest thing about inkscape, the renderer (oh well, one day we'll get Cairo in there and it will be blazing fast). Back on topic, I have one place left that I have to go fix with the hair which is next to the ear... definitely not enough hair there. I will try your recommendation there... if it works out well enough I will probably redo the rest of the hair.

Hey man, I really appreciate all of the comments that you left today! You have been probably one of the only people to give solid constructive criticism to many pieces. Thanks!!
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Arctictwister Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
I kinda think it's not wide enough. but then again i've seen people with kind of skinny nails like that. it's a nice picture either way.
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Satyu-stock Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
:drool:
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Soloraven Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005
WOW. Very nice. I like it alot.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Arctictwister Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005
:omg: That is REALLY good. I can't believe you did that on a computer. If I can find one flaw it's that maybe the thumbnail isn't big enough. Anyway, nice work. A lot better than I could do.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! So which way is the thumbnail not big enough? width or length?
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cuteplushie04 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2005
Wow! I like the effect on the wings! They look so laced and shiny! Your mixture of cartoonish/realistic styles is also well achieved, but you could embolden your shading style a little. It looks too subtle. I also like the wirey hair you gave this person ^^
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! so, shading is too subtle, eh? duly noted ;) it will probably be darkened in next revision... (the challenge is darkening it, but not making the edges of shading too noticeable... that's the main drawback of the format I use... but I can scale it to the size of a building w/o loss, so the tradeoff is worth it)
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3Star Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005   Digital Artist
Hia,
This is beautiful.
Is inkscape similar to Corel Draw at all?
Beautiful effects.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Inkscape is kinda like Corel Draw... Draw isn't really like any other tool though (the mix of bitmap & vector). Inkscape is just a vector program, and is more along the lines of Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia Freehand.
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emshae Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005   Photographer
I think I prefer the one without so much shading b/c I look younger .... jk

This does have a lot more depth to it :)
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
so do you really prefer the orginal one? because if you're looking for a more youthful look, there is another idea I have for the project after my current one (influenced by your more youthful, long haired pics)... ;)
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Doh! It appears that the pic I was originally thinking of referencing was removed. :cry: It was a pic where your back was arched and your hair was really long.
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emshae Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005   Photographer
sure lay it on me ;)
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Juxwell Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
such a cute little faerie :love: her wings are awesome
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graf77 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2005
dang man. you weren't kidding.
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georgeblunt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2005
great improvement, mate! it's got so much more dephth now! :D
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
thank you sir! =)
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demonlight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2005  Professional Writer
I don't think it really needs the rating, but it's fantastic as it is. Perhaps you could do with a little more shading and gradation on the face, but I like the texture of the hair and her expression, particularly since her nose is more real and less fairy-like than would be expected.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! Yeah, I plan on doing more shading to the face. The biggest drawback is every "effect" that I do, is all manually done (no effects or filters menu to make it easy like Illustrator). So the shading and highlighting is really time consuming (layer upon layer of mostly transparent dark/light shapes). You should check out the original submission of it in my scraps to see how far it's come though. As for the nose, very good point about it not being so fairy-like... I never even thought about that. Good eye!
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rareattitude Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005  Professional General Artist
Awesome. I really like the detail in this. :nod:
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man... more detail to be added still though. =)
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georgeblunt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005
really cool, mate! :D
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2004
:faint:

That has to be the most detailed inkscape painting I've ever seen - in fact I'm pretty impressed inkscape was able to keep it up without major leakage (or did it? ;))
Great job on the ear hoops and eyes, the gloss effects and details are very convincing! There are a few areas where you might want to add some more details, including the thumb, the nose, and the ear, but it's all very good. Looking forward to seeing the final. :+fav:
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:. What would you recommend regarding both the ear and thumb? The nose I already have some ideas on.
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2004
You're welcome :)
I think the ear would benefit from some more shading and less inner stroke, while I think the thumb's shape could use a little tweaking (maybe the nail is a little bit too long?). Just my 2c :)
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graf77 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2004
great stuff my friend. keep up the good work. cant wait to see the next piece.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
thank you sir... can't wait to do the next piece! :P
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emshae Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2004   Photographer
Well what can I say. I'm glad you made my fingernail pointy and blue, it looks really good.

I think you did a great job, I just wish I had more highlights in my hair:)

Thanks again, I am very flattered that I could be your inspiration for this piece. If you want to draw any more photos just let me know! :hug:
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not REALLY finished with it yet :P

I want to do better highlighting and a few other hair related touch ups. I want to get this one printed... poster size, like 2'3', so it needs to be "flawless", which will require a bit more work,

As for wanting to draw other photos of yours... I already have some thoughts ;)
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ashyli Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2004
Wow, how patient you have. Great, i just think the mouth line could be more soft, I mean this color. Other lines can be softer too and it will be very good.
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks... I think I understand the mouth line, the outline, right? (which I'm going to go fix)

Which other lines would you suggest softening as well?
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