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Bawang Putih

A portfolio illustration of a scene in the Malay folk tale Bawang Putih Bawang Merah, which is a Cinderella variant. You can read a synopsis of the story here: [link]

Media: Adobe Photoshop CS4 with Wacom Intuos 3
Time Taken: Probably around 30/35 hours
References: Mostly mine, google searches used for costume and the like.
Textures: Mostly mine, a couple from

:star: For more info, details and a progress animation: [link]

Please hit download – the compression is not pretty!
Image details
Image size
1299x863px 1.3 MB
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 14, 2011, 1:20:58 AM
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zichonilpindi's avatar
Ohhh goshh.. you did it very well! This is one of my favorite story when I was child! Thumbs up! :)
Alene's avatar
Oh, thank you! I'm glad so many people who really know the story enjoy it so much! =D
Thanks for the :+fav:s on this and "Audrey Hepburn 3" and the :+devwatch: too!
emilscarecrow's avatar
As a Malaysian, i am very proud! :D
Alene's avatar
Oh, thank you, I'm glad to hear that! I love stories from cultures other than my own, and I always want to do them justice. =)
Thanks also for the :+fav:s and the :+devwatch: =) I'm so glad you like my work! Keep up the good work with your portraits!
emilscarecrow's avatar
owh, i forgot to ask u.. have u watched the movie? :D
Alene's avatar
The 50s one? I did look at it on YouTube, but, alas, I understand only extremely limited Malaysian, so I wasn't quite certain what was going on most of the time. =P
emilscarecrow's avatar's ok..coz i think u've done yr research on that story right.. so it should be ok..
Alene's avatar
I did read a number of translations of the story itself. =)
emilscarecrow's avatar
that's good. :) do u know any other story like bawang merah? i mean old stories like that.
Alene's avatar
I'm more familiar with European tales, just because that's what's around, but I do know quite a few from various other cultures. I have a book of creation myths, and a couple of books that grab stories from around the world. And I discover various things as I drift around the internet, often quite by accident. =)
emilscarecrow's avatar
Hehe.thanks!i'll keep watchin. ;)
hannahlily's avatar
Gorgeous! Very rich colours, and i LOVE the basket of eggs!
Alene's avatar
Thanks so much! I'm glad you like the basket; I wanted Bawang Putih to be (meant to be =P) doing something, since she is a Cinderella character. =)
hannahlily's avatar
oh, of course, i didnt make that connection!
rachelillustrates's avatar
Beautiful, I love the colors!
Alene's avatar
Thank you, and thanks for the :+fav: too! I'm glad you like it! =)
rachelillustrates's avatar
Oh you're very welcome!
Indiew23's avatar
Fantastic work!
Alene's avatar
Thank you so much! =)
nao148's avatar
awesome picture..!!^^
Alene's avatar
Thank you! =)
annewipf's avatar
Wow! I'm speechless. :clap:
Alene's avatar
Aw, thank you! And thanks for the :+fav: and :+devwatch: too, I'm glad you like my work! =D
annewipf's avatar
You're very welcome :)
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