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Rainy Night

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My participation to the "Creative Inspiration Contest" hosted by :iconkuschelirmel:

Inspired by the beautiful picture of :iconmbhenriksen: I Set Fire to the Rain by MBHenriksen I love how he did a beautiful light effect on the rain, in a lightened town, and tried to do something similar.

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:iconstockeffect: Black Carnival 4 by StockEffect - :iconregularjane: Bokeh Texture Pack 001 by regularjane -

Brushes:… :iconamorphisss: -… by :iconroula33:

Thanks to everybody.
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Upon first glance, it drives you in. Looking at it from a distance, an emotional vibe exudes from it. Feelings of sadness, loneliness even vengeance are felt quite strongly.

The choice of colours compliments not only the model, background but the curiosity of your audience yet I wonder why on earth this is on "dark" as it does not feel dark, remote yes but overall it is more of an emotional piece rather than a dark piece though if one were to appreciate this more intimately, you do see it eventually.

The downsides to this rather wonderful piece is that not only is your model slightly, just slightly over-sized but positioned just a little bit too high. Lower it just a tad by about maybe 50-90px. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

The sheer idea of the rain is fantastic, not only does it bring appeal to the situation but helps us appreciate it.

My issue with the rain is, not so much the rain itself but the drops. Good grief! It's too strong, even if you were going for that effect... that photography effect. You know, taking shots with rain drops on your lens, your drops are way too strong and does not look natural.

Almost every drop that I see is really too strong expect for three. The one near the nose and mouth (sprinkling one) and the one just south of it. And, north of the black flower before the dropping drop <img src="…" width="15" height="17" alt=":O_o:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="139" title="O_o"/>.

Anyway, as I do not want to discourage you. Let me just say this, in your next piece, if you are working with raindrops, go for subtlety. Do not sharpen every single, little, drop.

Note: there are also mistakes on the rain, minor yes but they are, shall we say, ambulance chasers. And, also, on your bokeh, rain, splatter, drops, thing effect.

Overall your piece is wonderful. Effects, colours are chosen quite nicely but unfortunately when you look at it closely. Well, <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>.
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Thank you for taking the time for this kind criticism. :hug:

I'm a bit confused about the rain drops. Looking at the previous criticisms, you can see that some people had the opposite opinion about them and pushed me to add more droplets. :confused: But I agree with you on one point: they are not very well done, it is hard to do.

And I agree with you: it is more an emotional than a "dark" picture. But it was not in my purpose to do something really dark. It was most an exercise I did about rain in a lightened night. :)
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You're welcome! :D :hug:

I have not read them =P. Whatever their opinions are, they are theirs and this is mine. :)
If they want to have more rain, that's them... definitely not me! As I feel if you do that, it will absolutely ruin your art, period. Besides, consider them and mine, as opinions not dictations. ;)

Yeah, I know-- who said, it was easy to make rain drops look natural. Maybe, next time-- try using stroke to help blend your drop to the skin ;). Practice, practice, practice! :)

Yeah, I suspected as much as really, it's very hard for me to accept this as "dark" ;P... I mean, if you want dark here :)

Anyway, it's a good "exercise" for you ;). Definitely one of your better works, I'd say. :)

PS: I actually have textures stock that may just help you in some way in your future artworks. :)

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I am definitely unqualified to offer you a critique, as your work is far more excellent than my own. However, I will attempt it. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/> This piece is gorgeous. It has a clear message, and is complimented by its warm tones and vibrant color. The sparkles that have been added to the rain give this piece a magical feeling. I am compelled to add this piece gives me a feeling of both courage, and pain all at the same time. Your blending technique is near perfect! I am in awe of the drops splashing against her chin. So lifelike! It truly is beautiful! You have done a magnificent job!
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It's too much, I'm confused. Thank-you by kmygraphic:hug:
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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to confuse you! :hug:
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It is a magical and most beautiful piece of art!!! :D :hug:
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The concept of a masked carnival woman in a dark but luminous city burred in the background adds mystery to who the person is and what she is planning on doing.

The overall composition (in terms of where the subject is placed, the colours and contrast) is very good but there are a few things that I feel that needs a little touching up in order to make this digital artwork become more photo realistic.

There are but many parts of the subject that is still fairly dry which is kind of impossible since she looks like she is standing in the middle of a street with rain pouring in the background like cats and dogs. I can see that you added rain dripping effects on the edges of the subject which is great, but it feels like it's not enough. If you have time, I would go back and work on them. And just like how you added rain dripping on the face, could possibly add them on the person's clothing as well.

It's getting there, but it's not there yet.
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Is it better now?
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I really like this picture! Very well done, the most I like the color image, because it look fantastic, and I adore the color red (It is perfectly): D
The girl is beautiful and perfectly fits ... Blur the edges I like it and I use it on almost all of my pictures, it looks great!
Stars looks great, just a little objection to the rain, maybe it is too cluttered?
Although again, each has its own taste: D
Objection small should be higher resolution ... And of course the signature of the perfect match!
You're very talented designer! Keep it up !
Good Luck !
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This is a beautiful piece and the sparkling effect added to the rain is wonderful. The colors are sharp and vibrant and one gets the feeling that the girl is sheltering from the rain above a busy city scene. Maybe she is a warrior from another world or maybe just a party goer in New Orleans. If there would be any changes to make, I would suggest cropping out some of that gorgeously lighted background. The lights are captivating, perhaps too much so as they compete with your main subject, the girl. Just a little dimming might also do it. Once again, it i a beautifully colored piece. Good work!
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I really love this picture! Seriously its soo good. I do have a few recommendations though. For one I think there is maybe a bit too much fantasy on the right side of the image. After all the focus of the picture (I assume) is not the rain or the blurred lights/bridge in the background, but rather it seems to me that the focus is/should be on the girls face, and mostly on the intricate work done for that mask. I really wish the mask was more visible and the scenery was less so. Also this seems a bit bright for a masquerade picture. Considering that wearing a mask at all means at least some degree of mystery and uncertainty. Lastly, this reminds me of the cover to the book Republic of Thieves
Overall I really love this shot and hope to see more like it in the future! Keep it up
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Wow i am totally impressed.l :heart: The details, the wet look and the colors everything fits so well. I just keep looking at this art. :)
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