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This took about 6 hrs. (so glad it's finally spring break!) It also has so many layers, my best guess would be 150 to 200. The hair is painted by me.
I enjoy any amount of critique, and what you liked/didn't like about my picture. I am always trying to improve so any tips or links to tutorials to help me improve is also welcomed.
Stocks:
-Model: link
-Background: link
-Leaves: link
-Falling Petals: link
-Texture: link , link
-Brushes: link
-Hair Stock (can't even see it after all the layers): link
Image size
5100x6600px 26.52 MB
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alexiafelixHobbyist Digital Artist
wow realy great !Maybe the prospective is a bit wrong , I know how it's difficult to find the right tilt I did it on school and was so hard for me to take a passing grade Giggle photomanipulation is realy difficul and I apraciate people who is able to do it well ,anway I love the colors and the hair on the air it's so beautiful ! the composition is realy well done . The leaves realy gave more dynamism to the image. my high school teacher would love this picture CURSE YOU! 
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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gospelmagicHobbyist General Artist
The pink cherry blossom petals adds to the Japanese style.  The light highlight added to the blade makes a nice touch and the hair additions to the stock image are very well done.  The shadow you added to the stock image is an important step to making the image more seamless (good job).  One negative however, is the visible heel is noticeably shortened giving the pose a visual disconnect that it doesn't quite fit.
Overall though, beautifully done with a dreamlike Japanese style.
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your feedback! It is very much appreciated.
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chasmdeepHobbyist Photographer
Hi dear. I've featured your awesome work here: fav.me/d8vwuub ! <3 Thanks so much for using my stock.
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature!
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VaragkaProfessional Digital Artist
beautiful work!
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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aevrynnHobbyist General Artist
I really don't know much of photomanipulation, but...

I love the colours, well, the light pink is just pretty and the black dress creates a nice contrast. :meow: You have done a great job with making the background, I think, the colours look realistic enough even though you've obviously changed them a lot. Overall it's a nice pic.

There's a lot of improvement to be done, though. The shadow, I think, could be a lot shorter, it looks too big compared to the background. The hair, as others have mentioned, could use some work, too. Other than that, what looks odd is the foreground. Her feet are quite sharp (uhh, is that the right word? English is not my native language, do you use that word when talking of photos? As in it isn't out of focus), while the ground, not so much. It creates an odd contrast, really, and makes it look like it was just cut out of a photo and stuck there (which it was, of course, but... you get my point...)

This is probably a lot better than anything I could manage, though. x) I don't know how hard making these things is, but probably not very easy. Sorry if I concentrated more on the bad things. ^^; Just keep practicing! :meow:

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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your feedback. The shadow was odd and hard because of the stupid heals she was wearing!!!! (so I can focus more on that). Her feet are easily explainable, I thought it would be better for the leaves too be blurred to give an idea of her stepping on them. Without the blur it looks really weird and she doesn't fit in at all. But I could work on that effect to give it a more realistic look.
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aevrynnHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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ArcaneBellezaHobbyist Writer
Overall, this is a well-made composite. The colors blend seamlessly, pale pink and white, with a dash of black. The model is a bit out of place, and the hair definitely could use some improvement. It looks fake, though I understand that hair can be quite difficult to portray. Keep at it. :) (Smile) 

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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you on the hair. It was the first I painted the hair completely and I'm still getting used to it, especially the ends. Thanks for the critique!
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ArcaneBellezaHobbyist Writer
No problem. :)
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TigerRose1329Hobbyist General Artist
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Six hours, and it was well worth the time and effort!  The lady looks so graceful and dainty and at the same time strong and powerful.  What caught my attention to this picture and what I like most about it is how beautiful all the pink tones are: the cherry blossoms all around her, the patterns on her dress, the blush on her cheek.  They all go together harmoniously.  And the black dress, shoes, and eyeliner she's wearing provide a great contrast for all the light pink and they make her stand out.  

Awesome job, and Favorited! :D
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the feedback, glad you liked it!
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TigerRose1329Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
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TheDviousOneHobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really great photo manipulation. Everything looks like they just belong in this one image, and I like how the pale, dark-clad warrior woman just stands out against the pink woodlands.

The only thing I critique on is her hair. It's the only thing that stands out due to the ends looking rather straw-like. And maybe it's just me but, the woman doesn't look proportional to the trees, like maybe she's a tad too large and the background should be bigger in scale by a smidge.

Well done :D Commented on behalf of :iconprojectcomment:
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the critique! Next time I will try to make the hair look a little more realistic.
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GlanzfellHobbyist General Artist
Wow, thats great ! The colours and the whole setting is very interesting and fits to the picture in generell c:
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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HeartySpadesHobbyist Traditional Artist
This has instantly caught my eye. I like the way she looks so pale in this photomanipulation, makes this artwork really stand out thanks to pink background! I also enjoy the contrast between her black dress and her skin colour :heart: The painted hair looks amazing, i like the way it flows and it is simply well done, love the detail :) Falling leaves are also a nice touch, it brings special atmosphere. Overall lovely work! Well deserved +fav from me :D
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CaptainSquirelHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for telling me why you like!
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Syake-JuStudent General Artist
I love all the effects and the style!

This is such an amazing picture! :heart:
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