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Elemental by Ciuva Elemental by Ciuva
Originally I planned to call this Elements: Fire; but somehow the sky got stuck on her face, so... well.

I think I'm stuck on orange, in addition to listening to too many salsa songs (hence the "fire" element)... :D I'm quite satisfied with it, actually, especially the nose (mostly before I added the orange light, though). The lips are not good, but I didn't want to work more on them. It's only a fun pic, after all. (It's fun again!!! :D)

I'm usually not a tracer, and I guess I can't really be called that now either, but deep down there is a picture of me there. You can't really see that it's me though, except the nose (which is even larger in real life... :( ) and I guess perhaps the eyes. My hairstyle in the pic (taken today, for reference) is actually kinda close to this - my hair was wet and I just messed it up as much as I could. But the colours, the lightning (especially the strength of the "cold" light), the hair length and colour, some anatomy and outline of the face and so on, are all changed, and some of this very much.
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enialadam Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006
Hiya, very nice work! I like the pose and expression very much. Nice colouration too! :)
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! And thanks a lot for the fav as well, it's really appreciated. :)
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enialadam Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006
My pleasure! :)
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lillypad Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
I like this alot! Yes, the only touch up needed is the ear. But it's such a beautiful pic I didn't really notice it :). No wonder I thought I see you in that face! ;)
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks :hug: And for the fav as well. Very, very glad you like it :)
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Salvador-Almarda Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
Christ that absolutley rawks! The hair is soo cool!! I love eyes they look so real and the blending is great!
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, and thanks for the fav too :hug: I was very lucky with this, plus it's based on (even though it looks nothing like it now) a photo. Except the hair.
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Salvador-Almarda Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2005
:hug:
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gaux-gaux Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005
holy crap youve improved!!! i love the element fire...and this definitely looks fiery. You should try doing a series of all the elements! thatd be cool!
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I did use fairly much reference, but I'm very satisfied with it nonetheless. I am actually thinking of doing all the elements, although initially I was thinking of having a less realistic style, but I don't know anymore... There will be more elements though, if I manage to do more than fire. It is my fav element :D
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carolinebradley Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she's beautiful! such energy and passion! fav!
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, and thanks for the fav too :D Very glad you like it.
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ladyshalafae Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005   Digital Artist
this is pretty damn neat. she has a good expression, and i like the colors. very pleasantly smooth
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much - I just wish I was able to pull off something like this without a picture as a base (not that it looks anything like this anymore, but it was a really valuable help to get the angles and the nose right), but I learnt a lot from it, which was the entire point.
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ladyshalafae Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005   Digital Artist
in time, you'll be able to. none of us ever started out perfect. everyone has to learn.

and some of the very best artists and illustrators use models, and no one picks on them for it, so i figure it's fine
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I guess I'm just very impatient. I guess my mind, unlike my common sense, has a big difficulty grasping the concept of "you can't become an expert in one day". Oh well. Somehow I don't really think painting would be just as fun if I didn't have a goal, more than the pic itself, to strive towards...
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ladyshalafae Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005   Digital Artist
goals help one shape their work. just painting isn't as much fun, because you don't have something to keep goading you in to finishing
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Talescaper Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous. I like the subtle introduction of the element, which is more of a sensual hint then the usual 'Here, flame, now it's fire'.
The element of fire is not in just any flame, it's in the eyes, in the lips and the heart.
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the comment - really a type of comment I appreciate to get. And I'm glad you like it :)
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Talescaper Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, you're most welcome. I'll take a look around your gallery some more later.
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Tre-Del Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
Vakkert, rett og slett. Er ein av dine beste, synes eg. Øynene og nasa blei skikkeleg fine. Og ikkje minst håret! Hoi, te flink du er.:D Einaste som såg litt merkeleg ut, var øyret.
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tusen takk :) Er ganske fornøgd med nasa, har lært litt mens eg lagde den :D Enig med deg om øyret, det var skikkelig hastverksjobb. Men veldig glad du likar det :)
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Tre-Del Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
:D
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
Stunning. What's happened to you?! :lol: These two beautiful pictures comeing out of you. Keep going!!!
Only this i can gripe about is that ear, but heh. They're so hard.
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't understand it either. Suddenly I both get the time to study and paint, so with my conscience being clean on that point it is more fun to draw, and it seems like I work better too. Or maybe it's because I'm not really stuck to the character portraits anymore.

Oh yes, the ear... I was so tired of painting when I suddenly remembered it... It is loosely based on my own ear, but I totally screwed up the lightning and shading and the entire form of it in the process. At least it's there ;)
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
lol, my old trick, cover it with hair. ;p
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. If you can't draw anything, hide it - which is why several years went by with drawing people with their hands behind their back (before I learnt how to draw hands...) Just a pity I can't just magically get better at ears without drawing them ;)
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
lol. :D I really need to learn how to draw them. ;p
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Could be a nice thing to know ;)
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
lol, yah. :D
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L130053 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:omg: You know the first word I blurted out after seeing this was: HOLY

Its absolutley amazing =D :+fav:
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :) And thanks for the fav, really glad you like it.
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L130053 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D No problemo!
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xshadowx Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the expression, great work :)
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Veganvictim Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
wow - that glint in her eyes is mesmerising - and i like how her hair is flamelike too

what's wrong with the lips??

wicked - bravo x
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much ;)

Well, the lips were much cooler in the photograph, for one thing, and there's just something that feels slightly off. But that is when I'm being a perfectionist (or, more than usual) though. Luckily.

It was her hair that initially put me on the idea of flames and fire, I didn't want to give up its weird look ;)
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Veganvictim Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
i can't see how this is a photo of you though - it's pretty far from it - i can't pick out any features at all
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I changed quite a lot. But actually, the eyes themselves, and the nose, are almost identical to my own. But I guess because everything else is so different, even they don't really look like my own. It was only meant as reference though, so I'm glad not too much shows...
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Veganvictim Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
i like the hair - it's what made the piece stand out to me in reference to the title
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