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Edit*: Finally had time to render some of the background. Not much left, this will probably be the last WIP before I post the final piece. I will try to finish it before the end of the year so I can start on something new. I already have something really awesome planned.

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You're welcome to give me critique. I'm mainly concerned with the composition and color scheme right now. 

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Character belongs to Edward Cates a.k.a. Barosus   The Phibiemancer C 14 - A Dryad's Birthday Part 1The date of my elvish party just seems to be getting pushed back further and further, but seeing as how my old friend Elethyrion had given me the heads up that my favorable standing among the elvish community had been souring of late, I felt like I should stop by the secret village on the fae side of the nexus to try to smooth over some of the wrinkles.  It took a little persuasion, and two cases of black-market moonshine, but I think I got most of them back on board.  I also brought an official High Cabal Sanctioned Guardian approval letter as back up to prove I wasn’t trying to do anything clandestine behind their backs, as well as an official request to implement the new obfuscation charm into the ley barrier.  Once they heard from my own lips and from official HC documentation that I wasn’t trying to hide secret questionable magic on their doorstep, the elvish conclave voted almost unanimously to keep me on as Portal guardian.
However, much as I had feare
The Phibiemancer C 14 - A Dryad's Birthday Part 2A dogwood’s lifespan is roughly the same as human’s, so by this autumn day, when I was mechanically working my way through the woods in exhaustion after the elvish business, she was just approaching her teen years, or perhaps I should say the “flower of her young adulthood”, which seems more appropriate when referring to a sentient plant being. The last time I had stopped by to visit was earlier in the year before Selena had arrived.
As I approached the familiar grove of laurels that protected her secret glade, I could feel the potent elvish wards that serve to make any wanderer passing through consider that thicket far too much hassle to be worth any sense of exploration they might be feeling. Of course anyone who knows the charm binding the laurels can easily bypass it, but at least she was more protected from ordinary human passersby. I trudged down the now familiar route to the stream, which was gurgling merrily down the hillside as usual, anticipating the p
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Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Traditional Artist
Lovely to see it finished! It looks simply stunning, the motion, in the pose and swinging, the little waterfalls, the characterdesign, the colors and the whole vibe, very lovely, I love all the work you've done on this, very amazing, ambient and cosy looking, so much fantasy in one piece! 
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Barosus Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Writer
OMG Dani! She is so beautiful already! I don't even deserve such a lavish gift!  I am truly blown away to see all the new details.  This is coming along so amazingly!  I can't wait to share this update with my watchers.  Maybe it is just because it is so late at night, but seeing this again for some reason brought tears to my eyes.  I am truly humbled and amazed at both your incredible talent and your extraordinary generosity.  LoveHeart Hug I think I've fainted. :happybounce: Clap Huggle! 
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LindArtz Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work on her hands, and hair; and the sunlight in her eyes; also the shadows of the leaves on her arm and leg.   An overall delightful piece to behold. :love:!!
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caddman Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
excellent work, I lov it!...:heart:
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Seeeks Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the rocky stream. I still think the eyes are creepy but since it's something the creator of the OC demands from you, I understand that you don't really have a choice. I like the way the hand is extended. The hair is nice and it's interesting to see a hint of teal in the shadows. I assume it's being affected by the foliage.
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anasofiajc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful!
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
Thank you!
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anasofiajc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Callme-Ismael Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018   Artist
... :clap: 
:) 
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
Thank you!
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Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018   Traditional Artist
Goodness, this is simply stunning Daniela! I love the colors, the setting and backgroung, the design and execution of the elf girl, how you did her facial features especially her eyes, how she swings, so beautifully done already!
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Sara-Arasteh Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
Thank you!
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Damdadidoo44 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your paintings still keep getting better and better, incredibleLove 
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018
Aww, this is the most awesome compliment for an artist. Thank you!
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RReddVar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very lovely work! It's better than what I can do. :P 
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Thank you, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed :hug: 
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vityso Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is already absolutely beautifulLove, I loved the facial expression, and attention is given to the small nuances of color Nod , in the parts that are already ahead of the process.
I do not know it would be correct to give critique, I'd rather think of giving little tips.
..so sorry if this will sound academically annoyingSweating a little... so to still be interesting I hope you read with the accent of an English lord using a monocle... The brachioradialis muscle together with extensor carpi radialis longus always follow the thumb, as she is a lean girl the difference in the arm shape will be a bit different in the forearm, and in the "bend of the arm part", of course assuming her thumb is out when she grabs the tree, since this part is not readyMeow :3 if you intend to change the grip of the hand ignore my comment Wink/Razz. (Also, the part of the elbow to the wrist tends to be longer than the deltoid elbow part).

It would also be interesting to raise the green detail in her hips, to pass on the idea that the hip bones are higher and soon the femur connection gain space, will follow better with the already made composition of the leg.
about composition .. this is not my best, I'd rather not say anything than give a silly tip. I would only advise a little experimentation with blues in the background to create a deep (royal blue I think), this will make the girl warmer, in the colors that you have already put on her.

I hope this helps in some way, even to see other possibilities in your painting. As it is now, is already a very good piece, the color patterns are already very stable and the composition is very beautiful, you have a softness of its own and deals with the themes in a very beautiful way, I can not wait to see ready.La la la la 

(by the way, I'm not that smart, I checked the names of the muscles in a medical anatomy book that I have :D (Big Grin))


 
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Thank you so much for such an awesome critique! You definitely have a point with your anatomical observations. I still struggle quite a bit with anatomy and sometimes overlook stuff so it's incredibly helpful. 
I agree about the composition, in fact I was on the fence about changing the whole thing from scratch but the prospect of scrapping it at such a stage just felt like way too much work. I will just try to do better next time. But if you have any specific thoughts about the composition here, I'd love to hear them even if they can't be applied so late in the process, I could use them in the next piece. 
Thank you once again, it's awesome to receive a critique from an artist of your level :hug:
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vityso Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
 I am very happy to know that my comment was helpfulI am a dummy! It's an honor to help you, Danny.

About composition, there is a little hint "if it works small it works great"
make several compositions in a very small size in simple blocks of gray can help achieve a good composition fast, if it looks interesting small will be interesting big Nod 

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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
You are really sweet ^^
Oh yeah thumbnail painting. I'm still struggling to get the hang of it. It seems to be an indispensable tool but isn't at all intuitive. I'd have never thought of it on my own had I not seen it in tutorials.
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vityso Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Meow :3 
On the thumbnails, I think really lack "access tutorials", the ones that exist have been geared towards the more advanced levels.:| (Blank Stare) 
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caddman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Thank you so much!
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caddman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
my friend

Daisy you're welcome by Aurora-Alley  billboard: MY PLEASURE

have a great day...:)
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poems-about-hue Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
This blows me away. Wow!
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Aww, thank you so much for the enthusiastic feedback! :hug:
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Renata-s-art Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Gorgeous job!:clap:
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Thank you, Renata!
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Renata-s-art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Very welcome!:hug:
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Inna-Vjuzhanina Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! ADORE her face and the flower crown to bits. The rendering is just perfect and I absolutely love her eyes and the use of light. Ah, makes me want to drop what I'm doing and run paint, too! :rofl: :la:
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Aww, this is such an awesome compliment coming from you! If it inspires you in any way, I'm only overjoyed to hear it, since your work is always inspiring to me.
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Panartias Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Already looks amazing! 
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Thank you! :la:
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Panartias Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome! Hug 
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
well, your rendering skills are over 9000
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Thanks, sis! I do enjoy rendering indeed :D
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
^^
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AquaticJM Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018   General Artist
This piece is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! :D

The level detail is amazing and the lighting and background look especially lovely!~ :)
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Thank you! I'm really glad you like it already. I love painting in details so it's always great to hear they get noticed :D
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AquaticJM Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018   General Artist
Just giving credit where credit is due~ ;)
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Looking great so far! Her hair and crown of flowers are gorgeous, and that smirk gives her quite some personality!
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
Thank you! I'm quite proud of the smirk myself! Was quite a challenge to get it right :D
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, getting facial expressions can always get tricky, especially complex ones as this, so good job!
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Barosus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018   Writer
Oooooooh!!!!!  Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!  You have made my month!  This is just beautiful.  I to is already so good!  I can't believe this is still a wip.  Dani, you are amazing. Froggy Emoji-22 (Hug) [V1] 
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
This is so great to hear! It was so fun to pick it up again, I can't wait to get a breather these days to do some more work on her. Glad to hear you like it, is she coming out as you imagined so far?
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Barosus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018   Writer
More and more so!
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BisBiswas Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my god the composition 😍👌
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DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018
You like it? :O It's the one thing that really bugs me about this. I was on the fence about scrapping it and redoing it completely.
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BisBiswas Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i loved it ! no u kidding... from the colours to the flow everything is in perfect sync 👌
Can't wait to see it finished now 🙌
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