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The Sorceress of Eventide by delightedmuse The Sorceress of Eventide by delightedmuse
I am so looking forward to June, when the fireflies will be glowing within the prairies of the Midwest; it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  (It can seriously stop snowing any day now…)

I tried capturing the feeling of a gentle summer evening, but mostly this painting became an excuse to practice frippery with the costuming :meow:.  

:damphyr: Tools: Photoshop CC 2018, Wacom Intuos 3
:damphyr: Date: 4/18/18

[Edit:I also have a self-critique up on my blog of this painting, but I’m interested in any feedback/critique others may have to offer :nod:.]
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Critique by MortalNightshade Apr 22, 2018, 6:48:40 PM
I really love this, for multiple reasons! First of all, the absolutely beautiful colors of the apparel, and the apparel itself. It's very appropriate for an elf to wear, and I especially love the complex pattern on the front of the dress. Because of this, the gown is extremely elegant, even if the character isn't in a more elegant area (say like a ballroom or such). Her hair flows delicately in the breeze, though the wind isn't able to tear the flowers braided into her hair out, which is a really pretty detail. The background is calming, and the green fireflies add a nice mystical touch to the overall picture. The shading is very nice, and lastly, the magic fire gives a very beautiful glow, which the painting would've been bland without. I only see that her posture is slightly off, but that could be seen because I'm tired. Absolutely gorgeous piece! :D
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Hello! I'm from :iconprojectcomment:

My first impression of this piece is, "Holy wow! This is a beautiful character design!" I'm a sucker for great character design, and I love how you included details in the outfit: from the folds of the skirts, to the embroidery on the belt/sash, and even the draping of the sleeves. It makes the dress feel real, like I could travel someplace and see someone wear this kind of outfit and have it look much like the one here.

I also love the colors you chose: while green, blue, and purple are typically cool colors, they tie in with the idea of summer and have warm tones. The creamy yellow is also a wonderful color, and I like how it also ties into summer. I think the pink/fuchsia is a lovely accent color, matching the scheme but still standing out.

The background is also really nice. I love the rolling hills in the back and the night sky, and the one lone star in the sky. :) As much as I love nighttime backgrounds, I feel like there should be more shading/differences in lighting if this picture takes place at night or late twilight. I feel even with the magic light in her hands, the edges of her dress should be darkened a little more. The surrounding grasses could also vary in shading a little more, such as the grass blades closest to the edge of the picture could be dark-green-near-black, and then lighten closer to the source of the magic light. Even with the cute fireflies added, I'm not sure if that would be enough light to make the grass as green as it looks.

However, I do like the fireflies. I think that is a lovely touch and also adds to the environment of the scene. I love all the colors you used, from the sky to the character - by the way, I love her hairstyle. I know I keep using the word "love" in this critique, but these elements stand out most to me and I do love and am inspired by them.
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robskind Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew the sorceress very nicely. None of the colors are too saturated, fitting the tone of the environment at dusk, but giving her the slightly lighter color scheme was a great choice - really gets your attention. Great attention to anatomy and details also (only thing I think is that you meant '/18' in the description) :) (Smile) 
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delightedmuse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Thank you! ^_^  (And great catch on the year :O_o: )
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robskind Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :) (Smile) 
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global99 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hello I'm kinda new here so you are my first person that i'm giving comments to. I love the outfit designs and colors! The pastel colors play really well together and the details are all very well drawn out. For comments hmm maybe you could give her more depth to the art piece? For example the the hills at the back could be lighter as at night there's fog and it could give more depth to your painting! Overall i really the painting! The mood are all executed really well! Lets continue to work hard and improve together! :)
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delightedmuse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Thanks so much! :meow: I realized belatedly you commented here too as well as critiqued :3 I appreciate it!
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charmedstudio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
She's like a goddess of summer and magic. Thanks for posting.Nod Clap :) (Smile) 
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delightedmuse Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
Thank you! :heart:
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TwilightDestinyArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This looks beautiful! Keep up the fantastic work!
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delightedmuse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
Thank you! I appreciate your kind words :meow:
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TwilightDestinyArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
You are very welcome :) (Smile) 
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Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
really nice work 
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delightedmuse Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Thank you! ^_^
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Danieljamieson Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
welcome
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