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The Cost of Desire by FionaCreates The Cost of Desire by FionaCreates
A Symbolic Portrait exploring the character of Lady Macbeth and the hidden cost to her mental health if she reaches out and actually takes the crown for herself.

For anyone who doesn't know the play Macbeth, at the begining Lady Macbeth is just an ordinary Lady, but when politics changes her husbands position she pushes him into the choices that make him become King, murder and the like, and at the end of the play she has gone mad, seeing blood on her hands that isn't there "out damned spot, out I say" etc and ends up taking her own life.

This is where her decision could go one way of the other, do I reach out and grab the crown, or leave it alone.

I lost count at 20 hours.. and there are probably more than 30 hours of work... but I think it was worth it, even if just for the personal challenge :D
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nbarbour Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
unique style....im feelin it
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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Alvene Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Great character design and interpretation, I love her face^^
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) I like exploring different faces than the generic fantasy pretty face so glad you like it.
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome piece, it deserved to be published!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D I'm so excited to get my copy of the book :D
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be exciting!
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GuardianOfShigeru Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful work has been featured here! :love:
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Starlace Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow. Masterfully done.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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Zaechs Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
A+! I like the hands in the mist, and the feel of movement in them!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D I spent a lot of time looking at smoke and clouds to get the movement like the whisps where hands XD Seems it paid off.
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh fuck yes.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks XD
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mySilverhAMer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This fantastic awesome job!!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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xxPseudOxx Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats badass dude :chew:
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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phoenix1784 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
It ended up beautifully. I have no issues with the painting as a whole, though I agree the background is a little jarring, not sure why.

The only issues I have with this piece are minor details. On her right arm's sleeve, the shading as it comes out of shadow does not seem to match the shading of the rest of the dress. Everywhere else looks like velvet, right there it looks a bit like satin. My other main issue is her hand. The placement looks right and wonderful, but the shading seems almost not finished. Especially when I look at her other hand or even her face.

Other than that, though, I think it turned out wonderfully. Well worth your time, either way.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D I've been so swamped with messages I've been afraid to open my message centre and finally braved it today, cos I like to respond to all comments, it's the nice thing to do xD

Thanks for writing a proper opinion, it's great to hear what people really think. The one hand that's less polished.. well I like that one better because I love to paint in a less polished style, but I think I ended up overowkring everything else into super polished and I couldn't bring myself to do the same to the hand I like.. XD So yeah it is a little different. I guess I broke my own rule and let my sentimentality get in the way of the picture, ah well I'm a happy bunny and that's what matters lol.
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phoenix1784 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Lol, as long as you're happy with it. I just thought I'd point it out, even though I figured you liked it that way.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
what I actually wanted was the rest of the painting to be more.. painty and less rendered, like that hand XD so it was either repaint everything, or repaint that hand, or leave it cos I didn't want to ruin the one bit that's exactly how I want it XD
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phoenix1784 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
XD
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Justyne Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
She turned out amazingly. I told you before that I really love the hair. The coat came out beautifully too. I think the background bugs me a little. The upper part of the painting just has an 'unfinished' touch as the background elements feel too crisp for a painting. The position of her hand underneath the crown just looks painful. The angle between back of the hand and forearm is a bit extreme and was enough to distract me for a moment.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
The hand under the crown is actually based on my own hand, i took a photo of it, and it is intended to look slightly painful (I tensed it right up lol) and not quite natural but I do see where you're coming from XD As for the background, I generally intended for it to be a more graphic background in contrast with the piece, unfortunately the picture as a whole has turned out less 'graphic' than I intended and more painty... something to work on next time XD
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Justyne Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Even the contrast of painterly and more graphic elements could be fun and work, but something here makes it feel unbalanced. I can't quite say why I feel that way, but the pure white is almost like an intrusion. :)
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
heh, I like to play with pure white, expecially digitally :D Thanks for your honest input though, I can always expect it from you which is awesome :D
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