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Gothic Rose

By FlexDreams
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Model: Olga Valdem
Hair Style: Mihail Rydyshyn
Dress: Tatyana Makarova
Retouch: :iconbigbad-red:
Texture: DreamsTime / Shutterstock / DepositePhotos

Image size
900x683px 153.71 KB
Shutter Speed
1/180 second
Focal Length
77 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 19, 2012, 4:01:15 PM
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This is a really great, alluring piece. When I look at this, I'm fascinated by its contradictions or contrasts. She holds a rosary, usually associated with the bright beauty of grace and faith, and yet she's all in black in such a dark setting. Also, she has such a large tattoo and, like it or not, tattoos aren't usually associated with elegance - yet the tattoo is of an elegant, beautiful bunch of roses and the lady is extremely elegant and so is her dress. Her skin and teeth are so white, yet the background is dark. I don't see her as a vampire, though I see how some might view her that way. I also don't see her as exclusively Gothic, though, again, I see how she could be viewed that way. I love her red hair. Her expression doesn't suggest pain to me - I see pride and confidence. So, I see her as mysterious, curious, fascinating, graceful, beautiful, and elegant, all rendered in a romantic, even erotic, way. It's a pleasure to look at.
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I think your piece has a overall great Vision to it. Sexuality, love, religion, despair, and a long life shine through in this piece. Although the originality of the piece isn't the most original it doesn present a sense of uniqueness in its own right. I do get a sense of gothic vampirism that is true to the Anne Rice world. And that is not a bad thing. It actually is a good thing because she, the characer, is holding onto her eternal life as if it was a burden. Showing that she did indeed have human aspects that older writers couldn't concive of. The emotional implact of this piece effected me greatly because it showed that she was trying to be strong when she was in reality in despair.
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Gothic Rose is a fabulous piece of artwork. I don't want to re-state the previous comments, but I have to say the hair is probably the best I've seen, ever. I was thinking that maybe the rose tattoo could've matched her hair color more, but maybe it ties in better with her lips. Her hair is certainly a gorgeous color, and the shiny parts are excellent.

Looking at the picture on the right, I love the flesh on her back, and the structure of the back itself. Very life-like, rather than simply smooth.

I don't know if it's Gothic, just because there's black in it. To me, the woman looks quite elegant. Very well done!
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Why bother going (technically speaking) over-board with it's pro's and cons. She could be a total bitch and a complete hussy. But through this one picture, you've made her hot, classy, sophisticated, intelligent, mysterious, sexy, alluring, dark, ambitious, exotic, beautiful, dangerous and...more than likely, handy with a knife. I don't know what else you could ask for in a woman, and I would really hate telling this one to go back to the kitchen. That would be such a WASTE. I've fav'd it because I have already fallen in love with her, and judging by the way she glances over her shoulder at me, it is all in vain.
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This is a really gorgeous piece of work, the shades of reds are excellent in making her more "there" but too much of similar colors can make it seem a bit drab as you analyze it more. This did not happen in this case, which is very good and a sign of a good piece of art. In addition, the second shot seems a bit too cluttered and not at all subtle that it is a gothic style due to the cross and the weight of the earrings.

Whilst initially I felt that more could have been done to tell the story of the photo, as I gazed more upon her tattoo I felt that it was an excellent way to showcase her body and the whole imagery, though I still believe that it should have been more barren in the upper body area and something should have gone "up" in color along the bottom of her dress for more contrast.

An excellent job has been done in retouching her and giving her a slightly cool feel in some parts. It seems as though she truly fits and the colors that surround her (the reds, especially) give her a bit more "life" that I appreciate. The fold of the dress is perfect and the way the light bounces off is excellent. The background near the middle also helps make her more eye-catching as it would be much more drab had it been greys on greys with no breaks in between. This was not the case for me, and I was drawn in at the instant I saw this image and I really enjoy the piece.

Another thing that I appreciate is the wave of her hair. Paired together with her dress, it really aids in make a new flow but at the same time it keeps it from becoming too drab and separative. The shapes and figures also help to make this piece much more interesting and dynamic, and although I still feel like the earrings are just a touch too much, they do add a bit more of activity to the photo without truly breaking out of character.

Overall I would give this a 4/5 as you can appreciate the simplicity and balance of things but nothing really goes overboard, which can be positive or negative based on the viewer's opinion. Personally I'm more in love with the first half of the photo as she is lengthened and appears to be the rose, herself, instead of focusing on her rose tattoo which makes it a bit more obvious. The first photo makes it easier to take her in and say "Hey, she really is a rose!" instead of "Oh...she's dressed as a rose because of the tattoo." as in the second half. Both have their own personalities, it seems, or at least appear to be more "in depth" which I don't feel like you would have with just a singular photo and with nobody else involved in the matter.
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amazing work, I would love it even more if it could have a different background as it tends to fade some of the detail in the dress for instance. the light that surrounds the character with this background makes it look less real I feel.

Still I give it a 9.6 over 10 because it provides a sense of beauty, a deeper meaning comes when observing the character's accessories like the rosary and the pendant. the tattoo is lovely as it gives it an emphasis on the Gothic look of the character.

the hair puts a great contrast on her skin and matches the strength of the tattoo.
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You're welcome mate!
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Beautiful! And the model, omg! So pretty!
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Oooh, sultry. I love this, it's so gorgeous!



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I love the way you use contrast between the red and the black background and wardrobe. I really love the rich red colors!
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