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Fia by foukou Fia by foukou
Imagine a village in a magical world full of myths and legends and the almost required monsters and other mythical creatures. The houses and buildings vibrant and bright with colours, stacked and built one ontop of the other hugging the side of the hill, overlooking a sheer vertical cliff-side. With a second glance, one realises, "Wait a second.. This is no mythical world of fantasy! It's real!" Indeed, this is true. The title of this piece is Fia, F for fake (because the photograph has been edited beyond reality), and Ia is the name of this village on the island of Santorini in the Cyclades of Greece. Ria is the actual photograph.

With some changes to the original, mainly changes to the shadow's, this almost artistic, seemingly drawn interpretation arose. I think this worked well because of the photograph's subject itself. The stacked buildings are often seen drawn with very light and vibrant colours. The way the piece was cropped along with the shadow modifications, the photograph almost appears to have been drawn. With a blurred layer at 40% opacity added , the piece has a really warm and soft atmosphere to it and looks like many paintings I saw of the village of Ia while I was there.

The thumbnail never does a piece justice, and this is extremely true for this piece.
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:iconcentaura:
centaura Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Its really a beauty work, Cyclades keep lots of surprises and we are lucky because you did this fantastic vision of greece islands :)
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visualhelix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2004
WOW beautiful simply amazing! Enough for me to watch you!
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hathakleen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2004
This is really gorgeous. I would never have believed anything like this existed in structure or relative colours if I hadn't have seen this and really looked at it.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2004  Professional General Artist
Yes inded, the original subject is so colourful and doll-like that at first glance it's entirely possible to believe you drew it entirely! It's the typically Greek blue domes that were the telltale to me. This is lovely and I like how you posted both versions for comparison!
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xiaoli Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2004
awesome colours. I love the look of this town
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:iconmiss-understood:
miss-understood Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004
Ah, this is gorgeous. It's an entrancing place. :)
Just wondering, are you Greek?
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:iconfoukou:
foukou Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Nei, I am not greek, just an admirarer of Greece. ;)
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causticgit Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004
There are very few pictures that I look at and think, "This is an image of a world that already exists in my head... And now I need to write about both."

I'll link you if and when I finish the concept...
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:iconfoukou:
foukou Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool! I'm looking forward to it! (I hope you finish the concept! :))
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laroose Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
absoloutley stunning. definate :+fav: One of the coolest things i've seen on DA
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:iconfoukou:
foukou Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Really? wow! awesome, thanks! :)
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tedikuma Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
I thought this was a painting... Nice. Well balanced. I enjoy all the little buildings...
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intermatrixnaut Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool effect, no pun intended.
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:iconerosa:
Erosa Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
It's just beautiful! Soothing pastel hues!
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zingzangzoom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004   Digital Artist
beautiful
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Interference Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004   Digital Artist
Beautiful manipulation. Definitely magical.
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augustc4 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
Wow, this image is so relaxing for the eye... I could stare at this all day. Very well done.
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:iconfoukou:
foukou Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I see this picutre at least once every day (because its my featured deviataion on my main page) .. so i know exactly what you mean! ;)
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theyrocked Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004   Digital Artist
absolutely amazing. this MUST become a daily deviation
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foukou Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, ive never had a daily deviation before.. So, i don't really expect to get one with this piece.. :shrug: Thank you, though! :)
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diosaperdida Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004  Professional General Artist
I love the little bits of texture here and there. The light colors are nice too.
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2004
OOoooh I wish I could go there!! I probably have a million relatives there
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004
LOL knowing us Greeks, if someone announced there was cheese and ouzo, a million just might show up... hee hee
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foukou Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm pretty sure a million people couldnt possibly fit there... ;)
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cooper Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2004
This has to be the best eye candy ive ever seen. The hues are so delicious I could eat them! Instant :+fav: great work, take care :O
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:iconfoukou:
foukou Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Hooray! I got someone to say eye-candy to my photography!
Thank you! :)
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zzpza Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
beautiful! :+fav:

:D

j.
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004   Writer
I think the original photo is quite awesome in itself, and this is a fascinating interpretation of it. I can hardly say which one I prefer. This is a manipulation that actually does add something worthwhile to the photograph, it really hooks your attention.
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kiffy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really does look painted, fascinating. It reminds me of the pictures i saw in a little gallery in Lindos when i visited Greece a few years back...lovely ^_^
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thesmokeking Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2004
wow man this is really good, it looks just like an early impressionistic painting... your colors are great...
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DoctorSeuss Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2004
Brilliant work..the layering was a great choice.

=d
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Akemi-Jamie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2004
I was there for a vacation once. That place is so pretty! Nice shot!
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lucidtheory Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what an incredible manipulation of an already incredible photograph...
Faboulous work. You have a fantastic gallery, by the way. ;)
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SarshelYam Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely phenomenal!! Brilliant work, so magical and faithful to the original reference! I LOVE IT!!
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:iconfoukou:
foukou Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
:D! Thank you! :)
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pencillicious Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004   Writer
wow... I have a hard time believing that this is a photomanipulation and not simply a briliant painting. There is nothing I can say critically about this piece... it is simply absolutely stunning. You're really quite brilliant. Kudos.
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foukou Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure if i'd agree with you on the me being brilliant bit, but thank you! :)
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Karl-Haushofer Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
:wow:I don't really see any big difference between ria and fia but... the two pieces really look irreal, like a painter's rendition. I would love to see it by myself :)
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:iconinguz:
Inguz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
Most excellent image, definitely looks like a hand-painted watercolor.
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demonlight Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Professional Writer
Reminds me of a postcard of Santorini, all white buildings and domed roofs. Nicely done.
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BridesNightie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Its amazing. If I wasn't sitting down I'd fall over :faint:
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Delen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Really beautiful. Better than the original, in my opinion, because it really looks a lot more organic due to the fact it looks liek a painting.
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death-jargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
DUDE....how exactley did you get this from a photo... thats great
you must tell me how you did this
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foukou Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Using photoshop CS i first altered the shadow/highlights of the photograph a bit. Image> Adjustments> Shadow/highlights. I didn't touch the highlightsbut set the shadow radius to 10, tonal width to 30% and amount to 70ish%. I then duplicated the layer to which i applied these shadow adjustments to, did a gaussian blur of about 6 px to the duplicateed layer, and set this layers opacity to about 30%... And this is how i did it.
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GMintyfresh Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Breath taking :D
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rnlrd Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004   Photographer
With what you have done to it, it is a painting of sorts, nice job, very nice ! ! ! !
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jameela007 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004
omg...so pretty!this is soo somewhere id love to live. the unreality. the warm tones
i love it
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mdog02 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004   Writer
I really like this. The original is excellent too, but I like the pastel tones of this version. It has a lighter, happier feel that appeals to me greatly. I love the way classic villages like this one are constructed. At first glance the buildings seem like a jumble, but as you look at the piece things begin to come together and take a form that's much more logical, not to mention fun to look at, than if they were lined up in nice neat rows. The village is so ancient, and each individual window has so much history, so many fascinating tales to tell. Each building is a work of art in itself, and viewed together as they are, arranged on the hill behind the church, makes for stimulating art, a rich historical cross section of a culture, a history lesson at a glance.
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foukou Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, what a comment! Thank you very much for it! :) I'm glad you like this one more than the other... me too! ;) I definately agree with what you are saying.. It's almost an overwhelming amount of history and stories.. It would be awesome to go to each window and ask people what their life stories are, and where they're from.. and so forth...
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mdog02 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004   Writer
You're very welcome. Thanks for the excellent, stimulating art. It was a great way to start my day. :)
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