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Sakura Whispers

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Bullet; Purple my entry for  Cherry Blossom/Sakura ContestHello Everyone!
It has been a long, long, loonnngggg time since we have done a contest.
But better later than never, no?
Since it is the season for cherry blossoms/sakuras to be in full bloom...
Finnyanne and I decided to make a contest of it, of course! :lol:

Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  New and old submissions are permitted;
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  All forms of media are accepted (excluding literature);
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  1 submission only is allowed (So, submit only your best!);
Pink Dot Bullet - F2U!  You must be a member of the group to take part in the contest.
Bullet; Green  Contest begins on June 6th and ends on July 2nd. Bullet; Green
Bullet; Purple 1st place: 250
 held by :iconunforgettable-time:

Bullet; PurpleArt tip of the day: So, just a simple tip. If your image seems to be too highly contrasted try applying a new grey layer and turning the opacity down to between 10% and 1%. It will help to soften the image and even out the lighting. Just a medium grey will do. Be sure it's not too dark.
Happy manipping! :wave:



Credits- 

Model-Sakura Princess 6 by Celtica-Harmony
Sakura-Stock- Cherry Blossoms
Sakura branch-Cherry Tree PNG Stock Pack
Sparkle-Sparkly.Glittery GIMP Brushes
Bokeh-Bokeh Photoshop and GIMP Brushes
Butterflies-Butterfly 14


Bullet; Purple All other FX created by me, or added from my own sources. 
Bullet; Purple Many thanks to everyone who shares their awesome stock! :wave: 
Bullet; Purple Thanks in advance to anyone who comments or faves. I appreciate the encouragement and feedback of my fellow artists. Hug
Image details
Image size
900x600px 424.98 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/395 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
135 mm
ISO Speed
640
Date Taken
Jan 19, 2012, 6:56:13 AM
Sensor Size
5mm
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ChieFucuda's avatar

Beautifully created.

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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The stock from Celtic-Harmony is already beautiful. It featured a girl with a katana slightly unsheathed clad with beautifully arranged kimono and a nice hairdo. But from that to FrostAlexis' fantasy rendition...worlds apart. Starting with the subtle things she took control over the lighting, contrast and emphasis on the model's skin tone so it does not jump out of the picture. The shining light from behind added focus that it was ok for the blade to look flat and not shiny. She made it look dynamic by blending two things: understanding that the stock features the drawing of the sword and the glance of the model towards the blade; and adding a layer of flower petals and butterflies. The latter added a sort of distraction to the former so the onlooker's eye switches between the face and the blade as if everything else around led to just those two. FrostAlexis' art lies in her deep understanding of the photograph and her creativity to make it shine in full color.
Exquisite detailing.
Splendid art work!
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Thank you very much for this kind critique friend! I really appreciate the support and encouragement, and I'm really glad you liked it :heart:
ecuasage's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I have been a lurker at the Deviantart website for several years. There are not many photos that I simply stop and stare at. This one was a rare gem. Celtic-Harmony and her model provided a fabulous foundational photo for FrostAlexis to work with. FrostAlexis took the best of the original and turned it into a dream-like masterpiece. Everything from the touch-up of the the eyelashes, eyeshadow and hair instruments to the lens flare through the hair to the butterflies and the blur effect...all of it was a masterfully implemented designed to pull our focus to the beautiful subject. I look forward to seeing more from these young artists. The motif of strength and beauty (the sword and the woman) was tremendously impactful. This is the sort of picture someone could be inspired to write a fantasy story around. I certainly hope someone does so!
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Many thanks for this critique friend, the encouragement and support means so much to me. I'm very glad you enjoyed my artwork. :heart:
ecuasage's avatar
As I am writing a book, I know exactly what you mean about the need for encouragement and support. Thanks again for creating some amazing and tasteful art.
ClassicSonicChick's avatar
Wow this is very beautiful! Frozen Fever - Wow! Anna's Surprise Icon 
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Thank youuuuuu! <3
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Thank you so much! :aww:
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Thank you very much. ^^
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Thank you very much Dani. ^^
Blossom-Lullabies's avatar
I really like all the elements you put here to create a feeling of movement and the pastel colors you chose are just wonderful :clap: Great job :hug:
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I still really love the way this one turned out. Glad you liked it too! :love:
da505's avatar
Beautiful work and colors.
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