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This started as me being in a bad mood on Wednesday. And how better to blow some steam off than to set something on fire?! Well, in this case it's a someone, and she seems immune to the flames. Might be her crown generating coolness or her posessing some kind of magic, but whatever it is, she's wearing the flames without getting burned. It's what I think I should do at work more often... or maybe I'm just overinterpreting and this is just some fun lighting practice. You decide ;)

What do you make of this?

I'm submitting this with critiques turned on because it took me waaaaay longer than I thought to get her arms and face approximately right. I think there's still things that are off, but I've stared at it for three evenings and I'm kinda happy now (if not completely) so I decided I'd ask you guys instead of going nuts over every individual stroke ^^; So fire away :D

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Stock from ~La-Esmeralda-Stock (girl) as well as ~Ayelie-stock & ~Mind-Matter (fire) and my own background shot on holidays in Firenze 2009... I have so much stock unuploaded from that vacation it actuall makes me queesy --> my stock can be found on *kuschelirmel-stock but NOT HERE!

My art is not your stock! so hands off!


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Jaw dropping! totally blown away and so envious of the skill and quality!!!!!! Bloody awesome. The concept is wonderful and the drawing is absolutely gob smacking! The fire just draws your eyes in and the model herself has almost a pouting look. One could say almost sulky if she doesn't get her way. I think the artist has great imagination and patients and has worked really hard on this. The whole imagery just jumps out at you and you just can't help but stop and stare in ore at its beauty, skill, and divine brilliance. I may be going over the top but I totally love this piece of work! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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Hey Jasmin!

OK, so I drown 'em and you set 'em on fire. HA! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="45" height="20" alt=":highfive:" title="High-five!"/>

Beautiful and very interesting piece. I mean 'interesting' in that I can stare at it for hours and still find unique little details and different ways the lights are playing on each other, etc. I love the way that the lighting effects on the background are subtle and that there is a gentle gradation between the reds and the blues. Most artists neglect things like that.... they overlap the two without consideration of how light naturally flows. The way you did it is much more realistic.

My monitor is not calibrated properly, I don't think, but I don't see any smoke. Should there be some? I do like the embers, but my thought is that there should be even just little wisps coming from the dress.

I'm not sure the contrasting blues work for me in this piece, but that is an issue of personal style more so than technical skill or impact, I think. But, the blue "cool" crown begs a "why?" I don't know if this makes any sense, but you could maybe have a bit of cooling light spilling downward protectively from it, the flames cooling at the top of her shoulder, or something, like it's doing on the top part of her face but maybe a little bit stronger. Or perhaps it has another purpose. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Really nice use of light and shadow on her skin, too. I think many of us would have tended to make it too light, but you've done nice work with remembering where the shadows would fall, even subtly.

Last critique is that the skin looks a little too smudged, but again that could just be my monitor. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

Overall, a very elegant piece done masterfully with a lot of passion! This feedback is just the personal perspective of one person, but I do hope it is useful.
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Thank you so much, Jade!

Smoke! That didn't even occur to me before! That would be the icing on the cake for sure :nod:

Also some great points on where the light should be spilling :nod:

and :lmao: at the drowning vs burning comment :D
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I adore the cool and warm tonal range through out this piece. The small sparks of fire carry the feeling of fire crackling throughout is a wonderful detail. I love the way the wall reflects the tones, and captures the lighting of cold and warm.
I think there should be however; more cool tones through out the top of her head reflected from the crown, as you have made those lights bright and vibrant as well as orange glows on the chin and back of hair.
Overall this is a gorgeous rich piece that is well done, with great technique!
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:blowkiss: thank you so much Jena!

the top par, including her face, have been bugging me and I couldn't seem to get it right. Maybe I can have another go at it with all he pointers I've gotten so far :love:
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I adore the piece Jasmine :hug: and I know how hard it can be to achieve those
flares and glows in some spots just the way we like them without over powering,
or just looking like smathers of colors. Overall it is delicious and divine!
I have always loved your ability to from cool to warm tones in your pieces, and when ever
I need a reference I usually go to your works or tuts to get an idea!
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HOLY CRAP!

What I love: The way you used the fire is excellently placed. I especially love the embers around the fire. The stock you chose is a great one as well.

I also tell you this all the time, I love how you use color, tones, gradients and the separation of color here works well.

Now, there's a lot of fire but none of it is reflected in her hair or her lower face. I also don't know if that's a crown or an apple on her head, I love the glow of it and placement, but I'm not sure what it is.

The face is a little too dark for all this fire even if it is below her. And her skin seems blotchy. I would have lightened the make-up a little also, it seems a bit severe if fire is the subject matter.

Overall, I LOVE THIS PIECE! I love the concept and the execution of it.

It rocks <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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THANK YOU!

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I was fussing over the face for ages ^^; couldn't seem to get it right. I agree, a bit more fire glow there would be good indeed. Where exactly do you think (safe for overall a bit more yellow-red tinged)? The nose and chin? The ear, too? on her jaw it it always looked off...

As for the hair, I added some red last minute, but it seems it's not too visible. ^Elandria's guess is that my monitor might be lighter than hers, maybe yours, too... but even so, a bit more fire in the hair would be good.

And she's wearing a crown, but at least on my monitor it's pretty clear.
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Definitely under her chin, her upper lip and the tip of her nose. I see her ear has a little bit on it alreayd. You don't want the whole face to be lit up but just highlighted a touch. I think more yellow but play around with it. I'd also darken the upper part of her face a little bit and have a tinge of fire glow in her eyes if you want to give it a more sinister feel :devil:

I looked at the details and saw it was a crown! I think that's a cool touch. I really do love this piece. The stock is great and the fire glows just right and it's hot, no pun intended.
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First impressions, beautiful, well lit, excellent use of the fire effects, your technique and skills have mastered something which has proven time and again to be a difficult element to recreate!

Things that really caught my eye were the tiny fire sparks which so many people often forget when they are using fire in their images. You can tell, as with all your manips that you've really taken time over this to get it right without even needing to read the details in your description <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

There are 2 points on closer examination of this that I keep going back to and looking over again. Her hair does not reflect the flames at all, despite everything else being beautifully bathed in the glow. Even with the light from the crown being blue, her hair would shine with both colours, and without those highlights its creating a kinda, "dead" area of impact around her face.
The second niggle in the same area is the background lighting, again, love that the upper parts of the arch are reflecting the blue of the crown, but as with the bottom half of the bg, there should still be some soft orange hues to just mark out some of the highlight areas.

I know that contrasting colours are very popular, but I think in this particular piece, the over all impact would be much better if you followed the fires glow into the upper regions of the scene, using the soft blue glow from the crown as an accent rather than the contrast if I'm making sense <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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:blowkiss: thank you Lanny!

I saw that issue with the hair, too and tried to put some more warm tones in at the bottom right, but I guess it's not prominent enough. I'll take another look at that area then.

As for more fire glow in the upper part - it didn't even occur to me :o I'll have to try! :heart:
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Might also be differences in monitors etc I think mine is a little on the dark side :3

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maybe, but a bit more fire glow in her hair would probably still be good :aww:

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Gwendolyn1's avatar
Love it!! Beautiful fire effect and also love the glowing crown!!
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Wonderful, love the idea :love:
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with pleasure :D
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The fire is really well done and successful, I love this composition :love:
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