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A Princess in the Apple Tree by Reowyn A Princess in the Apple Tree by Reowyn
a brown paper lunch bag, crumpled and ironed. white and blue paint, crayon, pen, gold metallic paint, and colored pencils.

100 picture challenge - link
#21/100, (An Apple Tree)


tell me what you think could be better, I'm trying to improve
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AliceLovesReg Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
you couldnt draw your way out of a paperbag. But you certainly can draw on one you artistic hobo you.
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Remige Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
*screams* YOU DID THIS ON A BROWN PAPER BAG? Sorry to yell, but you're just amazing! I love the rosy color of the girl's dress, and the folds in the cloth... the leaves are beautiful too, and the boughs, all the details in the bark are wonderful. The smatterings of gold are gorgeous. The girl's skintones are nice, too. ^^ She looks really soft, like real flesh.

If I had to pick a fault, I'd say the girl's head could probably change... It might just be me, but I think it'd look better smaller... and if she's looking sideways, her cheekbones should curve outwards more... from under her eye area? I'd also go for a more definite chin
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Student
yep, her head was really wacko. You just reminded me that I actually redid this piece on a larger scale back in the fall. In the newer painting, she is a completely different girl with better proportions and all. Maybe that is why I don't like it as much. She looks older and the magic is gone, so I never posted it.. maybe I will now. And thank you for such a nice comment, you really made my coffeetime this morning extra special :) :heart:
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coop8art Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
I think this is beautiful just as it is. I love the idea of a little girl being in an apple tree, and the rest of the world around her is surreal, just like her imagination.
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Student
that's a wonderful way to think about it!
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lunarticfloydian Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
i certainly will send you pictures! i'm very excited about it! :]
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lunarticfloydian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
i really love the medium you used.

this is very beautiful. like all of your work tends to be! :heart:
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Student
thank you so much -- I'm really glad you like it!!
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lunarticfloydian Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
i hope you don't mind but, i'm wanting to put a few of your works together as a full sleeve tattoo.

they're just so gorgeous!
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Student
ohmy, are you serious? If you do end up doing that, you'll have to send me pictures for sure! :D
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QuagmireSapphires Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
The detailing is beautiful; I quite honestly can't find a part of this picture not to absolutely adore. I love the whiteness of the tree branch and its many intricate knarls and knots. I love the leaves, finely vined and tinged with gold. I love everything about the girl- the way her dress and hair hangs, her unsure posture and face, as though she's not sure she's the princess or else not sure how to get down. You do her skin tone marvelously, as well as the little flush in her cheeks. And the tiny flecks everywhere make it feel even more magical.

And the fact that you drew it on a crumpled paper lunch bag gives you cool points for life. I could easily see this drawing in a book of children's stories, the kind that's read over and over until the stories and pictures are memorized.

Oh, right, critique. Um... heh heh. I can't find anything to critique! I'm not a visual artist by any means, but I know when I love something and I love this. Fabulous job!
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Student
Thanks :heart: my goal right now is to strengthen my art skills to a point where I can illustrate childrens books! That would be my dream job and it's nice that you thought it looked like a childrens illustration. I know I must be headed in the right direction :D
and I'm glad to get cool points!!! Thank you so much for such a touching comment :hug:
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mrana Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it's gorgeous just as it is!
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solfieri Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, I'm only saying this because you asked, and after staring at the picture for some time trying to find something you could improve: I think her face and head are a little disproportionate with her body; it makes her look older than she probably is. Maybe with a rounder face and slightly larger eyes you could fix that. But really, that's nothing to worry about, I loved this pic. XD The tree looks absolutely fantastic; I really envy your inking skills and also I find it highly original that you used lunch paper for such a fine piece!! XD
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Student
I have such trouble with faces - thank you for your suggestions! I will definately try to fix it, and keep this in mind for the future! Thanks so much for the nice comment :)
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karinatheyamslayer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
wow i love this! really nice work, well done =D
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thestereojourney Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007   Photographer
Lovely. I like the atmosphere of this one. :)
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
thank you!
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Adelaida Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
hmmm...

Great tree, love those details :) and if I could make you to change sth, I'd ask for more details on the princess's dress, to make it look a bit more like tree, all those little branches and so on :) But please don't change your way of using colours :XD:
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
Ohh, that's something I haven't heard yet!! And I definately see what you're talking about, her dress sticks out like a sore thumb, it looks unfinished! Thank you so much! I will change it
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Adelaida Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yay, I'm helpful! :D :bump:
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fairiesnest Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous and sweet picture and I love the texture of the crumpled bag it makes it look windy.
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FaerieShadows Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
this is sooo beautiful!!!!
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Wise-Cat-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely, the paper bag works really really well!
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
this is really beautiful. i love the composition. are you influenced by Arthur Rackham at all? if so i can tell
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
Somebody gave me that name a couple weeks ago. And I've been in love with his art ever since.

I'd like to think that I arrived where I am (art-wise) due to my own personal style and taste in artwork. But seeing other artists styles have helped my refine it, I think. I try not to become too influenced by other artists ( so as not to look like I'm copying somebody's style ) but I think it still comes through in my artwork whether I like it or not. So yes, I guess I am. :D And thank you for the nice comment.
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
awesome. he is really amazing. But its okay, everybody is influenced by someone. I'm heavily influenced by Brian Froud...well I used to be atleast. he is amazing. you should check out his work if you dont already know of it.

you're welcome <3 :D
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
Brian Froud is AMAZING!!!
thanks so much for introducing me to his art, I can see why you were influenced. Beautiful stuff.
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
yeah I would definitely check out his book: Good Faeries, Bad Faeries

its jsut soooo amazing :D you're welcome dear
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Student
Oh I promise I will check it out!
I'm excited to see more illustrations!!
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
mmmhmm they are amazing! i would check out all of his books actually :D
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Student
:D I plan to!
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luve Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
what i think?
well...i love everything you do.
this is no exception. there are a few little details, but other people have discussed them lreayd. love the idea and love the execution. beautiful.
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
thank you!! :hug:
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Hyruliansage Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
wow! That's pretty ingenious...I never would have thought to use a brown paper lunch bag as a canvas!

As for suggestions, the girl's left arm...her left...seems a bit out of proportion. The upper arm and lower arm appear to be different lengths. Her legs also seem to be different widths. They're both perfectly proportional, but they're different sizes from each other. And finally, with the girl's face, I think her eyes are a little too far apart and the lips should be closer to the bottom of her nose.

The background is perfect though!! And this is a gorgeous piece! =D I love your use of subtle colours.
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
I completely agree with all of your suggestions. Especially about the arm. It was hard to try to work around those sleeves, but I will try to fix it! Thank you so much for the nice comment!! :hug:
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Hyruliansage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
you're very welcome! =D
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cafir Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
I like like it! It looks like an ancient chinese painting. maybe if you made the clouds more visible instead of painting it in dots?
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
Okay, I will make them darker. Either that or try to take them out entirely. Thank you for the nice comment!! :heart::heart:!!
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mock-the-rock Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Wow!

I love the tree...and the way the bag looks...and the abscence of background...and pretty much everything! Just amazing.

...My only problem is the little girl's face, it looks...older than a child's face, I'm not quite sure why, but it does.

I still absolutely love this. :+fav:!
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Student
Thank you!! :heart:
and her face does seem to be a problem, I can't draw faces! I think it looks older because her mouth is too far down and her eyes aren't big enough? I don't know, I will try to fix it. thank you!!
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Gwenm Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007   Traditional Artist
I love the tree!

I think the girl's eyes are bit small for a child. Overall I really like this piece, though. :)
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cockrocket Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
I absolutely love the way you did the tree! All those little branches with golden leaves... everything looks amazing. Im not too sure if I like the sky in the background... I think since the paper is crumpled, you don't need to add too much more to activate the empty spaces above and below the tree. Either way I think this is beautiful. You've got a great hand!
And can I ask, why did you chose to do this on crumpled paper?
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Student
I like your idea about leaving the background alone, because I really don't like the sky either XD I wish I wouldn't have done that.

and crumpled paper? I have no idea why. :D .......Actually, I know. I wanted to use a brown paper bag but it had all of the fold lines still in it. So I crumpled to hide them a bit. yeah, that's it
Thank you for your comment and suggestion :]
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ElionaZale Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
oooo Stephanie this is soo adorablle..... i love the creative medium.... it makes it all in one, great.. ness mess... hehe :giggle: I love the expression... half unsure, yet honored, and intrigued. hehe.. Great job.
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Student
!!! :hug:
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LostAgness Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Ooo, that is wonderful!! the only thing i would change wold be the little girl's face, it is very cute without any doubt but the nose is just a little flat. I would say tilt the nose a little up. The guestures of the little girl are excelent and the bark on the tree is so cool! The detail on the leaves is awesome as well. i hope i didn't make you mad:blushes: i really think its a brilliant piece! Great work!
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Reowyn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Student
Oh, not at all! I really appreciate the help a lot. It's better than someone just saying "I like it" or something like that. And I do see your point, I will try and fix it in the original. I'll have to keep that in mind for the future. Thanks for the help! :hug:
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LostAgness Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
:bounce: of course! :D :floating:
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