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(c) Ivy Ashe 2012. This image may not be modified or redistributed in whole or in part.

The way a song can reach down into your soul and tug. The way that songs can make you happy or sad , the way that music can make you feel less alone , the way that songs can bring back distant memories as if they happened yesterday, the way music can make everything else fade away….

Music makes the world a little less dreary, a little more colorful. As Dick Clark so eloquently put it, "Music is the soundtrack of our lives."

Stock Credits:

`mjranum-stock :pointr: Model
!KarniolskaStock :pointr: Background(deactivated)
=Falln-Stock :pointr: Smoke Brushes and Hair Brushes
~KeepWaiting :pointr: Skin Texture Brushes
~ALiceFaux :pointr: Hair Brushes
=Alex-Blaszczynski :pointr: Hair Brushes


:heart:Thanks for looking! I appreciate your support! :heart:

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8 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 6, 2010, 11:51:12 AM
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:star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

First off, I'd like to say that I like the concept very much. There aren't a lot of pieces around with music as the main theme yet it inspires us all in so many ways.

I like the idea of pink smoke coming out of box. However, I see that you have used that same brush twice and flipped it. This makes the smoke not look natural. I'm not sure if you were going for a more fractal smoke but for me, it would have been better if it were some natural smoke brushes instead, not ending so abruptly unnaturally at the top. The background is too pink behind the smoke. If it is emitting light, the glow should be stronger at the source from where it starts at the box and kind of be lighter towards the top. Keeping the background it's original color would have been a better idea. Also, you could paint light pink streaks to add contour and light of the smoke glow to model like there is on the guitar top. That could esp. go on her legs since that is the closest to smoke.

The model is cropped nicely. However, the edges are too sharp for the overall picture. If you see in photographs, no images are too sharp, there is always atleast a tiny bit of softness or blur at the edges in everything. I suggest that while cropping, depending on the size, you apply a feather of 1px on large images and about 0.5 in small images. It will make them blend better. Also, after cropping, look closely to see if there you accidentally got the background too. Then you can use an eraser to erase the mistakes. The shadow of the model could also be better.

The transition to gray scale is a good idea. It would have been executed better if you would have used a brush on mask on low opacity and flow and gradually made the transition from color to grayscale. This goes for all the gradual blending. Be it background or anything else.

In addition to everything, you paint white and black and set it on overlay for overall dramatic light.

I hope this critique helps you. Your work is heading in a good direction and I wish you good luck with it.