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Dreams of Longing

This is my entry for the Kick Your Own @ss contest [link]

I am so very proud of the redo that I did on this piece. I worked so hard on it and got such great critiques and tips to make it work. I have to say that without all my supporters here this piece would still be trying to stand. Very special thanks to ~Lemmy-X who pointed me to a wonderful tutorial that made the final touches on this piece possible. Talk about wonderful. I love ~Lemmy-X's work and have been so inspired to try new things because of it.

Even if I do not win in this contest, I truly believe I have proven to myself how much I have grown and how far I have come. I have a long ways to go and I am learning more every day. Perhaps this time next year I will do another redo of another piece and see where I am. I love the idea of redoing something. When you compare side by side, you can not deny your growth. This is something I am so very proud of. After breaking my wrist and being afraid I might never be able to to this again, I have come so far.

In that spirit I would ask that you please let me know what you think of this final piece. I will not be redoing it anymore, but any constructive critiques will help me with future works.

This piece is dedicated to my wonderful dA family who have given me support, critique and love for the past two years. For showing me that I can do this and that I have the ability to grow and to become a real artist has been such a gift. Thank you so much. All of you will never know how much I appreciate, respect and love you all. :hug:

Best of all I say thank you to the following stock artists who provided me with the beautiful tools that allow me to make my art. This time they are:

:icon3dmirror-stock: [link]
:iconelenadudina: [link]

Tutorial on making my models sit in the brass and not ON it by:
:iconlune-tutorials: [link]
There are so many great tutorials there... FABULOUS!!!
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2126x2665px 918.04 KB
Shutter Speed
10/400 second
Focal Length
8 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 13, 2007, 11:15:35 PM
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RunningBear5858's avatar
Pretty. :) Lovely job. :D
kayceeus's avatar
I had to stop by and check out your manips. You're doing a wonderful job I hope you keep it up!
stampingqueen's avatar
Thank you! I have to buy a new tablet and so my manips have been on hold. I tried going back to a mouse, but I just could not do it. My poor hands could not handle it. We bought a new computer and my tablet was so old they don't even make a plug in to make it work with Windows 7 :O Go figure. SO no pressure sensitivity or anything. Soon, though... I hope :D
kayceeus's avatar
Ha ha that's so funny it must have been pretty old! :giggle:
stampingqueen's avatar
It was VERY old. It was one of the first ones that Wacom came out with. When I called their customer service and asked them they actually were surprised I still had it and that it still worked.
kayceeus's avatar
I had the same thing happen when I finally had my IUD taken out. It'd been in so long the doctor actually asked if she could keep it, I think to put in a museum or something! :giggle: But I gotta admit it did keep working until the very end, thank God! :D
Dreamer-Of-Fate's avatar
Woah. I have to truthfully say, I really like this piece.
coyotepam's avatar
Beautiful sweetheart. Love and Hugs...Pam
coyotepam's avatar
You're welcome sweetheart. Love and Hugs...Pam
PaperDreamerArt's avatar
Beautiful work! The contests here are inspiring and challenging...but they are also the times we get to practice and hone our skills. Good luck!! :hug:
stampingqueen's avatar
Thank you! You are so very right. Contests are how I have done some of my very best work. I really appreciate you taking the time to look and to offer your support. :hug:
PaperDreamerArt's avatar
You're very welcome! :hug:
mmenathalie's avatar
This is truly wonderful, you've grown I can see that :love:
stampingqueen's avatar
Thank you so much! :hug:
Lune-Tutorials's avatar
I'm very glad that my tutorial helped you. You did an amazing work. :love:
stampingqueen's avatar
Thank you :) I am a fan of your art and if I am ever even a quarter as good as you are I will be happy, with my own style of course :). Your art is one of the first manipulations that I saw here on dA and it truly inspired me to try manipulations. Thank you for the help and the inspiration.
Mithgariel's avatar
You shall have no more critique on this, simply because you've fixed it all and there's nothing left but to praise you :hug:
stampingqueen's avatar
Wow... :faint: From you that is a wonderful compliment. Thank you so much for all your support and constant inspiration. :hug:
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ElenaDudina's avatar
Great work !!!, Annette :heart: :blowkiss:
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Lemmy-X's avatar
You did great job, Annette. I'm truly pleased for your words about my art inspiring you. It warms my heart to know that I gave you new ideas of how to make your wonderful pictures even more beautiful. :) :rose:

Good luck in the contest.

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