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The Alpine by TheMichaelMacRae The Alpine by TheMichaelMacRae
Nothing too crazy here, this was my warmup for the last few weeks and I finally finished it today yay! this was an exercise in clothing design I guess and then I had to throw in an elaborate background. Burrrrr I dunno.


Edit: I surgically removed her sixth finger (how this slipped by me is beyond comprehension)
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:iconalexander-syros:
Alexander-Syros Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2018
Outstanding!
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:iconseasidedreamer:
SeasideDreamer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017   Digital Artist
brilliant lighting!
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Dain-Siegfried Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Student Writer
This is absolutely beautiful, really truly.

I am curious as to the world she inhabits; the fantastic one, not the paralysed one. I mean it all seems very alpine and sparsely populated, but if that piece you did of Sybil and her trinkets still holds it's at least populated enough to have monsters or wildlife given the grenade launcher. Is there much world-building? Or is it more of an 'as you go' world-building type dealie?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got a few ideas but nothing is really written in stone. So I guess it is "as you go". The mansion in the middle of the ocean is her main place but I assume there's mountains and valleys a ways off on land. I thought it would be neat if there were others in this world who are in a similar situation as she is and their respective areas are unique to them. Each of these people, in the real world, exist at different time periods so I could play around with themes and different styles to their fantasy lands. I'd like to flesh out an idea for a character being a japanese american during ww2 and due to some distress caused by the war and the way Japanese were treated in the states at that time she finds herself in the fantasy land and yadda yadda I don't know. Everything's up in the air really haha
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Dain-Siegfried Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Student Writer
Nothin' wrong with that, I'd be a massive hypocrite if there was given my entire writing process rests on an 'as you go' philosophy. Reminds me, for whatever reason, of Aslan's Country in the later Narnia books. It's a wonderfully somber way of exploring fantasy, the fact that it seems to only occur to people in rather horrible circumstances Sweating a little.... But there's a lot there, your artwork is stunning, I look forward to however it develops, aha.
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Meemzer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
This is stunning, I love it! 
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Ag-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work. It looks almost like a photograph. Nice clothing design, too. :)
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Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Edited Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the stick seems like what witches use to fly, only it does not have the wicker, which may have been used to disguise the device, 
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Naw it's just a floaty stick. I see the resemblance to the witch-y idea though. That's why I have her stand on it instead of sit.
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Amazing details and design!
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Adirasu Featured By Owner May 30, 2015   Interface Designer
I… Wow. I want to meet this person/character.  What does she see?  What are her thoughts & feelings?  What's her story?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty sure I wrote this somewhere, but can't remember where, anyway to sumarise (Why can I never spell summarize right?):

Let's say, around 1979 or so, she graduates college. Whole life ahead of her. One day, she goes for a walk, crosses a street and is hit by a truck. It really messes her up. She's paralized (spelling! parilized? paralyzed? Hah! this is the only way I will learn) from the neck down. Real bummer. So years pass, many years, while her life crumbles around her. She's too depressed and miserable to try to make the best of it. Pushes family and friends away and (sucomes? *sigh* sucummes. succumes? succumbs!) to the vicious cycle of self pitying\self loathing and taking out her troubles on those who only wanted to help. A while passes as she becomes more and more despondent with each day. As she hits her absolute lowest point, nothing could get worse and nothing will get better something happens. it's like the world around her vibrates out of existence and suddenly she finds herself falling through the clouds. She's young again and wearing drab clothing. Falls falls falls all the way down into the ocean. She comes up for air, looks around and > themichaelmacrae.deviantart.co…
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UpsideDownEntity Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I loveee herrrrrrr
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JullezArt Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great piece
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JullezArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
cool piece
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ChuchuaN Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful work!
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DevinRosychukArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Dork
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:iconthemichaelmacrae:
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
inottadorkuradork
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DevinRosychukArt Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
NO U
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magneto284 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
My dream girl! in the painting! that's a shame she doesn't have biological form...
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:iconracheez:
racheez Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Good to see you're still painting!
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU'RE ALL LIKE MARRIED AND STUFF. What did you do with your last name? is it gone or did you tuck it between first and last?
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racheez Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
YEAH! Haha, I kept and am keeping my name! 
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NeverwinterSand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Wow...just..wow!
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djdoodles Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely Gorgeous.Foxtrot - Wow!
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ariasar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woow, this is so detailed! Looks amazing
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artratene Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The clothing looks so cultured *-* Her facial expression is really nice, aswell as the perspective.  Oh you took a sixth finger out? Thats so funny haha.
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AutumnCzun Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the way the colors are in harmony.
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jennaay-b Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
was this a self motivated study of costume design?
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No it was a self motivated exercise in clothing design. Subtle difference. :iconwinkingplz:
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jennaay-b Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
baha, my bad, I meant the same thing. I was intriged by the clothes when I clicked the pic. very nice!
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SepticStreets Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
This... is fantastic!
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IvanLugovoy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
such a neat design...
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AlnairLindalwe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
It tooke me some googling to find the six-fingered version. :) I am especially charmed with this character, because she fits almost perfectly in the character of my own story. :)
So, she's that same girl that can fly atop of that stick?
I love your other characters. Are you really from Turkey? Where exactly? :)
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm from Vancouver. There is 0 turkish in me.
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AlnairLindalwe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Ok, it's just that your profile is confusing.
What's in her right arm? I have never senn sacks like this. Gotta cause a lot of discomfort while traversing the rocks.
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just a regular cross body bag. : img0.etsystatic.com/000/0/5446…
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xMistuurr Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2014
Just wanted you to know that all your character designs are PERFECT. :)
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:iconhistoryman14:
Historyman14 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Amelia Earhart?
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:iconlou2209:
lou2209 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ahh so gorgeous!
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ahh so gorgeous!
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's not a single centimeter of this piece that didn't get some serious attention to detail, is there? Besides the mythical sixth finger of course.

Gewd lawd, there's even individually rendered grains of dirt and pebble! And... a lacy collar that gives itself freely to the wind? Ah whatever, it all looks really frigging cool. Cool cool, not cold cool. Just... cool. From the thumbnail it looked like a great character sketch/painting/whathaveyou, only infused with a breath-misting vista.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Cool :)
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:iconkeere:
keere Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very cool beans! Adventure....
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is so good! The composition, her facial expression, everything. Well done!
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Bashlykmonsta Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Another your great creation. You can't stop impressing me Clap 
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M4IAN Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2014
Nice.

The background is alright,but the sky looks funny to me.

Do you think she be wearing a hat and gloves?
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Stiksi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Artist
I love that you take big projects as warmups and do them over a long period. It's a great idea I will steal immediately! I love the subtle shading and the kind of classic hard-edge style mixed with very modern face stylization. This just leaps out of the DA image stream because it's so unlike most others. Jaw dropped when I clicked through the thumbnail. The clothing is incredible.
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lacrimode Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
the background really helps with the theme of her clothing : D i love it
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Inghelene Featured By Owner Edited Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a gorgeous piece!
Really like how naturally you've posed the character, and the low use of saturation. :)
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