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7th entry for the composition challenge: master study, featuring my OCs, Clio and Ives.

I chose J. C. Leyendecker, one of my all time favorite artists, to do a trace study on. His paintings always look so complex, but when I separated the different elements, I started seeing how they balanced each other out.

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And this is the result of the notes I took from that study. I started this feeling like I was trying something new, but it was actually kind of similar to the types of things I used to draw back in 2012.

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Of course back then, I used royalty free frames, so I’m really proud of myself for making my own frame. It’s just kind of funny to think that after I’ve improved so much and tried so many different things, I’d end up doing something similar.


Tea by winepire

The last time I drew these two was over a year ago, so it was about time I tried again. 

Ives is a musician from the medieval era who, in trading his humanity for the chance to be ye olde rockstar, became a vampire.

Clio is a human who was disowned by her family after her abusive husband was found dead from poisoning and his side of the family accused her of doing it. 

The two meet in the 1820s when Clio, who was living on the streets, saw Ives leaving a party mildly intoxicated and tried to mug him. Like any reasonable person, Ives invited his attacker inside his home for some tea. From there, they talked and got to know more about each other.

Because Ives is a total sap, he really feels for Clio and does what he can to help her, including letting her live in his house, giving her music lessons and introducing her to people who could help her with her career as a performer and singing teacher. He genuinely believes in her resilience and talent and wants nothing more than to see her succeed and be happy.

Clio is VERY suspicious at first, and can’t seem to shake the feeling that Ives and the people she’s introduced to have ulterior motives in helping her. And while she learns that Ives has quite a few secrets, she grows to care for and admire him for his gentle nature and optimism. Through their companionship, she gains trust in him and in herself.
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QuyaKillaLuna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is totally adorable ;v;
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:iconwinepire:
winepire Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Student General Artist
They looks so happy!
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winepire Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Student General Artist
you're welcome :D
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Brlim Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Student Artist
Awesome 
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winepire Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nitrocats Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Hot diggity damn where do I even start?

The hair and the way it flows looks fairly natural (plus the highlights/lighting in general are very well placed). The clothes are so damn beautiful and the outfits themselves are complicated yet extremely neat! Some people tend to add too much stuff to their character's outfits just so they can be complicated but not you, dear ma'am! You managed to get them to look elegant enough by placing details (such as the detail on the girl's dress!) in just the right places!

And oh lord don't get me started on the facial expressions! The character's look very lively and that's due to their natural-looking facial expressions! I still have trouble when it comes to making a facial expression look natural but damn did you nail it!

The frame that you put around the characters just makes the whole thing even better! It gives it that good ol' vintage feel, you know? Hell, the characters themselves look like they're meant to be together (be it family, friendship, or romantic relationship. No idea who these characters are exactly so I'm just assuming things oops)!

Overall, this is a really good piece of art! good job :D

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winepire Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the kind words :heart:
I’m so glad to know the lively mood and closeness I was going for are showing through.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with exaggerated expressions when that’s what you’re going for. I think making them look natural is just a mater of finding some good references to guide you.
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Queen-Mochi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! I love how you used up a big portion of your canvas and the shading is smooth, it works out well. The falling papers add a nice touch too, being a violist though him holding the bow in his mouth gives me anxiety XD
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much :heart:
Sorry about the bow, haha. I’d like to think he’s responsible enough to not break it, but it all depends. 
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Queen-Mochi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no need to be sorry about it lol. They're just so dang expensive ò0o
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Lazy-Coyote-Burrito Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, what an interesting pair. They really do complement each other very well - I admire their outfits so much!
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!
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JennahDraws Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
BEAUTIFUL art piece you have here! Very elegant :D
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your constructive comment! Your words are so encouraging and I really appreciate it. The Romeo and Juliet vibe wasn’t what I was going for, but I’m so happy to know the fun and lively elements come through as well as the contrast in their personalities!

The man is intended to have a bit of a long face because I felt it would best match the rest of his elongated proportions, and also for the sake of having more of a variety in the face shapes of my characters. I can definitely see what you mean about it looking too exaggerated here, so I may try to shorten the chin to have it look a little more natural.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment :heart:
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THEMYSTERYWRITER Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It was NP, I enjoyed the piece :D
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J-laura Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome poses and clothes :heart:
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:iconwinepire:
winepire Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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J-laura Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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artofKcici Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the graceful poses and their expressions! You really captured the energy of their dance~
Also I love the way you broke down the studies. I think I'll try this technique next time I work on my own studies!

It's neat how your inspirations have just reinforced what you like about your own style and preferences. It usually tends to be that way but we don't really think about our styles that much until we experiment and breakdown the works of others. Kudos on making your own frames this time around. The shape looks so fluid and fun and really cements the overall mood!
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!

It’s always really encouraging to notice little similarities between your own art and art you admire. I used to obsess a lot over style and get stuck in a rut quickly, so it’s also helped me try out different things.
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!! I don’t even know how to respond, I’ve been reading your comment over and over all day because it makes me so happy ;-;
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keys007 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im glad:happybounce: , it truly is an amazing piece and you should be proud of it  Heart  
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again :heart:
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keys007 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heart 
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Angel47093 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing story. I really love it. Love
I wonder if or when will Ives and Clio's relationship will become something more than... just friends. Hehe! Aww
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Sorry to disappoint though, they won’t become anything other than close friends.
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Angel47093 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! That's okay, it's just a random thought that came out of my head after I read the story. :) (Smile)
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Techniwolf Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooo I love the story!
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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Exempdent Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I like this. I'm not sure why, but there's just something about this that looks magical. Maybe it's the color with their poses, or maybe it reminds me of something nostalgic, but whatever it is, I like it.
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I did feel a little nostalgic while working on this, so I’m happy the feeling was able to get across to you as well.
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zoedow1120 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
This is jawdropping. The frame is spectacular and perfectly matches the whole amazing piece!
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, Zoe!!
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6aphomet66 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This turned out so well im hollerin. The colors match so well and the lighting's so soft! I suck at critiques, so I'll leave that to other people, but I'm so proud of you ;; one day ill be good at frames
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU! Honestly, it wouldn’t have turned out this way without your feedback. Your idea for the dress colors was great and I get so indecisive with every step, so your encouragement means so much :heart: HMU if you ever need some ideas for frames!
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gordonphilbin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
What are their names?

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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lady is Clio and the gentleman is Ives :^)
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gordonphilbin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
Are they your characters?


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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! I mentioned in the description that they’re my original characters. Sorry if the length of that was discouraging, I know I sometimes get too overwhelmed by long texts to read it all.
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gordonphilbin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
Are they part of a comic/story you are working on?
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They’re part of a larger story universe my friend and I work on together. Currently all we do is illustrations of them, but I’d like to do some short comic strips in the future.
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gordonphilbin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018
On deviantART?
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that’s where I’d post the comics if/when I get around to making them.
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tociart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
it's so pretty~~~! I can totally see this as part of a music box (the twirling stuff on top when the box plays) or a figurine.
I'm usually iffy about having a lot of stuff happening on the drawing (since it can get too busy and cluttered)
but I love how you can still clearly see the focus of the show!
Great job!
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winepire Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I love the music box comparison, that’d be adorable. And I can definitely relate to the issue of things getting too busy. I tend to be more minimalistic with most drawings, but it’s always nice to have a lot of subtle details to look at.
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