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Motherland Chronicles #18 - Julia by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #18 - Julia by zemotion
My part for Motherland Chronicles #18 collab with *tobiee. Can't decide if I should post my pictures as well as the final artwork for collabs, or only the finals. ;_;

Many many thanks to ArmStreet for the beautiful crown and choker, and Savage Universal Corporation for the gorgeous backdrop (collapsibles are so handy)!

And lol with all the Game of Thrones comments I should probably just title this Arya. :lmao:

For the Motherland Chronicles project :iconmotherlandchronicles: (Follow us on Facebook and Tumblr!)

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Model: Julia Gorbach
Crown and choker by Armstreet
Backdrop from Savage Paper

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This photograph is absolutely GORGEOUS. The green tones throughout the image create almost a painterly look. Everything looks like it was chosen perfectly; the jewelry, outfit, makeup, and hair all give it a kind of medieval (Game of Thrones?!) feeling. I wish the shot was taken just an inch more to the right, or was panned out a little bit more, because I feel like the hair leads your eye out of the image. It's great the way that her face is centered and the hair throws off the balance, but I think that type of composition would still be amazing if we saw a little bit more of her hair on that side. All in all though, Zhang, you can do no wrong. ;) You're absolutely incredible and I admire your work so much. :glomp:
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24 out of 26 deviants thought this was fair.

I don't usually write up critiques, but I guess since I'm procrastinating from my own image-making...
It is photography from Zemotion; how do you critique someone who is already held in such high regard? I suppose I shall approach the critique from a more analytic approach so that others can better appreciate the nuances in the photograph.

At first glance it is easy to think that composition is a simple head portrait, but that is not the case. Being the pro that she is, Zemotion has already established a good division in lights, midtones, and darks within the image, using the costuming and accessories, as well as her final cropping of the image. The other particular instance of art directive decision-making in the image that really made me "geek out" artistically was the choice in contrasting the black clothing with the gold accessories, and yet none of the accessories are so intense in value that they compete with the emphasis of this photograph, which is the face of the model. It is also worth noting that in addition to the primary value groupings from top to bottom, there is also a secondary set of value groupings as a result of the very soft short loop lighting and the directional breeze

What I feel really brings the whole image together was the choice in color grading. The slightly gray/green color grading across the whole image helps to both liven the dark clothing and hair, while at the same time subdue the highly reflective jewelry. The model herself, at the center of all of this with her almost-smile, leaves a very stoic impression upon me, especially combined with the color grading. Yet there are hints of warmth in her face that bring a refreshing temperature contrast in the midst of all the gray coolness.

TL;DR: good composition, value contrast, choice in color grading, color temperature contrast. good support from the model, accessory maker, and backdrop maker.

Well, now I'm done typing this up, I guess I should probably go back to working on my own art.

PS. I just noticed that the jewelry and accessories match the models eyes. I'm not sure if it was intended, (of course you should always answer that it was intentional if anyone actually asks), but this color matching works really well.
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LuvanoSexySnow Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  New Deviant
I am going to suck cock for you. 
makhno7 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018
Nice overall design.  Good tone to the image.
Jessica-Beaumont Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
doolhoofd Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
Lovely face.
nicotakespics Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Her look makes me powerless...
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DruinOakenmage Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017
A strikingly beautiful work of art. The model's eyes lend depth to the photograph.
poetOflore Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Writer
Heart Heart Heart 
beckysboytoy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2017
i wish i was some seasoned expert on photographs so i could do a critique on this and absolutely go on and on about how beautiful this picture is <3
CEdwardsPhotos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Photographer
Wonderful piece! 
cris-co Featured By Owner May 12, 2017
4,648 - I have never seen here on dA any similar volume of favourites!!! Unbeatable achievment. I think a fav from me would have no, absolutely no importance Waaaah! 
chuck26 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Pure and Beauty
Candid1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
The Prince's secret.
Usa-Chan-World Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
yes, she have very beautiful eyes Clap 
xxxDesmodusxxx Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Robyn-Eliza Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :heart:
JubliantTroo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Her face is so speacial, cute and beautiful- and an oustanding portrait in every aspect! The styling is amazing and I adore the way you can see wind in her hair :)
BilboobliB Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Truly amazing 
Colinttx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Colinttx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
used to be my favorite picture of a woman on dA. Now there are two.
alx1xla Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
shoot-me-if-you-can Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist
hesitation Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it.
eldoryan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
de donde sacaste esta foto, me interesa mucho la joyería que trae, ¿sabes algo se eso?
gaiden-complex Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot. I can't add much more to the critique than what has already been said other than I really am drawn to this piece. Those eyes are just 0.0 - absolutely fantastic.
bitSTUPID Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks like an Audrey Kawasaki painting!
noisybubbles Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
This is a beautiful shot - it has such a blend of tribal and graceful inclinations. The earthy tones only add to this effect, while her expression adds a touch of the regal.

So cool. Favourited :+fav:
TammyPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The colors compliment each other so well. And the look in her eyes is gorgeous. Very intense. :heart:
HannaHanno Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Her eyes have such a strong expression! I'm fascinated *_* now I don't even know what to say anymore!
beyondthemanifesto Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Photographer
I was going through some pictures on my computer and found this. I remembered that I downloaded it because of how powerful it is. It's a beautiful portrait and by far my favorite one.
AnthonyShea Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's stunning, wish I had something better to say but I don't so it will have to do.
DeLumine Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Profound, lovely, rich
ArtbyJOgle Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
stunning portrait, nicely done.
punkyitz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:bulletred:You have been an inspiration from day 1 of joining this little art site. Bravo!
hugo114 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Hi. used it as reference for drawing though in progress. will post on DA when finished [link]
Esstisch Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome, I really love this one!
Kebeca1690 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Ivan the Great....relatives...
zemotion Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Or Ivan the terrible. Wow I didn't think much people would know Russian history~
sergbel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
very interesting expression on her beautiful face :o
Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great portrait, beautiful model ! :heart:
lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

igarcia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Even lighting, shade and texture throughout the whole photo. Well done.
LanestraFlameheart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow striking shot! This is what photography is all about!
XCARB0N Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Very Beautiful
th3pr0ph3t Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I see perfection. Perfection.
Markus43 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Liam515 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! The tones and styling are to die for!!!!
akodieon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I thought she was drawn for a moment...
diegosch Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
impressive, congrats! its a great portrait!
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