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Spellbound by AlexandraVBach Spellbound by AlexandraVBach
Ok so this is probably my last artwork for 2011 and a way to take a brand new start for the upcoming year : I do so many commissionned artworks that I really miss doing art for myself and art that I find beautiful. Indeed working for metal bands implies doing darker and darker stuff all the time, stuff that isn't my style, etc...
So I will do more personal artwork and will go on practising digital painting in my pictures (on this one hair is completely repainted).
Made with my brand new Intuos 4 :)

Model is the gorgeous ~Luria-XXII who sent me a note ages ago to propose me to work with her image (thanks for print permission) ;)
Stocks : =prolific-stock *DigitalOracle ~pixievamp

Thanks for watching :heart:

Artwork dedicated to my friends `devildoll and *monsieurwar
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Hi! Your art is so stunning that I don't really feel fit to critique it, but I also know that it's frustrating to request critiques and not get them. So, bear with me. :)

First of all . . . WOW. You've used color flawlessly and with just the right amount of intensity. This effect is augmented with a good use of light and shadow. It's great that you've lit the hair around her face, which gives her a softer, more ethereal look. The light is coming from our right side of the image (her left), so the left (her right) side is shaded appropriately.

My only critique-- and it's more a question than a critique, really-- is, shouldn't the hourglass be lit just a little bit more? Being this dark makes the little bird harder to see and may not be realistic given the light coming from the right. On the other hand, if it is supposed to be in the shadows of her hair and hand, perhaps it is fine the way it is. Also, a tiny bit more light could make the birds near her hair stand out a bit more.

I like the fact that the glow around her is not overdone. You've created an atmosphere that is mysterious and alluring, and it leaves the reader eager to know more about her story.

As far as painting the hair, I am NOT a great hair painter, but I think it looks good. I think the key is to use a lot of layers and gradually add highlights where appropriate, but that's just my opinion. :)

What I really like about your digital painting is that it is seamless, blending flawlessly into the stock.

Overall a truly, truly gorgeous piece. It's so nice to see this side of you. :)

Hope you have a wonderful New Year.
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Corneev Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Beautiful work ♥
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gingado Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Your work is featured...maybe you like it!
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stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Superbe :heart:
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frozenmistress Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Digital Artist
featured here [link] :)
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Stunning Work!!!
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Featured here for Project Educate: [link]

Hope that's OK! :blowkiss:
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amrgalal7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your beautiful work has been featured here [link] :)
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simply incredible <3
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MagicOfTheTiger Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Stunning!
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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sheliavp Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a very good picture and I’m sure it will lead to commissions that are not as dark as what the metal bands are interested in. You have put significant amount of detail into the hourglass, which draws the observer deeper into the picture beyond what they see in the face of the attractive model.
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) And yes, with time I want to redefine my own style, focus on doing what I like instead of what people expect from me ;) Glad you appreciate ^^
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Paulo-Bert Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing...
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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thandav Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
xlnt
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Celairen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's absolutly magical :) Just a wonderful work and I ador how you have put the clock in and let her hair fligh :love:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot dear :hug:
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ReverieSummoner Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How beautiful! :heart:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dear !
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Celairen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Little feature :heart: [link]
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ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CONGRATULATION!!!
Our members decided!!!
This is #Obscure-world 's deviation of the MONTH.
There is a feature on our profile page...
Go hug yourself :cuddle:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great news, and thanks again :)
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Kryseis-Art Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coucou :)

Petite feature ici : [link]
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Merci :hug:
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Kryseis-Art Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Avec plaisir ! :glomp:
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Moniquette Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   Photographer
Stunning! :clap: :heart:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sweetie :hug:
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ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CONGRATULATION!!!
Our members decided!!!
This is #Obscure-world's deviation of the week.
There is a feature on our profile page...
Go hug yourself :cuddle:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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AndyGarcia666 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow this is a beautiful work, I really love the blue tones you used, and the details you put in her hair, also the sand clock is beautiful, I think you create a magical and misterious, :love:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, glad you appreciate it :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Congratulations! :party:
Your work :deviation: has been nominated for artwork of the week in :iconcloser-to-divine: .
People can vote for your work to become artwork of the week here [link]
You may not ask people to vote for you.
Good luck! :)
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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saza11 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
always blue is my fav color. very nice work :)
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again :) I love blue tones too they can be so mysterious :)
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saza11 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
you welcome:) you are right and you are doing it very well :) wish you a happy new year :)
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KaysThoughts Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
wonderful work :heart:
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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KaysThoughts Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
You're very welcome :heart:
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
somehow I imagine this would make a wonderful cover for a new anne bishop book (I certainly hope so! ;)) the colors are absolutely gorgeus and enchanting
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much ;) I might do two new books by Anne Bishop but not with this image ;)
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Ieris-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
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features ^________^
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MirellaSantana Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Amazing work, The colors used, the details that you drew, it was all very beautiful to enjoy.
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much dear :)
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AndreasHensel Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Fantastic!
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AlexandraVBach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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AndreasHensel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Itīs my pleasure. :huggle:
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misszoe Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Amazing :heart: Happy New Year Alexandra :blowkiss:
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