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This Dance by cypherx This Dance by cypherx
unfinished commission.

Cliché girl in the forest with butterflies bit (I called it that to the commissioner too, so it's not as an insult). I did try to paint it in the same way I might do traditional paints. I think it's lost at this size though.

"Unfinished" in that I just can't seem to figure out how to do the butterflies. I'm toying with some ideas, but either I use a reference and go too photo real or I just slap on some paint like one might throwup on the canvas... I'm not sure which I prefer yet. Hard to find that happy middleground.

• tree brushes & photos were used in the painting
• referenced redheads for the features & hair
• Photoshop's lovely "leaf scatter" brush was used for a lot of the texture
• my typical paint texture brushes were also used on the dress/foreground/background
• softlight and screen for the light effects
• I'm ashamed of the hours that went into this "cliché" painting

I think that about covers it. I'll just update this when it's finished. All in all it's been a good commission in that everything wanted was clearly communicated to me, and in the end if I fail to deliver it's a personal failing, not one born from their being unclear.

any ideas for how to go about the butterflies are not only welcome but appreciated greatly... especially if you've had to encounter a similar problem before.
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NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Your art is just amazing.
debbyakamom Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I JUST LOVE IT!! :love:
LIGHTLOOKER Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
youre are is mind-blowing!!!!!!!!!!love your texture,your style!!!!!!i love it~!!!!:)
oz-haver Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
That butterfly should help me with my grocery shopping! LOL (I love the surreal aspect!)

I think you should go with the same style used for that atomic-butterfly :) It's painterly and 'figurative' enough.

(Yes, I've been off DA for a long time)
Marianne-Blacklands Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww :)
bunnykissd Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The lighting in this is magical! I wish I could learn those effects! And I like it in this *unfinished* state... Makes it seem even more fairy tale-like... ^-^
leloops Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
i'm lost for words, the piece is masterful :)
Chiamata-alle-Arti Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Our compliments!
We would like to publish this work on the next issue of our italian art-zine named CAA -Chiamata alle Arti, themed Dance.
The team

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Pania666 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
I love the way she is staring at that one, more detailed than the others, butterfly! And I LOVE your style! :D
khallesh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
i like her that way but cant wait to see your finished work
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