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November 3, 2012
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Delicacies by ScatteredAshe Delicacies by ScatteredAshe
Ivy Ashe 2012. This image may not be modified or redistributed in whole or in part.

I originally started this for "The Gift" contest at #DarkArt-Challenges and/or "The Familiar" contest at #ManipulateThis - but I didn't finish in time.

I had a hard time coming up with a title, finally decided on "Delicacies" as the eyeballs are a treat, a delicacy for her familiar.


Stock Credits

Model by `faestock here [link]
BG by *TwilitesMuse here [link]
Crow by =zememz here [link]
Skulls by ~das-gretel here [link]
Candles by =zememz here [link]
Bloody Eyeballs by *pranilestock here [link]

Glossy blood brush by =dennytang here [link]

Thanks for looking!

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I really like this piece, the lighting is well done and the over all composure is well thought.

there are just a few minor details that I notice when looking at the work. I think with the candle on the skull, maybe adding some dripping wax would give it a creepier feel and play up the lighting along the top of the skull as well as fire will reflect an orange/yellow glow. The eyeballs in the fingers look almost floating, maybe some shadows where the eye meets the fingers. Try the liquify tool to give the shape of finger indents to the eyeballs.

over all there is very little to critique. great composure and style.
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3 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

First of all, this is a great manipulation! I can see the work and time you put into it, so for that, well done. It is a very neat concept and was executed fabulously.

The first thing I notice is the edges. On her hand, the fingers have cut-and-paste edges. If you look at the skull the raven is standing on, you can see some white-ish area. The edges of the candle, the raven and the black box thing are all a little off. As odd as this may sound, the top of her dress is also a little strange.

The lighting is very good and the dramatic shadows are very good.

The candles don't look like they belong on the skull. The one on the front has one end melting onto a awkward place on the skull. It looks like it isn't melting in the right place, if that makes any sense. With the candle in the back, you can clearly see where it meets the skull. Maybe a few pieces of dripping wax would help it flow a little bit better?

The background is a little fuzzy, which may just have been the stock, but it makes the background seem a little...detached from the picture.

An over-arching texture that goes all the way across the picture would help it flow a little better.

Overall, this is a really lovely piece. You chose some great stock and did a great job putting them together.

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3 out of 4 deviants thought this was fair.

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ArmarielRoZita Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice halloweeny piece, playfully gruesome. 

I think I'd put more highlights over her face and cloak from the candles to create a more eerie effect.  Also the candles look a little too obviously manipped.  You could "burn" a little more shadow around the bases.  I'd also bring out the eyes more (her eyes, not the ones in her hand;)) make them a little "glowy." and bring out the highlights on the crow's feathers with the dodge brush a bit.  He ought to be reflecting a bit more of the candlelight.  A slightly greenish filter overall might be effective too. 

Good work over all.
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your input! I'm planning on re-working this piece soon so I'll take your suggestions into consideration :XD:
SpecialOne Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The concept is a great one. The images you chose to merge together were not very good to start with. The quality of the images were too different from the start. In order to get them to come together correctly you would have had to distress and work the cartoonish luster of the skulls and candles out. The issue of lighting and the issues with the too perfect cropping around the edges are pretty minor but do play a role. I like the idea you had here. I suggest you keep going with this though. Next time try looking at the images closely to see if they have the same surface quality and light texture before you put them together. Sometimes it is easy to get so wrapped up in what we want it to look like that we don't see what it actually looks like. Take a step back, put it away for a day or three then pull it back out again. Grab a flashlight and some random objects around the house and flip the light off and on and look at how the light falls across things, see how grainy it looks during certain times of day. Then try to bring that consistency into your manips. Keep on truckin!
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your feedback! =)

You're right, it is easy to get wrapped up in what we want it to look like. Unfortunately, I've gotten so frustrated with my works never coming out how I see them in my head that I've just quit doing manips all together. I've tried, just can't seem to get past it. But thanks again, I'm sure eventually I'll start up again (I hope so anyway) and I'll definitely keep your advice in mind =D
ferobanjo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes girl.
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
ferobanjo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You welcome
SeventhFairy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work dear
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
SeventhFairy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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