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November 29, 2012
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Uncharted Waters II (Updated) by ScatteredAshe Uncharted Waters II (Updated) by ScatteredAshe
(c) Ivy Ashe 2012. This image may not be modified or redistributed in whole or in part.

A big thank you to *StarlitNox, *kingabrit, and *DemonikaDemise for all your help and input during the creation process!! :heart:

The entire idea for this work came to me when I saw this image by ~UniqueStocks [link]

I've been working on it for about 3 weeks and I'm really happy with the finished work. This is the third version, the first two used a different model shot from the same stock pack. Here's the WIP with the other two versions:


:pointr:Stock Credits:pointl:

*magikstock Steampunk Fairy(no longer available)
*Digimaree Rusty Bucket
=Stock-Tenchigirl15 Umbrella
~feainne-stock Raging Water
*SalsolaStock Mad Sky
`NEOkeitaro Propeller Rod
*AbsurdWordPreferred Propeller
~JWJjjoj Rust Texture
~SneakyTomato Globe
*syccas-stock Copper Texture
Bound by Obsession GownsFairy's Skirt

=hybridgothica Water Splash
*FrostBo Water Effect
*Ideasplayer Ocean Waves brushes
=Falln-Stock Veil brushes
~farmerstochter Zombie Veil Brushes
~Enchantedgal-Stock Texture

:heart:Thanks for looking! I appreciate your support! :heart:

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I've come over to offer my input as a photomanipulator after seeing ^SanguineVamp's journal for artists requesting critiques.

I like that this manip is quirky and different. Different from both traditional fairy works, as well as what you'd usually expect from a manip with a dark sea background. So the idea itself is very good and I applaud you for your creativity in getting these two styles to work together in such a unique way.

The problems I see with it would be first and foremost the wings. You can see them fully which would mean they're on the side of the umbrella and that throws off a natural perspective. I think a more natural placement would be under the umbrella, which means the tips should be erased. A second problem, albeit less noticeable, is the hair. It's too "cut". By that I mean it looks too extracted and perfectly shaped. Naturally hair has the occasional stray hairs, even on perfectly stylized hairs by professional hairdressers. And lastly, although potentially just a personal preference, I would have liked the glow breath to reflect on the globe, or have it be more transparent, so there wasn't such a big contrast between the 2 elements.

I hope that helps :)
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I like the idea and the composition of this picture.
I see the idea as some kind of goddess creating the storm where she is just by blowing on a little earth. It gives a very nice idea of loop in space.
The composition is nice and quite dynamic with a good use of the diagonal with umbrella. Perhaps a larger opening in front of the character would have give a stronger idea of movement, but it's not a real problem, the water is clearly giving enough movement.

The technical part clearly needs more work.
First the light, photography is about light and a good photomanipulation is also about giving a rather coherent light.
The main problem comes from the background, you have a nice storm picture, very dark, very blue with lot of noise suggesting a high ISO for the photography. This mean that an integrated thing should be quite dark with probably low contrast.
Of course this would give a resulting picture with not so much impact...
So you have to create coherent light source in your picture to create the contrast and impact you need.
I see two solutions :
- make the little earth as light source, probably floating a little bit above the hands of the girl.
- make the wing luminous
Of course you will have to make by hand the light interaction on your character, but I'm quite sure you can win some impact.
As a colour choice I would give a warm yellow or orange giving a good contrast with the background.

The space and perspective are also very important, there is clearly something wrong between the wings and the umbrella. The wings should be below the umbrella.
Speaking of the umbrella I think the surface should receive water, it's seems bar too clean and dry... It's the middle of the storm the umbrella is a good element so show this.

At final, it's far from being a bad picture, the idea is nice but the technique fail a little bit to properly express your idea.

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2 out of 2 deviants thought this was fair.

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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Overall this is wonderful. But what catches my attention the most is the symbolism going on here. The use of a beautiful figure in a rusted trash can speaks volumes to me. Well done!
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Even though I have other works that are better technically, this is still my favorite piece from my own gallery. I'm glad you enjoyed it! :love:
magikstock Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
love it :)
feainne-stock Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
great job, thanks for using my stock :love:
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   General Artist
Gorgeous blend of stock.
Just wonderful colors and textures.
i really love the concept here!
Well done!
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   General Artist
p7d7 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! =)
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