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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:




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: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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Hello

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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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!
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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:
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magikstock Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Photographer
love it :)
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feainne-stock Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
great job, thanks for using my stock :love:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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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!
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   General Artist
:hug:
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p7d7 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
<3
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! =)
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Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconannissina:You're my superstar [link] :iconomgsocuteplz:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: Thank you so much sweetie!! I really appreciate your support and friendship! :tighthug: :heart:
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Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I thank you dear :iconhearthugplz:
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SeventhFairy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful work
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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SeventhFairy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here we go, I'm joining in this great project: [link] about critiqueables. So exciting isn't it?
First of all I have to say this is a great artwork: I absolutely adore the movement in it and the fantasy accents!
You also did a great job on the water splashes. In my opinion there are only a few things to improve:

-Your background doesn't match the subject totally... what can you do about it? You can desaturate your background a bit to match the foreground. But in this case, I would put a clipping mask over your foreground with a color of your blue background on soft light or overlay blending mode.

-A second advice to make this artwork even better than it already is: I would put the focuss on the foreground by blurring the highest part of the background with a gaussian blur on a layer mask on the background. That way you can create more depth.

I hope these tips can help you a bit. You make awesome works and you have great concepts every time! Keep up the good work! :hug:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your input, Vicky! I appreciate your advice and encourage words, I'll try out those tips! :tighthug:
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XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so very welcome dear, I'm happy I could give a little help! :heart:
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Jezzy-Art Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the idea that you put into this piece, and it is quite marvelous. The cutting and blending of the model and the cup is really good! However, I think this would look so much more realistic if the wings were deleted at the part where it hits the umbrella and the water does look a little pixelated. But other than that, it's a great idea, and coming up with an interesting idea is half the battle!
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your input! I've gotten quite a few similar responses regarding the wings, I'm going to experiment with them some more. As far as the pixelation, that's actually a texture I was playing around with - apparently it didn't work out so well lol. Thanks again, sweetie! :hug:
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Jezzy-Art Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course!!! It really was a beautiful piece, and with some more practice you're be an amazing artist!
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: that's a fantastic complement! :love:
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Jezzy-Art Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad! :)
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AdiK2503 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
nice
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! =D
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TheDarkRayne Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like the concept and overall color theme of the picture. The lighting isn't too bad either.

Things that could be improved:

1. The colors of the different stock images aren't consistent overall. The ocean is all blue with no whites in it. The girl could be desaturated a tiny bit then the colors could be adjusted using color balance on clipping mask. Same goes with the umbrella. The additional splash could be in a color picked from the lightest color in ocean image. The white doesn't blend very well since there is no white in the background. Also, it could be blended more seamlessly by erasing the bottom with a brush at very light opacity and flow.
2. Images are different quality. Background seems pixellated while the image of the girl is high quality. It might also be more apparent due to the color difference.
3. Since the umbrella is above the wings, they should have been erased at the top. If at all you were going to show transparency in umbrella, the ocean behind it, the bones of umbrella, the long stick (or whatever you could umbrella's handle) should also have been a little visible.
4. As this is a violent waters scene, some dramatic lighting would have helped. You could try painting in white and black in the over all picture then set it to overlay/soft light.

I hope this helps. :love:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Renu =)

Thanks for your input! 1 & 4 make a lot of sense, I'll try that out for sure! 2 is a result of a texture I was experimenting with on the background, apparently I need to either remove it completely or put it over the foreground as well. 3 - I've gotten quite a few similar responses to the wings. I was trying to make them luminous, I figured that the light from the wings would show through the umbrella similar to how if you're in bed under the covers with a flashlight, the light will be visible through the covers. I'm not quite sure where I went wrong there. I've had a bit of advice from another deviant but any suggestions from you on it would be greatly appreciated; I struggle with lighting.

Thanks so much! :tighthug:
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how topical this seems, with regard to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch [link] and the Japan Tsunami Debris Field [link] The picture suggests all kinds of interesting stories to the viewer, which is always a positive feature.

As far as the manipulation goes, it is pretty well done. The lighting is consistent and the blending seems quite seamless. The only issue I would suggest, is that the tips of the wings, where they cross the edge of the umbrella should be clipped (not visible). When we consider the diameter of the umbrella in relation to the woman, it should easily encompass the barrel and everything underneath it. The wing tips would not be visible unless the umbrella was transparent, which does not appear to be the case. The only other way the wings would show is if the umbrella were tipped farther away from the viewer, in which case, we would see a portion of underside of it.
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your input! I'm sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner; life has been hectic the past few days! I was aware of the debris washing up in Hawaii, but I hadn't heard of the Pacific Garbage Patch. That's interesting and quite sad, actually.

Regarding the manip - I've had quite a few comments which reference the wing tips. I'm struggling a bit with lighting and such, but I'll explain the reason I did the wings this way and maybe you could offer guidance? They are supposed to be under the umbrella but I thought that because they luminous, even though the umbrella is not transparent, light from the wings would still be visible? Kind of like how if you're in bed with a flashlight under the covers, the light is still visible through the covers?? Does that make sense or am I way off base here?

Thanks again! =D
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries! :D And I agree, it is quite sad :(

Ahh, now I understand your intent. In that case, I think that you are on the right track with having them show through the umbrella. However, I did not get the sense that they were glowing in my initial study of the manipulation. Lighting would, indeed, appear to be the issue at hand if you are looking to make the wings glow. I might suggest increasing the value (lightness) [link] of the wings and the area surrounding the wings (feathered, low opacity) to better suggest the luminous quality. In order to really sell the glow effect, you'll need to add highlights to the model's back, hair, & dress as well as the rim of the barrel.

It's likely that you don't want to lose the emphasis on the breath, so depending on how much you brighten the wings, you may need to push up the brightness there to compensate.

Or you may find that simply adding a bit of colour cast to the wings and a matching value & colour highlight to her back and dress will work, without adjusting the value of the wings themselves.

I hope that helps; let me know if I can clarify any of my suggestions for you.
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'll definitely try out your tips when I rework the piece. If I come up with any troubles, I'll shoot you a note. :tighthug:
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DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, it was my pleasure. I look forward to seeing the final result! :thumbsup::)
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SalsolaStock Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Cool! :iconclearflowerplz:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! =D
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S-BlackART Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
amazing work hun :clap: :glomp:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you think so! :iconsquishhugplz:
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S-BlackART Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
yw honey :glomp::heart:
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UniqueStocks Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh Woah!! Im glad ive inspired you :D Very nice piece of work here !! :D
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :dance:
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is VERY good sweety! great job!
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the fave too :tighthug:
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome Peanut!
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KingaBritschgi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh Ivy I really, really like the result! Love your work with the water and you nailed down the color balance precisely too! Looking at the previous variations this model pose is the best, you are right! (I quite liked the one with her back to us too, but that one lacked something - the story the picture told us was somehow was not complete).

Great job, really! :clap:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Kinga! I spent an insane amount of time on this piece, in between version 2 & 3 I almost gave up and trashed it! I'm so glad I didn't, I definitely think this is my best so far. I'm happy you like it :heart:
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KingaBritschgi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
...but it turned out great, Ivy! Happy you haven't trashed it!! :hug:
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! :phew:
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Digimaree Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Cool! Thanks for using my stock!
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, thanks for sharing your lovely stock! =D
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inner-outsider Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great imagination from the original picture. Am loving it!
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