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Santa's Workshop 2012 - Athenica by DarlingMionette Santa's Workshop 2012 - Athenica by DarlingMionette
The character Luna is (C) Copyright: ~Athenica
Pose Reference (c) Copyright: `faestock

As an Elf this year, this was done as part of :iconsantas-workshop:'s holiday gift-giving by myself (=DarlingMionette). It was painted entirely in Paint Tool SAI. Merry Christmas!
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:iconmademanmadman:
mademanmadman Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Digital Artist
You are definitely talented. And the character looks perfect. The way you shade it, skin tones, it's amazing.

But, and I hope you won't get this wrong because I admire your work and I'm your long time watcher on my other account, I think the background stands out too much.
It feels, at least to me, like character became a negative space and background attracts more attention which probably you didn't do on purpose.
Also I can see that you did background on a different layer from character and unless you soft it and blend it around the edges it will add more to the background-character attention battle.

I too have problem with backgrounds so I know how it feels when you are lost and don't know what to do with that unimportant space behind.

Again I'm sorry for saying so much but I believe that like me you want to improve and wouldn't mind if someone objectively points out things that don't work out.
And I'm really sorry if you don't like when people critique your artwork.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the crit, although I didn't ask for one. Generally if I want a crit, I'll ask. No offense to you, but once I've completed a piece I don't go back and edit it, so a crit doesn't do me a lot of good. This was part of a charity project where I did a lot of requested portraits over a very short amount of time. Thanks for commenting though.
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mademanmadman Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Again, I'm sorry.
I don't go back and edit the piece either so I would never comment for that reason, but I've seen similar trend in few other pieces you did.
The reason I decided to comment is because you should be aware of it if you already haven't.
I don't want your amazing portraits to be overshadowed by attention-grabbing background.

I'm pretty sure you can make (or learn to make) simple backgrounds very fast.
I'm far from being an expert on it like I've already mentioned, but safe method seems to be less saturated colors and shadow and light variation in accordance with a light source's position.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's actually a reason most of my art has simple backgrounds :) 98% of the art I do is commissioned. My commissioners have to pay to have actual backgrounds put in, otherwise I do a simple one by default. I know how to paint backgrounds, but I don't do them for free.
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mademanmadman Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Okay then. :)
Sorry for bothering you with my comments.
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not a bother :)
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decie55 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely perfect, it looks almost like a photograph. The texture of the background, the individual strand of hair, and the flawless skin show just how much work you put into it. It makes me want to work digitally more. :)  I'm going to go fav and watch now. ;)
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Bo-xxx Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Too perfect for words
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks
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Bo-xxx Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
you're soooo welcome
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ArchSpike Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
THis is a stunning piece, really! Someone I know keeps claiming that SAI is only god for a pure manga-sytle and useless for anything remotely realistc - I am glad I can prove him wrong with your work!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
aww thank you :3 there's actually a lot of really professional artists that use SAI - not just manga artists :3 that person you know seems pretty ignorant! Glad you're educating them :3
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M-A-F Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Wow *o* I love how smooth everything looks, this makes me want to attempt realism again and fail at the end of it 8D
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
XD The only way to get better at it is to keep trying! :3 and thank you!
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M-A-F Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Of course! XD Thanks, I even ended up painting a semi realism after I saw this ouo; -influenced- XD;
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awwies that's awesome!
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knytcrawlr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
her hair just amazing, unbelievable work, as always :D
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thank you~
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knytcrawlr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure ;D
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xXVampireDreamerXx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I have to say that since I started watching you you have improved SO MUCH, and I didnt even really start watching you all that long ago. The effort you put in really shows, and even though I dont know you in person and my opinion might not mean very much Im really proud of you and how far you have come. This face is so animated and I can feel the emotion there which wasnt so clear in some of your earlier works. You deserve every bit of praise, work, or just anything good that comes your way :heart:

On a side note your journals always make me laugh and I love to read them. Thank you for writing so many :D
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
T_T Thank you so much for all of your kind words, I don't think I've ever gotten a better compliment!
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FireGemini Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god,
i really thought u took the head/face from a picture and like and then painted the body.

THIS IS SO AMAZING
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD Thank you - it toook many hours, but i'm pretty happy with how the whole thing came out XD
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AllNamesAreClaimed12 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That picture is so beautiful! I love the pose, her facial expression, everything!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD hehe thank you
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Leptocyon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And another one face executed brilliantly! :wow: So realistic...
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awwies thank you :3
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Leptocyon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And another one face executed brilliantly! :wow: So realistic...
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MonstersCircus Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing o,o
<3
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank you :3
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D3N1ZFTW Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is my favourite one! :D Lovely job :]
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awwies thank you T_T
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I-Am-A-Flying-Bird Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love that angle, it's very nice that none of these portraits have the same pose, angle etc c:
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD I tried to keep myself from picking references that were identical :3 it was a good challenge to do lots of different poses and palettes.
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I-Am-A-Flying-Bird Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was worth it c:
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maquila Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, the pose on this one is LOVELY Cary :heart: I saw it and immediately oooohed!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD Thank you~
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Athenica Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's absolutely PERFECT!
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DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
XD I'm so glad you like it, Merry Christmas!
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