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Dryad by tymora11 Dryad by tymora11
My third try at doing this one, and my first completed PSP manip.

Critique/advice welcome!

Stocks:
model-- :iconsteamed-pepsi-stock:
butterflies-- :iconshoofly-stock:
leaves-- :iconsammykaye1sstamps: :iconvon-chan: :iconchop-stock: :iconfreakystuffstock: :iconhatestock: :iconlilystox: :iconphantompanther-stock: and Wikimedia Commons
Flowers: :iconlilystox: :icontanystock: :iconlainiexox-stock: :icongardengate: :iconassasindreams:
Textures-- :iconvolglm: :iconmoonchilde-stock:
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Lainiexox-stock Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009   Photographer
Thanks for using my stock! I like the effect you did on the skin :)
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tymora11 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making it available!. :hug:
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Rutenator Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Critique from :iconthe-order-of-artists:

I'm impressed. You clearly had a plan for your Dryad which you then executed and it all works very well.

In my opinion one of the key aspirations of a photomanipulator is the will to sell the reality of the photomanipulation, whether it is the same reality as where we live in or some made up reality. When all elements form a cohesive whole, the photomanipulation becomes a gateway to that reality. But when some elements stick out, the work becomes more of a collage where even drastically different elements might be chosen to form an intriguing whole.

The attention you have paid to a cohesive form, structure, lighting and composition is clearly evident here, but some elements do stick out, unintentionally I think, the most abrupt example being the orange Monarch butterfly. I think that's because that and some other images you used are 3D renders and not photos. Maybe you could have been more consistent on the class of images you chose?

This work is emotionally very strong. There's a seducing gaze, symbols of innocence and birth as well as a texture hinting of ancient quality. These all add to the feeling of mystery and I think that is what makes this piece work well.

Hope you found my comments helpful.
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tymora11 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I thought the monarch looked a little odd too, but I'm not sure if it's because of the rendering or something else. All 3 butterflies are from the same stock maker, and they're all 3d renders, not photos. So if the monarch is the only one that stands out, it must be something specific to that particular butterfly.
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Rutenator Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Well the key thing here is that you _thought_ that it looked a bit odd. The ability to tell when something in one's own art piece under work is wrong is important. After that it is sensible to try and analyze the problem and after that fix it.
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tymora11 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I suppose that's a start. Its the 'analyzing and fixing' part that I'm having trouble with; that's one of the reasons I posted it as a WIP (the other is there are about a dozen other things I see wrong with it, and I wanted to know if I was over-criticizing myself again). :lol:
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Rutenator Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Oh bugger, it's a WIP? But hey, you say you find about a dozen other things wrong with it. I think people would actually be interested in your opinions and be able to help you better if you wrote some of those things in the description. Just a suggestion though, not meant to give commands ^^;
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