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The Mockingbird's Bower by temiel The Mockingbird's Bower by temiel
"The mouth that has been kissed does not lose its savour,
indeed it renews itself just as the moon does."
~The Decameron

I'm sure our little Mockingbird has had more than a few portraits painted of her... the trick, I imagine, is getting her to sit still and not make eyes at the artist. :roll:

This was a big ol' experiment, so please be gentle. :please:

There's a sketch here, but at this point it's almost all PS and Painter X.
Credit where it's due: this was made with sincerest apologies to Rossetti... this is a complete and total riff on Bocca Baciata [link]
In the process, I referred to =morganagod's excellent tutorial [link] endlessly, it helped SO much.
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Very pretty! Something about it reminds me of the Pre-Raphaelites. :) I love how the embellishments on her clothing match her hair, so it almost feels like the two are flowing into each other. The rose and hair decoration are both lovely.

There are a few areas that I think could use improvement. Her left eye (on our right) seems a bit too small, or maybe a bit too high up on her face. I like how you used a variety of colors in her skin, but in some spots (like her lower jaw, the base of her neck) the contrast between pink and greenish is a bit jarring. It may just be my monitor, but a little more blending in those areas couldn't hurt. Lastly - and I have so many problems with this - I think you could work on a greater variety of edges. What I mean to say is that almost all the edges in this are very soft and fuzzy. If you sharpened up a few in the focal areas - like her hands and face, it would really attract the eye.

Very nice experiment! :D
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I can see you stepping outside of your regular boundaries and that is to be commended. I love your use of deep, rich colors ... especially in the reds and golds. Gold is HARD, and for your success here, you have my awe. The unexpected colors (the pinks, greens and blues in the skin) are vivid and make an amazing impact and makes her skin very touchable. Be wary of losing your dark tones in the figure and the robe, though. Perhaps carrying more of the deep green in the background into some of the deeper creases of her robe. I am sure that in practicing a new technique, the colors were your first concern. The effort has paid off.

The anatomy in her hands is excellent! The little curve in the pinky finger of her left hand is particularly pleasing. It's little details like the finger that make your art stand out. I would watch the anatomy in her neck and the placement of her ear. Though, for what it's worth, stylistically it works. My style wouldn't allow for it. Yours does.

You are to be commended for trying something new. I'd pursue it if I were you!

(P.S. She really reminds me of Satine in Moulin Rouge ... which is a good thing ... because I loved her!)
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DJ-Uni-Mekaju Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...I just love how this feels so old. :love:
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dustfae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I love Rossetti ^-^

Do not apologize, it is beautiful and you made it your own :D
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, me too!! :heart: I'm so glad you like this, it was so much fun to do. :D
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gppr Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
She looks elegant and soft at the same time. I like the painting style on this one. :)
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :heart: I'm really glad you like it, it was definitely a departure for me so I'm happy it's successful. :D
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She came out really incredible, because of the way how you did her hair flowing down her body and the clothing that she's wearing. :hug::heart:

I even love how you did her facial features!
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I had fun bringing a little more "realism" and dimension to her features this time around, since I'm usually so linear.
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! It's so much fun doing this painting of her! :aww:
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Verdokai Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
I very much like her fleshy eyes! And the warm colours. And the pretty hands <3
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :heart: I was REALLY proud of this when I finished it. The hands were a lot of fun to do, because I basically just copied the "Bocca Baciata" hand position, which I LOVE. :D I think I initially intended to make the whites of her eyes more... white, but I liked it this way, it looks more "old" somehow.
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aeryael Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010   Digital Artist
Damn, sorry! I somehow missed what you wrote about Rossetti on the description. Little letters, hahah... >_<
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aeryael Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow, beautiful! This reminds me of the paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, maybe you took some inspiration on those? I love the golden-red waves on her hair... and her hands are so elegant! Great job! :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Lol, yes! :D I saw your other comment too-- gotta love those little letters screwing everything up. ;) I was so in love with that hand position. There's a guy commenting below that insists one should never copy Rossetti hands because he was "notoriously bad at them"... really? Really? =P One of my consistent favorite things about his paintings are the hands. They're so graceful and expressive and they seem very statuesque. I don't care if they're not 100% realistic, I like them! :XD:
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lureofthewest Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love the color choices!
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: A lot of the time I tend to use really pale, desaturated colors, so this time I wanted to do something that looked really rich and opaque.
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lureofthewest Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
It is really rich looking. I agree.
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DavinArfel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just an amazing drawing *.* !!!
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I was really proud of this one, so I'm very glad you like it. :hug:
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JubeiSpiegel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010   Digital Artist
So how did you feel about working without lines? It's pretty awesome to see the image take shape with just contrast and colors. Nice job! :dance:
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
There was a line drawing originally, it's just buried under layer upon layer of opaque paint so now you can't see it anymore! :D I'm not sure if I really liked "working without lines" so much as I just liked doing this particular project. If I hadn't had something to refer to I would've been lost, which I have to admit I don't like... I hate being tied to reference to know how to do something.

But I'm glad you like it, it was certainly a fun experiment! :highfive:
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MerinkArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Looks like an old painting by a master
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thank you! :heart: I don't think it's quite THAT good, but I did model it after this one, for what it's worth: [link]
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ADYJB Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
temiel
Never try to copy any of Rossettis hands, he was known for not being very good at painting them!


*solfieri "(granted, Rossetti doesn't count as an old master, but he did emulate them but I digress)"

Sorry had to mention here that i think you will find Rossetti (even though he wasn't good at hands!) along with the other Pre-Raphaelites are now considered by Art Scholars to be Old Masters as well.
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
See, I knew if I tried to do a Rossetti-style painting there'd be someone talking about the hands. :XD: Regardless of whether or not he's "known" to be "not very good" at them, I really like the anatomy of his hands. Even if it's not accurate, I personally find them to be really graceful and expressive; I get inspiration from the pose and the gesture over exact anatomy.
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ADYJB Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
lol, sorry couldn't resist. But i do like your reasoning and it's fair enough reasoning so i will let you off. ;) Have you seen any Rossetti in the galleries? Incredible, so much better seeing the real paintings than prints in a book.
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I've seen "A Sea-Spell" at the Fogg Museum at Harvard, but I haven't been fortunate enough to see any others. (Though I do think the MFA has the one I modeled this after, at least sometimes... I haven't seen it on display, though, I think they put it in storage occasionally.) I was amazed by how large it was. Seeing pictures of it, I always envisioned it being much smaller. I'll have to go to the Fogg again before I move away and see everything again, they have an amazing collection of medieval through Romantic-era art.
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ADYJB Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Ah thats good that you have seen that. That was something that struck me upon seeing his paintings, the scale of them. I live in the UK near Manchester where they have a collection of Pre Raphaelite works including Rossettis and J W Waterhouse and then other side in Liverpool more Pre-Raphaelites. To the south in Birmingham is the best collection but then London you have the Tate where i saw J E Millais Ophelia and the V&A which was another Rossetti although the title of the painting escapes me.
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, I'd LOVE to see any of the originals in person (especially the Millais Ophelia). Someday I absolutely have to go around Europe on an art-viewing quest. :D
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HopelessBeliever Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist
Love it
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: It was definitely different for me to do, but it was a lot of fun. :D

How are you doing, by the way? :hug: I'm really excited to see the finished version of the Cinderella Complex sketch if you're still planning on working it up! :love::love:
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HopelessBeliever Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist
Yeah, I've been on hiatus for a while and now it's finals week. I will get to it eventually. Maybe on the spring break ;)
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
AFFF, finals!! :frustrated: Thank goodness I'll never have to do THAT again. ;) Good luck!
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glorycolor Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Molly, your coloring is his is superb. The warm palette really draws in the eyes. I swear I could stare at her lips for minutes. She looks gorgeous! are you planning on making another piece like this with Farael to pair them up?
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun using these really rich colors, since normally I skew toward the lighter side of things. I am actually planning to do something like this with Farael-- I'm using this painting as a model for it: [link]
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eokani Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MAN this is was cool! Your painting technique is awesome, it looks just like something I'd see in an art exposition.

AND I GOTTA SAY, I'M LOVING THOSE COLOURS. and her expression! c:
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!! :heart: I'm glad you think so, I'm really new at digital painting so I"m glad the technique looks okay. :heart: I'm SO pleased with the colors in this one, I really like this kind of palette. :love:
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm did Desperate Romantics play a hand in this? :D I like the experiment; for the portrait looking you're aiming at, it really works! I like the darkened reds and golds and the hints of green in the hair and flesh; looks very "painty".
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
YOU KNOW, THAT IS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY... :giggle:

Honestly, I've been thinking of doing a painty portrait of Rian for a while but I suck at digital paint so badly I really needed to have something to model it after, and then I thought "Heeeeeey... I know..." :lmao: I'm glad you like the colors, I was referencing pretty closely (which is probably why, as a bunch of people have pointed out, her robe doesn't reflect the green in the environment-- in the original painting, the woman's robe is green already so the color difference in the shadows doesn't really show up). I really hope to do another thingy like this, because this was WAY too fun. At the moment I'm playing with a Faraelized version of this: [link]
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O RLY :XD:
I look forward to the Farael one - that's a good pose to echo, especially with the hands!
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
I LOVE those hands. Well, really, I liked the hands in both the original paintings (the Bocca Baciata hand position was what really made me decide on that one). Useless portrait hands gooooo! :w00t:
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU ARE UP WAY TO EARLY! :O
Ohhh yeah, the hands are super expressive in those portraits - and some of the rings they have on are stunning.
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes... that's true, I am. :XD: I'm at my parents' house up in Maine because Alan and I are apartment hunting this weekend, and our first viewing is at 9:30. XD
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Larissa-Bright Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's quite an early start then - good luck with apartment hunting, it can be a bit of a chore!
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Lukay7 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: I'm glad you like it, that means a lot. :hug:
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kpcosplay Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student Photographer
Ok I know this is way late but when I saw this I went, "Guh, she's moving on to realistic painting. Is there anything this girl can't do?!" XD I love her face it looks so soft, and the hair turned out really well and that kind of hair is a total bitch to draw. The clothes look pretty nice they really blend with the picture but the bold red color makes it stand out and her hands! Omg I love her hands *o* the delicate flower is a bautiful touch that just makes this fantastic! I love your art so much.
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much!! :hug::love: I worked hard on this, so I'm really glad you think it looks good. :heart: I wouldn't say it's "realistic" exactly... it's still stylized... but it's more realistically shaded, I guess, than my line art. I was really proud of both the face and the hands, so ultra-thanks for noticing those bits. :tighthug: THANK YOUUUUU~!!
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CrystalCurtisArt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
AHA! Time to comment! xD lol When I saw this, I was like 0_0 Woah! It's really lovely. The colors in particular are great, and the soft sort of painting style. It's so fun to reference an old master painting in character art today~ It's kind of like re-writing history or something. A history where it's Rian in the painting instead. lol And I'm sure she looooved being the focus of attention! xD Anyhow, you really broke out of your usual coloring style and it worked nicely! (I should try it sometime!!) This really has a great old sort of feel. Like I could find this painting in an old abandoned place, or a ship or something. Covered in dust, until you wipe it away and reveal Rian's clever little face. lol
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
!! I totally love that idea! :love: And yeah, you're totally right about it feeling like rewriting history (I'm sure you found that out when you did your Shaide sketch that was based on the Waterhouse, yes?). It's WAY too much fun, I'm actually (tentatively) working on a Farael one right now with this painting: [link] (It's so hard to find portraits of men in this sort of Victorian quasi-classical style!) I'm sort of coming up with a back story to this picture and why it exists, because I've told Alan I want it to actually exist in the Arcanaverse (though I haven't decided whether she owns it yet... I imagine it's changed hands a few times).

Either way, I'm really glad you like it! It was a LOT of fun. :dance:
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CrystalCurtisArt Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, that's a lovely male portrait there! I'm interested to see what you do with Farael in that vein. And yeah, that little sketch of Shaide kinda whet my appetite. I'd like to actually tackle a more completed piece that references one of Waterhouse's paintings. He painted so many beautiful women, there's plenty of portraits to choose from. lol
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