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    Smile | a state of sublime ecstasy |

    hey guys!
    it's been a while since I've updated my gallery ...

    so here it is ... my newest offering! ...
    it took 21 days to complete, using photoshop cs3.

    .. lots of 'warping' was used for the stylized mist/wave thingy in order to get the flow.
    .. film grain and my good ol glitter brush

    ... as for the concept .. ; i wanted a psychedelic feel in terms of color, flow and emotion ... which explains the metal she's wearing and the blindfold .. ( i could've easily shown her eyes closed but that would've been too conventional )
    it's like .. she blindfolded herself, wants to be taken by surprise and really feel the ecstasy ..

    the colored stylized mist is like a 'visual' representation of what she's feeling .. in a dreamscape of color, movement and sensuality .. being free ...

    hope i made some sense :blush: ... but it was fun when i asked couple of my friends at the studio about the title and what their description was on a sublime ecstatic state ... part of it matched my work ... ( sign of relief )


    now for a taste of reality : Technical issues :|

    the file size ... was a nightmare .. i had to split the file into four parts .. ( kinda getting used to this .. same treatment was for the showstopper and sweet as candy )
    each of the .psb files were around 1.4 gb ...

    in fact, the resolution is 10330 x 5847 .. biggest one till date.
    because of this, i faced a lot of scratch disk problems with photoshop .. system memory was sinking ... i had to delete a couple of movies to free up space ....

    guess it was all worth it! ...


    | a state of sublime ecstasy |


    here's the sketch ..

    | a state of sublime ecstasy |


    closeup ...

    | a state of sublime ecstasy |



    thank you all viewing! ... hope you all like it


    cheers n take care!

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    Hey, well I admire the effort you spent on this! It's pretty intricate, some nice shapes a colours. Unfortunately I'm a bit of a purist, and I find it quite hard to see past the anatomy flaws.. I realise it's quite abstract - but it's so detailed it's hard to miss them - like the definition on the shoulders, pelvis, arms, ribcage, the veil is also too high above the top of her head giving the impression she has a very tall cranium.

    Cool idea though, but not quite there for me yet!

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    maybe she has high hair not a large cranium?

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    Great work on this piece, I really like the colors you used they go well with the whole piece.

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    I like you painting but not your guests....

    Hey Nev, very nice. The ecstatic idea really comes through the blindfolding as --to paraphrase-- an escape from the senses in search of a truer ecstatic state. This theme, to me, seems to be an excellent foundation and you really capitalized on it. A near flawless sense of unity, balance ( achieved primarily though line) and a conservative use of color gives your piece the ability to, for me, invoke something special. Those are the good things I'll get to constructive criticism after I rebuke Alex.

    Alex: How to say this... Your drawing is no were near the caliber of Nev's. You attempts at understanding and conveying form and anatomy would only help to mislead Nev if he had the mind to listen.Besides, this is a painting not a photograph. Artistic interpretation makes reality malleable: anatomy, form, gravity and color are NOT unbreakable rules they are tools to convey thoughts and emotions and,for a moment if you allow it, let you see through another's eyes and understand consciousness in a different way. I'm so sick and tired of all the lame geeks commenting on a beautiful work of art and offering no criticism besides "you should work on you anatomy." Until you cut open a corpse and draw and label each part you have no right. ( I haven't either and have no plans too but my use of anatomy is far more liberal than a "purest" such as yourself). Thats not to say I do not think you have talent you latest piece (an impressionist? It screams Mary Cassatt) attests to that just as you fine eye for edges and contours that I've seen in your sketches, but ideologically you're on the coat tails of a legacy left by Jim burns and Boris Vallejo. Look around, Fantasy Art is changing really, really fast and you'll be left behind if you don't find the new under currents and trends and bend them to your will.

    Anyway Nevs, my criticisms are about something a little more base: The visual foundation of your piece seem to be based on 3 interlocking circles. The sources: the character's two massive breasts and the head but mostly the breasts. They are HUGE and dominate the piece through the stabilizing/framing lines that ripple though the image.... beautiful and enticing, yes, but I feel that these same lines are trapping your image in perDICKtable repetition. I want you to spend 21 days trying to get laid. After that, successful or not I'd say work on foreshortened space. Its clear to me that you have have mastered image making as long as its on a singular plane. I think you might do well to incorporate more foreground and background elements.

    Friggen awesome Nev, I hope to see more of it.

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    Beautiful, and I don't use the term lightly. I can tell you poured your heart and soul into this piece, well done.

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    It's captivating, there is a lovely atmosphere which attracts a lot, wonderful piece!

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    Wow, so smooth very cool gives a nice metallic feel to it. Great work!

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    the mix with the fractal is purely great, well done

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    thats a neat image, the boobs are a bit much for my taste but im an idealist at heart.

    as far as your technicial ssues,
    i woudl sugest working at a resonable resolution, say 2500x5000 ish
    then use photoshop plugin like genuine fractals to up rez your image, http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=7

    the final output on some of my fine art works are over 8 feet and genuine fractals is a life and ram saver.

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    Nice work! Nice design. Love the colors you used for the swirls. It's a beautiful piece of art. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Android View Post
    then use photoshop plugin like genuine fractals to up rez your image, http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=7
    the final output on some of my fine art works are over 8 feet and genuine fractals is a life and ram saver.
    thanks for the heads up!

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    Nice work dude love it

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    It's really original.

    I think I've never could have such an idea.

    Great work and congratulations!

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    i love it! feels like i'm being sucked into the image, fantastic!

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    Absolutely amazing colors. Love it man. Guess you cant please everyone ----> Alex.

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    This is so amazing, i read alex post twice look thro his sketchbook and not sure what to say to him, either way you did an amazing jobb on this painting you have link to blogg or similar? to see more of your works

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    i personally dig the breast , don't change that, the onl prob i hav , is her face, she looks a bit too old for that good body

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