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Fiona by Wildweasel339 Fiona by Wildweasel339
Set in 1780's Scotland, Fiona looks back to see her mill burning to the ground.

Cover for C.A Hope's Novel, New Lanark: Spinning New Lives

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More details on my blog post here: [link]
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supersyndrome Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have posted a journal discussing exactly what I love about this artwork! :) 
supersyndrome.deviantart.com/j…
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh cool, it's an honor!

This was a pivotal image for me. It was one of the first professional commissions that I was happy with, and as a portfolio piece has lead to many more jobs of the same sort.  Looking back there are a few weaknesses that bother me, such as the posing of the hands which, now seem a bit stiff and blocky. But the rendering of the face I am still rather proud of, even though I recall many failed attempts at it.  I eventually discovered the best strategy, especially for an attractive female character, is to simplify the shapes and planes as much as possible.  Let the of imagination of the viewer do all the hard work!

I've actually been thinking about doing something similar, as both a means of showcasing art I admire and an effort to really study it closely.  I like the way you dissected the image. 

I've also been using Pinterest a lot lately. Man that's such a great tool! 

Thanks again, and keep up the good work :)

-Lane
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supersyndrome Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, I honestly did not expect you to reply! Thanks! Interesting to see the artist's perspective on it now as well.
Thanks for taking a look, I'd be happy to read any art-dissections you'd write in the future. :) 
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AidaPup Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know what is about her face, clothing, posture, expression... well, everything... that is so amazing, but this picture is simply captivating!! Beautiful work!!
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visualspice Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the sense of emotions conveyed here. nice job!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Awesome!!!
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rgxsingh Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!!
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waikar3d Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Your fantastic work has been featured in Friday Night Features.
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biancawinberg Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Beautiful! Love the roughness in it.
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Nice work! :)
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Zak05 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful colors!!:clap:
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William099 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors go perfectly with the mood of the piece good job.
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lucasblahblah Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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VonStreff Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful, it's simple brushstrokes bring out an incredible emotion! Really awesome!!
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Beautiful lighting and color scheme. The emotion is felt. Nice work!

-- Mitch
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thank you much! :D
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
You're welcome! :aww:

-- Mitch
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Catwagons Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the colours here, as usual. You're improving all the time :D
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful work is featured in our group's December Feature :iconsoulcollectors: [link] :hug:
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rasenth Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Your paintings are so gorgeous and rich!! I really love how you don't get too fussy about details. The feelings come through so clearly. QoQ
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ArtFurry Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
this is so beautiful :)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This is very beautiful. You captured emotion well. Love the lighting effects, also!
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done.
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Osthareane Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like Sha from GoT.
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Osthareane Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shae* rather.
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otakuusagui Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's gorgeous!. She has such a sad look ;_;, but still beautiful.
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Anotheroutsider Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely brushing!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Anotheroutsider Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of the atmosphere in "Grave of the fireflies" :)
You're welcome!
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Zaleho Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, this is gorgeous!! T_T She is just standing there bit... there is so much LIFE and MOVEMENT D: Wonderful painting yet again!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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NguyenTr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
great brushstrokes and great facial expression!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Cloister Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice natural expression on that face !
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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makzvell52 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful and affecting character. I wasn't looking away from the girl represented there for a long time.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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pat7 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
such a beautiful strokes and strong value :D i love it!!!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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mirokuray Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
I like her expression. I have a hard time painting a face like that. The tone of the painting is dark red mix with orange. Sad in a way, but I find it beautiful to look at. To the favourites!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It seems that learning to paint faces just requires lots of failed attempts :)
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stoopsolo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Very nice. Nice technique.
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superhermit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emotional
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Kurtzan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi ! Your great work featured here : [link] :)
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sallartiste Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Cool
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Andrei-Sitari Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
The painting is great , but the design of the girl is your usual design. Your girls have the same shape of the face and the proportions are too similar. I would suggest to try and varie a bit with your girls and your designs in general !
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. I was given some general reference for her features, but no doubt my repetitive tendencies show through.
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Andrei-Sitari Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
when you are out in the city , the best way to gather information is through your sketchbook. Observe shapes and characters.
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Venny9o6 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
It's very nice!
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