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Honeyhands by FreShPAiNt Honeyhands by FreShPAiNt
edit: 6/18 I did a lot of painting over- redid the wing, moved a lot of the background around and changed up some coloring, gave the chick more rim lighting. I think it looks better. =)

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You know when you work on something, and then you work on it some more- and then rework it, again, and again, and again, and the painting never really gets where you want it to be and instead its just overworked? Well- that was this painting.

There is a lot of polishing that could still go into this. But I think it's time to set it aside, move onto other things. I learned a lot from this- start with a more dramatic pose (the first version is terrible), seriously...don't shirk the thumbnails (I didn't do enough of them, which would have helped the pose), make sure there is a good foreground, middleground and background, and pay attention to your darks (there are way too many black in this, and it detracts from the focal point- I toned it down a bit, but I think it needs more work there).

Aside from the bad though, I like a few things. I'd like to play with the landscape structure more. I'm liking the angel's costuming a lot, and I like the design of the magic effect. I also really like that maroon in the wings, along with the general idea for the colors, so I might play with it more in a different painting and work on more subtle hue shifts within each block of color (I'm usually much better at that I feel, but for some reason the colors in this painting just seem flat...and even adding in more saturated colors, it never quite lost it's flatness.)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Nice UuU
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Mitchu Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
love this! It's so magical and I love the feeling of it! The colours and composition are wonderful as well! Wish I could be this good ^^
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =) Just keep practicing and pushing your abilities and knowledge with every piece. I think you already are doing great already.
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Mitchu Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, I will! There's nothing that's more fun than drawing and like you said, pushing your abilities and discover you can do more than you thought you could.. It's a lot of fun ^^
Thank you! Means a lot to hear from someone so good ^^
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Deathcomeslast Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiccccccccccccccccccccceeeeeeeeeeee!
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
beautiful angel piece. a very unique way of seeing them.
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ExileFallen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice!
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dragonxboy55 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Artist
Beautiful !!! ;D
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for all your kind words! It's greatly appreciated. =)
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oilsoaked Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore the intricacies of her armor! I feel like with each piece you churn out, you just BRING the epic!
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capprotti Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This is what i'm talking about! So good!
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:iconfreshpaint:
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
=D I'm glad you like it!
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Amisgaudi Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice!
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MADCLARE Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful <3
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goldfishkang Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I love the movement and composition of the entire picture, how her feathers trail behind her in swirls and her hands posed just so ^^ Great colour harmony as well, keep it up! :heart:
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree that the amount of blacks in the angel herself distracts from the background, but I think its lovely, especially the colors and the flow of everything :)
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MimozaBlooming Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm :)
I think that despite the pose not being super dynamic, the tilt to the background makes it work - btw, I love your tilts to backgrounds!
I also think that the focal figure stands out well because you've given he coloring far more warmth than the surroundings (though I gotta say, love the contrast of the purples of her wings to the sky bluish of the background...)
Also love that the sky has upside down structures...
Love love love :D

Btw, got back your awesome painting for me from it being framed - I think the frame ended up fitting it so well I don't even feel too bad spending 150$ on it (which feels to me like WAAAAY too much, but I really didn't want to wait extra to find cheaper but still quality options).
Now it's standing on my dining room table, awaiting it's hanging place :D
Sooo pretty :) I'll try to take pictures and post it somewhere - I kinda wanna share what the frame is like, although I don't know whether this interests you at all...
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You should take a picture! I'd love to see. I love frames, haha.
And $150 for the frame really isn't bad- in general people will easily spend $300 on the frame, matting, glass... Plus it's better to get a quality frame than something cheap, because it helps preserve the piece.

I'm glad you like this painting- it's gotten many mixed reviews so far, but overall a lot more positive than I expected, which is lifting my spirits somewhat. =)
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AltairFlame Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the mask sort of looks like the ones Margonites and Abbadon wear in Guild Wars.

awesome piece, love the color and detail on it ;)
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
huh, wasn't intentional but those masks are awesome! It's actually loosely based on a sculpture I made in college, which had an insect influence.
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AltairFlame Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it sure does look awesome ;)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her design, she is splendid !:love:
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katana2665 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I don't think it's overworked...you have the right level of detail at the various depths of the piece. Sounds more like you overworked yourself and yea it's time to move on. In a side note, whenever i see someone put a staff or device with a handle in a piece, I always look at the thickness of the handle first. Too many times those things to weak to support the object. So nice job on the staff. Thanks for sharing.
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha yea, overworked myself is probably the right assessment. I think there are some things in the piece I don't like though, that come about because I felt I pushed myself to hard, and by the end just didn't want to change it.

But enough of my complaining- thanks for the kind words! =)
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chlorinesea Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The wing design is really interesting and you're right, the magic effect is great.

I hate it when paintings feel like that, but this is still a very strong piece despite the difficulty it gave you. :) Was it made for anything in particular? I'm curious about the character and universe.
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hehe yea- with personal pieces it's easier to get to that stage too. There is no deadline saying "hey, you HAVE to stop now."

Anyhoo, the piece wasn't for anything in particular than developing my own idea. Initially the idea started as a concept piece basically about hypocrisy and lying (the honey was the false idea someone feeds you, and I was going to have some creepier stuff going on with her face to show the "truth"), but it really sort of morphed from that idea, probably because I found it a little shallow, and just became a design that I thought looked interesting. =)
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chlorinesea Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's really interesting. It doesn't quite come across in the final, but that's a HARD concept to pull off. :o I really like the bee theme though, it's not something I've ever really seen.
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner May 26, 2011   Digital Artist
VERY frikken nice.. stop whinging ;)
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
but, but...I LIKE to whine! It's my best natural talent!
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   Digital Artist
lol, yeah me too, but we'll keep that just between us I reckon ;)
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
see, I figure if I complain to friends, family, and everyone on the internet about my personal work, it leaves me the ability to be totally upbeat with art directors with their work!
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   Digital Artist
Now THAT is a great plan, I like! :D

;)
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yashmeet135 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Absolutely Lovely!,Beautiful.Very creative.
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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yashmeet135 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
you are welcome
keep-it good work
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butterfrog Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, it looks perfect to me :)
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:iconfreshpaint:
FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! =)
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Shidaku Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Pretty cool, I love seeing angels outside the traditional white(silver)/gold color combos. Great stuff, all flaws aside.
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks =) I try not to do angels in the traditional holy, Christian, sense, but a bit more as if they are a winged race with a more powerful, otherworldly feel.
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Draco-Kohakunushi Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
maroon rocks. its so grape-y
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FreShPAiNt Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha, so true!
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