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Earth Queen's Paradise by Lilyas Earth Queen's Paradise by Lilyas
I present you the Earth Queen's Paradise! A beautiful fairy resting at her favourite place in the forest. Personally I think T H I S is my best photo manipulation so far. And my most extensive. I worked on a 16 x 20 inch work space and used ~100 layers, the psd-file was half a GB big and even the print file still has 20 MB! The details in the picture are amazing! Unfortunately many of them got lost in the reduced deviation.

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:bulletorange: This is the reason why I have created this artwork:

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A few day ago I discovered the beautiful fashion designs of leoalmodal who doesn't only creates the designs for dresses and jewelry but is also doing the make-up and the tailoring of his designs. I asked him if I could use of of his brilliant dress shots to make an artwork with it. He kindly agreed and now here it is. PLEASE visit his :star: Gallery and encourage him to go on with his fantastic work to make many ladies happy!

This is the original photo of his amazing gold dress from the EARTH Collection! Please be advised that his photos are NOT stock and can't be used without the author's permission!

gold: collection'09 earth by leoalmodal :icondd-catalogue:

I personally rewarded this work with a Daily Deviation on October 13, 2010, my own birthday.


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:gallery: Stock Credits:



Permission for prints is granted!



© Copyright by Lily A. Seidel and Leoalmodal 2009. All rights reserved. You may not use my work without our written permission.
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Critique by Dr-Murdock-Kawfi Dec 21, 2009, 11:14:48 AM
Really a stunning piece. Lilly has created an extensive fantasy world with this single bit of artwork. So much is communicated in the vision of this piece. The addition of the mountains in the back is particularly effective for this, because they suggest what this world is like outside of this beautiful glen. The glen however, is still secluded and magical.

Though this concept isn't a particularly original one, I feel that the take on it, and the art itself is fresh and new. Fairy glens and fantasy worlds tend to be a bit overused in art. However, the addition of the bridge in the background and the cat on the boulder both give aspects of an ordinary human world, tying together Lilyas' fantasy with the world in which we all live.

The techniques of the piece are perhaps one of the most impressive aspects. The fairy's slight glow, along with the details of the fireflies in the grass and trees bring together all of the light sources in the picture very well, from the fairy herself to the magical lantern way in the back.
Reflections in the piece, in addition to being very well done, are complete. I can't find a single one that was left out. I particularly like the way that the color reflection of the edge of the fairy's dress blends together with the hints of green from the trees. The same kind of blending happens around the fairy's wings, where the peachy gold blends with the yellow lights, which blends into the bright leafy green of the trees. This blending creates a smooth transition from the fairy to scenery, so that though the fairy is obviously the centerpiece of the art, she is not all the viewer sees. The details of the background, which clearly had so much work done to them, have attention drawn to them enough to appreciate, but not at the expense of the picture's focus. The use of complimentary colors, though subtle, adds a sense of harmony to the piece. The red in the mountains compliments the green of the trees, and the orange in the lanterns and the fairy's dress sets off the blue of the water off to the left side. These colorful details are subtle, but add visual roundness to the entire piece.

The impact of this piece is deeper then it appears on first glance. At first, it seems cliche, with the fairy and her animal friend enjoying the splendor of their hidden glen. However, the same aspects of the background which gave the picture more originality, also add an almost foreboding message. The expression of the fairy, who is not sad nor happy, but curiously listening, is the first hint of this. The direction of her lean draws attention to the cat, who appears slightly annoyed or unhappy. The eye is then carried smoothly to the right hand side with the bridge and mountains. The color of the mountains is a deep red, which compliments the green of the trees. However, the mood of these mountains, when paired with the sky which it turning from clear to heavily clouded, is dark in comparison to the picture. It is a symbol of danger coming. The mountains are next to the bridge, creating an association with mankind, and that brooding sky. The implication is that we as humans are doing something to endanger this beautiful scene.

This elegant work becomes deeper every time I look at it, and the message it sends, though a common theme in the art of today, is presented in a quite original way. We can all learn from nearly every aspect of this great work of art.
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Critique by Kareenalow Nov 10, 2010, 6:33:51 AM
This is a very unique peice. the depth and detail in all of it is fantastic. you almost feel like you are right there. the glistening lights and candles really take you deeper and deeper in to this picture. the manipulation was done perfectly. i know if most of us didn't know that it was actually photo manipulation, we might think it is real. every little detail is captured from the water on the rocks to the flowers petals. also the wings are very lifelike ( if they existed) and really show what the theme is. i think this is an amazing piece that there is no need to explain about, because you can see the point quite easily. I cannot wait to see more of this artist's work.
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finnfni Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
It is amazing. It reminds me of my favirite shakespeare play a midsummer nights dream.
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SK-DIGIART Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Such an incredible and beautiful Artwork_____!!  :heart:
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MelanAnime Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
stunning!
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is how all Life should look, my friend :heart:
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brynhildr13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS. IS.. SSTTUUNNNNIINNGG!!!!! :wow:
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DiamondPi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most beautiful photomanips I've ever seen. The colors are gorgeous, and I love the detail! Amazing piece :)
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow this a beautiful piece! I love the effects you use. The lighting really makes her stand out ^^
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Mikeb233 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing piece!
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Vilyatir Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Excellent work. It shows a deep sense of texture and composition. Thank you.
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Lilyas Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, too!
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