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For Round 3 of :iconstrictlycomedrawing:
Theme: Reflection
Style: Impresionist
Medium: Acrylic on 24x30 inch canvas
Time: About 20 hours
Reference/Stock Photo: [link]

Please full view! I made the resolution HUGE so that you could see all the detail and brushstrokes.

This piece turned out to be more of a challenge than I had initially thought. There were many times where I had to go back and make things look less detailed. I never painted in this style before, but I would say I am very pleased with how it turned out!

The girl in the piece is in a dark time in her life. She is reflecting on choices she made in the past, wondering that if she had done things differently, her life could have been better.

I usually don't prefer to use reference photos, but I'm glad I did because this wouldn't have turned out as good! I really like the stock photo I found, but I wanted to change alot from the image so that my painting wouldn't look just like it.

My research consited of studying impessionist work and style, mostly just from google image searches, and basically just reading the definitions for "reflection". As for my inspiration, I pretty much just had a really bad week and I was "reflecting" on my life. I really just let all my emotion go into this.

<3
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:iconvimislikart:
Okay, this piece kind of suffers from reliance on a reference photo in a way I don't normally even think about - composition.

I looked at this piece, before seeing the stock photo, I thought to myself, "Self, this piece would look so much better if the area below her arm was cropped off." When I saw the stock photo, I wasn't surprised to see that this was how it was originally composed.

The top half of the painting has it's own micro-composition - you look at the girl's face, to the mirror girl's face, follow the hair, follow the arm, back to the girl's face. Maybe look at the cloud things at some point. But I never felt like I needed to look at the bottom part of the painting!

I can see you used the paint drips to try to lead the eye down to the checkerboard floor, but it's not enough! The drips are just background detail, you need something more compelling to visually lead the viewer downward.

So, if you REALLY want to keep the bottom half of the painting, the easiest way to go about it is to reduce the visual noise with the cloud swirls, and have the only paint drips come from the mirror; this makes your eye go from the face, to the drips on the mirror, following the checkerboard to the dress, and back to the girl, all in a big circle. I took the liberty of showing you what it would look like HERE.

Of course, there's tons of ways to make viewers look at the bottom half of the page. Add some other foreground element, add color, add more detail in the dress or the tiles, you can think of a million ways to bring your eyes downward.

And, like I suggested before, you could always crop it :).
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:iconjordynbrook:
JordynBrook Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
very cool!
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:iconwherewillyougo:
Wherewillyougo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
waouh!! stunning :)
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:iconrabbit-toe:
rabbit-toe Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
pretty
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:iconajf-art:
AJF-Art Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Cool, this is very well done.
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:iconmyastraltoenails:
MyAstralToenails Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
A wonderful picture, the painting style is so pretty - watery and rich. The, well, liquid that run down is pretty. Truly wonderful traditional art.

I noticed the girl's tears, and it's now much sadder.
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:iconmyastraltoenails:
MyAstralToenails Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Oh and great work with the hair, it flows so prettily.
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:iconkyashakitsune:
KyashaKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent detail and emotion
I really like the amount of thought, time, and researcch you put into this.
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:iconlynnwest-stock:
Lynnwest-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Very nice and interesting style. I like it. Thank you very much for using my stock.
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love your stock images, I may use more soon!
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:iconunicornreality:
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This has a feature here! :heart: :peace:
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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bellissimART Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so so SO awesome...I can relate to this painting so much, as I am sure many ors can as well....you did a wonderful jon with the shading and the blending of the colors....I love the look on the girls face in the mirror....it is amazing you should be very proud of this and do not take the strong critique to heart..this is beautiful!
:love:
:peace:
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! <3
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:iconlovelymetalhead:
LovelyMetalhead Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
This really looks beautiful and inspirational. :D
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
<3 Thank you!
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ValkyrieStorm27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
OOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooh damn I love it! Freaking lovely!
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you darling!
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MelissaLovette69 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Goddamn this is the shit! Don't worry about what that stupid bitches critique says! This is WONDERFUL in every way possible!
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol Thanks!!! <3
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:iconshantelleeee:
shantelleeee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Sooooo good :)
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
<3 Thank you!
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DarkArtTrocity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this gives me a Alice-through-the-looking-glass feel. With a twisted sence of angst.
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! <3
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MichaelBittick Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010   General Artist
excellent
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconlackasleep:
lackasleep Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Very cool.
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconkhan-lovr:
khan-lovr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Wow! Excellent detail and style. :)
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3 :D
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:iconkhan-lovr:
khan-lovr Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
You're very welcome! :)
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:iconcapnsavy:
CapnSavy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thaaaats cool :)
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:iconvampireheartagram27:
vampireheartagram27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3 <3 <3
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:iconcapnsavy:
CapnSavy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :D!! <3
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