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Some technical practice / stress-relief. I've been working on this off and on for a while, so it's not particularly coherent, but it was relaxing to work on. Getting render-happy is one of my weaknesses, skipping over solid structure to get to the fun detailing part. It's not a good habit to be in, but I figure it's more productive to do this than to veg out in front of the tv after work. Maybe?

I promise, my next image will be thoughtfully composed and constructed. Next time... Scout's honor. And while I'm making promises, next time I'll use reference so the pose looks natural. I posed her the way I personally would stand, but I have some weird anatomical things going on that look really uncomfortable for normal ppl. Excuses, excuses.

Wacom. CS4. Inspired by [link] Detail shots
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nickonthedraw Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Your picture makes me happy! Lovely work.
o0MaYa0o Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love her smile and pose.
I really enjoy the palette you chose as well, definitely feels like a nice summer day !
Djele Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Love this.
KohakuShawn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Amazing details!
ashakiwi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
She really just made me smile!
Leeannah92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ravekitten Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning. Love the colours in this one.

minix Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Digital Artist
kittany Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
You're the artist so you'll see the flaws. I am on the outside and so I say 'nice'.
Quaisor Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
We have old buildings where I live that have blue brick buildings like this one. I absolutely love to photograph people on them. Love her pose, btw and the the smile is great!
meMilly Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Student Digital Artist
In addition to being a gorgeously painted beauty,
the depth in this is so amazing! :heart:
KaynessArt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
woah, so delicate and detailed!
taho Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The colors and values are just brimming with life in this piece. The highlights are perfectly placed. My only nitpick would be her shoes, they look like they're floating ever so slightly, but then again, I don't know the exact form of the shoe.
minix Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010   Digital Artist
You're right about the shoes, I need to tweak that shadow so she doesn't look like she's hovering. :)
03463216606 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Great :thumbsup:
Darkside25 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
super duper, there is a cool flavour to your pictures
umlando Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
If I read your self-criticism twice and squint really hard for a long time at this picture, I think I can see the flaw you mention. By that time, however, I am also convinced I can fly. When I fall back to earth, I realized this is a really kickin' illo, and you oughta, you know, do this as a profession or whatnot.

minix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words :)
queeslavidasinamor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow...I am in awe..thats all i have to say ...this fantabulous! Yes the bricks wow///the cement wow!! The chicka yayyyy wow!
vyvyan Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I think it's in your head, doll. This looks very cohesive.
Averagemancer Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Digg it.
mlrartistry Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
May I ask you, are you still in school and is it your professors that are telling you what to look for and or critiquing your work in are telling you all the negatives? if so thats their job to do that, or maybe you're being so prolific you don't get the opportunity to see the good and your work until years later, if it's the latter try not to destroy your work in public. If you see the negatives in you work that is good for growth i understand. But please let me tell you what I see, though I know little about airbrushing I do know a lot about illustration and painting and design. I fill that you spent the proper amount of time on this painting, the tonality of the contrasting colors, primarily greens and Reds are on the money. The drawing of the figure the shifting of the weight to the left foot is good and the dips in the shoulders and hips has a good feeling of movement and I love the blue in the backlighting in all those breaks has a good feeling each one looks different, and the spots on the ground nicely laid out in a good design. I can go on and on. But what I'm trying to say is, if you see things that bother you, as a creative person that's good that causes you to pushes you to be better, but keep it to yourself or close friends, most people just wanna see good work and I think this is a good piece of work.
minix Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your thoughts. Definitely gave me lots of ideas to chew on. I'm self-taught, so I think sometimes I lose perspective with self-critique. I think I need to leave myself a little time after I write my thoughts on my work, and before I share them. I always have this weird emotional rollercoaster when I finish a piece. While I'm finishing it, I'm absolutely infatuated with my own image, then once it's done, I instantly fall out of love. And all I can see is the less-than perfect bits, and I feel ashamed for even liking it or creating it. And usually I end up doing my uploading and typing descriptions during that phase.

I think I'm having a weird artistic identity crisis, where I feel like I should advertise that I'm not a real artist. I need an art psychiatrist, hehe. I think from now on, I will let my art speak for itself, no need to list every nitpick before sending it out into the world.

Thanks again :heart:
artgyrl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love all the detail here, the yellow tones, the delicate detail and the overall fun, relaxed feel.
Wyspre Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
think it looks great. i stand like that all the time - it's pretty comfortable, and she looks comfortable doing it. i love her clothes - it feels very "of the moment" to me, and i love her hair.
papertigress Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Definitly more productive than standing in front of the silver screen! beautiful looking work! I just think that, given the title, the lighting could be brighter to give that feeling that she's under the scorching sun, but this is absolutely gorgeous anyway, her shirt... wow!

minix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks. :) I agree, I need to learn to be more bold with my lighting. Sometimes I get shy about really pushing the values.
I should have titled this "Ode to Forever21 Shirt" because that top is the reason this piece came in to being. Simply wearing it was not enough for me. lol
papertigress Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
I'm so glad you weren't offended, u're such a great artist and I'm... well.. not, and was afraid u wouldn't take criticism from me. I'm pleasently surprised and like u all the more! :worship:
Congrats on the shirt again. It is awesome!

sensei324 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is crazy hot. I love it! Wow. what is this your self portrait?
minix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :) I wouldn't quite say its a self portrait, but my friends say she does look a bit like me. Her fashion sense and body language are 100% me, though. ;)
metalicangel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is great!
Treacly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
So beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous and strikingly pretty <3
Her personality is so bright and cheerful. C: I always love your drawings. :heart: :wow: :hug: They inspire me!
It feel's like I would know this person or see her in real life. :nod: That is what I call an artist! :iconbravoplz:
And the whole piece is perfect. No one in the world can disagree. ^~^
minix Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Aww thanks. :heart:
Treacly Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Eeeeee :wow: I didn't think you would reply to little ol' me >//<
You're welcome!! <33333 :blush: :tighthug:
Curiosajess Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student General Artist
This is awesome! Shes so cute! :aww: The shoes stand out to me.
JonKin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is quite beautiful.
RODCOM1000 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
beautifully done!
quiet-riot Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
The detail on her clothing is perfect.
And her face is beautiful :)
NCWeber Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! New stuff. :D

I like how this is composed. Reminds me of a place in town. :nod: And I've seen people who stood like that. It's kind of a show-offy sort of thing, I think. :)
VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of summer! Hot in the city, but very happy in the sweet summer sweat!
Mutantenfisch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! She looks exactly like my friend Jenny!
Very well done!

Kyena Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sooo lovely - I completely love her outfit :D
I don't think you over detailed this at all - as a matter of fact I think it's perfect. I love the brush work.
watersweet Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is gorgeous, what a beautiful girl :heart:
I love her clothes, so many details!!
getcarter Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   Photographer
ladameblanche Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I like it very much, though it could be a little brighter.
saintrad Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010   General Artist
pose looks perfectly natural to me
scottdoom Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Colors are gorgeous.
jimgun Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey Minix, Long time no see... Much respect on the perspective and detail. Brick backround is way too good. Much more patience drawing that than I would ever have.
minix Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   Digital Artist
hey there! yeah, those bricks took forever. very tedious in a relaxing way though. good to hear from you :)
kyria Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
beautiful. VERY lifelike. have you considered working as a costume designer?
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