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Two sides of me by XilaPhoenixArt Two sides of me by XilaPhoenixArt

Two sides of meby XilaPhoenixArt

Digital Art / Photomanipulation / Emotional©2012-2014 XilaPhoenixArt
This is my entry for the "The other side of me"-contest by :iconstarscoldnight: found here: [link]
My work ended as honorable mention, thank you!! [link]

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Right girl and tree: [link] by :iconfaestock:
Left girl: [link] by :iconfaestock:
Background: [link] by :iconcompot-stock:
Moon brush: [link] by :iconaneley:
Sun brush: [link] by :iconandrei-oprinca:
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Simply stunning! My personal favorite parts about you photomanips is the hair. It always looks so beautiful and real. In all honesty I find the contradictions wonderful, especially in how they go with 'the other side of me' concept.
I especially appreciate how you take note of the light sources and fixed them up appropriately. :) The expression on both women's faces shows the easy going, unburdened girl, but also the depressed, sullen one. The sun and moon appear to glow (which is good) but I notice that you've also added glow around the people. This is kind of strange, and I'm not quite sure what you were going for.

But all in all, I love it!
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2 out of 3 deviants thought this was fair.

I just noticed that you had requested Critique on this over in #By-Invitation-Only! I am really sorry for the delay in responding! :heart:

This piece is so inspired! It is absolutely conceptual, and the coolest thing about it is that I can look at it and go, "Wow, I know EXACTLY what she is trying to say!" That's a sign of a real artist! :love: It really evokes a feeling in the viewer and makes the viewer able to relate.

What I love about this piece is its softness and simplicity. You didn't go out of your way to make things fancy; you focused on the portrayal of emotion through the pose and expressiveness of the model and the tones that you chose. The tones especially are beautiful and use hues that are appropriate for evoking the emotions that (I think?) you are trying to portray-- that is, bright and sunny/happy [day] and wistful, quiet, emotional, and reflective [night].

What I am having a hard time with is the lighting. On both sides, it is too harsh, such that it detracts a bit from the message. I absolutely understand where you are coming from with this piece, but I would turn it down a notch. For example, her hair and face on the left side (our right, facing the sun) are far too white. If this were real sunlight, it would be more of a gradient, with a tiny bit of harsh light on the outer edges but softening across the cheeks and toward the nose. I also think that, with light that harsh, there will more of a shadow. I think you've got it closer to being correct on the left side of the picture (the moonlight one), but it's still a bit harsh. (I LOVE harsh lighting, but in this case you might want to ask yourself if this is what you're going for.)

Also on both sides, I'm not sure she would glow quite that much. :XD:

This is a really pretty piece, again, that makes the viewer stop and reflect. Something to think about would be composition-- e.g. where is the eye being led in the picture? Right now, mine goes to the right side of the picture (sunshine). Is that where you intended it to go? You've got two focal points here, so you will want the lighting to be balanced on both sides, which is (in my opinion) what is drawing the eye to one side or the other. I think what you're wanting is for the eye to bounce back and forth between the two and drink them in.

I hope that made sense. :heart:
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lildreamer6281 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Do you know me? Some of your pieces say you do. :)
XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If that's the case, we are much alike, cause I'm in all my creations :D
Khazei Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice ! :)
XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
blaithiel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
blaithiel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
my pleasure :)
iwetka Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Wonderful :clap:
XilaPhoenixArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!!
FranceskaF-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great work :clap:

check out my stock gallery :D
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