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Her world by MilouvanMontfort Her world by MilouvanMontfort
"People often had their thoughts about her, since her whole world seemed to be created by that owl."

First submission of 2013! Hurray! I actually planned to finish this as my last work of 2012, but there were too many things in this illustration I wasn't satisfied with. Then I thought I finished it yesterday, but I was still nitpicking. And I loved it. Lay it to rest for a while and then look back at your work while you've freshened your mind. Itīs been a very long while since I worked this long on an illustration.

I'm very pleased with the skyline by night. As well as the variety of colors in the background. I had a hard time with combining realism and surrealism. Which parts of this drawing can look a bit off and which need to look realistic?

To be honest: I'm still not 100% satisfied with the whole picture, but if I want to be, I would have to remake this work from scratch. Maybe I will, because I like the concept. But for now, I'll let this baby be how she is :)

Tools: Photoshop CS6; Wacom Bamboo tablet
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:iconlucky101212:
Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D Very much appreciated!!
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RainbowMagick Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
This is gorgeous. Love the concept and I think the execution is just fine. ^^
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Kuiji Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm really impressed. It's clear you took your time to create something stunning and the result is just that. Like you, I especially like the cityscape, but I also think her face is very well made.
What you could have done (and I speak of something I can't even try to achieve yet, myself) is blend the colors some more, to make it look even more worked through. Maybe color the lineart as well, I think that would have a pretty effect.
But, again, I really like this piece! ^^
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your lovely comment! It's great to read why you're impressed by this :)

The color blending is something I could work on, yes. Although I also like the rough, paint-like feel of colors that don't blend with each other. I'm actually thinking of not adding any line-art the next time. At first, the face also had a line-art, but I decided to just paint over it.

Thanks a lot for the tips!
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Kuiji Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think painted-over lineart can give so much to a picture! Unfortunately, digital drawing isn't something I do much, myself, so I find it difficult to give good feedback. ^^'
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes indeed, it makes it less flat, in my opinion.
Thanks for the feedback anyways :) It really helps!
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:iconkuiji:
Kuiji Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so welcome ^^
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you have good skill im very impressed :O

how long have you been painting digitally??
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

I just looked up my first digitally painted background. I made it 6 years ago. So yeah, I had some practice ;) You can find it here, in case you're interested: [link]

That's my old account, from a looooong time ago ;)
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so i need patience to be as good as you :tears:
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Practice, mostly ;) And practice takes time, so yeah, maybe a little patience..
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DuskLantern Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
This is beautiful. I need to make this my desktop wallpaper. Is there anyway I can pay for this?
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! If you want I can adjust the size so it'll fit on your desktop.
You can pay through Paypal. If you want to discuss further business about this work, you can send me a note :)
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Digital Artist
I love how the city and the clouds spill out like that. They look like a natural part of the background. The city is great, it looks so intriguing back there.

The bed is probs a little small is all. :meow:

I love the different colours you used, how you did the reflected light in the fabric. :D Also, the texture from the brush strokes is really nice and gives it a bit of extra warmth.
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the comment! It means a lot to me :)

Yeah, the bed is indeed rather small. But then again, nothing is normal in her world and she loves to curl up in the bed while Mister Owl watches over her :)
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Who wouldn't? :giggle: Mr Owl is awesome.
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D That makes me glad <3
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ik3lvin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice art it make me think of a story book cover ....
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! That's great to hear (:
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HumanEagle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Beautiful!! I Love creating and how you did! Congratulations!!
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:iconmilouvanmontfort:
MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhumaneagle:
HumanEagle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
You Welcome! :)
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Gemicore Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this *o*
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
(:
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TheDutchesse Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy crap, lady, stop being so awesome!
Actually, no, don't stop. I just love the concept of this, the owl and the day and night, and the clouds and dripping. And the owl. Have I mentioned the owl?

I think you struck a good deal on the realism/surrealism part. I especially like the face of the owl. Its eyes have a lot of expression. The only thing that doesn't blend well for me is the texture of the ceiling, probably because there is very little texture on the wall so there is a stark contrast between them.

But that's a very small point, this thing is just brilliant. May I gush some more about how the night/day blend into the feathers? And how the colours all work together really wel?

Well, Mister Owl, I think it is quite brilliant.
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow thanks! That makes me very glad! I could try and change the ceiling, see how it looks. Maybe tomorrow -w- hehe
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Lucky101212 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I love this! Nice job, it's so different!
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:iconmilouvanmontfort:
MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! That's great to hear :)
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow this is really cool!
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MilouvanMontfort Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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