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Scarlet by Foxfires Scarlet by Foxfires
Click here to see stock photos used: [link]
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Okay, funny story. I totally thought the deadline for this contest was the end of this month. Well, silly me saved the date wrong. It ended at the end of MARCH!! *cry* Wow. My brain really malfunctioned on that one. Ah well. :D I found out late last night before I went to bed, and all I could do was laugh.

Good thing is, it was an excellent challenge. It was a contest outside of DA, and they provided all the stock photos. 12 only. Of those 12, we were supposed to use an element of at least 4 in our manipulation. They purposely chose very difficult stock... and I really had to drink a lot of coffee to come up with this one. Some of the other photos were platters of food... a grocery store aisle... etc. etc.

Anyway, if you check the link - you'll see I decided to use very minimal elements from the pictures. At first I was trying to do too much, and my first idea was getting really busy. At last, I just told myself to think with color and form, and not with element and detail, and this is what I came up with.

So, in the end, it was a challenge, and a lesson in construction if nothing else. I probably never in my life would have made a piece containing a woman with a flamingo wrapped around her head. ;) But since I had to work with what they gave me... Viva La Flamingo. :p

(We were allowed to use any and all plugins, add-ons, programs, etc. we wanted. We just could not use other pictures aside from what they provided. So the only stock from DA I used, was a feather brush stock from :iconsilinias: )
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:iconmarazul45:
Marazul45 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
esta obra ha sido presentada aquí [link]
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:iconjesullivan:
JeSullivan Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Cool
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:iconsatishverma:
satishverma Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful artwork. Great artist.
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:iconarline:
Arline Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008   Photographer
:clap:
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:iconapacheann6:
apacheann6 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured!
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:iconsitara-leotastock:
Sitara-LeotaStock Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
This is just beyond awesome, really.
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:iconflordelys:
flordelys Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
i am in awe :faint:
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:icontheshinyrock:
theshinyrock Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
great idea and very good shot :clap:
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:icontheshinyrock:
theshinyrock Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
and ... oop !! good job ;)
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:iconcaddman:
caddman Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
...Two :thumbsup: on this nice pic ...Aimee...:rose:
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:iconpilgrimsoul:
PilgrimSoul Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
I absolutely love this!! My husband nicknamed me his flamingo & now I collect them. I've even named my website after them (flamingogirl). It's wonderful to see a flamingo art piece and you've made it so beautifully. It's gorgeous!

Meegan
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:iconoloferla:
oloferla Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ohh so you missed the contest...that is to bad!!! I like this...it is fun to see unusual colors like this here on Da....so many dark ones..this is a happy color...and why would it be silly to have a flamingo around your head...Im sure they are soft!! ;D
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:icongugul:
Gugul Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
I like the way you mixed the grain and no grain zones!!!!!

congratulations!!!:headbang:
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:iconpaigesmum:
Paigesmum Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Wow this is amazing!!! Beautiful work!!!:faint:
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:iconquidditch-chick:
quidditch-chick Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. That is cool... for lack of better words.... (And I looked at the 'before' pictures and that makes it even more wow.)
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:icontrue-emotion:
true-emotion Featured By Owner May 23, 2007   Photographer
what amazing ideas welldone job
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:iconhelly-stock:
Helly-stock Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing i love the colours :clap:
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:iconslivertorn:
slivertorn Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
EEEK! FLAMINGO!!! :love: *Jumps around with joy*

That is just fantastic and just adorable!
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:iconmarkramstead:
markramstead Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Oh my! What focus you possess! I am impressed that faced with the elements you had you could do something so beautiful and unusual. Have you checked out the other entries?
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:iconamritsar:
Amritsar Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Oh, how pretty! Love the feathers. Too bad it's too late for the contest, but I'm glad it resulted in something so creative and fresh. ^^
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:iconchellekitty:
chellekitty Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Omg its so beautiful. I love the vibrancy of her eye and the pink of the flamingo. :heart:
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:iconcrystald:
CrystalD Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
interestingly beautiful
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:iconsolitairemiles:
Solitairemiles Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!
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:iconaprilmcguire:
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Digital Artist
what they say is true: your art looks more like a digital drawing from complete imagination rather than a manip. I love your style! This one is truly unique.
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:iconsaperlipop:
saperlipop Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
You know that old expression, “you could have knocked me over with a feather”… your flamingo feathers have certainly knocked me over, in a most appreciative kind of way. :giggle: You’ve created a fantastic piece out of the rather mundane stock – using chair material for the background, a flamingo serving as an exotic headpiece, and all so beautifully merged and painted – wow! Grrrr-arrrgh about the deadline, now you won’t be able to get a monetary reward, but you sure get our admiration!:heart:
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:iconmiadragon:
MiaDragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Wow that is so cool! I love how you used the stock! Too bad about the deadline though =(
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:iconrenaissanceman3:
renaissanceman3 Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Incredible ... and quite elegant! ~R:heart:M~
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:icon2dazed:
2dazed Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice detail & depth on the face. I like it!
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:iconnikaleena:
Nikaleena Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Awww, that's too bad about the contest dear. Oh well, at least it's a great piece! That's some interesting hair ornament she has there.
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:iconath-armherst:
ATh-Armherst Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
very cool effect
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:iconwikidly:
Wikidly Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
:wow: thats really awesome art.. i wish i can type more than these words :)
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:iconjeregrettebcoup:
jeregrettebcoup Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
What beautiful colours! I love it, it looks so soft.
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:iconfrozenstarro:
FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous work :clap:
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:iconcelestial-seraphiman:
Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Writer
Excellent!
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:icontysonius:
tysonius Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Wow, that's a really fascinating blend of flamingo and femme fatale. :D I love her face, but I particularly like the way the feathers blend into her hair. Very imaginative!

I think this is a real improvement over the traditional coonskin hats. ;)
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:iconpatriciarodelaartist:
PatriciaRodelaArtist Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This finished work is really amazing. You had to really think about what stock piece to use where. The model's face really came out flawless. I love how you used the flaming's wing to hide part of her face and the other wing as a wrap around her shoulders. This looks like a poster for the 40's & 50's when women wore hats and at times their hats were outrageous in their size and content. Well done, Aimee! It's a shame that you missed the deadline, but your still a winner in my book!:trophy: :star:
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:iconbehana:
Behana Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful. You did such a good job with the stock. I love the colours and the woman's hair! it's really beautiful. Well done.
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:iconxxgwenxx:
xxGWENxx Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
I think you should give a little technical blurb on each piece you create! I find even your short description of the process (in your reply to the previous comment) fascinating! I like this piece, I can't decide what I think she is thinking, which is the reason I like it and it feels different from most of your other works. Sorry to hear that you missed the contest deadline though!
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:iconfoxfires:
Foxfires Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks sweety!! I should definitely try to add some tips and tricks in. Now if only I can keep them from being convoluted!! lol

I can't decide what she's thinking either. But the flamingo sure looks content! LOL It definitely has a different feel to my usual stuff... I really like how the background turned out. The stripes really are pieces of the chair that I cropped and resized. Though, I had to jump through a lot of hoops to resample the stripes, and lay them down straight. Otherwise, they would have still held the same curve as the chair. It would have been easier to just sample the color of the chair, and reproduce the stripes using color only... but I wanted to stay true to the contest rules, and actually use the picture element. So I saved the PSD that shows the resized, cropped, and edited stripes in each individual layer.

Yeah, after all that work - I'm so bummed!! Grand prize was $1000.00 *CRY* Ah well... next year!!!
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:iconpendlestock:
pendlestock Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Photographer
This is great! And so imaginative - the stock photos were absolute shite!
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:iconfoxfires:
Foxfires Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah - it was a huge challenge! And those were the best stock photos of the bunch! lol
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:iconpendlestock:
pendlestock Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Photographer
Cripes :|

I think you should come and play over on *createbyweek :flirty: It's kinda like what you just did but just with one compulsory image... which isn't shit.
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:iconfoxfires:
Foxfires Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
LOL!!!

You know, I've been meaning to come over and play! I just just do that very soon. :giggle:
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:iconpendlestock:
pendlestock Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Photographer
GOOD! Or I will have a tantrum :D
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:iconscarlett1313:
Scarlett1313 Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Pretty and creative job! And she has a nice name too...;) hehe
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:iconfoxfires:
Foxfires Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :giggle: I figured you'd like the name!
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:iconscarlett1313:
Scarlett1313 Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
haha yepp! ;)
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:iconthorvold:
Thorvold Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job on the colours. I like how you composed this too. Very nice, very nice indeed. :peace:
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:iconfoxfires:
Foxfires Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sweetness!

You know what? I am currently sitting here doing a full system scan by keyword, to try and find my Maestro's Muse folder. LOL So far, all I can find is the size I uploaded to DA, not the full sized PSD. Grr! From now on, I vow never to take organizing so lightly. lolol
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:iconthorvold:
Thorvold Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my screenplay though. Let me know if you don't remember it. Take care. :peace:
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