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Portrait - Sakana by kessir Portrait - Sakana by kessir
Wew, finally finished it. Sorry guys, I posted in a previews statement not to expect any greater artworks from me in near future, but gues what? I LIED BWAHAHAHA. yea.

Had the sketch of this one laying around my files for about a year now, and over the year i simply forgot about it, until recently my external drive died and i got to burn down my piccu files just in time before the dive could make its last breath. So i recently made up my mind to retire to do some digital art again, as somehow it seems like I only get to do like what, 5-7 digital pieces a year? And compared to all the great artists out there thats like nothing :<

Anyway, this piece is going to be my newest entry for my Portrait series (which i figured out, I started 4 years ago, this one being the 4th image and having submited 1 every year, which was rather random actually). Her name is Sakana, and to my Story, she is the Goddess of Sea, allthough she looks more like The Lady of Pearls in this piece (i think i overdid the pearl idea...).
I havent drawn her in like 5-6 years either, and neither have I ever drawn underwater sequels as backgrounds ( to be true, I havent even THOUGHT about anything that had to do with drawing underwater stuff or anything that could relate to my story and its underwater creatures like at all.) So bit premiere here, i don't think this will happen all too often, no matter how amazingly beautiful underwater scenerys can be, i'm just not too familiar with the material and i couldnt for gods sake create images that could even closely resemble underwater beauty or do its beauty justice in any way.
Ok enough of that. Also, first time I use texture to cover the entire image to get a coherent look. I might actually do it more often though, but its hard to get the colors right if you have to paint while keeping in mind that the texture might change the colors later. Thank god for Photoshop's adjustment options!

EDIT: View the Steps of the making of this piece here:

Characters, Story and Art are by Cassie R '11
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The deep blues of the oceans share countless secrets and mysteries beneath its aquamarine waters. Its depths may conceal untold dangers and horrendous threats that even the most foolhardy would be hesitant to even attempt to accept. One the other hand, beneath the darkening waves, countless treasures unseen by human eyes could be found and recovered in order for others to see. Sparked by the allure of such riches you embark on a quest to the deeper parts of the oceans. A short while into your travels, you encounter a strange kelp forest at the bottoms. Their many leaves gleam with a bio-luminescent glow that brightens the rocky cavernous landscape with a cool, blue glow. As you venture further into the forest you immediately encounter something that makes you stop in your tracks. Floating before you in a clearing amongst the kelp forest, is what you believe to be a mermaid. Her deep blue hair, more blue than the deepest ocean waters glistens in the bio-luminescence of the kelp around her. Adorning her hair is a braided piece of kelp presenting a rather attractive blossom on her hair; perfectly complimenting the gleaming crown upon her brow, perhaps suggesting that she is of royalty. Her skin glows almost as gently as her hair and glistens like a brilliant ocean sapphire. It is covered with many fine scales and seems to aid in the light's reflection on her body. She is draped in a silken garb that floats about her as if she were an aquatic angel. Her gazing emerald eyes meets yours under the surf and she gives you an inviting smiles as if she were giving you a friendly way of showing you that there's nothing to be afraid of in this world. At first you are hesitant, but you soon realize that maybe this place...or even her...could be the treasure you were searching for all this time. Portrait - Sakana created by ~andany, presents us with such a scene of aquatic beauty that it immediately draws one into its world like the gentle, rippling waves of the ocean tides.

As with many of the pieces in this artist's gallery, this one carries a very distinct detailing style reminiscent of aged portraits. The character detailing is great with many of her feminine curves given an excellent depiction to them, and presents the viewer with a lot of elements to take in. I must also give credit to the use of shading in the piece which add that much more depth and artistic personality to the piece and compositional elements. The background shares the similar levels of attention and really builds on to the silent and subtle aquatic atmosphere that the image presents us with. The textures added into the piece do a nice job at adding that feeling of age to the environment and even giving a slightly murky appearance to the whole area. All of these elements give the composition that much more to stand up from and increase its already highly effective drawing power.

However, with many of the elements in this composition that make it shine forth and present the viewer with its beauty, there are a few things that could improve it to increase that artistic beauty. One instance is while I love the overall design of the background, I feel as though you could expand upon it a bit perhaps. Maybe even make a bit wider and give the environment that much more spacial depth and character. Perhaps even a depth-of-field blurring effect on some of the elements in the foreground to increase the focus on the female subject in the piece. Some of the textures added in are nice but they seem to be taking away from the overall attractiveness of the piece. I would suggest greatly toning them down or outright removing them from the piece as they take away too much from it. My overall suggestions would be to adjust some minor details on the main subject (shading effects, a bit more detailing to her clothing and physical appearance as well as the added textures), try to expand on the landscape of the background elements to make them stand out that much more and generally give the composition a bit more experimentation. All of these elements can really contribute to building onto the overall design and make it that much more outstanding.

The mysteries of the ocean are as numerous as its waters are blue. We may never know all that lurk underneath its waves or the strange secrets that sit dormant at its bottom. Portrait - Sakana, shows us what many possibilities the waters of our oceans can hold and that perhaps we should be more adventurous with our endeavors and be less afraid to explore this large blue ball of water that we call Earth. Congratulations on yet another beautiful piece. :clap:
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This is a beautiful picture. The facial expression is somewhat plain, but the color and imagination are more than exceptional. It is peaceful and calming to look at and that is something I enjoy about good artwork; when it can invoke an emotion in me. Keep up the technique, there is always room for improvement in facial expressions, which is also the hardest part of artwork for me.
Your color schemes are professional grade, and they flow together without clashing uncomfortably. The shading is fluent and it looks like you have paid very close attention to the way light shines on objects. Bubbles are so hard to do and you nailed it without flaw. There is however these lines on the face, on the left side facing me, and I cant tell if that is an intentional feature of her face or some sort of flaw in the artwork. All in all, I am very impressed with this talent of yours, and the only place to go is up, so keep working! :)
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yoko-chan012 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!! This is amazing!!
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acidifiers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Digital Artist
this is crazy o__o
how long did it take?
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kessir Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't exactly recall to be true :<... I'd say between 10-15 hours by guess, i usually don't time my works :x
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Miyasia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work! I love the detail, color choices, and mystery of your piece.
Keep up the wonderful work! :aww:
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XxdeathbiscuitxX Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow , that is beautiful *~*
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Onatra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
O_O I saw how she closed her right eye...
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kessir Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I gues she likes you then :D
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Onatra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
maybe... but i really saw it! :)
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ayamesantini Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student General Artist
awesome! very nice!
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Kib0no-SoRa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
i love the usage of your colors, adds more beauty into your artwork. Overall, it looks beyond amazing!
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