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I've always avoided doing female characters before, so it was high time I grabbed the bull by the horns. Inspired by a real life angel (honest! they exist!) it was time to do a proper study. It was a good opportunity to do something with a "nice" theme for once, too (angry dragunz usually eat maidens ;p)
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Neptune83 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Super! Super!
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GREEKMASTER Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
enjoy her beauty and try to listen...I dont know I thing not, be in shame sex is not allowed. the only touch will be in your heart.
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Grinningsunknown Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a nude 3-d mae angel would be nice to see too...as they too exist. XD
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Vasilisa-Uzhasnaja Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this and instantly saw Natalie Portman. I knew I wouldn't be the only one :P
Fantastic lighting and realism. Unlike most of the digital paintings and renderings of women I normally see, her face actually looks alive and full of expression and character. Like she could speak at any moment, and have a distinctly gentle yet girlish voice. Like Natalie's :o

The pose in my opinion, isn't very flattering, but then again that adds to the realism. Rather than a fakey obnoxious model pose, it's a very realistic, relaxed position, with all of the muscles and fleshy parts going where they should, being displaced appropriately according to their environment. The thighs and feet are the most expressive in this regard. I can almost feel the bark of the stump's roots myself, with the rustling of autumn leaves through the toes. That's how well you've got it down.

The one thing that bugs bugs me are the wings; the back part of the stump looks like it's behind the wings; she's resting her back and shoulder on it, giving the impression that the wings are growing from the stump and not her back.

That aside, it's still gorgeous and full of life :star:
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Anim8her Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! I can't come up with any other words for this - I love it!
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raptor69n Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
To see her in flight would be the only thing better, great job of lighting from back and front.
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Noitusan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Magnificent piece.
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:iconrich35211:
rich35211 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic work !!!!
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:iconkinglion:
KingLion Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Hermosa!! =)
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
Awesome work. :)
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:iconrighteousfury:
RighteousFury Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has great flow and a like the attention to detail. good work
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PatriciaBurke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
wow she's utterly stunning.
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:iconbudhaxx:
budhaxx Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
excellent work, thanx :)
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:iconquillmaster:
Quillmaster Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
This is simply awesome... I am speechless.
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:icongenzoman:
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Wonderful!
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:iconzoomzoom:
zoomzoom Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
also.. looks like natalie portman
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i was under impression angels didn't have sexual organs... so whoever inspired you must have been a chick with wings made out of paper. but acid is a funny things... u just see things!! most of the time very inspiring... :);)
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hedaard Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
Awesome!
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:iconlouly:
louly Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Beautiful light and great realism, love the setting. She's gorgeous and does look like an angel :)
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:iconkoyukionna:
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Breathtakingly realistic. Her pose and expression is what stood out to me and made me look. Well done!
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shadowNinja Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Light...wings...face of the angel, all gob-smackingly beautiful.
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
WOW!!! SHE'S STUNNING!!!
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thedrifterzaz Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
This is absolutely impressive. Extremely good textures, modeling, light,....everything!
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da16x Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
All the comments said what i think,so i'll give something else i think.
The left hand seems a bit "copy/paste" like if you know what i mean,the hand itself is great but something missing in there.
Also the left ear seems Elfish kinda to me.
But yet again,this is one of the best CGI i've seem,amazing.
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Laycaris Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
I think the most striking part of this is the face. Like [link] I see a resemblance to Natalie Portman but I must say that I have always been captivated with the combination of dark eyes with light hair. The look on her face also gives me the impression of power. Kind of like someone with that inner sense of nobility, and the powers that it comes with. An outward look that tells someone, "I could destroy you with a lift of my pinkie, but I won't . . . for the time being."

The face would be my favorite part.
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horai Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Holy shit man. I'm still picking my jaw up from the floor. :wow:

It's your attention to detail that makes the pictures like the detail and halo of light at the wing tips not to mention a stunning realisation of form and forest floor setting..

Must pick that jaw back up. :D
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stokerbramwell Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
The most believable CG figure I have ever seen.
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:iconhungrysparrow:
Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Now that's what I call a heavenly body. Beautiful work, exceptional attention to detail and realism. Bravo!
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masey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never seen such a beautiful render, attention to detail in everything this looks almost life like if it weren't for those wings :P
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Cenomancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Woha, the light, the textures... and not vulgar despite her potition and the likes. It does change from your usual things but one can recognize your style there anyway!
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reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thank you! I was very wary of not letting it be vulgar, which is tricker than it sounds, surprisingly.
And "but one can recognise your style" is such a wonderful compliment.. MUCH appreciated, thank you again.
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Cenomancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, your work is always excellent and a pleasure to look at!
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Gr4dy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
This is very good. Every aspect is perfect. Good work my man.
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gzegzolka Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Very good work (and beauty) :)
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xadeus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
outstanding, man!! serious quality :D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
beautifulll!:XD: she looks like natalie portman. is she the angel your talking about?
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reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Now that you mention it, she does bear a passing resemblance. Natalie Portman is stunning though, so I take that as flattery :)

It's not based on her though I'm afraid, but of a friend.
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
your friend must be hot!:D great work dude.
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flightresponse Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Beautiful lighting!
I haven't seen one piece of art by you that I haven't liked.
You are a master at creating awesome atmospheres.
And for avoiding females characters I'd say you have perfected that also!:)
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reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
There's very little I can say, more than "thank you!" .. That's a tremendous compliment you gave there, and it really does make me happy I'm sharing works here again.
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flightresponse Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
You are very welcome!:)
It make me very happy you are sharing your work here also!
I always look forward to it! Take care
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Bryce-Lee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, that is damn near perfection sir. Absolutely amazing.
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reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thank you :) There are SO many things I would still like to re-render with this image, but with other projects on the go I needed to call it ready and move on. In hindsight, I think it was ready after all :)
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polsigerson Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
jesus rico tht is amazing.

Am i right in sayig you've avoided the cgi girl wok because it is such a cliche normally?

I hasten to add that thiss is in no way ciched.
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reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Heyya Pol! Good to see you here old boy!! (Huzzah for the internets making Australia just next door).

And thank you.. means a lot coming from such a talented artist as yourself :)

And yes, I've avoided female characters partly because of the cliches that are almost unavoidable, and partly because they're so unforgiving. Not nescessarily just women, but human figures. I'm usually far more comfortable doing male characters though, because chiselled, gravelly Clint Eastwoods are so cartoon anyway, you can usually distract the viewer with another crag or muscle. I find just a millimeter of movement in the smooth form of a female either makes her look wrong, or simply unappealing. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder as well with females, whereas Jason Statham CG clones just look like him automatically, no matter how badly you shift the polys.
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Saimain Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous wings! ^__^
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:iconreeks:
reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
She has a gorgeous bum too, but you'd have to take my word for that :)
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icekatze Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
hi hi

Very nice piece. I'm wondering, were you intentionally aiming for the golden ratio when you set up the angle?

I'm curious why you said you avoid the female form. I know it can certainly distract from the other elements in a piece, and some people use it as a crutch, but I think the composition of the wings and the translucency effects are impressive enough by themselves to make this a good work without any sex appeal.

One suggestion I might make would be to tone down the sharpness of the grass on the ground, I feel like it clashes a bit with the softness of the piece in general.
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reeks Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thank you very much! As to the "Golden Ratio" I'm flattered that you spotted it before I did!
My mathematical skills are that of an untalented 8yr old I'm afraid, so the formulae always confuse me. I did a bit more research (bless wikipedia) after your post though, and can see you're right. I'm uaually wary of blanket theories, but there is a striking closeness here.

Usually I rattle off a few dozen thumbnails very early on at around 200x150 resolution and develope the one that appeals the most. With CG the details are usually the easy part, so people often forget the composition (and to check it in Black and white for values). I guess there really is something in Golden Ratio if I chose this one :)

"Without any sex appeal".. I'm trying to be offended, but that was the intention, so I have to thank you for that :)

I see what you mean with the sharpness of the grass blades. I was actually trying to avoid the lush cartoony grass that we see all too often, but I really should have had different weights, widths and a few more broken/arched blades too. I may revisit this render at a later date! I need to put it out of mind for a while though with another comission in progress. I do appreciate the observation, thank you again.
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icekatze Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
hi hi

You are very welcome, if my comments were helpful at all then I'm really glad. :)

It might just be my interpretation, but the golden ratio has always felt like it was close to symmetrical but off centered enough that it doesn't look mirrored. Or perhaps it is similar to the reason why, when asked to choose a number 1 through 4, the majority of people choose 3.
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