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Portrait Of The Artist by silvestris Portrait Of The Artist by silvestris
A self-portrait made for the Fairytale Makeover project. [link] The glowing little girl being painted to life is inspired by John Bauer's Princess Tuvstarr.

Tried another technique for this, values + overlay colors instead of the other way around as I usually go about painting. I'm actually very pleased with how it came out; no textures or brushes (aside from the chain-brush which I made myself), just hand painted all the way through. Will probably play around more with this technique. :)

Fun fact: I actually own those viking style hairpins; [link] - they come in bone or horn and were designed by myself. :heart:
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TheNorthLion Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Bauer and Silvy, two of my favourite artists in one! :D
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silvestris Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you. :love:
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Uyr-Uka Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Wow! What an intense expression! And so ethereal with the lighting and figurine and moonlit night in the back!
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silvestris Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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AnathePirate Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I think it was a success XD
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you. :)
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AnathePirate Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the most beautiful pictures I've ever..EVER seen. You have such a gift, dear.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you so much! I'm especially flattered you like it, since it's supposed to be something of a self-portrait. :love:
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
i hope you do play around and use this technique more. really nice. .... if this is a self portrait ... you look devious. ;) love the hair piece and the trees in the background. nice bits of embelishment.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I intend to, whenever I get the time to draw more things for my own sake. It was a fun technique to play with, and I can definitely see how it's really useful for many types of drawing.

And yes, whilst perhaps a tad touched up and based on an older photo, you'd probably recognize me from it - especially the eyes and nose. Devious is probably right. :D
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Mondlichtvogel Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again, the amount of details you put into this image is beyond stunning; only the little glowing girl actually looks painted (I know this is your intention), the rest could very well be a photo. :)
The coloring is simply amazing; the face looks so real I could imagine just stretching out my hand and touch her cheek. Though, regarding the potential malice in her glance this might be a bad idea...

Anyway, this is a stunning artwork that deserves to be noticed! :D :clap:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Thank you so much! I've been trying to improve my realistic drawing lately, and this is even a decent likeness (if based on a very flattering photo XD You'd recognize me irl from it, but you'd be disappointed XD) I also tried a new technique for this one, and it worked very well for this sort of image. I think I will incorporate it as part of my process for future art as well. Again, thank you for all your kind words! made my day. :heart:
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Mondlichtvogel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, dear! :D Keep up the amazing work! :nod:
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TheBlackRose3733 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ME DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY ME STUNED BY AWSOMENESS OF PICTURE

but man that bird looks like it wants to eat you!
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thank you!
XDXD
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Seolhe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really cool portrait! You look like an awesome forest witch (and witch is always a positive word in my vocabulary!) belonging in some deep, Swedish, Bauer forest full of fairies and trolls :D
I love all the little details in this piece, and I don't know why, but that bird in the background keeps catching my eye. I also adore the hair pins, they are really cool, and of course, the little Tuvstarr figure, she looks so tiny and fragile and adorable :heart:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Haha, I wonder if anyone else's even seen the bird! No-one else has commented on it. ;)
But yes, that mysterious forest feeling was exactly what I was going for, I'm glad that shone through. And indeed, I love my hairpins! I'll wear them almost every day. :D
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Seolhe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, who knows? Perhaps it's just me :D
And you've really done a great job in conveying that! And I would do the same if I had such pretty hairpins! And well, if my hair would just grow out again XP
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Could be. Some people just see more than others do. ;)

Let me know if you'd ever want one. I still have a stack of unsold ones left, both black horn and white bone. u.u
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Seolhe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! :)
How much do you take for them?
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Used to be 90:- for one, 150:- for two but I think I could knock another 10:- off that as a "nice person on DA" bonus. XD
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Seolhe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too generous :love:
I'd love to get 2 of them in that case (and I'll be getting money in a few days) :)
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
These are the different models I have: [link] , [link] and [link] (the last ones in bone only). All of them have holes so that you can attach little bead-strings or other danglies should you feel so inclined.
Let me know which ones you'd be interested in and I'll check if I still have those in stock. :3
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KanoWakitashi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Wow... ^_^
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thank you. :D
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Isatar Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Wooooooow! Simply amazing! I saw right away that it was you. Fantastic, and I love the little Tuvstarr character! ^w^
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Haha! Thank you! :D
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lacewing Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
looks really cool
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you. ^_^
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lacewing Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
heehee
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Out of this whole beautiful image the thing that brought me to attention was "chain brush". How exactly did you go about making it? I would love to have something like that for my own work.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
XD Well, I love it when people pay attention to details! XD

In the name of procrastinating from dishes, I put together a quick tutorial for you; [link] Hope you find it helpful. :D
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Safira-chan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Soo pretty! x___x
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you! :love:
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marychain Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
lovely!
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thanks! :D
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Kinsara Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Wah, you are so talented! Your people get more and more realistic ^^ I have always admired your hair.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you! Yes, I'm actually really pleased with how this turned out. :D
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow no textures? Looking like you're mastering this new technique. :D

Great job!
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you. :D
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crystal-of-ix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is beautiful! :iconmonkeyloveplz:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you! :love:
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Wafflley123 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oooh i love the deatil! Her hair is incredible
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silvestris Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you! :heart:
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