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Angel? by kevcrossley Angel? by kevcrossley
This represents my very first attempt to produce a full-on utterly digitally painted bit of artwork. It's proving to be a difficult adjustment, as I do still miss the act of working traditionally... (the smell of the paint, the ink splatters on the carpet, drinking my brush-washing water instead of my cup of tea... stabbing my eyes out with pencils when it all goes horribly wrong... etc) Inspired by some of my digital arty friends, and the experience of writing and illustrating a book all about Fantasy Art, (called Fantasy Clip art.. out next Spring... pre-order now on Amazon!!) where I produced a lot of digitally painted art, I thought I should embrace the 'new techniques' or be left to rot in the gutter of antiquity with the other fallen leaves from the tree of traditional stoicism.
Yep, it's not perfect, she has a kooky face and an ass so rosey you could brown toast on it, but it's a step in the direction I need to head in, methinks.

...unless you guys think different.....??
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touch-of-taint Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Definite step in the right direction =)
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Tejaz Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
great picture, the looks are killing
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, the detail is very unique and is so well done =) I really like it.
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Nightpark Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist
This is a wonderful composition! :)
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Onpelix Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
asombroso, amazing.
Miguel Angel
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kika1983 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007   General Artist
very beautiful,well done for the colours,shading and lightening:) beautiful face:) fav
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DSil Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student General Artist
Very convincing skin. I like the highlights on her face.
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LadyDeddelit Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Wanderful drawing and great coloration :D
I like a lot her face :D
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The1Blur Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
shes kinda sexy!
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BadOnion Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
excellent work!!! :)
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BlkJade Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
She is absolutely spectacularly gorgeous... Beautiful colors you've chosen and the details!! WOW...
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Professional
Holy $#!t man!
AMAZING!!
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alecan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2007
the face oh the face!!! So beautiful (but still kinda creepy ;))
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TEMUCHINYONGA Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Professional Artist
hMM..
A Elf?...Or a Angel?
But it is awesome..
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XNovember Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
OMG, that's NICE! :heart:

Love her face, and the spikes in her arms,
never seen anything like that!

Well done! :)
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b13visuals Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning stuff dude! Man, if I only had hands like yours!
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This deviation as been chosen as a feature of the week
on "Word-worth-1000-pics"
You've been found from the word: "new "
:clap:
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saibankan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006   Interface Designer
Itīs like a redass-baboon that ended up in hell...But itīs nice iīll give you that. Love the details!
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Wellytopp Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
well, it becomes a labour of love, like most paintings, problem I have is when you sit there working on something and when do you say stop. The only other thing, people say "Yeah great! really cool" but the blood sweat and tears that go into it they dont see.

As long as you can get something done for a deadline I don't think it really matters, nothings ever finished. Myself personally, I don't have the stamina to see an idea through, plus I don't have the xp and knowledge of the tools to make something look polished.

never the less, fine piece Mr. Crossley ;)
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Wellytopp Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
Great stuff!

Love the earthly palettes and those d00dly tree's..

Also enjoyed the time spent for ma eyes trawling around the page checkin out the detail

How much time spent on it in total?
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kevcrossley Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
...well... the original pencil drawing took 10 hours in 2003. I did a new version of that in 2005 which took 8 hours... I then used that drawing to build this digital painting, which has taken... 20 hours or so... ah, but also there is the graphicy circle logo thing.. that took an hour to create seperately... so all in all we're looking at about 40 hours or so. No way to make a living is it?
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deze-collectives Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006
Superb Kevin! love the shady eyes the pert lips glossy nose and rosey bum, the braclets look a little painful though...
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Edenknight Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Hi,your style is really awesome,but I too like your traditional works.Like Alien or LOTR concepts,because it's more valuable to do things older ways I think,I'm following your work for four years from now on,and you really surprass yourself Mr.Crossley and I inspired from you a lot all that time,have a nice day:)
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lydibugg Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
wow! awesome! you're right about her ass-it looks like she got spanked or sunburned but the rest makes it all worth while. great work!
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TheKnightsTemple Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
I like it and I know how hard itis getting used to something new, but like my Nan said "Keep at it no matter how hard it gets because if you go back you'll be missing out." So embrace the new as well as the old. Later.
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DarkJimbo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
Those wings are bloody gooooorgeous... so is she, for that matter, but her wings even more so. Count me a freak if you like, but I'm not the one talking about cooking toast on an angel's rosy bum. :)

...drinking my brush-washing water instead of my cup of tea...

Heh heh, I've done that more times than I care to count. Or sucked my paintbrush, forgetting there's still a big ol' dollop of paint on the end.
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Kezef Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
I'm not too fond of the drop shadow effect on the pattern circiling the image. The pattern itself is lovely, but the drop shadow looks a little too much like a layer effect and for me that detracts from the image. The pattern itself, did you make that in Photoshop or Painter or did you make it in a vector program like Illustrator or Freehand?

To put it in persepctive however, it still looks really solid.
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kevcrossley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
heh.. the circling pattern thing is all in Photoshop... I do a lot of this stuff for a laugh when I'm bored (I just made one that looks like a brain in cross section... watch out for it in a coming piece!).. so I thought I'd see what happened if I tried to incorporate some of it in this painting... again, for the hell of it!

I hear what yer saying about the drop shadow, and I'll bear that in mind for the one I'm doing at the moment. I'll welcome your thoughts about that when it's finished too!

Cheers!
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Kezef Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
I would love to see that brain in cross section pattern.
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kevcrossley Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
Hey, thanks a lot for the comments peeps! I appreciate them all a great deal. My plan is to get as many of these studies done as possible... one after another in a conveyor belt of production, in the hope I'll improve with each one. If anyone has any requests.....
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Green-Jet Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
If this represents your first piece of entirely digital work, I can't wait to see the next... and the one after that too!

You may have a few bits that bug you as you adjust but I have to say this painting is very easy on the eye. I really like the textures and the depth created in the background with the celtic style bordering sets it off very effectively.

The figure itself is beautifully rendered and it's evident that you are extremely talented in traditional mediums, I'm sure many of the techniques you use have been translated digitally to great effect.

And I would also like to add if there is some of that butt-toast going spare count me in...
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BohemienStyle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I like it ;)
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ekocola Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2006
lol now i want toast. haha but yes. this picture is pretty damn awesome. i especially like the eyes and the rendering on the lips
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