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Watchful Eye by stampingqueen Watchful Eye by stampingqueen
This is my entry for :iconmanipulatethis:'s challenge if it is not too late. Way too many problems today. I am really proud of this and it took me a long time to finish. I feel like my muse is returning with a little darker side to her.

I would like to dedicate this to all my watchers. All of you have kept that watchful eye on me and helped me to return to what I love. Your support means the world to me and I hope that in this piece you see what all your encouragement has brought about. Thank you for always being there and letting me lean on you when I needed to.

The theme was Angels and Demons we had to use one stock from each the angel and demon categories of provided stocks.

This was a lot of fun to make and I hope you enjoy.

Edit: This was picked as one of the picks of the week for this challenge! I am so honored and excited! :woohoo:


Credits go to these wonderful stock ARTISTS who make my art possible. Thank you!!!

Sitting gargoyle :iconrustymermaid-stock: [link]
gargoyle with wings :iconsirquo-stock: [link]
model :iconisostock: [link]
angel statue :iconelisafox-stock: [link]
dragon :iconfantasystock: [link]
Backgrounds purchased at Renderosity made by :iconcosmosue:
owl :iconnefarostock: [link]
Textures :icondazzle-textures: [link]
and :iconsolstock: [link]
Backgrounds purchased at Renderosity made by :iconcosmosue:
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:iconeriksrequiem:
EriksRequiem Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous - gothic, mysterious and romantic. :) x
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:iconmanipulatethis:
ManipulateThis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
Congratulations! This deviation is a "Pick Of The Week" at =ManipulateThis!

Don't forget to send a note with a link to your favorite deviation for us to feature in a module. :)

=thefantasim
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:wooho: This was so exciting to see!
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:iconthesekrimzonflames:
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
dark, Im liking it. :)
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I am such a bright personality that when people who know me a little see stuff like this they look at it then they look and me and go all :O_o:. The people who know me really well and have been around me long enough know that this is really just another layer of me. I love dark stuff even though I am not dark. I love to be scared by a movie or a book and so every now and then I like to let my dark side out. It likes cookies too, so I figure it is only fair :giggle:
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:iconthesekrimzonflames:
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
LOL! :giggle:
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:iconmmenathalie:
mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
I say it's a wonderful concept too :clap: but you know some things might need a little more work, like I think you should've changed the girl's hue colour a little and make more deepth of the whole image but that's something you're learning :) :heart:
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stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree with you. I spent forever playing with her colors. What tone would you suggest? It drove me crazy. I also could not get her hands to work quite as nicely as I would have liked. Anytime you have suggestions that might help me out do not hesitate to tell me. As you said it is what I am learning and I am open to all suggestions, hints and tips.

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment.
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:iconmmenathalie:
mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
You could use the burn tool to create shadows, try it out on pictures, in corner and so on! it creates more depth! And hmm.. I liked her colour on body but it's slightly too red in the face just, maybe just make it a little tiny bit more to the gray scale, just a little! And these are my tip for the day, hihi :) :heart:
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I did use the burn tool to make her shadow, but I know what you mean about adding the depth, I think that might have helped this one out a little. I knew the tone of her was off, but you are exactly right on this... she is too bright. She looks like she is in the daylight while everything else is moonlit... I shall play with that. I will wait to make any changes until after the contest is done, but I think that might be just what it needs :) Thanks.
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:iconmmenathalie:
mmenathalie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Of course :D One can only get better! I love your ideas, you
have great imagination and that's the main thing to build
up the rest around you know :blowkiss: without imagination
no good picture at all no matter how great the depth is!
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rustymermaid-stock Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
What a wonderful piece...I love the concept.
Thank you for using my stock too.
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I rally have enjoyed using your stock lately... and I have a few more things in the works that will utilize the great photos you have been kind enough to provide. I can't thank stock artists enough... you all are the reason I can create my art. You deserve a TON of praise and lots of cookies ;).
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:iconrustymermaid-stock:
rustymermaid-stock Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you... and cookies are good too.:heart:
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:iconkittywhiskas:
kittywhiskas Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Spectacular! All the detailing put in this piece really pays off! The little things all add together to create this wonderful work. Well Done! :clap:
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:iconmithgariel:
Mithgariel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You are getting better and better, you know ;)
I agree about the hands with the first commenter.
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, me too... still working on technique and that was giving me fits.

Thanks for the compliment.. coming from you it means a great deal. I feel like I am improving and getting better each time. I have a long way to go, but I feel like I am so much further along than I ever expected to be.
:hug:
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Iardacil Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Beautiful
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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militarymarinebratt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. i will admit i absolutely love this except for one little thing...her hands dont really appear to be resting on the wall circle thing. they just seem kind of placed. not sure if it is the shading or shape...but yeah. like i said, besides that, I love it. fave!
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They do indeed look a little off... I struggled with them the whole time. It is one area that I am still working on getting right. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it!
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:iconmilitarymarinebratt:
militarymarinebratt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem :) and I know how you feel. obviously I don't do the photo manips, but I understand the struggle none the less :P
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:iconstampingqueen:
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
All artists know what it is to wrestle with a piece. I love to hear from everyone on my art. Everyone sees something different. Since all types of artists look at my work, I really appreciate all the different views.
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:iconmilitarymarinebratt:
militarymarinebratt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i know what you mean :)
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