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Flowery Winter by Ametystical Flowery Winter by Ametystical
This was an old sketch I've made with pencils. Since the shading didn't turned out good I've decided to make it into a digital colored drawing. I found the drawing kind of empty with dead trees so I made cherry blossom trees. I think they fit very well with her kimono and the white snow.


It was colored in Photoshop CS3 with the mouse and some brushes:


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:iconwirejeweller:
This is a very pretty picture, and the idea of it comes through instantly on seeing the thumbnail. Very pretty. Snow and cherry blossoms are a great combination, as are Far Eastern clothing fabrics, so well done on your choice of 'materials' within the picture.

Just one thing I'd say, though, is that I'd like to see more texture in each of these things. If you can find a way to make those blossoms seem touchably thin and papery, the way real ones are, and to make that snow look like you could crunch it under your feet, and make the viewer wish he or she was wearing the clothes of your subject, that'd ramp up the lasting impact of this picture.

Your subject placement is good. I don't know whether this character is a favourite of yours or very prominent in a fandom I'm not familiar with, but it's clear that somehow she *is* important. The trees frame her and, because they're behind her, almost seem to push her forward. They stand to one side like maids of honour. It's very cleverly and boldly done.

Thank you for sharing it!

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Critique by ShiratoriYamada Dec 19, 2012, 7:30:23 AM
this is my first attempt to write a critique.I'll write what cross in my mind.^^
okay,first of all,I really love the pattern of her kimono,it makes her kimono more beautiful.to me,it would be even nicer if you add "wrinkles" for her kimono to make it more real.
second,to me her face might need more attention.try to create expression to show her feeling,it could might be smiling to show she's happy or so.
the background is lovely.trees as additional feature makes it looks more harmony.
i think that's all,like I said,this is the 1st time for me to critique,hope this is useful.^^
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Artistic-Octopus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Digital Artist
I like the way you have drawn the tree branches peeking through the flowers-- very nice piece overall. :)

One thing I noticed though, was that the snow beneath the trees and the girl have no shadows, which is one reason the picture looks a little flat.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment :)
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Artistic-Octopus Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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blacklady-vip Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   General Artist
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I really like the idea of your work, the connection of winter and spring. Also the brushes fit well into the whole painting, especially the ones on the kimono. They are not only pastedin but you added some shadwos. That looks very realistic. The sky is also well done, it gives an impression of an early spring day, maybe the first day without grey clouds in this spring. And it's great that the trees in the background are a bit lighter than those in the foreground.
What I would add is some shadows on the snow, from the trees and the girl. If you look at the sky it seems that the sunlight is coming from behind, so you could intensify this. Also you could add more structure to the ground by adding lights and shadows, so that it's not only a flat ground.
So all in all it is very nicely done and that was the only small thing I could criticize ;) Keep up the great work!
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, the ground is very flat >.<; I'll do it better next time.

Thanks for critiquing it. :)
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RQL Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work with the colours here :).
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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screemgirl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good work)
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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mishihime Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With your background you might want to shade in black and white and overlay color. I started doing my work this way and it has helped a lot. If you have no idea what im talking about this might help [link] [link] You could also color your traditional works this way.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for the tip, I'm sure it will be useful in my works :hug:
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Falcfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
That's a very detailed piece of art you got there! :)

But even though the dead trees would have looked empty, it's still wierd to see cherry blossom trees while the rest of the picture is covered in snow.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

Yeah I know, but read in somewhere that sakura trees "like" the cold weather, I don't know if they would handle such cold but I just thought it would look cool with the white snow :shrug:

Thanks for the :+fav:
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Falcfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Never heard of that kind of sakura trees :noes:
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read in some sites, however I don't know if it's true. But that's the magic of drawing, you can do weird impossible things happen :lol:
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Falcfire Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
:la:
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
Very nice painting! I would suggest trying to add some more texture to the snow :) Especially around where the trees touch the ground, just so it doesn't look like they are floating as much :D Also, since there is quite bright sunlight, there would be darker and sharper shadows, so you could try to cast some darker shadows onto the snow from the direction of the light :)
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate your feedback ^^
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012   General Artist
No problem :)
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ShiratoriYamada Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the pattern of her kimono!and also the flowers.this is just a suggestion^^".I think it would be nice if you practice to add "wrinkles" for her kimono.that would make i more real.like I said,it just a suggestion^^.overall,it's a fantastic creation!
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Next time I'll add more details like this ^^. Thanks for the feedback :)
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ShiratoriYamada Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're always welcome!
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KotieD Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
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I like this drawing, The trees and the dress are wonderfully done. The snow how ever is quite bright and in my face, which I get that that is what snow does, but it would be nice to see some relief shadows, like if there were darker shadows coming from the trees, or to indicate a pile of snow. Otherise my dear good job.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback and the tip. I appreciate. :)
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KotieD Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
you're welcome.
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Clawanimal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love thoses textures on the dress, and how the dress matches the trees. You should reaaly try drawing the fingers on the hands next time.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was lazy to draw the fingers since I'm really bad at drawing hands :XD:. But you're right, next time I'll do my best to draw the hands properly.

Thanks for the feedback and the :+fav:, I'm glad you like it. :)
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Clawanimal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeh, hands are hard to draw. Just practice in your spare time.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will :)
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Kuiji Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really pretty! I especially like how the different colors fit together so well. ^^
Another time, you could try coloring the lineart as well, to make the whole piece even softer to look at. I think that would look great!
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it and thanks for the tip. Maybe I'll try it out next time. :)
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Kuiji Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ^^
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VI-Skywalker340 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
very nice work with the brushes!
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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meiling801 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks amazing. I really like how you draw the details on the kimono. They look very elegant and beautiful. The sakura trees also look very good. I love the idea of sakura blooming in winter. It's unusual and beautiful.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The sakura trees idea came suddenly when I was finishing it on the computer. I made a search and read in somewhere that cherry blossoms get along well with the cold weather, although I don't know if it's possible to them blooming when it snows... But I'm glad that you've found it beautiful, thanks for the feedback and the :+fav:. :hug:
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meiling801 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome ^-^
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FairlyOddChick91 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Very pretty. LOVE the kimono.
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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FairlyOddChick91 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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