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Woah ! Finally ! I managed to finish it ! After a day or so of monitor hopping and adjusting, i managed to fix the gamma to be closer to normal... So I decided to rework the original image i had lots of issues with. I changed just about 50% of the original file.To be precise about things, in this piece i've used every bit of knowledge I have about photoshop.Every little trick I picked up along the years... so it was a kind of prooving ground to myself. It was a exciting but tiresome experience alltogether. And I'm still not satisfied with the gamma and the light (i think it's too dark ! :shakefist:).the woman's hair had to be redone, because in the original stock photo she lied on a ball on her back and her hair fell onto the floor (here upwards, instead of downwards) so this is what I went through: [link]

You can see some of the technical specs below:

PSD file size: 364 Mbytes
Layers: around 50-60
Original image size: 5945x4945 pixels/in
Resolution: 240 DPI
Worktime: 3 days (and nights)
Photos used: around 20
Miscellania: 1 l of coffe drunk, a few energy drinks, lots of headaches and eye glares + some 10 Photoshop and puter crashes beacause of the file and image size. :frustrated:


Did this for the contest :iconmjranum: is holding ! :) I really need a good tablet very bad and this is a pretty much unique opportunity... ;P

Stock: SXC and :iconmjranum-stock:

A personal advice: Listen to Nightwish - The Islander while watching.

PS: I tell you if this doesn't deserve a look, I'm gonna quit this job ! I swear ! :no:
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:iconshanti666:
shanti666 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010   Digital Artist
well i really really like the atmosphere of it it's really really nice congrats on that one !!!
by the way, i saw the name, are you a fan of Nightwish ?
check out mine it's my very first time photoshop, tooks me about 10 hours.
[link]
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KanyD Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
hey I think all the comments above show how awesome this is.
Thank you for the fav on my "winter secrets" and this is truly the favourite of mine! the level of perfection is very impressive, I didn't have the patience to finish off mine properly...
anyway, great gallery!!
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
thank you.. I spent a good deal of work on it back then. Funny enough that eagerness to prove myself was the same one which kind of demotivated me when I found out that I didn't even enter runners up in that contest... But at least i got to reach a certain peak, and it still counts for something. :) Also, the majority of the work usually goes into the details, and photomanipulation is all about how much of those you can squeeze in, kind of a story. :)And your piece felt right, at least for me. Rough around the edges but definately right ! My guess is you're probably going to look at it at some point and start adding details when you're going to find them.. :) That's how it usually happends. So i'd say don't worry too much. :)
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KanyD Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
to be honest, I was so dissapointed with missing the deadline and not turning in this work, that I don't even want to work on it any longer...
I've moved on to the next project, hopefully, this one will go better...

thanks for the support though.
every effort counts, of course, it's constant skill perfection at the end. so, no, of course, it wasn't for nothing...
you are very right about the details, you had definitely mastered that art. may be not to you fullest potential, but you are definitely getting there!! amazing job. bravo, again :)
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BeehiveStudio Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
one amazing composition
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
thank you, I appreciate your compliment ! :)
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:iconwhitesmokelace:
WhiteSmokeLace Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
This is amazing! Last night while I was checking out your gallery it was pretty late and I didn't stop at every single piece but I'm glad I came back to see all these wonderful details :love:. Especially those red lights fascinate me lol. Whenever I tryed using something else than white for similar purposes it looked just wrong. In your case it completes the piece. I can't find any flaws and believe me, I've been staring at it for quite a while :omg:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
thank you... that was a beautiful comment :) I really appreciate it alot.The thing with coloured lights is that they start out more transparent at the edges, and you build on them by increasing opacity by 20-30 percent while also decreasing brush size.the final touch is setting the brush to linear dodge , while using a small sized brush, to emulate that inner glow coming from the light... :)
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:iconwhitesmokelace:
WhiteSmokeLace Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I'll try that next time. Thank you! :D
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
yw... with photoshop its all about discovery. :) the program offers so much, while only demanding you or we in general spend time to discover the possibilities within. ;)
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:iconwhitesmokelace:
WhiteSmokeLace Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
you are so right..if only I had more spare time *sigh*
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
i get you there... I barely got time for getting out since I got employed. Well to be honest thats not the only reason to not photoshop any more, but still a strong one. :) so I kinda know what you mean. :)
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angrymouse Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
scuze ca sunt asa directa, dar watermarkul ala strica tot, really. ar trebui sa pui unul mai mic, ca nu-ti fura nimeni nimic, sau, daca fura, nu are cum sa foloseasca pentru prints and stuff ca e mica rezolutia. :)
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
yup... ai dreptate, oricum era pus si pt ca stiu ca unii il vor downloada si macar sa stie de unde... oricum e si in varianta wallpaper asa ca nu-i prea tragic :)
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SylvieDB Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
:wow: that is AWESOME !
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SylvieDB Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
i really would like to use it as wallpaper but the watermark is in the way, well whatever i stil love it !!!
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artnud Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
iata ce inseamna munca in zadar, n-am vazut in viatza mea ceva mai kitch
din pacate bunul gust si arta nu se invata frecand-o in photoshop, mai viziteaza ceva albume de arta si mai citeste baietzica
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
kitch dupa ce standarde ? ale tale ? omule, mie sincer imi e mila de tine pt ca faci chestia asta doar dintr-o razbunare stupida si dintr-un orgoliu ranit.Sincer prea putin ma deranjeaza comentariile unui tip care se da artist, dar foloseste un limbaj de mahala.Sincer atitudinea ta, e specifica natiei noastre, si de cate ori ma intalnesc cu ea imi vine sa vars.

PS: albumele de arta nu se viziteaza "gigele". Se rasfoiesc ! Si n-ai tu atata par pe cap cate albume am rasfoit eu, asa ca stai frumos in banca ta cu hue si saturation si lipsa de modele (apropo, dupa ce-ai servit nici nu ma mir de ce nu iti pozeaza nici dracu) si nu-mi mai povesti despre arta pe care tu ai studiat-o la un curs rapid (5 minute si supa e gata). Hai noroc !
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SeparateFromTheHead Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Reminds me of Eden.
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Well... I did have this garden of eden concept going through my head at that time... so this must be it. :)
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:iconxyphid:
xyphid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant manip mate.
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
why thank you ! :)
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:iconthe1blur:
The1Blur Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work!
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
thanks man ! :)
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ikarus-tm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
w_o_w
impresionant :) foarte frumos :0
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:thanks: ms ! :)
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sirgerg Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
this is gorgeous
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I think I was under a trance or something, not to notice the greg-man himself just commented on my piece.. :faint: It's such an honour ! really ! :| I respect your work a lot, and was very inspired by it, 'specially when it came to the huge numer of details you incorporate in your pieces... wow... this makes that dd seem realy measy. :worship:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:thanks:
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:iconmorbid-curiousity:
morbid-curiousity Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
It deserves a look! It's beautiful! I hope you won the contest!

and yesh, nightwish IS fantastic. :)
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
unfortunatley I didn't :( but it's ok.. :)
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:iconrazvanrulls:
Razvanrulls Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
:jawdrop: asa ceva mai rar, foarte frumos , lol n-am cuvinte , continua tot asa :#1:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:lol: ms ! sper sa continui si mai bine ! :P Adica nu vreau sa raman in stadiul asta... :P
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:iconrazvanrulls:
Razvanrulls Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
practice makes perfect :p mult succes
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:iconshadowelve:
Shadowelve Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful.. I really love the details :clap: Wonderful!
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:bow: I'm glad to see you think so ! :)
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tonare Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome.
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:thanks:
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:iconfsdown:
FSDown Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just amazing, the detail and the serenity of it really does put me in a state of awe, congratulations on this piece, it simple is excellent :)

:+fav:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:) thank you ! I appreciate the thoughts ! :)
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:iconjesselax:
JesseLax Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
This piece has been featured in my recent journal [link] :headbang:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thanks ! :) I appreciate the effort and I'm really grateful my friend ! :)
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:iconjesselax:
JesseLax Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
My pleasure. That is my favorite piece of yours thusfar. It's extraordinarily moving... :nod:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
All I can say at the moment is :blush: and : Happy new year, my friend ! :)
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:iconjesselax:
JesseLax Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:)
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:iconntgreen:
NTGreen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful image ... would love to see the larger version ... you put in so much great detail! :clap:
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thank you ! :) Unfortunately that is not possible due to the large amount of artheft happening around here ! :(
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:iconntgreen:
NTGreen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand ... it is truly a beautiful image even as it stands.
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:iconlorddarq:
lorddarq Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
thank you ! :) I appreciate it ! :)
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PsychoactiveTV Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Absolutely gorgeous. Amazing use of light, i don't think its too dark :P
I imagine this must've been really hard to create, wicked job :)
And yeah, it definitely should be getting more attention.
:heart:
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