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Pheonix -coloured- by Adreanna Pheonix -coloured- by Adreanna
My laptop came with a free copy of Paint Shop Pro, so I thought I'd give it a try.

I'm not sure how long this took me, I've been working on it on-and-off for a while and it took me a while to get used to the tools.
I'm quite happy with the result but there's a lot of work needed to get to the image I have in my head. I also feel like I've cheated a bit by using pre-made flames.
I'll definately be coming back to this again when I have a better idea how to use the program.

Any advice would be gratefully accepted. Especially on the specifics of Paint Shop Pro and any techniques I might use to improve it, although comments on colour, layout, etc. are welcome too.
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Sadated Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
this is very impressive,this combination of 2 blues and red looks really eyecatching and beutiful. very good piece
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
I was really happy with how bright colours could be on the computer. I always find my stuff looks a bit dull when I use traditional mediums.
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Zeaphon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006
I've noticed your very good at animal pics and the occasional anime. your skill with color is good but your pics some times look real 2d but thats just my perspective. Keep at it, good work
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks.
And I really mean it. It's great to get a comment that gives me an idea what direction to take my work next, and greater depth is always a good thing to work towards!
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artgeektopia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006  Student
I like the drawing of the bird. At first I thought I'd like it better if it was colored a little more cleanly (not outside of the lines), but I think then I'd miss seeing the linework. Perhaps you could lighten up the background instead, to show off the linework a little more. I'm not a bit fan of the black anyways.

One thing I will say, all of the flames are too much the same. A basic principle of design is big, medium, small. Another is repitition with variation. Make some of the flames larger than the others, and not just by a little bit. Try varying the size of them a lot, and look at lots of reference of flames (google image search is great for this) and see if you can vary some of the shapes too.

It's a very interesting drawing.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I'm not at all happy with my own drawings of flames yet, so I used the ones that came with the program. I'll keep working on my own ones and when I've got them looking decent I'll put them in instead.

I'll fiddle with the background colour as well. I'm glad you like my linework: I'm still a traditional artist at heart!

Thanks a million for the comment, good feedback means a lot to me.
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artgeektopia Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006  Student
No problem. I'm always glad when people appreciate something more than just "That's so cool" and other like comments :D Not that there's anything wrong with those, but sometimes I like something more... meaty.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I try to give helpful comments myself, and I like when someone's comment helps me to fix up my work.
It's especially useful when I feel like something's off but I don't know what!
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dragonfish09 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
The choice of the Phoinex being blue is really great, I like that, makes it diffrent. Shadings not bad, but it could use some more contrast, and depth.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Yeah, now that you mention it, the black background makes the shading I have done look a bit faded.
I'm gonna keep working on it, and you can bet I'll keep that in mind!
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dragonfish09 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
Yeah, well hope that works out.
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cowluva Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
really nice work with coloring the fire, it really seems to glow. i love the colors and the little details that you put into this--i would not have guessed you were new to digital painting
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
That really means a lot to me. I spent a lot of time on the details and I'm glad to know that it shows!
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NeoDns Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
you have used a filter for the fire ? i like it
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Do you mean the way that some of the flames are darker than the others? That was a side effect of the way I blurred the tail feathers, but I'm pleased with the sense of depth it gave the fire!

Thank you very much for commenting.
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dragonwolfstryde Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
A very origi8nal phoenix, and I just love those flames. Great job!
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Flayr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
Wow, this is great

I especially love the phoenix, because you totally did the opposite of what is normal.
What I mean is that a phoenix is "supposed" to be red, but you went with green, which is the opposite to red and totally gives it a great origionality
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006   Artisan Crafter
At the moment I'm going with the explanation that I'm drawing a different species of pheonix from the one more commonly sighted.
(In reality I didn't do any background research and just drew a pheonix as I imagined it from stories.)
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Flayr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
That's a great idea!
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RiniMac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
I have psp but I basically never used it soo I can't give you much in the way of program-specific tips. This is an unusual interpritation of the phoenix, I think perhaps closer to it's original interpretations than the modern ones which seem to veer more toward the birds of prey. This particular one reminds me a little of the snipe, though his beak is not soo long as the snipe :) He looks like a really friendly, gentle bird though.
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Yeah, someone commented on my original sketch saying that a pheonix has a short beak.
This is how I picture a pheonix though.
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RiniMac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
It's a mythical creature. It's all about interpretation ;)
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minion-for-hire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
WOW! This is so beautiful! I really love the colouring effect on the wing close to the flames. The light and dark effect in the tail feathers are spectacular. I am also impressed with the way you got the layering to work out. (I nearly typed in lawyering! That would be... interesting.)

The eyes have a sort of forlorn hope to them which, I think is a perfect repersentation of a phoenix! The sense of hope in adversity is something I've always associated with the phoenix, and I think you have captured that beautifully!

I wish I had anything like this level of skill. :(
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Adreanna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006   Artisan Crafter
:blushes:
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minion-for-hire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
I think you might have to get used to it. All great artists have to put up with fanboy-types gushing about how wonderful they are! :worship:
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