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Floating by CrystalGears Floating by CrystalGears
I wanted to draw someone with their head back, um, somehow I ended up with this.

There are a few levels of symbolism, but I would rather let you guys interpret it your own way. It has more symbolism than a real story.

She isn't in space, that wouldn't make a whole lot of sense. I think that she is actually laying on a platform of some kind, and we just can't see it. I'm not sure why her head is off of the platform when she is otherwise laid out fairly nicely. Originally I thought that she was leaning back like that on her own, but then the fabric and flowers wanted to be in the picture. So I am not sure what she is doing now.

Apparently my pictures sometimes have a mind of their own, like my characters and stories always do.


By the way, if anyone knows of a good tutorial for painting roses, I would love to hear about it. They always look too flat when I try to draw them.


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Done in Photoshop with an Intos Wacom pen tablet
I worked on it for three days, a few hours each day. I don't know how long it took overall.
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Floramagic Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I really love your artwork.
I always been fascinated by space, and your drawing retransmits it. (I also love rose, so this is perfect !)
Great job ! ♥
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you very much, I am glad that you like it so much :)
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Floramagic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome ! :)
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Saviroosje Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
really pretty work! I love it, the floathing looks really realistic!
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)
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KnavesAndKnots Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Digital Artist
I think the roses look great, actually! Good work on the lighting too. I've been turning my laptop around - this works from all different angles!
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad that you think it works so well. haha, I'm picturing you turning your computer around and around... I'm glad to have warranted so much time spent on my one little picture.
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yumi71 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good work!:heart:
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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Auraleyki Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
this is stunning! :aww:
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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Frank-Beer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Photographer
Nice and pretty piece of work. :clap:
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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serunisavana Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Wonderful art :)
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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wangqr Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
a very original piece :D well done~~
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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olebern Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Great work you are showing here. I love it :-)
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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Edot8 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
This is excellent work. The flowers appear to have a nice glow to them and the texture of the gown comes across as soft and airy.
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :) I had so much trouble with those flowers.
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dotLinks Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very nice :) I like the way the transparent clothing came out - it can be quite a challenging thing to do me thinks :P
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
It can be. I still am not happy with where all of the folds went. It worked out well for me to fully color in the fabric, then use photoshop to decrease the opacity and add a layer for texture over all of that.
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ArtiztiCreationZ Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is cool. i like how she is almost glowing. great choice of background for this peice, it's moving yet doesnt take away from her at all. great job
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, I am glad that you think I chose well. I was worried that it wouldn't make enough sense.
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pjenz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the lines, her neck looks so elegant and graceful, its beautiful :)
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much, I am glad that you like it and think that it came out well :D
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pjenz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome, i love the lines and the angle, to me, there is nothing more sensual, beautiful, or elegant than the neck, i dont know why that is to me, maybe i am just weird lol, but for that reason this stood out to me, its really beautiful and i am amazed as usual as to the talents of airbrushing artists, such detail, its really wonderful :)
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!

I do not think that you are weird. The neck is one of my favorite parts of the body, I think that it can indeed be very beautiful and elegant. I am very happy that you think I have captured this well.
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pjenz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you did, its a lovely peice :love:
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you
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pjenz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very welcome
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Arekage Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great! I love what you did with the sky how you show the bright shining stars and then all the billions that are dimmer but still visible on a clear night :D I love how you made the fabric translucent it looks very elegant. The flowers are very detailed and beautiful. The position you drew her in is very dramatic and I think you pulled it off very well :D

My one problem is that I think the lump in her throat might need to be closer to the base of her neck and not in the middle because that makes me feel like she has an adam's apple or her neck is broken (<--no offence D:) unless that is what you were going for >.>

Overall this is an excellent piece it is drawn and painted very well the colors are nice, and the picture is very mysterious, dramatic, but also kind of serene and tranquil.
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Aw, thank you :glomp:

hm, I think the problem might be that the lump is too big. I took a photograph of myself for reference, and the bump was around that high up from what I saw. It does look awkward, now that you point it out. Thank you, I'll keep this in mind, I'm not sure if I will go back and edit this one or not.

haha, a broken neck would go with the mood of this piece. But dead people don't cry, and living people don't usually have flowers put on their chests. I don't know what she is doing.

I am very happy that you like this. I am especially pleased that you like the flowers, I was worrying that they wouldn't fit in very well with the rest of the picture.
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Arekage Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found a couple of picture of women in a similar position and some had the lump higher than other so I guess that varies from person to person but perhaps it could be shaved down a bit :P

I don't know what she is doing either but this is a very emotional piece here :D I LOVE IT!

You kidding me those flowers look amazing! The highlights you put on them make them look like their are almost glowing in the night like stars and possibly adds a bit of a mystical effect :D
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I can actually make it move higher and lower *shrug* It also moves when you swallow. I think that it may just be a smaller version of an adam's apple.

:blushes: Thank you. I really am happy that you like it so much!
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Arekage Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it mainly has to do with the muscles in your throat that help you swallow :/

No problem! You're the one that painted a really good picture :D
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Probably.

:hug:
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Arekage Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay I got a hug :iconbffsplz:
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CrystalGears Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
XD
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