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August 24, 2012
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1/180 second
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Date Taken
Aug 19, 2012, 4:01:15 PM
ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Gothic Rose by FlexDreams Gothic Rose by FlexDreams
Model: Olga Valdem
Hair Style: Mihail Rydyshyn
Dress: Tatyana Makarova
Retouch: :iconbigbad-red:
Texture: DreamsTime / Shutterstock / DepositePhotos
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amazing work, I would love it even more if it could have a different background as it tends to fade some of the detail in the dress for instance. the light that surrounds the character with this background makes it look less real I feel.

Still I give it a 9.6 over 10 because it provides a sense of beauty, a deeper meaning comes when observing the character's accessories like the rosary and the pendant. the tattoo is lovely as it gives it an emphasis on the Gothic look of the character.

the hair puts a great contrast on her skin and matches the strength of the tattoo.
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16 out of 18 deviants thought this was fair.

This is a really gorgeous piece of work, the shades of reds are excellent in making her more "there" but too much of similar colors can make it seem a bit drab as you analyze it more. This did not happen in this case, which is very good and a sign of a good piece of art. In addition, the second shot seems a bit too cluttered and not at all subtle that it is a gothic style due to the cross and the weight of the earrings.

Whilst initially I felt that more could have been done to tell the story of the photo, as I gazed more upon her tattoo I felt that it was an excellent way to showcase her body and the whole imagery, though I still believe that it should have been more barren in the upper body area and something should have gone "up" in color along the bottom of her dress for more contrast.

An excellent job has been done in retouching her and giving her a slightly cool feel in some parts. It seems as though she truly fits and the colors that surround her (the reds, especially) give her a bit more "life" that I appreciate. The fold of the dress is perfect and the way the light bounces off is excellent. The background near the middle also helps make her more eye-catching as it would be much more drab had it been greys on greys with no breaks in between. This was not the case for me, and I was drawn in at the instant I saw this image and I really enjoy the piece.

Another thing that I appreciate is the wave of her hair. Paired together with her dress, it really aids in make a new flow but at the same time it keeps it from becoming too drab and separative. The shapes and figures also help to make this piece much more interesting and dynamic, and although I still feel like the earrings are just a touch too much, they do add a bit more of activity to the photo without truly breaking out of character.

Overall I would give this a 4/5 as you can appreciate the simplicity and balance of things but nothing really goes overboard, which can be positive or negative based on the viewer's opinion. Personally I'm more in love with the first half of the photo as she is lengthened and appears to be the rose, herself, instead of focusing on her rose tattoo which makes it a bit more obvious. The first photo makes it easier to take her in and say "Hey, she really is a rose!" instead of "Oh...she's dressed as a rose because of the tattoo." as in the second half. Both have their own personalities, it seems, or at least appear to be more "in depth" which I don't feel like you would have with just a singular photo and with nobody else involved in the matter.
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arianansouza Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! And the model, omg! So pretty!
b13visuals Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Such beauty!
tulatov Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
FlexDreams Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
honto-ni Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Nice work!
TheTweedleTwins Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

Oooh, sultry. I love this, it's so gorgeous!



rodinimaximum Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I love the way you use contrast between the red and the black background and wardrobe. I really love the rich red colors!
NarcissusTea Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Twilight16Master Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
that tattoo. <3
Ladimore Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I very much -love- this. I have never seen a black satin / silk dress so realistic in any art before. The way she is standing shows off that elegant feminine pose, and all the lighted highlights on her frame are perfect. Lovely work.
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