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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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17 out of 19 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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FrozenTeardrops-Foto Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
BlackStoneSeven Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Beautiful. :heart:
Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured. [link] :heart:
FlexDreams Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
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FlexDreams Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
thx ;-)
purplemystic Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
this is so cool so i added it to my favorites...
Villenueve Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LilSweetSakura Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just sitting here with my jaw dropped and repeating "This is like.. wow... wow... just wow."

Beautiful model, gorgeous shot, lightning, concept, colors and that seemingly plain black dress beautifully brings out those wonderful roses on her back.
I'm literally mesmerized by this shot.
PORTRAITX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very nice work here :) Great use of tones and colour in this image
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Azul-Seahorse Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Great photo, she's very elegant and looks as though she has come straight out of a romantic dream (maybe that’s wishful thinking) Good work
4u64ica Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is something gorgeous! I love her hair! :love:
RedWolf246 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
rw:talk about a dark beauty^_^
LiquidSSX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
loshka007 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Wow very nice!!
Taolys Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
So beautiful,. !
ultimatede Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
absolutely gorgeous, i love the tattoo and the dress
Nachtmahr77 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
absolutely perfect :)
MythicDawnMaster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Dimnara Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Great work
amandamitrani Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
the black dress cascades down her body like a dream! the lighting is fabulous. and the red in her hair and tattoo really pop against all the black and her skite skin :D fabulous
stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
SheDevilPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing piece!!
oliviadoodly Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful
LaceChrizzy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just adding to the pool of happy comments, I really want to tell you how beautiful I think this picture is. It's so stunning and I think the contrasts of the red and black and the light and the shadows blends so good in this picture! Great work!
Jamie-Nicole Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is by far the most beautiful picture I have seen on here. I love it.
AlivanArt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
beautiful caucasian features
swordforge Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
like the Ink and that its dark
fotoheini Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Photographer
awesome Model, the Ink, the Light and the Pose...perfect Picture...
Chinese-Cuisine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Too beautiful
acurmudgeon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Absolutely beautiful! :rose: :heart: :rose:
MalwinaD Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really classy and sophisticated ;) that's the way I see gothic style ;) thks for this pix :)
AlivanArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
what a nose!
SorrowsEnd Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just amazing
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annewipf Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Beautiful! :clap:
Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfeaturedplz: This fine piece of art is featured at #AllWomen's journal. [link]
FlexDreams Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
IVAN-77 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Admirable , impresionant and very artistic work.. congrats
Shizuru1462 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love everything about this picture! :love: :+fav:
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