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Nouveau-esque by jefita Nouveau-esque by jefita
My entry for 's coloring contest. I've always wanted to color one of her pieces and the contest was good incentive. I've been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks now and finally finished it.

I tried to keep with the nouveau theme suggested by the title and style of the picture, but I tweaked it a little to my own liking. I went with a little darker and slightly eastern twist. I chose lotus blossoms for the background as opposed to a more traditional flower, as I really love them.

Who knows how long I spent on this, off and on. Probably more than I should have. I don't know that I can compete with some of the other really nice pieces she's gotten so far.

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blue-willow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice details, I adore the color of the dress :)
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jefita Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
Thanks. I was trying to be a bit more adventuresome.
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blue-willow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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MrRobotto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
She looks amazing - I'm so jealous!
The colors work really well together and contrast her skin
and her eyes just pop! Very well done! :D
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jefita Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Thank you very much. I tried to put alot of effort into coloring her.
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Maganius Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wtf?! Nice work O.o
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Thank you very much :D
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PenthesileiaRavyn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Congratulations on winning the contest! This is a truly beautiful piece. :) The soft tones are gorgeous and I love the background! :heart:
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Thank you. :aww: You had some pretty nice pieces too.
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moonlightamber Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
:glomp: Congratulations on winning the colouring contest! :trophy: This picture is definitely deserving of that title! I could learn a thing or two about colouring from you. :manhug:
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Thank you :aww:

Your entry was one of my favorites. I love colored pencil and you did a very lovely job. Beautiful color scheme and shading. You even got a cool glowy effect on the lights. Your piece made me jealous that I didn't try colored pencil.
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moonlightamber Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
:blushes: Aww... well, I guess we all have our preferences of what media to use. I'm really flattered!
:hug: Anyways, enjoy your rightful prizes, definitely! :giggle:
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Seiorai Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet one indeed :love; Actually best coloring I've seen from all the entries O.o
Oh well...good luck ;)
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Thanks :aww: I had a lot of fun with it. And thanks for the :+fav:
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Seiorai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Aww...just visited DB's page and saw you won, congrats, you deserved it :3
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Thanks :aww:
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Celestialfruit Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
*guh* so pretty, I'm jealous ;p
lol, I'm going to "fav" the competition now :giggle:
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
Hehe, there are alot of great entries, yours included. I love all the fun colors.

Thanks for the :+fav:
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blackicepond Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
This is the quality of work that makes me want to keep mine in a file folder.
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jefita Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Aww. I still feel that way sometimes when I look at artists I really like. I try seeing it as a reason to strive harder instead of a reason to hide. You should see some of my early stuff, it's taken alot of work to get here.
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madampeach Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
i love the combination of colours and obviously the background is awsome! good luck in the contest :D
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
Thanks :) Good luck to you too.
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
The border doesn't seem to be as crisp as the girl turned out, but I love how you combined nouveau and eastern cultures. I also love the way your fabric looks like real fabric. I'd like to know your shading/highlighting techniques one of these days, it'd be incredibly useful. What program did you use on this?
Good luck in the contest! :D
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Yeah, I wasn't entirely pleased with it either, but at a certain point I just said "screw it". I had been working on it for a while and was tired of messing with it.

I don't know that I really have a particular shading technique. I just combine little bits and pieces from various tutorials and personal observation. And I heavily favor the airbrush tool.

I use PS CS2 + tablet.
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Haha, yeah. I've had times like that.

Oh, okay. The soft brush in CS2 - I'll keep that in mind. Thanks!
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
Your welcome. Hope that's helpful.
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
It was! It definitely led to something more realistic!
And congratulations on winning! :dance:
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MissingHorcrux Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Whoops: [link]
(sorry for the commentspam D: )
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S-sama Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is absolutely georgeous!!!! I love the colors you chose and the fact that you put a nouveau border around her. Excellent job!
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Thank you, I tried to put a decent amount of work into it.
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puppetka Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow, your version is just great... The shading especially is marvelous :D
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Thank you :heart:
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Cilitra Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your entry is soo good ;__;
I feel about thiiiis big right now ( shows 1cm)

great shading *o*
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Awww, but your piece is really nice too. :D
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Cilitra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe, thanks :P
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DestinyBlue Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Professional
Thanks so much for your entry ;)
Id added this to the list of others now
Good luck to you :heart:
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Yay! Thanks :D
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Rapsody Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
I saw the entries so far and wow... I am blown away by your color talent, such detail! Beautiful! ^^
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Well that's encouraging. Thank you :heart:
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ewertonlima Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
as said below, your coloring style is incredibly beautiful
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Thanks :)
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Andanielle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee, pretty! ^.^ I don't think you'll have much worry -- I've always loved your colouring style. Good luck though!
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jefita Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
Thank you ^^
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