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Dream 2011 by Astralseed Dream 2011 by Astralseed
Wow, Katy applied herself and look what happened D:
Shock horror! Anyways.. I spent 10 hours livestreaming this, though I must admit.. I spent an hour of that in an appointment, and some time also for making dinner etc. So I will estimate I spent 8 to 8 and a half hours on this piece total.

:star:Video can be seen here: [link]

So.. first things first. I did use a reference photo:


(next time I will find a white horse as a reference when drawing Dream because shading and figuring out what colors to use was a bit of a nightmare for me)

The bubble fish are recycled from this piece:

(thank you for the suggestion ~parrotsnpineapple)

Dream is probably one of my all time favorite characters, even though I tend to favor Mystica over her from time to time. It is time to draw more of Dream, so hopefully we will get to see more of her soon..
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Wow, firstly you've come a LONG way! I remember the last time we went over one of your pieces, I spoke to you about shading on the tail, and now it looks like you've taken that technique and put it to good use!It looks quite full and round. :) Your shading has also gotten a lot more detailed and anatomically accurate :D good job!

The first thing I noticed about this, was that hind leg stretched out. Initially, I thought she was missing a hoof! It took me a bit to realize that there was leg feathering. So my first bit of advice would be to add a drop shadow of some sort to separate the feathering on that leg from the tail.

The second thing I noticed was the other hind leg; the one primarily in shadow. This might just be personal preference, so if you disagree feel free to ignore this advice. I'd like to see a more gradual shadow, instead of one flat color. Something darker up towards the butt. Also a little more darker muscle detail. :)

The last thing would probably be that heavy drop shadow behind Dream. It looks somewhat as if she's angled against a wall? I'm not sure if that was the desired effect or not. There's a really awesome trick to shadows that I can show you sometime; basically you can flatten the subject into one separate layer (ctrl alt shift E), make it black/a dark color, put a slight blur on it, and then use free transform to angle it appropriately. It's a good way to get a shadow that matches your subject. Not a perfect method, but a good one to start with. :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
So how did I not see this before? I LOVE IT. So beautiful. :love:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
it's in the corners of my gallery just hiding :B
Thanks hon :heart:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very pretty! :D I love the colors.
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Very pretty!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   General Artist
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AngieMyst Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's amazing! :)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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ElementShift Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
It's so pretty!! :D
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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ElementShift Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
you're welcome :D
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Meguja Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It have some mistakes but it's still pretty nice done photo-manipulation :)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is a digital painting, not a photomanip.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, this is really well done. :D
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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Theavatardemotivator Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
This is a stunning creation . . . I love it very much! Your work on the tail is particularly impressive and quite unique.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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glomdi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Freakin LOVE this!!! So beautiful. And I think the shading rocks. But the unicorn thumbnail doesn't work. :(
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
hmm, it works fine for me.
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glomdi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Well, my computer is probably just a freak. (Seriously, I have a crappy computer with crappy internet, so...)
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh, that's not good :(
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glomdi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
No, it's not. :(
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
:(
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OrazioFlacco Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
really dreamy, my compliment indeed!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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OrazioFlacco Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
no, thank you! (for sharing) :D
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work... just stunning :wow:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :)
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Shinra-Creation Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Beautiful ! Amazing work !
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Astralseed Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Splendiferous beauty I LOVE IT :iconheartanimplz: direct to my :iconfavplz:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, of course I can't resist a unicorn! :D Awesome!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
lol, thanks.
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shadowslayer19 Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is soooooooooooo awesome
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Astralseed Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner May 12, 2011   Digital Artist
Amazing work on the design of the unicorn. I like the blue fringe on the tail, it's rather unique.
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, she has been one of my main characters for a few years now.
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Digital Artist
You're welcome =D
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MojoBrown Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work, the time spent on this shows. :)
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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MojoBrown Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, my pleasure. :)
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vimark Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, this is nice. I like it!!!!!!!!!!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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caddman Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
...A marvelous pic ...:heart:
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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