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Speaking of Roses by Birgitte-Gustavsen Speaking of Roses by Birgitte-Gustavsen
(C) 2012 All Rights Reserved, Birgitte Gustavsen

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Note on colour: something very odd is going on with the colours, and my quick fixes only seem to be making it worse. I'm a bit too tired to solve it just right now, but hopefully I'll find a solution soon. Just be aware that this is not the way they are supposed to look.

This is my second entry for the National autumn art show. Having several rounds of decaying roses in your room can get quite iffy by the way, and you get some odd looks by your visitors :paranoid:

The idea was purely visual for me, so I can't attest to it's origins. The feeling though was bleak. So while many's initial response will be 'pretty', it does not flip that switch for me.

Originally the flower on the cheek was a wound, but it would have looked to graphical I think, so I changed it to a blooming rose. I may have been inspired by a couple of other images around on DA where your have flowers or other stuff growing out of the skin. I wish it looked as awesome as theirs ;)

Again I have mixed feelings. I like the idea, it looked quite brilliant in my mind. It's in realizing it that It's not as good as I wanted it to be. It may also suffer from too much busyness and not enough force or pathos.
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Critique by AffirmativeSelf May 11, 2012, 9:06:58 PM
First of all, I think this work is gorgeous. You did an amazing job. The detail, especially the roses, which look very realistic and organic, and the coloring, are amazing. The composition is also good.

There are three things I would like to note. The first is the redness in her nose. I personally think it is a little too red and would have liked it to be more blended in with her overall skin tone. I don't know if the redness was intended, for example an allergy towards roses? I highly hope not, because roses are the flowers that are supposedly adored by women and thus having an allergic reaction toward them would be sad.
Or might it be that the rose on her face is radiating light and is reflected as in the area of the ear? If so, I think the reflecting red should have gone on the side of her nose and not completely around.

Secondly, I think her eye is just a tad, and I really mean, just a real tad bit to small, but I think it barely has a negative impact. Some people have smaller eyes than others do, but to portray a more aesthetically beautiful look I would have made it a just a little larger.

And lastly, I would have liked for you to have defined a little bit more what it would be that is happening to her body in the lower right. It seems as though it is fading, but I cannot quite make it out. If it is not fading, I would have darken the area a bit more, because there is an accumulation of roses there and it would probably cause some darker shadowing there.

But again, magnificent job on this. Keep up the work!
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I get a rather uneasy feeling from this piece, as though the poor girl is being eaten by roses, or turning into one. It's wonderfully done though, and I like the overall feel to the piece.

The girl looks sad, not like she's enjoying the roses at all which lends itself to a feeling of unease, or melancholy.

The details are marvelous, but I do agree with the critique by affirmative self that her nose is a little too red, unless that was your intent?

Your technique is awesome, I can tell you are a very talented artist in this particular genre.

Your concept is very original, and the composition is well done.

I think you are too hard on yourself in your own personal critique, then again, we all are. We don't see what others see. I see a wonderfully done image, with a unique design that lends itself to an overall great picture.

Keep up the good work!
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George-B-Art Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful 
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Birgitte-Gustavsen Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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George-B-Art Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
you're most wellcome :hug:
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emporeranime Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like the piece !!
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Birgitte-Gustavsen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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emporeranime Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
np
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avtekken Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely marvelous. The colors are muted just enough to give this picture a lovely soft feeling.
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nichyuuga Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
so lovely, pretty, beauty <3
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frostyshadows Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student
this is so pretty!
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xiao-speck Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the details in the flowers are amazing! you must have a lot of patience XD
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nicetsukichi Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your work look awesome!!

I really love the details and color :heart:
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CaptainMisuzu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice concept, the rose give really a strange feeling !
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Yakuun Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Wow, the roses are awesome! Really nice coloring!
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:iconligik:
LiGiK Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
so beautiful!
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AmethystPrince Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist
looks nice!
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slipled Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very good!! =D
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Bina-wolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
It is really beautiful! :D
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shrouded-tears Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is beautiful!
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iLikki Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing.
Good job on this. :)
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A-Chard Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Great piece, lovely softness to it!
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Maarel Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how you painted roses, all petals, every shade. This is very beautiful! ♥
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Shen-anigans Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just plain beautiful. I love the flowing artistic strokes and use of complementary colours. Great composition and lighting bringing an essence of both life and death. All round great work! Keep it up! :thumbsup:
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dragan45 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice roses...
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Xleric Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
this is incredible. you are so, so talented. ;;
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NImportant Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love this, I instantly regret not painting this drawing myself, such a great idea - simple yet capturing. Also great skills!
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HeyLaughingBoy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting work. I think the part that gets me the most though is the title. 8D
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seven-of-none Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
very nice, I love the colour scheme and the image. well done
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JJ4evalol Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very beautiful! I love how you did the roses. They look very real and I love how you made that one rose fade into the girl's face! I love it! Wonderful job!
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feavre Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013   Digital Artist
wonderful roses.
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Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so gorgeous~! I love it~!
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Tsart68 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice
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visaga Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No way, I cannot believe you think that the color can get better. I absolutely love how it is right now. The roses give of a soft glow, and it's so beautiful.
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ShadowOfDarkAndLite Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Wow... Very lovely let alone beautiful. o3o
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Kumata Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Very nice colour and detail. The lighting on the roses especially looks very good.
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mohn-blume Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty and sad. I can smell the roses while looking at them...
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ChaosOfGods Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful. I love all the roses. Awesome work.
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ShaniaJaquez Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful <3
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Derpina-kun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the roses r done so beautifuly :meow:
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mischievousblade Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! *o*
Absolutely gorgeous!
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ZeroLiver Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice!!
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TravisLutz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is perfect!
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yoneyu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing job! it looks breathtaking!
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x3uu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
i like the concept and colors^^
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Styzers Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
I think you succeed well for the awesomeness of your drawing!
I think the colors are correct. The vibrant red contrast well with the scene and I think that it works!
The way you retook the wound to make a flower is very subtle! You did well! Now I can only imagine a sort of puddle of blood coming out from her mouth.
It's a bit creepy but still beautiful! Congrats!
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Linked-Memories Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Really interesting
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Liieszz Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Stunning colors you've used and this piece makes me just look at it and wonder what is going on right there, It gives an emotional feeling also. Keep it up :clap:
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MyChibiKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love all of the roses surrounding the girl. It's really pretty. :)
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Aakami Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, this is the theme that appears in other works, but simply because it's a very interesting and disturbing idea - roses being the most "beautiful" flowers, or at least considered a symbol of everything that is good and beautiful and romantic, shown as something evil, possessive and bloodthirsty... it's an interesting way of portraying the proverb about the thorns and roses. I like the rose on her cheek, which really looks like a wound (also the contrast is interesting - it's the only rose that grows from her body itself, not by having the bush grow out of the skin). The part growing out of her mouth is the most creepy, and together with the blank expression of the eyes, it's trully haunting. I love your works, they usually have something more to them <3
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SerelyArtworks Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's awesome! I love so much how you do the roses! It's so precise and delicat :heart:
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xZhikkax Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful. ^^
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