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Ophelia by Achen089 Ophelia by Achen089
I have been lacking inspiration the last few weeks so i have been adding (water)colour to older sketches. I sketched the figure of this about a year ago ( you can see it here achen089.deviantart.com/art/Op… ) and had really high hopes for it; i almost regret i decided to paint it at such an uninspiring time.
It's probably the first time i didn't even plan things like colour palette, background etc like i usually do, i just had the figure and added colour straight away, building shapes and whatnot along the way. So there are a lot of issues, mainly with the perspective, depth, colours, how water works, all in all it was very confusing for me working without a solid plan but i'm somehow proud i did something to challenge myself, you know?
I would like to give the subject another try though..in the future. :D

Any suggestions for the future piece will be welcome! :D

Pencil, watercolours, white gouache / 22x31 cm.
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:iconblack-pearl23:
Black-pearl23 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is soooo beautiful! Really inspiring!
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor Ophelia. :(
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ItsMaiHere Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspiring :o
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ehpm Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I love it! Maybe use a brighter color for her dress...
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HisaReynhart Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful 
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skonssi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Incredible! :heart:O_O
I love water made with watercolors, I wish to learn to paint as well some day too. :meow: 
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SarahVikken Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just completely breathtaking.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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dookrik Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous, I recognized it right away XD good work! 
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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dookrik Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ no problem dear keep up the great work ~
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Ofride Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
This is wonderful! Stunning water effect !
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm so pleased to hear you think so! :)
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:iconlauratolton:
LauraTolton Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My goodness how have I not seen this before! This is incredible xx
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! It's such a compliment coming from you, i've been a fan of your work for a long time now. :)
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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible work with the water, the details of the flower, her outfit...Everything is great ! Great job, really !
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for all your nice words on this!
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Hello, you are featured in my journal : sombrefeline.deviantart.com/jo…

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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you again, it was very nice of you! And i really liked the collection, such beautiful pieces!
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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AMinorRainsong Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
The detail of your work is so fantastic.:rose:
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savannarodriguez Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes I think we are our own worst critic. I actually love this, but I'm sure your repaint will be amazing.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I think it's because we know how the idea looked in our mind and it's the frustration that it did not come out that way or live up to it ( although sometimes some things turn out better, alas, this was not the case). But thank you very much, i'm happy to know someone else likes it as it is. :)
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: Nice 
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful ^^ her expression is good too
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LaraInPink Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you hadn't tell, nobody could believe you did this without planing! It is really beautiful and, even if you see those little problems with perspective etc., this illsutration has a very emotional impact. Maybe choosing the colours and building the image along the way can be a good 'plan' sometimes! ;) 
But, as I'm sure you will re-do this piece, let me suggest you to play more with the floating dress in the future ^_^
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LiniaElizabeth Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very pretty
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theguiltyones Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh too wonderful! 
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
There is so much Ophelia art on this site, but this one is so incredibly beautiful! :rose:  I like how you are looking at her from above and the trailing tendrils of her hair in the water.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your nice words on this!
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Beautiful - I realize that you feel ambivalent about this, but the details with the water and fabric ballooning are effective, and I like the addition of the flowers It's a challenging subject.  For the future piece, perhaps focusing on Ophelia's madness - a more extreme or abstracted expression, and wet, bedraggled hair trailing into her face maybe?

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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you Cathy! You're right, i realized only afterwards the practical things like that her hair should be messier and even her dress, in her mental state, should probably be in a state of disarray. Maybe she not be wearing a dress at all but a nightgown? Also, i'm thinking the look from above doesn't work that well (mostly because of my inexperience ) so maybe another point of view would work better. What do you think?
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Well, if you have one of the mannikin models, perhaps immersing it in water & taking a photo would be a good reference?  But I do know Ophelia wasn't exclusively painted from above.  Certainly Millais comes to mind commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fil…
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eigenvalue Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always find it fascinating how well you can draw eyes, and bring across the correct emotions for the situation. The rest of the painting is also breathtaking but the eyes are always immensely fascinating.

Did you learn to do that so well by following a specific style or artist, or was it simply practice?
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CaroleLombardFan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
You say you had so much issues with this, but frankly tis gorgeous!!! You have captured her beauty in death perfectly, i would put yours next to john everett Millais painting of ophelia in museums. This is beautiful!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you very much for your grand compliment! Happy to know you liked it so much. :)
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NaderMarouf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
really really really really perfect!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very very very much! :D
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Το πως φαινεται ποια μερη της Ophelia ειναι μεσα και ποια εξω απο το νερο ειναι το καλυτερο κομματι της εικονας!! Φαινεται τοσο αληθινο!:love:
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Σ'ευχαριστώ πολύ! Ειχα μια δυσκολια σχετικα με το ποια μερη θα επρεπε να ειναι πιο ανοιχτα, ποια πιο σκουρα, δεν ξερω αν τα εκανα "σωστα" οποτε χαιρομαι που δειχνει οκ. :D
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Padmelina Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it' s really beautiful and close to Shakespeare's plot)
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I tried as i love the play. ;) Thanks for your compliment!
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:iconpadmelina:
Padmelina Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome =3
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sabzlovingart127 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
wow what a stunning interpretation!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnunatosally:
nunatosally Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I think itīs beautiful ^^
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:iconmustuko-chan:
Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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RiaDar Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing, wonderful, unreal and stunning!
*_*
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for all your lovely words!
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