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The Compass by Aeirmid The Compass by Aeirmid
PLEASE FULL VIEW!

I have been agonizing over this manipulation for days; I don't think I've ever put so much time into a photomanipulation before. Maybe I should. :XD:

Here's the message behind it . . .

We all get caught up in the murky, dark waters of conformity at some point in our lives, and these waters mute our brilliant colors until they are dull and gray. But, if we follow our inner compass, we can find the way out. Often, the only way out is through the mire. And it's not easy to get out; the door on the other side may be too small, but we can find a way to follow where our heart is guiding us and find our colors once again.

No premade stock used. The room was created from [link] by ~Banana-Workshop using perspective distortions in Photoshop. I improvised from vague memories of a tutorial written by the artist formerly known as ~Lady-Dementia several years ago. I don't think it's up anymore.

The water was mostly painted. For the top and bottom, I used a bit of texture from ~strwberrystk's [link] . Tips from *kuschelirmel-stock's "flood" tutorial here: [link] helped get it just right!

Other stock:

Woman: ~dazzle-stock [link]
Amulet: ~demoncherrystock [link]
Door: ~Jantiff-Stocks [link]

Brushes:
[link] (for the compass' ribbon)
[link] (for a bit of bokeh from the door)
[link] (for some help with the ripples)

Thanks to all for sharing resources and for viewing. I'm not explicitly requesting critiques, but I always welcome them.

Special thanks to my new friend, ~sponkey, who put up with me agonizing over this deviation for DAYS.

Love to all. :heart:
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
very nice :)
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mimikascraftroom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Digital Artist
lovely work!:blackrose:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks!! :)
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RaeCabaret Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014   General Artist
Eren Yeager (Surprised) [V6]  There's so much awesomeness in here! I love it!
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really captivating, I could stare at it for ages :heart:
The concept is just lovely, and the piece is so beautiful C:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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Sandra-Cristhina Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Digital Artist
:tighthug: Thank you. :heart:
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Nothingincontrol Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So nice !!!!!!
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KerensaW Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow - just breath taking - beautiful work. :)
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