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The Compass by Aeirmid The Compass by Aeirmid
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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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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Digital Artist
Outstanding and wonderfully creative!  :clap:

Lovely message and sentiment.  There's always a way out, if you're brave enough to look for it!  :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Digital Artist
thanks :)
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Digital Artist
Welocme!  :)
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Mixtapepsd Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Beautiful...
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:iconlittlesims2chick:
littlesims2chick Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely ravishing. Well done! :)
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KZ-Chi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist
Alice in wonderland??

Very pretty! It's interesting, I like it. :) maybe I'll be able to do something like this one day.
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
very nice :)
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:iconmimikascraftroom:
mimikascraftroom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Digital Artist
lovely work!:blackrose:
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:iconaeirmid:
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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:iconaeirmid:
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
Wow - just breath taking - beautiful work. :)
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nexth8rmony Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There was no way that I was not favouriting this!
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Umika-Sayoji Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very atmosphere
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SallyWally30 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist
This is amazing:)
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tinylilbrat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
absolutely beautiful
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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tinylilbrat Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
you are very welcome <3
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NyxxVixxen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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stellartcorsica Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work!!
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Arden18 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very surreal and the composition is well done.
Beautiful piece.
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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AGlimpseOfMe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool concept!
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The visual magic of our heart's desire, is beautifully portrayed within this enigmatic piece, my friend :heart:

Well done! :clap:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you so much! :D
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, my friend :heart:
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theheek Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool
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SilentShadowsHeart Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I love this. Someone already mentioned it, but it made me think of Alice as well. I really feel as if a story is being told when I look at this. I look forward to your future creations. :happybounce:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks :)
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diphylla Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This piece really speaks to me and reminds me of Alice in Wonderland a bit. I love that you changed the color of the dress where it is under the water. Your attention to little details such as the dress and necklace are what really inspire me to work harder in my own creations. I know we have discussed the perspective previously; regardless I really do love this piece and think you did a great job with it. :hug:
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MARKCAPE Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Great piece of work, realy awesome
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ClaudiaSchirmetz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Digital Artist
fantastic!:heart:
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MattSpire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love the whole box idea behind this. Really great result.
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saritaangel07 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amasing work featured here :[link]
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
A seriously beautiful piece of work, with such darkness, but also such warmth and vibrancy. Wonderful message behind it as well. Great job :)
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saritaangel07 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work ...featured here : [link]
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KarlaTorresART Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
very beautiful work :love:
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violetsparks Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
love it very beautiful work
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BlackDahliaImagery Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful work :heart: Love the meaning behind the image also :)
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks!
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KateriTekakwitha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
all of my wow :O
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stealthyninja21 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
i love the meaning behind it. and it is a really brilliant piece :)
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thomasmuse Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Very original - absolutely magnificent. Great job.
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tehuti Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love how dreamlike it is, and those tree walls! :clap:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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