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She Dances by cryslara She Dances by cryslara
Dance inspired because I am always in awe of the amazing acts of dancers. It took on a little more meaning though as I painted. This was one of the rare paintings that I saw as a glimpse in my mind and just wanted to get out on a (digital) canvas. :)

Tools: Photoshop CS2, Intuos 3 tablet
Time: No idea, less than 20hrs though I'd say.
Music: A mix! A lot of Darren Hayes though.

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:iconesveeka:
Esveeka Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Featured here! Keep up the good work. ♥
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Caseylovedesigns Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I really love this piece-its beautiful yet so elegant. I love that it has a slight creepy bat like feeling to the arms and wings and the translucent effect on the back fin is amazing!!!

-Casey
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GenkoFox Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful!!
I'm caught in pure awe of this!
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AngHuiQing Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student General Artist
I found you from alicexz's wishlist. Then I couldn't help but dig through your gallery. Whenever I find an artist that I like, I normally end up faving at least one artwork so that I can find them easily again. I really love the flow of the fabric and how it's slightly transluctant. And it's a dragon. So I choose to fav this. :)

I really love how you paint realistic dragons and your wings (especially bird wings) are just amazing. And clouds, very pretty clouds. Keep up the good work!
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:iconroccenere:
RocCenere Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unbelievable. This is wonderful.
She's so fragile, very beautiful.
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:iconboldtman:
boldtman Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Your work in mind-numbingly beautiful! All of it!
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:iconversispellis:
Versispellis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
So very delicate and compelling. I love the range of color.
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:iconmanitwo:
manitwo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
amazing. congrats ;)
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:icontempestsreign:
tempestsreign Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Really beautiful piece, it flows wonderfully.
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10-4ready4more Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
ahhh my scroll finger hurts now! anyway freakn GORGEOUS!
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Jirakotsu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
I just love the opacity of the wings, they're perfect. "Translucent" is what I'm thinking of *u*

Beautiful, beautiful work :heart:
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HighDracaBlancfrit Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Student General Artist
It immediately made me think of Cirque de Soleil, and they're beautifully awe-inspiring acrobatics! The fabric in this is gorgeous!
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JaimeGervais Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Breathtaking!
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:iconessenique:
Essenique Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful and unique! I love the way it all flows and you've done a great job creating the idea of dancing! I am even more impressed that you drew and painted this all digitally! Very lovely!!
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XxShoneSoBrightly Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful to capture and create from your imagination!!! <333
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Thank you. :D
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XxShoneSoBrightly Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem <333
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BrokenRapture781 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing! :love: I love to learn tricks from experienced artists. How do you pull off the ribbon-y effect?
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Thank you!
Actually, I was way out of my depth with the cloth in this, it was all pretty experimental because it wasn't something I had a lot of experience with. I pulled up a lot of reference images of cloth though and tried to work out how it would fall and fold and went from there.

If you meant the ribbons, they were just done with a small brush and a high zoom to try and keep them flowing smoothly. :)
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SisterOfNight87 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here: [link]
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I have featured this fantastic artwork in my latest journal [link] :)
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Awww, thank you. :)
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is perfectly gorgeous! :wow: The way the gauze-like fabric fads into the darkness is very evocative, and the composition really keeps the eye moving up and down the image. The warm and cool colors that you chose work beautifully together. Man, all around amazing!
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Thank you. I worried about the composition of this one at first because it felt strange to have the main figure up in one corner but it fell into place more when I added in the ribbons. :)
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Looking at it again now, I still think it's an amazing piece. The ribbons do balance the main figure well, despite being so small.
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nanna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008   Traditional Artist
I usually don't care much about most dragon related art anymore, but this is too beautiful not to fav. It reminds me of some really old oil painting, love it.
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Thank you. I've had a few comments say that, actually, which I find really interesting. :)
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IsilanaRith Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008   Traditional Artist
Absolutely exquisite, I so love the flow of this painting. She looks so delicate. The lighting and color scheme make the scene perfect. The sheerness of the back fin and the material flowing behind her are just so elegant. :clap:
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Thank you. :D Painting the material was a completely new experience for me so I was rather proud of how it turned out in the end!
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IsilanaRith Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008   Traditional Artist
You are very welcome. It was a pleasure to look at such a beautiful piece of art.=)
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ElvensGrace Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...Why am I only just coming across this now?
I love the whole composition and how the image flows.
The colours and movement are amazing.
Great work! :lol:
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Thank you! :D
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gemjuggler Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
such lovely, lyrical lines.
now she's training for pas des deaux, right? :P
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Of course. ;) Gotta keep up on the practice.
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PaleMajesty Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Oh, beautiful, beautiful :)
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
Thank you. :)
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:iconpalemajesty:
PaleMajesty Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
You're very welcome :}
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diredragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
This is so gorgeous! It seems complicated and yet at the same time so simple. The elegance and flow of it just captivate my mind!

I'm not over fond of the head, however. Just seems a bit too odd to me but its just personal opinion.
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
I think this may be the first painting I've done of a dragon without head adornments so it feels a little odd to me too. I liked the idea of a sleek serpentine look for this girl though - the subtly seemed to suit her better.

Thank you for your lovely words. :) Getting the flow working alright for this was a frustration in itself!
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Khemrikhara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Another stunning painting...
I really can't get enough of your work.
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
:) Thank you, Ryan. :heart:

As a side note, I'm completely adoring Decoder Ring, or what I can find of them.
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:iconkhemrikhara:
Khemrikhara Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
You're welcome!

Also, YAY! I WILL burn you a CD right now... haha... I'm abit slack with these things. And as long as my computer stays alive long enough... seems to be dying.
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Just sending you a congratulations for being featured in "Dragons - Issue 2" :) [link]
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Thanks again! I'm honoured; those are some truly lovely artworks up there beside my painting. :)
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:iconxkaseix:
xKaseix Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Just gorgeous. So delicate and full of grace--the title reminded me of the Josh Groban song by the same name, pretty fitting. :nod:
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
The title of this was in fact taken from that song, which happens to be one of my all time favourites. :D I adore Josh Groban.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
she surely does! friggin gorgeous! great lighting and flow of motion, esp the "skirt" frills. :)
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:iconcryslara:
cryslara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
Thank you! :D
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:iconkaijae:
kaijae Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Student General Artist
:o i love the motion of this, its amazing :)
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