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The Cave by BellaCielo The Cave by BellaCielo
This has been lurking in my art folder, essentially finished for like two weeks now ... kept holding back from posting it because I thought I would make some changes, but I'm satisfied with it as-is now

No real story behind this one — I was just itching to work with dramatic lighting again since I hadn't in awhile. At first the water was going to be the only source of light, then the pink glow-y things were added, and then the purple in the background was thrown in, and finally the moonlight ... hence some of the discrepancies in lighting on her body. 

I probably should have done a better job with her wings but fae-type wings aren't exactly a strong suit of mine. (Not anymore, at least.) The ripply patterns on her behind / arms are supposed to be reflection patterns from the water – not totally happy with how they turned out, but it looked better with them than without. (Alas, I couldn't find any good references since I didn't know what to search for).


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takaju Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Colors are incredibly beautiful :o
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. Purple-magenta-blue is a favorite color scheme of mine. :)
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JackEmerald Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is beautiful.....
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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JackEmerald Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
You're welcome. ^-^ There's so much about this I love..... the lighting is well done, I love the colors you chose, and she looks beautiful. :)
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really happy with the color scheme too, but then again I tend to gravitate toward magenta-purple-blue-cyan lighting schemes, so there's undoubtedly bias there. 

This sort of dramatic lighting is a lot of fun to work with, you can expect more of this kind ... I also had fun drawing faeries again, so that might show up again, too. :)
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JackEmerald Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I love your gallery for it's abundance of cute girls with glasses, but I'll love more fairies too XD

I've noticed you use cooler color schemes, you do that well. :) 
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47ness Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
For a paint study, I still like how this turned out. :)

But yes, there's a lot of interesting bounce light effects to consider as Samantha-Wright pointed out. The term for the ripples of light are also called "caustics".

Definitely considering using a little bit of "pure white" as well to really show when something is catching specular (likewise, you could also make the moon brighter without worrying about it distracting from the subject matter)
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally, I know what to search for!

And yeah, I tend to avoid pure white/pure black in paintings for reasons that may be complete nonsense (particularly since I first encountered the "rule" in some painting guide I read years ago and I can't remember the reasoning for it), but I will keep this in mind. In general I feel like i'm becoming more comfortable with bold lighting, so I'm willing to try anything that might make things "pop" a little more. :)
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47ness Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
:D

Yeah, the rule ties into the fact that pure white and pure black don't exist in the real world so they look "fake" in a painting. Pure white would work fine for a light source and a really shiny pin highlight. Pure black would only exist in pitch darkness, so not much of a drawing lolz.
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. It's good to know that has validity, because I've heard a number of different opinions on the matter. 
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The phenomenon is generally called water reflection, though that's a very primitive explanation of what's happening (since, (a), if they happen underwater, which is the most common situation, they're not actually reflections, and (b) it's easy to confuse them with simple mirror-like reflections on the surface of water.)

In this phenomenon, the differing angles on the water's surface cause light to concentrate in patterns because of the water's index of refraction. It's the same kind of gathering effect you see when using a magnifying glass to start a fire. Normally, you only see this happening at the bottom of a body of water on a sunny day, but the angle of light can be so sharp that it reflects as well.

Here's a good example of this kind of reflection projected onto a simple curved surface. Notice that the shadows are coming from the far left of the image; the sun is probably very near the horizon. The reflections bounce off the water, like a skipping rock, and hit the underside of the bridge as a result. This is a very directional effect—behind the camera, there would only be shadow.

To imagine what would happen on a complex surface like a body, you need to treat it like a mirror. This is a fantastic excuse to look at pictures of people dressed up in latex catsuits. Find one where it's easy for you to correlate the reflections on the clothing to objects in the environment, and then use that same direction as a guide for making your actual image. This will also be extremely useful for understanding exactly what the final product might look like.

That all being said I'm not sure light from under a pool would produce the same effect—you should see a negative image, where the ripples are darkened because the light is bent away from them.

...however I do like it!
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and I appreciate the advice! Water reflection is one of those things I've seen many times but had never considered the mechanics of ... now I'll have a better starting point for future paintings of this type.

Also, that tip for working out lighting / reflection patterns on bodies is good, I'll have to remember it. 

I wish I could've found some decent reference photos of people in illuminated pools because this probably would have helped with the reflection patterns (if there are any). That makes sense though, at least in the context your explanation. :)
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Glad to help!

Also, yay other things! (But in a quiet, out-of-the-way sort of way.)
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I ... take it you like it then? Whatever it is we're talkin' about. I certainly don't know, no ma'am. :paranoid:
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Yes! Very much. Tres magnifique.
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dummy:

As mentioned ... someplace, I'm considering turning art of this kind into something of a one-quarter-way-into-the-new-year's resolution ... If only I can avoid falling into the obsessively fussy shipper trap.
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Samantha-Wright Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Promiscuity is the mother of invention. You could defeat the fuss by changing your mode of representation, though—think about individual systems, rather than the more abstract design level. Surely lots of individual computers from diverse backgrounds have "collaborated"!

...also, I feel like I should point out that you can always repeat stuff.
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good way of approaching it!  When it comes to shipping personifications, I've veered sharply toward "literalism" in recent times — though some of my very favorite pairings are ones rooted in storyline elements, compatible personalities and plain old "they would work well together" over any sort of real-world associations (See: SAGE/Multics, Unix/Linux and OS/360/MTS), so I should probably be more flexible in this regard.  ^_^ 

Of course, I was planning on it anyway! 
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PentiumMMX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Pardon my French, but...dat ass
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Pent. x)
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