Haiku Spring - created by arca


Haiku Spring
Favs: 49SBS: 8Hi-resRank: 1/23Score: 69.9% (40)15418 views

Spring winds call
Soon the dragonflies

Thank you to Lucretia-stock and Alegion-stock!

Sky overlay image is my own - see SBS Step 2. Permission for stock use SBS Step 8.

Tried sugge (5 years and 1822 days ago)

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avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

Never seen anything like that in Pxleyes. Very gorgeous and dynamic in both the pose and color. Even though the character looks painterly, still works quite well with the background. Lighting effect can be better, tho, if you work a bit more on the character like casting more highlight and shadow on the face (the face and hair are the two most flat parts) and costume. The hair can be more real if you combine brushes with different brightnesses. Very high mark from me!

avatar hereisanoop

excellent and beautiful.. as langstrum saidthe body parts ( hands, face and hair.) need more shading and highlighting... (it's all in your reference image). the else is FANTASTIC...... Highest marks and favorite from me ...

avatar Lamantine
Lamantine says:

Fabulous work ! I must admit that its rather difficult to merge a cartoon with a normal background realistically but this one absolutely goes on very well. High marks from me !

author says:

Tried suggestions. Added highlights to hair and shading to face and hands, plus some more on the Kimono.

The hair was hard; it seems when I add highlights it starts to look like she was going gray! But I tried.

The face was a different problem. It is suppose to look like a mild version of Geisha (or Kabuki) make-up. That style of make-up is very flat as the whole face is painted white with cheeks and eyes quite red. It was a struggle with this one, how far to go with the Geisha look and still have her look natural. I did try to give it more depth but could not go too far without killing what little of that look she has.

Lamantine, I am not sure what you mean about the cartoon as the original image of the Geisha is a photo and I did not really do much painting ... mostly warped the fabric of her kimono ... but I sort of see what you mean???

Hope you like the changes! Thanks for the help!

avatar ikrumon
ikrumon says:

woooo hoooooooo, this is sooo beautiful

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

I understand your problem with the face, but we can make the shadow even with the white object. You can achieve that by using a layer with multiply blending setting, then pick the color on her face and select the dark color on the color palette by go down to the right (on the curve from top left to the bottom right). You can draw the shadow on her face by soft, low opacity brush on that layer, it won't disturb anything.
Do you notice the light on the grasses, the sunlight is quite yellow, so you can do the same thing to the kimono and the face. If I were you, I will use a layer with Color blending mode and use the bright yellow color to paint the highlight on the parts which mostly expose to the sun light, so the character will pop out more from the scene.
About the hair, just the brighter brushes on the front side of the hair are needed, the hair can be dark behind her.
Great to see the quick update and the image now is much improved.

avatar Lamantine
Lamantine says:

Nevermind, this work is just FANTASTIC

avatar gopankarichal

This is an amazing piece of art...great colors...great chopping....great SBS.....and of-course my favorite......Good luck Author!!

avatar artgirl1935

Just a fabulous work!! I really like that it looks 'painterly' - woulld make a gorgeous piece to frame and enjoy in a special room of one's home. I agree - IMO - don't change a thing!

avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Wow, really, I'm not even gonna enter now, this is simply amazing!!!!

avatar dekwid
dekwid says:

this one becomes a very specially manipulated pic,...it has a master touch on it,.....yes just like langstrum said "never seen anything like that in Pxleyes,.......very very perfectly done,.....and I learned much from this pic,......
> langstrum ( so far I am still wonder why is it that your account name is langstrum hehehe), nice contributions I learned from what you informed on this entry......

avatar lolu
lolu says:

Sublime !

avatar DigitalPro

WOW, fantastic work. I LOVE it beautifully done.

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Jaw-drop...eye pop...SWEET !!

avatar bompy
bompy says:

oooooow! love it beautiful work

avatar RichieMB
RichieMB says:

Really fantastic work, great job

avatar erikuri
erikuri says:

It's funny because I can feel that wind blowing on my face just looking at the image...
Very beautiful compo, moody and magical.

avatar cabldawg71

This is great Author leave it as is please.
Welcome to pxl,

no avatar

2 words: HOLY COW!

I'm not sure what some of the complaints are here. This is just flat-out AMAZING stuff.
(ok those were extra words but I couldn't help myself)

avatar tapiona
tapiona says:

Beautiful work! Love the colors and serenity of the image.

author says:

Thank you all for you wonderful comments!

Silver, I really loved the support and in particular those extra words!!!

I did want to say that I did not mind the complaints; I took more as critiques and suggestions. More constructive than negative. It never hurts to see things through other peoples eyes

That is one reason why I like these competition. It gives me feedback that I can't get anywhere else and (hopefully) will make me a better artist!

Not complaining about your comment, it was great. They have all been great!

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

I didn't have any complain here, the image itself got the high score from me, and more "wow" and compliments are not needed because many people will do that. However, no one's perfect and I just gave my opinion about what can be done better. I'm glad that author received my comments very positively, and if author is the good chopper, he/she will know which part of my comment is reasonable and helpful.
@Dekwid: langstrum came from Pippi Langstrumpf or Pippi Longstocking, a character from the Swedish children's book of Astrid Lindgren. She is very famous with her personality, in many countries. I just like her name when I listened to the song "Hey Pippi Langstrumpf" when I was a child (didn't even know that's girl's name) and I simplified Langstrumpf to Langstrum. I read the book later and in love with this character too, so I keep it as my nickname until now. Thank you for asking

avatar nasirkhan
nasirkhan says:

WOW! It is a very beautiful work. Goes to my fav.

avatar Drivenslush

“Adversity is like a strong wind…it doesn’t just hold us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward, we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be."
Memoirs of a Geisha

Good Luck author.. great job

author says:

Driven - incredible quote, it gave me goose bumps! Not only that but I listened to the music from the movie while creating her. It was a huge part of the inspiration! Thank you for the comment and the beautiful quote. Hug

avatar hazem
hazem says:



excellent and beautiful ,good luck

avatar jaskier
jaskier says:

Very classy photomanipulation.

avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

wonderful entry ........ this will go to the top 50 pxl entrys ...........

avatar Nickk
Nickk says:

Simply perfect. Could say a lot more about it but i guess that's how I should simplify it.

Agree with all (positive) comments
GL (not that you really need it or so haha )

no avatar
Keiley22 says:

Oh my what a stunning peice of art
Amazing talent author, thanks for sharing this beautiful image with us

avatar shaadow
shaadow says:

Mind blowing entry, perfect!!!

avatar bingbong088

the onlything i can say
"WOW"
ure winner

avatar erathion
erathion says:

Few days i am thinking what to say about these entry author...Because words like, "these is nice,good work,and similar" are to minimal for work like these...This work author is one of the best that i see in my PXLeyes existing time...I adore all segments of the creation...how u distort the sky,what u did with the kimono,painting her face,hair,color on the grass...Simply amazing...i could go on and on on these for hours...I want to say only one thing...Keep going with creating fabulous entry's like these...

avatar pearlie
pearlie says:

beautiful work, author, love the sweeping lines and colors.

avatar freejay
freejay says:

Congrants....beautiful entry

avatar CorneliaMladenova

Congratulations!

avatar madamemonty

Congrats Arca this is so beautiful, I'd like framed and hanging in my house

avatar erathion
erathion says:

Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats,Congrats, i cannot describe how much i like these entry

avatar jadedink
jadedink says:

Congratulations on your first place. very well deserved!

avatar Christy
Christy says:

CONGRATS!! Well deserved

avatar spaceranger

Lovely!! Congrats!!

avatar RichieMB
RichieMB says:

Congratulations for a well deserved 1st place, really quite fantastic. Keep it up.

avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

Nice work! Congrats.

avatar hereisanoop

Congrats... a master piece.. with a good score....

avatar siderismaris

wow! spendid!

no avatar

simply wao........... amazing....

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