Once Upon a Dream - created by arca


Once Upon a Dream
Favs: 10SBS: 33Hi-resRank: 2/8Score: 60.3% (30)21223 views

Thanks to Marcus Ranum (www.ranum.com) for the lady and to Jin-KStock for the lovely horse. All other images used are my own. See SBS. Animated GIF is step 28.

Dedicated to my sister ... because she will always be with me in my dreams.

EDIT to SBS: I have added a step to show scale and proportions - Step 33 (5 years and 2490 days ago)

2 Sources:

avatar Geexman
Geexman says:

I hate that you do hair so well and demand a one to one lesson! great image author!

author says:

Anytime my friend. Once you have the trick it is not too bad, just time and patience and it doesn't hurt to have a tablet

avatar ShiZa
ShiZa says:

nice nice nice

avatar neo2011
neo2011 says:

very well
favourite entry

avatar jadedink
jadedink says:

and the minute i saw this image, i knew ... you've done a LOVELY job. such a touching piece of work. and hey, when you teach geex, will you promise to teach me too???

avatar ponti55
ponti55 says:

Excellent command of the fantasy genre.. every image you make makes me think of fairy tales and story books.

Edit: My only suggestion would be to make the model's shadow a little lighter, it seems very dark at the moment (or maybe blur it more?) If not i'd darken up the shadow the horse is casting.

author says:

@ Ponti - Thank you for the critique. I was really unsure how dark to make her shadow and was hoping someone would comment. I have made some changes - lightened the models shadow and darkened the horse a bit. I think it looks better now. Thanks for the help, your comment was very much appreciated

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

I realize this is surrealism, so all bets are off, but the figure doesn't match the scale of the horse. All else is well done!

author says:

Thanks CMYK
I did check here http://figure-drawings.com/How-to-Draw-Proportions-3.html, as she is curled up I based the proportions on the size of her head (within reason as it is a fantasy/surreal image as you noted). I added a step to the SBS to show what I did ...Check it out and let me know what you think?

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Look at images (photos) of horse and riders...the woman is just too small.

avatar dreamboy
dreamboy says:

good work.

avatar pixelkid
pixelkid says:

Would love to see this in really large scale. Nice job!

avatar erathion
erathion says:

This is amazing entry author,really really amazing...and black and white mood is perfect for this...your details are perfect...love the lucid feel of movement on horse tail and mane...And as for the size of the horse and the model...don't worry author...this is the Nahar horse of the Valar god Oromë and he is huge...on his back is Arien the maiden whom the Valar chose from among the Maiar to guide the vessel of the Sun...through clouds and sky Nahar take Arien to the Sun...so for that quest horse have to be huge...

author says:

erathion: If there was a super, double gold thumbs up it would be yours! What a wonderful story! I had forgotten about Nahar (LOTR... right?) Thank you so much for sharing your vision of my vision (I will have to steal the story for future use)!

avatar swordfish
swordfish says:

wow ...... wonderful imagination..... really a dream work ...... all the best to u author .......

avatar Floortje1973

A whole story in a picture.. Love it, great execution, amazing hair. I thought the size of the horse's back was to big, but it didn't bother me one bit, it fits the purpose of this image very well.. I even think when the horse was the "right" size it would have not looked as surreal as it did and did not have the ability to mesmerize, what it sure does now.. Great work author and good luck!

avatar locxoul
locxoul says:

congratulations...

avatar spaceranger

Congrats!!

avatar hereisanoop

congrats for the 2nd place, beautiful job...

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