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Le Masque by mynti Le Masque by mynti
Well, after months with some reflection on this piece, I've tried several replacement backgrounds but none quite seem to fit the composition well. I have done some major detailing, which might not quite be evident in this smaller image, but finally this painting is finished and ready for print.

Painting History:
Originally composed for *girltripped's contest, the original entry is here: [link]

The photograph I referenced is no longer available in their gallery, but it was a black and white photograph from this shoot: [link]

The major change that you will notice with this deviation is the mask, which is mostly composed of tiny dots that took forever to paint by hand. In the source file, however, I also smoothed out a lot of the skin, added details and eyelashes to the eyes, added detail and shine to the frame, and changed the background colors so the wall she stands beside is a bit brighter blue.


Technical Details:
114 hours total
Painter X mostly. Some Photoshop CS2, and later Photoshop CS3.
Wacom Intuos 3 6x8" tablet

My inspiration:

When I saw the photograph, it reminded me of a time long ago, where many-jeweled patrons dance in a great hall... and here is this lovely lady, come away from the din to meet by the painting... is she falling for some lovestruck dood who she could never marry? Or perhaps a plot thickens...

Detail Shots:
Lips
Flower
Eye
Feathers
Hair
Mask
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:iconchelseagirl68:
chelseagirl68 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have such a great, great talent!!!
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happinessfull Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
You are very talented, I'm already a fan of your work!
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:iconchazagirl:
Chazagirl Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of Mardi Gra in New Orleans, and Mobile, Al. Love this!
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NaAmor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
:clap:
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Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Absolutely stunning, beautiful concept. :)

I love her blue eyes, love the lighting and the pattern on the mask, it's all pretty much right up my alley :D
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mynti Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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vampireleniore Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
Featured:

[link]
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconthatcraftychick:
thatcraftychick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so incredibly beautiful...! :+favlove:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008   General Artist
This is to let you know that this image (and possibly more that the one) is featured in my latest News Article on Expression in Art [link]
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