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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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:iconhappinessfull:
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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:iconnaamor:
NaAmor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
:clap:
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:iconjasmine-jean:
Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009   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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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconvampireleniore:
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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:iconannakirsten:
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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:iconpepperw:
pepperw Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Excellent. Love the colors and especially love the frame and the peacock feathers.
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you Richard :hug:
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:iconhiph0pcandy:
hiph0pcandy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
coca cola would say"too good to be light" ..and i agree
...like the colours
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:iconu-woman:
u-woman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007   General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconu-woman:
u-woman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007   General Artist
Really really beautiful, I love the colors.
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:icondanceobscene:
danceobscene Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
ITS PERFECT!
NO MORE WORDS!!!!!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
:o
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:iconalienette:
Alienette Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
I :heart: this, it's so adorable
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconpaigesmum-stock:
Paigesmum-stock Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Wow amazing work!!:faint: The detail is :wow:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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:iconmom-the-bomb:
mom-the-bomb Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Professional Photographer
Amazing work you do :faint: The details are astonishing.
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :hug:
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:iconmom-the-bomb:
mom-the-bomb Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional Photographer
:hug: You are most welcome. :D
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:iconchaoticgeek:
chaoticgeek Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
I really like this one... I'm thinking after the new year this will be one of the first I buy, along with some penguin stuff... I wonder how big I'll get it. I need to think of how I want to do my room, and I've been finding some really cool stuff here.
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Haha, yeah, it's a huge site!
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:iconlemontea:
lemontea Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
So yes, this is absolutely stunning. :) Love how it turned out!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks Clay ;)
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:iconpopcorn-pops:
popcorn-pops Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Student Filmographer
Gorgeous, I am in LOOOVE with her hair. Fabulous Job, as always of course!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
haha, thank you :D
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:iconakimadoll:
AkimaDoll Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Professional Photographer
wow, freaking beautifull!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconakimadoll:
AkimaDoll Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
you're welcome!
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:iconkrashark:
krashark Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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:iconkrashark:
krashark Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconthelionofoz:
TheLionofOZ Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Very well done my dear. :clap:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Cheers, thanks!
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:iconthelionofoz:
TheLionofOZ Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
You are most welcome. :thumbsup:
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:iconjunoknight:
junoknight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I love the depth of detail, Gracie!
Just one little blip - there's not quite enough detail in the border around the mask (like it could use some sort of texture) but it's amazing. I wish I could paint like this D:
Especially the lips!
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hey hun :) Unfortunately for me, I think it's simply a matter of not being able to show all the detail in this smaller size. This is one of those paintings that, in my opinion, needs to be big! (It's why I didn't even enable 4x6" prints, to me that size doesn't do the painting any justice).. Here's an idea of the mask border... [link]

Some things just get lost when sizing it down..
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:iconjunoknight:
junoknight Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaah
I'm so sorry :faint: Now I feel bad for putting my foot in my mouth. Excuse me while I remove it. :lmao:
That makes a lot of sense. I have quite a few pieces that look terrible when downsized (namely photomanips since they're so... sensitive, pixel-wise.)
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh no worries, it's difficult to tell. This piece, though, yes. The mask is mostly made up of dots... I think nearly the entire thing is covered in them. It's why it looks so shiny! :giggle: But yeah, I think this is perhaps my most detailed painting I've ever done... it's so huge of a file :D I just hope people look at the detail shots to understand that, because I'm so used to looking at it all big on the screen :giggle:
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:iconjunoknight:
junoknight Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:tears: I'm so jealous. The one thing I've always wanted to do is paint, and I just can't. I'm over it now :shrug: photoshop helps a lot, but still... You're lucky to have the talent you've got. :giggle:
More detailed? Really? Moreso than the fairy one? D: The feathers are GORGEOUS! How long did they take?
I sent you a note, by the way :paranoid:
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Kara and Wisscha was detailed, sure, but at a smaller dpi than this one.. and well, Wishes is at 100% resolution here on deviantART... that one is almost a pixel painting. So yeah, this one trumps them all in terms of time and details :D

The feathers, I'm not sure how long they took, but at least 10 hours or so I'm guessing. I just record my overall time via playlists and notepad :giggle:
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:iconjunoknight:
junoknight Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:o
what was the overall time!? That's amazing! D:
Patience have not I. :giggle: So this is an entirely different kind of painting?
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
The overall time is 114 hours. It's not really different in type... I used painter mostly.. photoshop a wee bit (painting eyelashes in painter is not as fun... but I'm not quite comfortable with painter entirely yet... still getting used to it :D ) It's just different in how I approached it, the resolution (this is the largest resolution I've worked at so far) and it's taken longer than my other works have... more pixels to paint :)
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kittykatlozzy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
this is very weird and amazing i love it. it inspires me so much its really something nice work keep it up cant wait to see more :-) :-) :-) :-) i'll be putting some new art work on here soon keep a watch out :-)
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:iconmynti:
mynti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear it, and thanks :)
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