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The Witch of Roses by iKiska The Witch of Roses by iKiska
Haaay, here's a thing I finished! :happybounce:

Quick back-story for this -- I love 1930s/1940s-type fashions and pin-ups and stuff like that, so I wanted to do something sort of related to that. This didn't look pin-uppy enough so I decided to change direction and just finish it off as a general painting. Then somehow I got it in my mind that this character is an immortal witch in the 1940s who makes a living selling love potions that she makes out of the roses she grows in her garden. Then I decided that I couldn't handle drawing more than three roses and thus didn't feel like placing rose bushes around her. And then I flattened the image and called it done :dummy:

A more acceptable reason for there being no rose bushes is that I wanted to keep the colors really simple -- red, white and blue -- and didn't want to mess around with adding lots of greens and pinks and such for rose bushes. Maybe it would have looked good, but we'll never know, because it's late and my back hurts and I don't want to do any more right now :la:

I would like everyone to appreciate the roses, clouds and lace please :C I love how they turned out but they were a paaaaaain. I need more practice for them so I can learn how to streamline the process :shakefist:

Aaaanyway, I shall now submit this to a ton of groups and call it a night :meow: More things... soon? Adopts and such, and I still need to start/finish some other projects. May as well keep busy while I look for more commissions to do C:

And while I'm here, I'd like to thank everyone watching me for your support <3 I was thinking about doing a painting to commemorate whenever I get 1,000 watchers (around 150 to go! :eager:), but there's no reason why I can't say thanks now. I love and appreciate you all! :hug:
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Katamata1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
I like how creative you are! Usually roses are sign of beauty and goodness. I could imagine her as 1940's villain lady. :heart: (If she isn't evil, then it is only my imagination)
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iKiska Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks for commenting! Haha I'm glad you like it, and that's what I thought, that she'd make a super cool 1940's villain :la:

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Miss-Mutated-Mango Featured By Owner May 23, 2015   Writer
Your backstories always amuse me.
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Writing them amuses me too, which is probably kind of sad :lol:
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Miss-Mutated-Mango Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Writer
It's not sad, it just shows that you got a sense of humor. So long as you're not that awkward person laughing loudly at their own jokes while everyone just stares at you in an awkward silence, there's nothing wrong with it. :meow:
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Hooray for not being sad, then! :dummy: And no, luckily I'm not that awkward person, ahaha. At most I just crack a smile, so nooooobody has to know that I'm sitting here amusing myself :la:
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Indigovation Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's beautiful and the colors are amazing. I think it's great the way it is!
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad to hear you like it the way it is -- I'm terrible for editing paintings, generally once I upload something, unless there's some crippling mistake I need to fix, I figure it's "done" and can't bring myself to make huge changes to it... so it's good to know that it looks fine without any rose bushes! :hug:
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Missvirginia Featured By Owner May 19, 2015   Digital Artist
May I say that I appreciate the roses, clouds, and lace? :meow: I actually love drawing roses, (don't look in my gallery for them, I don't think I've posted any :XD:). They're like a fun little puzzle to figure out. However, I don't want to touch lace, I should try for practice, but I don't want to, I want to avoid it like the plague. :shakefist:

And may I say you are a master of drawing seductive lady faces? :flirty:
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Hooray! And I appreciate your appreciation! :la: Haha I admire you for enjoying roses -- I hope that if I keep forcing myself to do them, then much like cranberry juice, I will eventually be able to tolerate it! It is a great feeling when I finish and they look good, but I'm not yet at the point where I enjoy trying to figure them out. 

I totally feel you on lace though, it can be a huuuge pain! I don't avoid lace like I try to avoid roses, but they can certainly be a pain in the ass. What I normally do is block in three white circle-blobs in a row -- one little, one bigger/more oval-y, and then another little one, and then just continue that pattern until the end of the lace... and then start cutting out circles and doings little bits and bobs. Then I become mega lazy and lock the layer to give overall shadows where they belong and minor highlights wherever I damn well please, and that seems to be doing the job so far :lol:

And :flirty:! Why thank you, Miss Virginia -- I do strive to master the art of the seductive lady face :eyes: <333
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Missvirginia Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Actually that approach to lace sounds pretty straight forward. One of these days I shall be brave and try it. :dummy:
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
It's probably the easiest method I've ever used for lace -- just block the base color in and cut out what you don't need :nod: Then if you want smaller bits, you can continue adding them piece by piece with a smaller brush. Glad to hear I gave a good tip! :hug:
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mysterysneeze Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Whoa...that...that is a REALLY cool outfit, and that hair has a ton of details about it. It's really nice looking, and the colors are great :D 
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Haha thank you! I've found a recent love of high-waisted skirts myself, so drawing this kind of style of clothing was a lot of fun for me! I'd love to have a skirt like hers, and a petticoat as well haha :la:

And aah I'm glad you like her hair -- that was an entire session of painting for me because it gave me a huge headache, haha. I think it turned out all right though, thankfully! :hug:
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Sameore Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the skirt and the hat which match up pretty much. You clearly took the time to give it a feel of motion with the wind through these flying rose petals, the bag going behind, and the motion of the skirt. :)
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you can feel the motion of the wind and how it affects everything well enough -- I felt like I kind of lost the plot with where this painting was going halfway through (I guess that's what happens when I take like two weeks to paint something, only doing a tiny bit every day), so I'm so glad to hear that it looks like it's all come together in the end :hug:
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Sameore Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Two weeks? Wow, sounds like a lot even though it was a little bit everyday. *or anyway that's the feeling I have usually when I do it that way*

It surely does. Even though usually I wouldn't have mixed them together, that shade of blue with that red match up pretty well in that drawing. So yeah; looks good. :)
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student General Artist
It is a lot for me, haha -- normally I can work through things somewhat quickly, but while working on this, I was finishing a couple of other projects and also finding myself lacking motivation to paint a lot, so I only did a bit of this at a time each night and it took ages. Which is fine really -- I'd actually rather work on something for a long time than too quickly, because if I work too fast, I find myself burning out a lot quicker and then I become a bit lazy with details. Spreading out work over a longer period helps keep you motivated to work hard :la:

Indeed, red and blue can be a mess together, and since I broke some of the "rules" for the two colors, I'm really glad to hear they turned out well! Apparently you're meant to use red and blue together only if the blue is quite dark and the red is very light/bright, but obviously her skirt is kind of a medium blue with a lot of highlights, so thankfully the red roses seemed to work with it :nod:
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Sameore Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I guess you did quite well with the lightning... plus you took the right shades so it matches up very well. x') What a risky attempt... (that succeeded anyway)
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Haha thank you :hug: I'm glad my risk paid off! <333
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Sameore Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It did.
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KatZaphire Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work :nod: Applaud fella (Reactions) by Ehsartem
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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