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Sanctuary by SimplySilent Sanctuary by SimplySilent
Sweet goodness, I haven't done a legitimate digital painting in almost a year. :faint: I had done a few sketches here and there, but they always turned out terrible. :ohnoes: I gave it another go yesterday, and I really like how it turned out, even thought it's pretty different from my usual style. :aww:

Used this lovely texture by ~TwinklePowderySnow

The title comes from the song that inspired this: Sanctuary by Utada Hikaru (part of the lyrics are below). The song is best known for being the theme of Kingdom Hearts, but I actually listened to this song for a few months before I looked it up on Youtube and saw all the videos. :giggle:

If you have a chance, do make sure to listen to it here

In you and I, there's a new land
Angels in flight
(I need more affection than you know)
My sanctuary, my sanctuary, yeah
Where fears and lies melt away
Music inside
(I need more affection than you know)
What's left of me
What's left of me now?

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Well, may I just say that it's so beautiful! I love her eyes the most, they stare at me and I feel as if she's up to something. I also love her hair!

The background is nice but I've seen it done before. I do like the water effects that it brings to it though, it's as if it's a stain on a wall! The colours make the whole piece wonderful; each one matches the picture!

Okay, I have a few things about this. One; what is with her sleeves? For one they're a tad bit long and it doesn't really work for this style of shirt. Two; her shoulders. I think they may be too thin. Three; her knees look like door knobs to me.

I like this though! It's very pretty, not to mention that it might have a meaning towards it! ^^ The title of the painting suits it; she looks trapped in her mind maybe.

Remember, this is my opinion. Have any questions, feel free to ask. Thank you for submitting this and have a nice day!
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Alright, so just a brief observation here, and nothing more:

First of all, this is a great picture. It's not perfect, but it is pretty life-like. Um, I especially like the water background it, so that's good.
Secondly, I have just a couple of issue with this picture: issue number one, the sleeves. I mean, they are a little bit long, you know. Issue number two, the legs. They're a little bit long as well, but hey, whatever makes a picture a picture, right? So that's pretty much it there.
Lastly, and most urgently of all, the hair. I dig the hair. Excellent job on it.

Overall, I give this picture a four and-a-half star rating for accuracy and life-likeness. This is a very good picture. Great job. Keep doing what you do, and don't stop. You've totally got it!
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1886 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Artist
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GabrielGuyer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Killer piece - LOVE how soft this image is and still has an uncontrollable power to it :thumbsup: P.S. Hiki is awesome
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Aww, thank you very much! :love: And yes, she has an amazing voice.
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Snowlynx46 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Awwww! This is adorable! I love the colors, I love her hair, and the expression on her face is really cute. Love 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Ah, thank you very much for your nice comment. :huggle:
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Snowlynx46 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
^^ No problem! Tight Hug 
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DeskTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist
This is beautiful in everyway! Panda Bunny Neko Misc Emoji-07 (Applause) [V1] 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Aww, thank you dear!
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DeskTurtle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist
You are very welcome! :iconyuihugplz:
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lightbleueyes Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
She's so cute! :squee:
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Fantasy-Fashionista Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very pretty! :) I love the colors, and her dress!!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you! ;u;
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Fantasy-Fashionista Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I'm sure this took quite a bit of work! Likewise, this isn't my strong suit either, but I'll try (if nothing else to return the favor to you). The lighting is really nice, I do have to say that much. The only couple notes would be; I have to ask...Are you sure the legs aren't just a little too long for proportion's sake? Second...Where are her arms?! I mean I know there's hair in the way and all, but...It almost looks like there aren't any arms at all.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
:huggle: Thank you very much! She's supposed to be wearing heels, but the way I drew it made her legs look a little awkward  :XD: And I see your point about the arms as well. :nod: That's something I'll need to work on for next time as well. :)
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
OK, my duty for now is done! 8-) You're welcome. :tighthug:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
:la:
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Cypernelli Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful **
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Aww, thank you! :tighthug:
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Cypernelli Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
:tighthug:
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Cypernelli Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Rosenfox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is wonderful o.o
fantastic job, I am amazed >.< 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Aw, thank you! You are very sweet~ :huggle:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
How lovely and well done all at once! :heart:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Thanks! :la:
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PeppermentPanda Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Pretty! >u< I love her design~
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Aww, thank you very much! :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   General Artist
Such a beautiful piece!
I love the soft colors and beautiful details. 
Wonderful work! :tighthug:

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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Thank you very much! :la:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   General Artist
:heart: 
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Meekochan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how this looks in general. Was gonna praise the water color effect but then clicked the texture link. >_< Still a nice touch, but now it also explains why the effect looked so odd in some places (like around her neck.)

Her hair on her shoulders is bothering me. I know it's overlapping but I keep seeing it as her shoulder line (and hair is behind shoulders.) I think it might be the shading tricking me into thinking it's farther back instead of out front.

Her feet/shoes also bothers me. I'm guessing she's wearing heels, but it looks more like...leg stumps than feet? *shrugs* Lack of defined ankles maybe? I'm not sure.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Haha, yeah I love textures :heart:

And now that people pointed it out, the shoulders are bothering me too X.x Maybe more shading is needed there. She is wearing heels, but I see how it's a bit hard to tell since I didn't define the ankles as much as I probably should have. :nod:

Thank you for the detailed comment! :huggle:
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CraftedMusic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The artwork fits with the song wonderfully. Nice job creating that mood. :clap:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thank you very much~ :meow: 
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CraftedMusic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :aww:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
:huggle:
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Drache-Lehre Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a lovely piece. All of the colors fit so nicely together, especially the dress. :aww: I also love the hair style you did, very pretty indeed! :clap:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thank you very much! The hair took quite some time, but it was loads of fun to do~ :D
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Drache-Lehre Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is nice to have fun times isn't it? :meow: You are most welcome. :XD:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
:giggle: :heart:
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MIZZTOLLY Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
:'D its great! you should do more stuff like that!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Aww, thank you very much! :heart: I think I'll try to~ :D
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Project-amy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's awesome! can I learn from this hair for one of my character? ^ ^
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thank you! And sure, go for it~ #1:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
That's a cute dress she is wearing! Haven't done any digital painting lately, but kinda miss it. Maybe one day there will be time again for it.

Love the color scheme and the way you have textured everything. Well done!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thank you! :meow: Yeah, I didn't realize how much I missed it until I was pretty far into this. CSS is lots of fun too, but sometimes I want to do some good ol' digital painting. :D
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Same here!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
:huggle:
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THEAIMANDPS Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! :)
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