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Un Coeur en Hiver by Acaciathorn Un Coeur en Hiver by Acaciathorn
Entry for *HisanaKuchiki's contest~

The picture is of her character, Hiso Noriko. I chose to depict her in a winter setting because of her detached, emotionless air. She interests me because she obviously wasn't always such a cold person; at one point in her life, she must have been joyful and loving. The frost creeping onto her body represents her unhappiness, and the title "a heart in winter", speaks to her inability to break out of her frozen state. At the same time, the imagery presents a hopeful picture, because with ice comes the possibility of melting, and with winter comes the promise of eventual spring. Who knows...maybe someday someone will come along to help her thaw out a little ;P

With this image, I worked closely from the reference material to try to get skin shading/lighting/etc right (really, I should be doing this more often anyway, since it's a great learning tool). And yet, I still had trouble with the ice and getting the face/hair to look realistic. Oh well, you win some, you lose some, right?

Anyway, enjoy my foray into painterly-stuff. It won't happen again any time soon :XD:

Character (c) *HisanaKuchiki
Art (c) =Acaciathorn
Brushes: meldir.deviantart.com/art/snow… by ~meldir
Ref: i109.photobucket.com/albums/n7…
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the detail in the kimono, and her facial features. Looks really good! :D
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shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:dummy:
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design of the dress that she's wearing as well as the style of her hair. The background looks so pretty too! :hug:
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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MasterZutaraFan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student
The love how soft it is compared to most of your work. It looks great!
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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KumoriNinja08 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Her entire outfit and appearance are both very stunning and beautiful <33 Well done~
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks hun!
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onisuu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I love her eyes! :D
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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GypsyJadu24 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully done! A great venture forth into the world of semi-realism, indeed.
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow:
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Saiko-FVD Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, I love this!
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconomgsocuteplz:
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EiraSenam Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Whoa, beautiful... Also, that's an impressive amount of thought you put behind it :)
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is totally rad, Miss Mara. I think about working without the sharp black lines, and i panic.

Do you tablet or mouse?
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tablet, of course! :#1:
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really? Damn.

I need to try one of those someday. When people find out that i use a mouse, they look at me like i just said that i made my drawings by smearing feces and animal blood on a cave wall.
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:

I have a whooooooole new respect for your art, man. Using a mouse is HARD work.
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Chronorin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really?

Good god, what am i missing out on....
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HisanaKuchiki Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you Marachan :love: Good luck in it^^!
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