I do like it, and i think its a great concept. The depth of field is a nice touch to bring focus, and the girl looks very well rendered into the piece. The only three things that i would work on, first of all, is like *rinkart said, You could Manip the flower to make it look like it is actually attached to her back. Maybe use the Liquify function to "mould" it into a wingy shape. Then have you tried the selective colour function? This tute can explain it better than i can [link] I found it really helps to get the whole thing more realistic looking. And finally, a very small soft blur brush around the outside of the girl always makes it seem like the render is less "Placed" On, and more blended into the background.
But I am so glad to see you manipping again. I hope that Collab will be in the making soon!
Hey my love, thank you so much for your comment.
I will be sure to check out the tut
I wanted the flower to be a flower rather than wings, that was the whole idea. you expect it to be wings, just another fairy pic, but nope it's a flower chillin out on her back hehee.
I know that blending her into the bckground a little more will make it look less like a cut out, but then the idea was that she was in focus. I gues a little more blend around the edges couldn't hurt I had trouble doing that in gimp but it is fine and dandy in p/s.
(Im getting CS3 tommorrow we already have it at school)
Collab: sure, lets take our sweet time with it though and make it a masterpiece I'll keep an eye out for to-die-for stock
There are so many ways of trial and error that develops ones own style. It's little things that i found out by accident that contributes to my own style. dA helped me a lot, and browsing the Photoshop section of Stumbleupon helped me heaps too. There are so many sites out there that offer great advice and tips on manipping, that i could fill an entire page with links. I certainly would never say that my ability warrants critiquing someone else's work, but you have helped me so much in the past, i really want to return all that support.
As for the Collab, Yeah. Time is the biggest factor. It takes me a long time to compete a Manip properly. Especially important is choosing stock. Sometimes though, i see something that just jumps out at me, and i have to use it.. I would be happy with your judgement and go with whatever you find!
I usually like to do my projects all at once, my manips usually take me about 3 hours including stock-searching time
but with a collab obviously i have no issues spreading that time out a lot The main reason i dont do a piece in small increments is because i lose the enthusiasm. working with someone else would eliminate that