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-Iseult- by RiEile -Iseult- by RiEile
I've started her in December '12 and surely there are plenty of things I would've done differently if I had to start her now. But here she is, nightly feminine and heavily exposed notwithstanding her needle-ish armor. And I like how her face came out.

She was a double for this guy 
-My Younger Brother- by RiEile
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SamuelSama Featured By Owner Edited Sep 11, 2016   Writer

The detail in this is pretty fantastic. Just, wow. I can see pretty much every wood chip on the tree trunk and every little bit of fur along her cloak. It's also rather creepy, seeing her just jut out of the tree like that. And having those tree branches with the thick pine needles coming out of her fingers and arms is morbidly beautiful. The shading in the background is really nice. Makes the forest look dark, ominous, and maybe full of more creatures like this one? Having it fade out of sight in the darkness was pretty brilliant. Really keeps up with the style and tone that at least I've made for it in my head.

I would've appreciated a little bit more shading on her in particular. There's not a lot of depth to her, aside from under her chin and her left bicep. Her right arm, for instance, seems like it should be covered with a bit more shadow, not only it being a bit father in the background, but also because of the tree branches in front of it. Her bosom also seems to have pretty much no shading around it. Not that they need to be super detailed and have a really dark shading, but with the way her breasts press against the bark of the tree, there would be a small shadow behind them. I also feel like perhaps her ear a little too far down her jawline?

The textures all throughout really bring this piece to life. It adds a lot to the mood and overall style, as well as making the whole thing look all the more striking and creepy. Really great work on the snow, too. I also like how the face turned out -- the proportions are all there and well established. This whole piece looks awesome! Wonderful job!
RiEile Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Thank you for the critique!
You are absolutely right about the contrast of the shading: it is always a problem if you start with shading a character and then put them on a high contrast background.(
Btw, her ears are covered with pine cones in her hair, so there is no ear O_O
robovelociraptor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!  this is an incredibly interesting piece and the amount of detail in this is crazy! :o (Eek)   amazing job!! :D (Big Grin) 
SukizukiIzuna Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
On behalf of Project Comment , 
I am privileged to give constructive comments on your artwork.
One of my first impressions of this image was imagining myself lost in the woods and this lovely lady popped out and lent me a helping hand. I thought it was a magical experience and if she were to be real, I would absolutely be honored to meet her in person. 
I love how the contrast goes within the picture but it was a bit difficult for me to picture out the entire image at first glance. I literally said, "What is this?" and figuring out the image a few seconds later. 
I forgot what that tree is called (lol) but the leaves on upper portion aren't quite shaded (Apologies for my interpretation if I were mistaken.) Well, I figured if the light doesn't quite shine on those areas, I thought I should make them a bit darker. Also, the background of the leaves on the lower portion should be a bit darker, I guess, just to highlight the leaves.
Overall, I like the general composition of the image. I really wish she's real and we could talk about stuff and such. But that's just me and my fantasies. XD Great artwork! :)

Best regards,
Sukizuki Izuna
RiEile Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
Thank you for your comment!
I've tried to draw some kind of a pine tree. I thought of making the needles on the upper part on the tree light against the 'negative' of the night sky and on the lower part 'positive'  - dark - against the white snow. Although I do agree that the light is quite artificial on this image.

Have you ever read the story of Tristan and Iseult?
DSegno92 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My eyes seem to lose the trail trying to follow what is tree and what is woman...until they realize it's both!
TheFandomPerson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
I really like how elaborate this is and it seems to have a meaning. I can't quite figure it out, but I really enjoy the art!
MCN51FJ Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
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Now this seems like a mastery of the sketch style. The woman in the tree looks very well detailed and personally appears rather possessed due to the whites in her eyes. The pose she is in makes her appear as if she trying to blend in or hide from others. Also, the dress or corset she is wearing that is also merging with the tree itself looks perfect as well as the snow on her branches. As the for the tree, it also looks very well detailed and the bark on it with a few of its skin peeled off is a very nice touch. Overall, this picture looks amazing and very well detailed, hard considering that sketching would require a lot of erasing. Also, due to this being started a while back, it shows how far you've come as an artist. Great job.
RiEile Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016
...and a lot of fixative
DarkLiminality Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Great drawing!
ulltraz Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
fantastic job!!!Love 
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
A tree full of fantasy!...Lovely!!
MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your picture has been featured here as a deviation of the week in :icontreelovers:. Congratulations! :icontreehuggerplz:
Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really is amazing! 
No-Love-Allowed Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I am ipressed, your work is amazing and beautiful! 
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MoonShinersDaughter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Your work is truly masterful. I really admire your skills at shading and detailing, as well as solidity of the composition as a whole. 
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