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Vagalume -F.L. Series- by Staldren Vagalume -F.L. Series- by Staldren
You can find out how to achieve that light effect here: [link]

Second work and third warrior from Forgotten Legend. Vagalume (Wandering Fire / Light).

In this work I have used everything I know about shading, lighting, blending and color matching. The background is not very detailed because I wanted to center all the attention on the character. The core of the piece is in her eyes (multiple lights added) and the most difficult part was designing her clothes (made from a blanket, joining and deforming pieces), can't remenber how many hours I worked to make those clothes look natural. Some other accesories were added, blended and shaded to give more personality to the work. The photo already had a light coming from the left side, and the shadow (yep, on the opposite side), I used that, making the lights and shadows stronger, applying the same effect on the other objects. Smudge tool was slighty applied (manually) on the whole piece to "upgrade resolution -1-", BUT, this time the smudging was very, very reduced to prevent blurriness (1 pixel Z + 1 pixel Y offset). You can still spot some blurry sectors, without affecting the quality more than the previous grainyness. I am Improving my techniques (woohoo!).

-1- Actually, there is no way to upgrade resolution, some grainyness can be removed by using the smudge tool manually, in very short ranges, as I mentioned before: 1Z + 1Y offset (with more than 2 pixels you will get too much blurriness), without touching edges. This is much better than Smart Blur filter, you just have to be very careful with the edges, and of course, you need a lot of patience.

These works wouldn't be possible without the excellent stock and tools provided.


Vagalume and accesories: *lockstock
Background: *resurgere

Tools: PhotoShop 7

En este trabajo usé todos mis conocimientos sobre sombreado, iluminación, mezclado y combinación de colores. El fondo no está muy detallado porque quería centrar toda la atención en el personaje. El centro de la pieza está en sus ojos (se agregaron múltiples luces) y la parte más difícil de trabajar fue la ropa (hecha de una manta, juntando y deformando piezas). Ya no recuerdo cuántas horas pasé tratando de hacer que esas ropas se vieran naturales. Se agregaron algunos otros accesorios, se mezclaron y sombrearon para dar más personalidad al trabajo. La foto ya tenía una luz que venía de la izquierda, y sombra (al lado opuesto, claro), usé eso a mi favor haciendo las luces y las sombras más fuertes, y luego aplicando el mismo efecto en la ropa y accesorios. La herramienta smudge fue usada levemente (en forma manual) en toda la pieza para mejorar algunas texturas de baja resolución, PERO, esta vez el uso de esta herramienta fue muy, muy reducido para prevenir alguna borrosidad (1 pixel Z + 1 pixel Y de desface). Aun se pueden hallar algunos sectores borrosos, que no afectan la calidad del trabajo más que el granulado previo. Estoy mejorando mis técnicas (woohoo!).

(1) En realidad no hay forma de aumentar la resolución, el granulado se puede remover usando el Smudge manualmente, en trazos muy cortos, como mencioné antes: 1Z + 1Y de desface (con más de dos pixeles empieza a ser excesiva la borrosidad), sin tocar los bordes. Esto es mucho mejor que el filtro Smart Blur, solo debes cuidar los bordes, y porsupuesto, tener mucha paciencia.

No sería posible realizar estos trabajos sin el excelente material y herramientas proporcionadas.
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Kavernicola Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all your work is very beautiful
ejceman Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just learning , so I'm just looking... I got QUITE a ways to go . I don't even know the terms , but I be for finding out
FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there :wave:
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agnijith Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful...
VesperAgain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Breathtaking. She looks like a warrior who was once a gentle, innocent girl, but has put the past firmly behind her. Her innocent features remain, but they have a determined, harsh quality about them now. She seems to have been caught having a sudden, unexpected and sad flashback. The clothes are beautiful, and so is the background.

I have one thing to say though. The light that is streaming from the ray is not parallel to the rest. Otherwise, breathtaking.
rhunel Featured By Owner May 14, 2008   General Artist
Wow, gorgeous! One to definitely watch!
damer46514 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
thise is a greeet pictur love the lighting the clothes all of it
MiraLu Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Wow, this is truly beautiful, and I really appreciate all the info you wrote on the work you did!
natyismyhero Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Her lips make her look a little like Drew Barrymore!!! Love the pic!!!
Al-Kabeer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Excellent work!
retrocat Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic dress!
PSYXXARTS Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work!
remey Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
absolutely stunning. :D
maryofmagdala Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2006
:jawdrop: You mean the model wasn't wearing those clothes? They look amazing!
FollowMeThrough Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005   Photographer
That looks a lot like Drew Barrymoore.
lothtm01 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
thats what i first thought too
Secular Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
I just love your work
So amazing, so pure, so beautiful... It is a dream ..
tartanmartin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2005
your work is as stunning as the model...
andygee Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2004  Professional Photographer
se puede ver el "antes" de tu trabajo?
Andramalech Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
astonishing work man... totally speechless..
cappy-a51 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
man, I just found the same piece of stock you used to make this, and I must say, your skills with a brush are amazing cause she don't look that good in the stock photo......wanna do some touch up on a pic of this ugly chick I'm dating...LOLOLOLOL
Kristinopolis Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2004
hahahhahhahah your improving your technique??? whos needs models when people like you can create em even more perfect.. hahahahhahaa damn this is deffinintly the best picture ive seen on DA as far as realism. just beautiful
bonnita Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2004
how did you do that dress, it's perfect
Straga Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is beautiful, I love it when I see artists using models to work with, it's so much more real, I'm not partial to CG art but I have to say this one is spectacular of itself.
Wonderful work! :)
The-Real-Roach Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004   Digital Artist
very soft work man , looks all warm and soft :D its liek yad love to hug her but the sword is scary lol :D great work man
IconicImagery Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004  Professional Writer
Have to add this one cause not only is she a dA mate of mine -- but the image itself is fantastic!!! My mind is working overtime to figure out how you did this...

Just really stunning -- I cant find enough of the right words so better stop here

A serious fav


brad-t Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Digital Artist
I think this is my favorite one in your gallery. All your work is incredible. I am in your workgroup, but I feel unworthy to critique your work... You are an excellent artist, just keep it up.
theKONman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
this is definitely a :+fav: you've really done a great job on the eyes...they're full of life.
its an absolutely brilliant piece. way to go :salute:
Elvive Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
:O it's gorgeous!
MelGama Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect! :clap: To my favs... :hug:
Endelva Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Professional Photographer
It is fantastic! I stand amazed! You are one of the most talented people I have ever came across!
silent-reverie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2004
You've got everything nailed on this piece! Beautiful lighting and colours and a wonderful atmosphere. If I didn't know any better I would have thought you painted the whole thing. The cloths and accessories look seamless on her :D
This has got to be you best work so far!! ;)
syrenemyst Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. the detail is awesome, but the clothing... I can't even begin to say how wonderfully real it looks.. Fabulous job!!! :+fav:
crimsonfaerie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2004
Wow, this is absolutely incredible. You are amazing!
dryade Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
:faint: :!:

MelissaGriffin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW....:omg:...I LOVE this....:+fav:

Angel-17-Serenity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
wow this is really beautiful! Yes, other people have said it already but it has to be brought out. Her lips and her clothes are just gorgous! Really, she looks so, I don't know powerful. I don't know if this is what you were going for but she also looks somewhat sad. But it makes it a very powerful image. I love that her hair is red too........ hardly any models today have red hair. All together, the whole picture is great! I love your warriors. They are just so cool! Deffinatly a fav!
CelticBeauty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
I love the colors! Especially how those lips contrast and stand out! Beautiful and powerful and magical. Great texture...amazing job again!!!

;) Eva gonna use mah stock again? :D ~ CelticStock *subtlety* :giggle:
Staldren Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
Working with your stock right now. :fingerscrossed: :#1:
CelticBeauty Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
:boogie: :D
squishykittie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
:wow: :wow: :wow:
claremanson Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cinfuldragon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004
WOW. That's really beautiful! O.O

I love the clothes... your time was well-spent indeed.

Wow.. I can't thing of anything more to say other than it's BEAUTIFUL. Great job!!
Tear-Drop-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2004
Nice wrk i like it!
Leila-scarletdemon Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
picture this 'me sitting here, just cruisin, I decide to have a look at this pic...:omfg: my mouth drops open. WOW!'

I actually literally mean that, and its kinda embarrassing cause I'm sitting in the computer room at school... so yes.. lots of people saw my mouth drop open.

what can I say..... wow!......:wow:...:omfg: ....she has gorgeous lips doesn't she.... oh and man I love her garment, you've made her look mythical and so very beautiful.
I actually literally worship you my dear :worship::worship::worship::worship::worship:
plumbage Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
Excellent image! Great colours :)
feel free to visit my gallery too at [link] ;)
FahrSkyWise Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004


I mean! XD
wooow! :P
nice! the light almost make her look like an angel.. :D
Great job! It looks very cool, especially her eyes and clothes!
lockstock Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
Wow! The clothing looks perfect! I'm very impressed!
shanrelle Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
This is beautiful......she looks so powerful and you did such a wonderful job on the lighting..I love the compostion of this piece and the light reflecting in her eyes....incredible work.
savann Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004   Digital Artist
Is that demi-moor. sure looks like it. But anywas, the work, it's fantastic!
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