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The Last Symphony by carlosferreira-art The Last Symphony by carlosferreira-art
Bat brushes: :iconsagakure: [link]

Smoke brush: [link]

Background: :icongabrielgh:

All the rest is from my stock: :iconobliviate-stock:

I really believe this is so far one of my best manipulations, specially on the skin retouch.





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To start, I think this is a very good idea. The colors and tones are beautiful and your stock and the stock you chose mesh really well together.

The background: The background is very well designed. The circular design of it, from the bats to the smoke, all are placed so that you have a hard time focusing on them instead of focusing on the model. It's really very smart.

The model: The model you chose fits perfectly and the colors of his vest, shirt, tie and hair all are great shades that complement each other and the background. Around the model, you can see a sort-of...lining that looks kind of copy-and-paste-ish. Erasing a little bit more around the model or using the blur/smudge tool could help fix that.

This last comments is more one of personal opinion, but the model looks very painted onto the picture. I like that effect and I also like the pale/pink of his skin. The bow is not on the violin, though, it's being held to the side. I guess that just bothers me personally.

Nice job!!

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RumpelstilzchenRiel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
É mesmo verdade que a música está em tudo - a Terra revolta-se contra a o facto de essa sinfonia ser a última :P Adorei!
carlosferreira-art Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww obrigado pelo favorito e pelo gentil comentário ^^ É essa a ideia, a música é tanto salvação como auto-destruição, é essa a mensagem da imagem, o mundo a colapsar, e ainda assim, o modelo (eu) não larga o violino, ainda que agarrando-o de forma incorrecta, demonstra no olhar a determinação para continuar a tocar a sua melodia ^^ Obrigado novamente pelo comentário :D
RumpelstilzchenRiel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Obrigada pela arte :aww:
Enlal Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Congratulations! You've done a really nice job with this piece. A very unique idea.
You've done a great job on the composition. Thanks to the clever circular construction of the background, the eyes focus automatically on the model. Very well done! You've managed to create an outstanding background.
And as you have mentioned it in the description, your skin retouch is quite well done as well. Gives a smooth and gloomy look, which goes very well with the idea of the image, and the moonlight.
The two things I's like to point out, that you may change or improve are very insignificant, but they could change the whole image.
One is the cutout of the model. You can see a kind of aura all around the model, that is clearly not meant to be there. Not a big issue, and may be easily fixed, however it makes the model stand out way too much, thus ruining the blending.
The second thing would be a small lighting detail. The model doesn't have a shadow, which should be projected on wall by the moon behind him. This is very easy to fix as well, and it would help a lot on with the blending.

Overall the image is beautiful, and has a unique feeling. Very nice work. Once again congratulations :)
carlosferreira-art Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so so much for the comment! I'll keep that in mind and I'll try to improve it on my next manips. The background was a premade, I didn't made it, but overall it started as a "let's manipulate myself for a facebook photo xD" and it turned out I was having much fun with it, so I started to make it more "professionally" :D thanks a lot for the comment again, it means a lot :D
Enlal Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome :)
silentfuneral Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
fantastic job!!:iconorgasmingplz: :icongritoplz:
carlosferreira-art Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, it's an honnor to receive such compliment from one of my favorite artists here! Thank you so so much mate :D
CountessSadistic Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome mano :clap:! :)
carlosferreira-art Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks mana =) :huggle:
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Submitted on
November 2, 2012
Image Size
4.4 MB
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Shutter Speed
1/40 second
Focal Length
22 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 6, 2012, 5:26:26 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows