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Winter 2012 ID by illeity Winter 2012 ID by illeity
Okay, so I cheated and used "IF: Sky" for my ID, with some slight modifications. :)

Granted, I've always planned on having a new ID for the Autumn/ Winter months of 2012 and "IF: Sky" was appropriate for the goal. So here it is :D
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PanicatsPhantasie Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like this version even more, maybe because it's darker/has more contrast?
The poem is very beautiful - sounds like a cloud taking you for a ride blown away from the wind.
illeity Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Digital Artist
I couldn't make it darker :) If I did, the mountains that I really liked would disappear from the BG (And I really lucked out in making those mountains convincing :)
I LOVE these kinds of "the journey of life we take" poems. I snap them up the moment I find one :) And of course, I love winter :)

Does it snow over there? :)
PanicatsPhantasie Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah that sucks if you don't work with greyscale and color later!
I never have enough colour-variations... do you use 8bit or 16?
I guess because of all the darkness in my pictures there is hardly any detail visible I add xD
How do you find those poems? I mean, just reading poem books, surfing through the web or what? 3

YES! Snow! And suddenly it's freakin' cold!!!!
I have to get out all the winter clothes and wear pullover over pullover because I can't stand the cold!
But the snow disappeard pretty fast... it still needs to get colder so that the snow stays :)
illeity Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Oops, duplicate link :)

One Another's Light:
illeity Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Digital Artist
I use 8bit :) If I use 16-bit I don't think my laptop can handle it anymore :)
Ever since our discussion on that painting style I haven't tried out that method yet (Grayscale first then color in). I guess I'm a digital traditionalist :) I like the feel of the color blending with the others; feels natural for me :)

As for the poems, I just get lucky. Finding a poem you really like is rare.
I found Housman's poem XXXII here: [link], but to be honest I don't remember how I got there =P
Here's another one: One Another's Light. This is my Top 1 poem, my close, personal, life-long favorite.

I'm gonna watch a snowfall one day. You can count on it :)
PanicatsPhantasie Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My documents get over 1gb pretty fast with 16bit and short after it - the psd doesn't open anymore :/
There is some kind of limitation... I had to redraw a whole picture because of that -__- At least I had a copy from the first steps!
I like to work directly with colours too but there are some scenes where it's more comfortable with greyscale.
It's perfect if you master the "difficult" coloration first to have a general feel for colour and light! Working in greyscale is easier after this I guess.

You are the master of english aren't you? The poems use pretty uncommon words and I had to look up some of them xD
But these poems are really lovely. One Another's light reminds me of this speech of Nelson Mandela (which I love): [link]

Better be in the snowy mountains for that! This is pure magic!
illeity Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   Digital Artist
1gb? Seriously?! :) Mine just reaches close to 80mb- 100mb. But do you need the extra colors? 8-bit is usually fine for most people.
I think that's why Black and White photos look so nice :) It's the subject at it's simplest: form and light :)

Well, there's a funny story to my English ability. I speak more Tagalog (my 1st language) but I'm really good in English when I'm writing it. I have no idea why :) As for knowing the uncommon words, it's more an intuitive ability from reading lots of books and Shakespeare. It helps a lot :)

Mean! You're making me envious of your Austrian mountain snowfalls! :D
PanicatsPhantasie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I guess it's because I use like thousand layers and different textures xD
In my case I'm often not satisfied. I'm not sure... I mean the crappy jpg/png whatever I export at the end always looks crappier than my psd file (of course it does but THAT much?!)
Some colours just disappear! For example, I can see a lot of more details on the "Varia as Red Riding Hood" picture, where there's only black on dA! D:<
I hate the compression of the web >__<

I love the english language and as soon as I got my kindle paperwhite (hoping for christmas) I'm going to get all the classics too 3!!!

Don't worry! Snow in the town is not that nice! I'm not in the magic snowy mountains either xD
Here the snow easy evolves to snow slush! And then it's just wet, disgusting and getting on everybodys nerves!^^
illeity Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh man, I myself get worried when I use more and more layers.

As for the color shifts, I totally get you there. It has something to do with the color profiles you use when you paint, the color profile used on the JPG saved, then the browser being used. Even Windows uses a different profile for its Picture Viewer!!! It's really obvious when I use pink/ violet on my painting. It's painfully complicated and even up to now I don't understand it fully.

A Kindle! Nice :) Oh I feel there's gonna be a whole new world that will open up when you get it. You'll be downloading books like crazy :D

Haha :D, you're just being nice :) Yeah, it gets into slush, but I'm sure there are days when it's really nice out.
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Mister-23 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
So is there so methodical way you chose your poetry and how you find it?
illeity Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Digital Artist
I found this one poem over the net last year, I think. I liked it so I kept it. The same goes for quotations. Other times, I deliberately apply my Google-fu skills to find quotes that match the topic at hand.

I think the only process that's methodical for me is that the quote should at the very least be properly sourced. There's too many misattributed quotes being misused out there and I don't want to contribute to the chaos. Adding quotes is a recent trend that started with Burning Low -aftermath-. I realized it gives extra oomph to the comic stories so I continued with it up to now.
Mister-23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Sounds like a good plan to me.
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