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A Cold and Terrible Beauty by MelissaFindley A Cold and Terrible Beauty by MelissaFindley
For *mizzd-stock's Winter themed contest.

Model: :iconmizzd-stock: [link]

Corel Painter IX
(some photobrush work for textures on the gown, thank heavens ice storms are good for something, eh?)

I've been wanting to paint this character for awhile. I did a sketch of her awhile back [link] and modified it a little when painting. I really liked that particular stock image from Mizzd's gallery. Please full view for details.

Someday, I'd love to see that costume actually made...
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:icontrainscribbler:
TrainScribbler Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so beautiful, she's amazing
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:iconmarazul45:
Marazul45 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!
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:icona-quest-of-scales:
A-Quest-Of-Scales Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
This is... this is perfection. There's such an amazing feel to it. In fact she feels almost real. I adore every aspect of this from the background, to the character, her mask and her dress... my gods her dress. I don't want to even think of how much work you must of put into this but it's absolutely inspiring.
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:iconangelvex:
Angelvex Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh pretty! Love the mask!
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:iconindigowild:
IndigoWild Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have featured this amazing art here [link] :rose:
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:iconsenelfy:
Senelfy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is so inspiring! It's absolutely stunning ^-^
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:iconmizzd-stock:
mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
You have been featured here;
:pointr: [link]

And happy holidays + Lucia Day!
:santa: :holly:
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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:iconerrantdreams:
ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
SO icily stunning.
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:iconjoannamoory:
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Gorgeous execution!
I love especially the hair and the gown.

Fav*
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:iconbellatrixblacksnape:
BellatrixBlackSnape Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
I featured this in my journal, I hope you don't mind...:)
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:icondinfreal:
Dinfreal Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
great art :) I specialy love her mask ^^
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:icondrawandquartered:
DrawandQuartered Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Another gorgeous piece of art. I'm so amazed with the beautiful detail in her dress....cool mask too!
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:iconravynfaire:
ravynfaire Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the mask on her.
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:iconnekroxiii:
NekroXIII Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
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:iconmizzd-stock:
mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Hello!

I just featured you in the first News article of a series of tributes to artists that have used my stock:

My Favorites Made With My Stock: Digital Paintings [link]

:blowkiss:
Ida
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate it. It makes a nice bright spot in an otherwise rotten morning.

Some days I wonder why I both painting. It's good to know it appreciated by some.
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:iconmizzd-stock:
mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Very welcome, I enjoy so much that people can find inspiration in my stock and your works are in the very top artistically,
and that work will soon brighten up my home as well :aww: :love:
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:iconalinepotter-stock:
AlinePotter-stock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
[link]

;)
Congratulations!
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:iconsweetangel1:
sweetangel1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
congrats of winning the contest :D :clap:
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:iconjunkbyjen:
JunkbyJen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
:wave: Hi! This image has been featured in my news article Digital - Friday Favorites - 1st Edition Thanks!
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:iconnicolesweetbutterfly:
This one looks fantastic. Cold..and sooooo beautiful. :kiss:
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:iconimaginedmoments:
ImaginedMoments Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Wow, this is phenomenal! Bravo!
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:iconsparrowsflame:
SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I'm getting cold just looking at it! I love everything about it. Her fingernails stand out as one thing that I like. Great dress! :D All around a wonderful piece!
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Simply amazing!
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:iconcwicseolfor:
cwicseolfor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
(Should still be doing other things, but your art usually drags me out of such a sensible state...)

I was dithering over whether to ask your permission to fan-mask, until I realized that it was one of :usermizzd-stock:'s, and thus that the mask is (kinda, sorta) based on one by Morgan Hersey. Damn. However - nice work on the cheek drops, I did something recently that I haven't been able to post yet due to a camera mishap.

LOVE the gown design. The neckline kills me, the organic eaten texture of the lace, and of course all the minute detail - the hem of the bodice, her earrings. I'm a sucker for an off-the-shoulder gown paired with a choker*, and the lower edge not only matches the line of the lace well at this angle, but would at any. The pointed, sepal-like motif across all edges is beautiful.

Mask, as so many others have commented, is elegantly designed and lovely (I like it rather better than the original). The hint of a brow would be expressive, even at that narrow breadth. The drop across the cheek would be perfectly placed, and the lines would flow well. The depiction is delicate, positively gorgeous, and works well against the wearer's browline and those startling birds'-eyes. It suits her perfectly, from the feather-suggestive hairpiece to the talonlike nails. I can't help but be curious where she's going, or where she's been...

*Had one planned for Halloween, and, that eternal enemy to all creativity, Classwork, got in the way...
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:icondrakenborg:
Drakenborg Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You got my vote!!
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:iconlinranae:
linranae Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Beautiful painting. You did a great job illustrating the snowy, cold feeling. Her dress is lovely too :)
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:iconcaelicorn:
Caelicorn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The textures are absolutely lovely Melissa!
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
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:iconaeenchantment:
AEenchantment Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
oh wow i love it, beautiful work
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:iconhabitualflippancy:
HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. The outfit is splendid, and her expression, perfect.
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:iconmonyoh:
MoNyOh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
surelly you win! this piece is amazing! :clap:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
This is lovely. She reminds me of the Snow Queen and just a bit of C.S. Lewis' Jadis.
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:iconjenna-rose:
Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This deviation has been featured in my journal [link] and in this news article [link] , both for wintery/snowy features!

If you'd rather not be featured, just let me know and I will remove your piece asap.
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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:iconjenna-rose:
Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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:iconbubbles79:
bubbles79 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
amazing job.....she looks totally dead cold!
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:iconathlinia:
athlinia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
very beautiful work! the title reflects her appearence nicely :)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
:drool:


Best of luck in the comp sweety!!!! :hug:

*makes pattern notes* :eyes:
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
That's right! You make costumes. :D If you want to try your hand at it, be my guest. I'd love to see it in 3D.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
you're as bad as a plot bunny lol I may have a go at some point :)
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:iconravenlady:
RavenLady Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007   Writer
*sits with mouth gapping wide*

This is just divine.
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:iconquickreaver:
quickreaver Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Pretty pretty!
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:iconrivenliether:
RivenLiether Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Wow. Nicely done. I love the soft colors, how the skirts sort of fade into each other, and the depth the picture has because of the falling snow.
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:iconladyfireoak:
ladyfireoak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
:ahoy:

She's just like her title. The face is very well done and, as everyone has already noted, that mask is great.
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:iconaviarianna:
Aviarianna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning, definitely. I especially love her mask.
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:iconjadedangeloflight:
JadedAngelofLight Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
I love the mask and how the dress has an intentional tattered/layered elegant feel to it.
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:iconinnerserendipity:
Innerserendipity Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
This is just gorgeous! Fabulous work!!
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:iconterrauh:
Terrauh Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really awesome! instant fav'
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