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The Ice Queen by Ciuva The Ice Queen by Ciuva
It's done!! I never thought it would happen.

So, after some days of intensive work, a break for intense studying and then dragging myself to the computer to at least finish the wolf today, I finished it. The background isn't super-detailed, because it's... snow. I know snow ain't purple, but come on. White is so boring =P

The thing falling from her hand is snow too, magical snow. There should probably be some reflective lightning here and there, but I'm not sure... As you can see, I took away her shawl from the WIP version - I originally planned to add a cloak of some sort, but ended up with nothing. I think it looks just as good. Probably a bit cold, though.

She is the Ice Queen, the ruler of the icy lands of the north. She is the one that gives the snow, that makes the winter come. Together with her wolf, she walks the land and works her magic. The first snow of the winter, the intense snow storms in the mountains, the icy chill during the winter days.

Too tired for my usual long-winded descriptions (this is pretty long too, but not of the usual kind) so I'll just hope you like it :)
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Kaytara Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the wolf! And you're right, white is boring. Purple rocks.
I only think a more creative hairstyle would've done her good. Or am I just being cliche? :D
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, definitely not cliche, but quite helpful. I fully agree, as usual =P I don't really have much confidence in drawing different hairstyles, unfortunately (which is weird, because I always experiment when I do pencil drawings...)
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Christmaslolly Featured By Owner May 8, 2006
This picture deserves a lot more attention! I love the details you put into this! The fur on the wolf looks superbed! very realistic and flowy, going the right way real fur does. (as in it doesn't all go in one direction put in severeal) The snow powdering his paws was a nicely added detail. The face of the Ice Queen is awsome! Looks like an authentic oil portrait, as if someone were right in front of you when you did the picture.

Next paragraph, so it doesn't hurt your eyes. The detail in the blouse of hers look great! They looks like little sparkles, and you can easily tell its quite tight on her. The folds in her dress look very believeable, as if she's going forward, so the folds would tend to try to go underneath her. The patterns in her sleeves are a detail not missed either.

Now for the background. I think the purplish hue you added to the snow makes it look more magical and prettier, really. White snow can be very boring to draw. The sky is full of mountain clouds, which look realstic and the castle(?) is so detailed, you can easily see the glossiness of it, watching the light bounce off them delicatly.

The magical snow she is producing looks marvelous, although I think it would have looked better without the little 'flakes' added to it, and just little sparkles or a powder of the snow. Otherwise, this was marvelously done! Keep up the grand work, even if you have an art block! :heart:
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Ciuva Featured By Owner May 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the great comment, it has really made my day :)

I agree about the magical snow, the flakes do seem a little unnatural - I am playing with the thought of redoing that part of the picture, although I'm not sure if I can get around to it.

Especially glad you like the wolf, as it was a first-timer for me.
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Tari-Luinwee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
Awesome! i LUV her face and dress!! The wolf looks very cool 2 =) keep up the gd work =D
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :) Especially glad you like the dress, I changed it so many times and never really felt I got it right...
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Tari-Luinwee Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006
ur welcome ^^ the dress is worth ur hard work =D
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vizion80 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I like the wolf and the snow :D
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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ladyshalafae Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006   Digital Artist
some very lovely work here. although the detailing on the bodice throws such stark contrast on how plain the rest of her dress is. but it still looks quite nice.
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes - I wasn't really sure what to do with the rest of the dress, but it looked too plain without the detailing. I thought about adding some more detail on the sleeves, but never got around to it, I guess. Painting dresses is still scary, though :)
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esperali Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
Awesome picture, very nice detail. I like the color of the dress :D
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :) I tried many different colours, I think I like the result myself =P
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Tre-Del Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
Vanvittig flott! Ulven blei knallbra! Og kjolen er utruleg, altså. :clap:
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Takk skal du ha :) Eg er glad for at eg bestemte meg for å forandre på kjolen i siste liten (eller at eg i det heile tatt gadd å gjere det ferdig, for den saks skyld...) :D
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Tre-Del Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
Eg synes du er flink. :)
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JyrelRain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Wow! This is one of your best works yet. The wolf is really nice (well, the whole thing is really well done :)). All that work sure did pay off :D
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :) Glad you like it. And thanks a lot for the fav as well!
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Zaiye Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Student
I really like the snow. :D I'm glad you didn't do it white because the snow would reflect the sky. :)
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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kittyloveyoukitty Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006
needles to say; it's really good work, i like it :)
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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pulbern Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful! I think you made the right choice changing the color of the snow to purple...it adds to everything...I love her hands and how their holding certain things like the staff. The shading on the dress/cloak/robe is stunning! I love it! aaaaaaand then there's a wolf!?! wow, love the eye's and the fur on him...AND I love the his big paws and nose and ears...everything is just right! the porportions are good...wow...and I thought you said you were just starting to paint bodies!?!?! this looks like your a seasoned pro! :D
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Aww, thanks :hug: I used a lot of reference for the wolf's pose, but I'm really relieved I managed to get the fur good. I've never ever painted fur before. I worked hard on this one though, and I think the arms of the woman have been moved around to nearly all possible angles before I found the right one =P Same thing with the dress. Glad it works with the purple - the background colour of the WIP was purple, so I decided to work from that colour. Wouldn't seem right to then take the colour away when everything was adjusted to it.
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L130053 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Hiccup* :O_o:

I am stunned.
It is absolutley amazing.
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D And thanks a lot for the fav too :hug:
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Tattersail Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks great, I like the colours you've used, and the wolf's fur is really well done:)
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. It's the first time I've painted a wolf, so I'm glad it turned out okay :)
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Tattersail Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, your first time?!..that's impressive
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Daseinhorn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
I agree, this is the best work I have seen from you so far. Reminds me of that track from Within Temptation, which is, ironically, one of your favourites..!
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot. I don't think I've ever put as much work into a picture before. And to think this was a picture I nearly gave up in an early stage... :) Kinda cool about that track =P
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
*dies*

Yes, you did in fact kill me. :lol:

It's just....stunning!!! Omg! Your best ever! I wish I could fav it a million times! Please post some closeups! wooo! lol, I know you were onto somthing even from the 1st stages. :)

A really well done.
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're dead, how do you write the comment? Are you a ghost now? :O_o:

Thank you :hug: I will post some close-ups soon :) I'm just so glad I didn't give up on this pic that first day I started it, it really didn't seem to become any good out of it. (One of the times I'm actually happy I was wrong =P )
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
lol, I'm a zombie...like my old MSN pic. ;p
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I remember that one. Except that it's so long since I've been on MSN that I still remember it as "the new one". If I'm thinking of the right one, of course =P
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CalimaX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006
lol, yup....;p
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Tzenda Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006   Digital Artist
Wow, nice job! I love the way you did her dress, and the wolf is also really well done. :3
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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