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The Golden Kingdom by Claudia-SG The Golden Kingdom by Claudia-SG
2010. Photoshop CS4 and wacom Intuos4.

No reference used.

Textures and brushes by me.

This illustration has been realized for the upcoming book ALIA6 Sol Levante 2011, out on February.
I worked in 2008 for this book series, but I'm not that happy with the old pictures, so don't ask me o show them here! :no:

This time, I had to illustrate a wonderful short tale, "The Golden Kingdom", written by the Japanese fantasy writer Reiko Hikawa.
This is a weird ghost (?) story about a strange doll and its owner, a vintage stuff collector. The doll is so perfect that seems alive and...wait, I can't reveal you everything ahah! :D

So, this work is inspired by the bjd dolls to recall Japanese culture, even if the little puppet isn't a bjd, probably she is closer to a porcelain or a bisque old doll. Anyway, to do something in my way, I've imagined that that puppet coming out a frame, just to put it into a strange mood and atmosphere. So it should be a sort of "painting window" hanging in a old wall. All colors are warm and autumnal, because of the title I suppose...to be sincere, I love warm lights reflecting in pale skin, and this time I had the occasion to experiment porcelain skin tones. :aww:
Oh, last but not least the printed version will be in gray-scale, so enjoy the colors here! ;p

And now it's sure as hell: I absolutely :love: :heart: my new Intuos4!
Oh and with photoshop it's sooo simple to do laces (I'm still perking from my last traditional piece "Nine Tips" :XD:)

Ok I think that's all for now...you know, if you have any further questions, I'm here! :meow:

Bye and enjoy it! :w00t:
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, you are featured in my journal :) [link]
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
:aww: thank you! Very nice features...:heart:
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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vivi-art Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011   Digital Artist
superb!!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks! :aww:
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vivi-art Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011   Digital Artist
;)
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DaniaArts Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Digital Artist
This beautiful artwork is featured in my journal [link] :heart: :iconcocoloveplz:
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
thank you! :huggle:
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Desu1PL Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Writer
It's ... It's ... omg I don't know what to say.
I love such arts! So gloomy, beautiful and mysterious.
*+fav*
It's amazing - Ehh... I just don't know what to say :D
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:blush: thank you so much....you're sooo nice! :aww:
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Desu1PL Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Writer
I just said what I thought whe I saw this.
How did you do that?
(If you find some mistakes - I'm sorry ; I'm not American or English... I'm from Poland) ^ ^"
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
don't worry about mistakes, I'm italian ehehe...:D
hem, do you mean how I made the illustration? Well, I started from a pencil sketch, then I scanned it and finally I painted it with Photoshop...;)
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Desu1PL Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010   Writer
Photoshop - magical word. The name of the minority of programs I don't know how to use xD
Gr8 job :D
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D it's a matter of practice obviously...
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:icondesu1pl:
Desu1PL Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Writer
So I have really bad, bad practice... ;p
No matter!
Keep working! :D
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MissTrisi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!!
I admire you that you can even mastering the digital medias as well, like the traditional.*____*
Big LOVE!:D
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
ehehe thank you sweetie, it's a matter of practise...;p
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silentfuneral Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010   Digital Artist
:clap: This is AWESOME :clap: :love: :worship:
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you sooo much! :love:
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MelanieMaterne Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your fabulous work is featured in my journal [link]

:iconcocoloveplz:
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
waaaa thank you! :blushes:

:blowkiss:
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:iconmitia-arcturus:
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Photographer
so intense...!!!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
:aww:
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Photographer
You are welcome dear Scarlet...!!!
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!I'm in love with the warm,autumn tones!!:heart:
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I love these colors too...:heart:
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Featured here [link] =D
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
waaa thank you! :heart:
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NKVGBD Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
welcome :rose:
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Miamora Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student Writer
this is incredible, the colours, the detail, she looks so sweet and full of life, her eyes, the light...
wierdly though my favourite part is the laughing face engraved in the wood. it seems so devious, big contrast to her expression, can only describe it as innocent.
love it!!!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh wow, thank you sooo much, I'm so glad you like it! :heart:
Yes the face on the wood must be devious, because of the whole story!
:glomp:
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FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there :wave:
Your work is featured in my journal. If it bothers you in any way, let me and I will remove it.
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
:omg: oh wow darling, thank you so much for the feature, and absolutely no problem with it!
Thanks again!

:kiss: :glomp:
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FrozenStarRo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:aww: :hug:
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martinacecilia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
oddio e' inquietantissimooo! :heart:
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
ahahah ma davvero? :omg:
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aniarozCR Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
So beautiful
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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aniarozCR Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
You're welcome :)
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the colors!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
:aww: thank you!
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yncubo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Ormai sei diventata una maga con la digital art, é meraviglioso Scarlet, di una qualità impressionante!
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Troppo buona cara Yama, troppo buona :glomp: :heart:...non sono ancora soddisfattissima in verità, vorrei sperimentare altre cose... :constipated:
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yncubo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Fai bene, puntare sempre al meglio! So che arriverai come sempre a soprenderci (questa frase è un po' assiomica XD)

baci
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
ahahah grazie tesoro...sai, il fatto è che mi piacerebbe arrivare ad un certa personalità anche nella colorazione digitale, che aimhè per quanto siano belle e sempre in evoluzione le texture, i pennelli personalizzabili, etc, etc, manca sempre quel "non so che" per dire "ah cavolo! E' proprio lei/lui (la sua mano)!" (questo per quanto riguarda me stessa ovviamente, alcuni ci sono riusciti!). Mi piacerebbe cercare di ricreare l'effetto tecnica mista che uso col tradizionale: in parte l'acrilico già c'è, ma le mie amate "matite colorate" in digitale mi sembrano un'impresa quasi impossibile...bene, il mio obiettivo sul digitale è proprio questo, è trovare quel "non so che"! ;p
Ovviamente: risultati sempre e comunque con tanto tanto esercizio e tentativi (più riusciti o meno)...:D
Grazie mille ancora per l'immensa fiducia, spero verrà ripagata! :)
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yncubo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Credo di aver compreso cosa intendi...anche se devo dire che io ti riconosco molto in questi lavori in ogni caso ^^.
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
ma davvero? :O
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yncubo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
si, non so come spiegare ma è qualcosa che sta priprio nel tuo modo di creare le forme, i tuoi disegni sono molto armoniosi, non aguzzi, non pungono, boh...non arrivo a spiegarlo bene. Prendi questo, appena lo guardo ho una forte sensazione di morbidezza, ma anche di calore, di pienezza, nel colore, nella luce...anche quando i tuoi disegni tendono a tonalità più fredde come quello sull'anoressia. Forse è questo che mi permette di riconoscerti.
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Claudia-SG Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:blush: :tighthug: ma io ti farei una statua se fossi capace!
Grazie, tu non immagini davvero che significhi tutto ciò...:heart:
Grazie, grazie e grazie! :love: (ti voglio tanto bene!)
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