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November 11, 2012
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Burning Soul by Astrikos Burning Soul by Astrikos
They say eyes are the windows to our souls..

My first photomanipulation in Gimp. Some smoke elements may be changed in the future.

Stock Credits
Beautiful eye: [link]

And The fire [link] here.

Thank you :devpzschostock: and ~shadesofgrey

Was fun to create.

Edit: Restored clarity and stretched flames.
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mangasockattack Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :wave:

I am here on behalf of :iconprojectcomment:'s comment tag. :) My tag was fear.

I really like the idea behind this and the title. I myself am a manipulator (I work with GIMP) and I have some small suggestions for you. Keep in mind, these are all my opinions and you are welcome to disregard or disagree with them as you see fit.

I really like the colours here. You chose some very nice stock, especially the eye. Personally, I would recommend using fire brushes instead of just fire stock. I find that fire brushes offer more opportunities to blend and manipulate the fire as needed. The orange underneath the bottom lash line is heavier towards the pupil and the vanishes towards the back of the eye. I would recommend adding more orange along the entire bottom lash line to even it out a little. The areas without the orange give her a sort of bruised, black-eye effect. I'm not sure if that is what you are going for, but if you use the colour eye dropper tool on her normal skin colour, add a new layer and draw over it with that colour and then play around with the opacity/layer style, you can get rid of some of that.

Inside the eye, the pupil looks very intense and the white around the eye looks cool too. On the eyelid and above, the flames look interesting. They distort some of the lashes on top, which I'm not crazy about, but it looks pretty good. Part of the top of the eye is just a sort of orange and red blur and then it becomes more defined flames as it moves down. To me, this affects the realism. Also, something to keep in mind when you are manipulating an eye is that the eyelid and the skin above the eyelid are different and shouldn't just run together.

Another thing to consider is using a texture. Textures help blend the stock together and if you set them at a low opacity, aren't always completely visible.

I do really like this manipulation and I hope my advice helps!


P.S. Your next tag is STRENGTH
Astrikos Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much! :la: Very insightful!

I might redo it after I finish all the other art projects I have going on.

Lovely comment/ :heart:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful work has been featured here: [link] :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   General Artist
You are amazing!
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU are amazing Ali!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::tighthug::iconflyingheartsplz:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013   General Artist
:glomp: :love:
MikkiC Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
very nice
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   General Artist
Thank yous!
snfidler Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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