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Gazing Up by neko490 Gazing Up by neko490
I've always wondered what the sky must have looked like before artificial lighting polluted the night.


I took photos during the whole process and explained how I used a popular watercolor technique with this piece: [link]
{pencil, watercolors, white acrylic and white colored pencil}
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ghostyheart Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous and a very true sentiment I agree with; we shall sadly never know what the night sky used to look like. I adore her dress.
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty much, thank you, I'm glad you like it.
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Lovely use of traditional media. Your colors are incredibly vibrant, and yet they all retain the proper muted night feeling. This picture is so peaceful because of the coloring. Reminds me of the lack of noise of the countryside.

The composition itself is brilliant. The long stretch of sky before the girl becomes visible really helps set the atmosphere and remind us how big everything is. Then the tiny village visible at the girl's feet really adds to the surreal, dream quality of the picture. It's a gentle dream, but something fantastical nonetheless.

Finally, your main carachter is wonderful. The design for her dress is out of this world. It's so beautiful, and yet cute enough to help to add to the dreamy feeling. She seems more like a young child hoping for the falling star than a full grown woman. Her pose just adds to this, with the eagerness in her upturned eyes, and hand gripping her necklace. The hair looks a little unnaturally smooth, but water colors don't give you a lot of room to work with. Also the shape of her hair reflects and compliments the balance of the dress.

All in all sweetly amazing.
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you for your amazing comment, I apologize for taking sooo obscenely long to comment back and appreciate your thoughtful gesture.
Every sentence is so helpful, thank you so so so much again.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Charming. And I think we all have.
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Right? Thank you!
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
wow.... Very beautiful :iconlubplz:
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Thank you
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Pi-e-Lady Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Beautiful!
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Jhoanita Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
cute!
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Lovely! :heart:
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
You're welcome :)
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O-ph-3-l-i-A Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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cochas Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
ohh I've always wondered that too :) really pretty :D
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yea right?
Thanks
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AmyTheSpiritSeeker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel ya. We lived about 40 miles from the (small) city near us, and on a clear night you could see a pretty prominent halo from it. You could even see the big 4th of July show from there!
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You'd think that 40 miles would be secluded enough but not really ;__;
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DamagedDevil Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I love this! <3
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I see you've commented on my stuff before! I appreciate that ;3
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DamagedDevil Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Yes yes! Because you are like my favorite artist on here. >< You're art work is really amazing and creative. It's very inspirational! <3 And you are welcome. Verily so.
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp:
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TofuHui Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Lovely - i love the simplicity of this picture :D
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!
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riek92 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow! You painted the sky so gorgeous! :O
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It was a little challenging so I'm glad you like it :)
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riek92 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome ;) :hug:
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   General Artist
you've just got to get out of the city more ;)
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well I live in the countryside ^^;
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   General Artist
really? and you still get lots of light pollution?
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neko490 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup ;_;
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Baroquecat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What lovely colors! :-)
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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ichigo3003 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh god this is just so pretty, I have no words for it :heart:
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is really lovely, and I like the idea behind it.
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow thanks! ^^
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orugosa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I think the light nigth is realy good!.... So soft and nice! i love the dress details!

your watercolor are realy good! ♥
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The dress details were hard to make because the piece wasn't that big to begin with ;_; I'm happy to hear you like it :hug:
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orugosa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
but you do it realy well!! <3
dont worry!
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EldaGrimm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgoeus! Great job Neko! :clap:
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neko490 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :blowkiss:
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