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Half Her Heart's Duet © 2009 Cynthia Sheppard

Digital painting - Photoshop, Wacom Cintiq.

There's so much I could say about this piece. I feel like it has a rich story, but I want to see more of what's beyond that fence. I tend to think of my non-client-driven work as vignettes based on a certain mood more than illustrative representations of an event, but I think this one is both.

My husband is responsible for some of the symbolism - he saw what I was working on at the start when it was just a lass and an amorphous instrument, and would send me excited emails as it developed detailing the life and times of our red-haired protagonist - "...she's an only child, no older brother to take over the farm when her dad dies, or to keep the family name. She's been trying to adapt for so long, and in this moment she's wandered off to have a moment to herself, in her nice dress instead of her daily farm clothes."

Technically I think this one is worth a look. I took much longer to consider certain elements than I normally do, and switched up references a couple times. For example, I had a photo reference of a friend I was using for the dress and body posture, but the hands looked stiff, and a lot like mittens, so I had to change that and referenced my hands instead. I'm really trying to get better about making conscious decisions that benefit the final image. It's so easy to let a reference photo make bad decisions for you if you're not careful.

I'm also getting better at combining referenced pieces with imagined stuff, which is so important for consistency. The head/neck were both from imagination, but the hair was behaving the same way as the hands, so I reworked it until it looked right, (which in total was about 12 times.) ;)

I will stop talking now, but feel free to ask if you have questions! Enjoy :)
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Given 2009-04-03
FROM THE SUGGESTER: "Half Her Heart's Duet by *yveline is breathtaking work. I'm truly speechless." ( Suggested by Hunter-Wolf and Featured by JunkbyJen )
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Carrianna Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
I adore her hands and feet, strong and so real looking.  All your art is amazing, I love your style!  So glad I found you. :)
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AllanWork Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful work!
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Yalandra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Beautiful
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ShaiMatarasso Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! The hands and the fire are great!
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wisdomseeker423 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This is probably one of my most favorite pieces I've seen on this site...period.
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ZIMSTUFF Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
amazing
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satishverma Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful work.
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petronellavanree Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful and you have an amazing gallery.
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israelcs Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wonderfuuul!
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hendratamas Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
That fell, sad...
But, beautiful.. :D
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rookiez-cookiez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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ZeldasUndeadGirlfrnd Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful. Those colours, the inspiration, everything is brilliant.
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75Journay Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Beautiful
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Beauty, originality, and more ! Good job ![link]
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Originality, beauty, sensuality and charmed ! Good job ![link]
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canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
:clap: Enchanting... :love: :heart: :)
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jenifael1990 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful ! Nice colors !
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen this picture long ago on cgsociety. Since I joined Deviantart, I wanted to find this again, but I've forgotten its name and yours.
I'm glad to finally have found it again. This is one of my favourite painting ever ! I love the mood, the colours, the composition...
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BlackPurple1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
autumn beauty
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Jacob168 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing ! :)
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beerandflies Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful
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Noitusan Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Very poetic.
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philmster Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Woah, the colours :wow: Fantastic work!
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Kestrel01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Simply stunning.
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JenaDellaGrottaglia Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is just so amazing I keep coming back to look at it
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AngelesRR Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Your beautiful work featured here [link] :iconsomehugsplz:
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purplebeetle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Artist
good work, got a lot of depth and mood
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Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012   Writer
Intriguing!
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beaufalcon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail. Very real feeling. Love the atmosphere. This is what people are talking about when they say "a picture is worth a thousand words." You can easily tell a story with this.
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grapholic Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
those cloth... and hand was an awesome job.
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jcbarquet Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
This has to be one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen. It is just so beautiful in so many levels.
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MeganRoseMarie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
what a wondrous world you have created
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evilhedgehog2011 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Astounding painting! I already love the piece just because it involves music, but it goes so much further. You can definitely feel her sadness, and her underlying love of the music! I especially love the burning pages of music, they really help drive home her sense of loss! Incredible color, incredible detail, I love it all! :)
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twiggette Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
WOW! magnificent work!
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Just-Manni Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Beautiful colour and light.
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scratchback Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your ability to paint cloth is extraordinary...
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HuseyinOKTAR Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Super
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MolotovMeerkat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Absolutely beautiful!

Can I please use this for my online roleplaying game? It won't be used to make money, and will only be used as a character portrait for a game among friends. Your work will be fully accredited with a link to your profile too.
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M31-Andromeda Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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myah5000 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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BieSjd11 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!! So brightly!!!!
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Konfused-Fae Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
This is absolutely beautiful. I love the original theme too.
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dementedsquirrels Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student
everything about this is so lovely. :)
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3slam Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student
AMAZING
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gorcrow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
Simply lovely.
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Marcosv3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
espectacular work
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IWantBeans Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I couldn't quite keep my eyes turned away for long. They continued to drift to the distant expression of the girl and the colors blended in for effect. The details of the dress, such as ragged underhem, represent of her value of the dress and desire to live. I also admire of the details of the hands; they're quite elegant.
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kaderart Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very very Beautiful waoooooooooo
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ferartenthusiast Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Really Beautiful
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Al-Hamadi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
:wow: this is AMAZING
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