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June 27, 2012
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Romanza by aruarian-dancer Romanza by aruarian-dancer
"Romanza" -- A very special commission for the wonderful :iconrenamski:. Line art in pen on paper with digital coloring in Corel Painter on Intuos 3 tablet.

She asked for a fantasy image with a girl with curly brown hair, monarch butterflies, and red poppies. I sat down with a blank paper on my desk and this was the image that appeared in my mind. I changed things a little bit during the sketch phase to adjust the overall composition, which was mostly in the foreground poppies and the monarch up close.

I think many of us love the field of red poppies in paintings and photographs. There's something magical about that vision that's mesmerizing and totally enchanting. ^^ I was hoping to achieve a bit of nostalgia by starting this piece in an overall tone of light brown so that the whole thing will have the warm glow.

I usually don't have a story when I first start a project, but once the drawing is done and coloring begins, I start to get a story -- and a music to go with (Sometimes, the figures would start talking in my head. lol). I prefer that each viewer comes up with his/her own story though. There's more than enough going on in the image to get one's imagination rolling, I think. ^^;

2012 Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer
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EDIT: Since this piece is very special to me, I wrote up a walk-through (I generally don't like these things when they get too wordy, so I try to be pithy.), which is more detailed than my previous similar writings. It's found on my blogger.
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TheGreenBello Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this picture is so perfect!
everything match together, and the sun light look so warm!
Its amazing!!
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you.  ^_^  I'm glad it pleased. :heart:
Yagamiseven Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Looks good
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Karontye Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that the butterflies wings will inspire my next nail art!
This time the colour are really realistic! Excellent pic! You are a true artist, indeed I mentioned you on my Journal! ;)
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cool! This was a commission for a dear friend and she was fairly specific as to what elements she wanted in the image, so I chose the colors that brought them all together most harmoniously. ^^
Awww, thank you so much. You're so sweet!! :flirty::huggle:
Karontye Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!!! :hug:
TheIcePixy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. And thanks for faving! :D
STONECASTLE311 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
your work is amazing
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