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If I Die Young by daniellesylvan If I Die Young by daniellesylvan
If I die young, bury me in satin,
lay me down on a bed of roses,
sink me in the river at dawn,
send me away with the words of a love song."

-The Band Perry

Watch the video of me drawing HERE: [link]

Decided to enter into the "Girl With A Flower" contest! :) [link]
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*RavenSetFree's piece, "If I Die Young" is a striking image that immediately caught my eye for several reasons.

:bulletblack: Subjective - Emotional Impact/Thoughts
First-off, I want to touch on the emotional impact of the image. Without knowing the inspiration, there is a peacefulness to the image. The young woman's eyes are closed, her expression fairly neutral, but the raised eyebrows help give her a peaceful look. She isn't smiling, but she doesn't look the least bit sad. Knowing the inspiration, the peacefulness remains and that expression fits so well with the feelings I get from the song itself: just the slightest bit of sadness, but also a sort of calmness and certainty.

Her robes are almost ethereal as if she were part of the water she's beginning to sink into - overall a very beautiful image. Her hair and robes blend into and become part of the water, adding to the image a ghostly feeling.

:bulletblack: Objective - Technical Details
The first thing to really draw my eye are the colors. They harmonize very well. Their softness lends to the peaceful feeling - a feeling easily attached to the shades of blue in the piece. Yellow is generally seen as more joyful, and blends beautifully with the water. The brighter, lighter yellow draws attention to the top of the image, but the image isn't top-heavy by any means. It's balanced out by the blue-greens at the bottom which are darker.

The roses break from the cooler blues and greens with their red, but they retain a cooler scheme and frame the figure very well. The break up the blues, greens, and yellows to keep them from becoming too monotonous without being too distracting from the main focus of the painting.

The folds of her robes help create a focal point around her arms, and I find my eyes guided to her peaceful face. The level of details is very nice - just enough to be interesting but not too much as to be distracting where it shouldn't be. The most contrast and detail are around her hands, chest, and face, keeping our attention in that area.

The composition is very good with the figure's head being toward the top, but still not being too heavy thanks to details like roses and billowing sleeves.

Over all, I can find very little to put down about this piece. I might say her forearms seem a little thick compared to the rest of her very slender figure, but it's nothing very distracting... and besides that, I admit my own grasp of human anatomy isn't nearly as good as this talented artist's!

:bulletblack: In Conclusion
This is a very relaxing painting that manages to retain a peaceful feeling around a floating figure in spite of the theme of the inspiration. The colors fit the theme of the painting well and it seems to be a very balanced image.

Vision
Beautiful image from a beautiful inspiration source.

Originality
Fairly peaceful, reminds me of old Greek statues (not a bad thing!)

Technique
Very well-done, painterly, but not too painterly... I style I'm personally very fond of and pulled off well here.

Impact
I'm very impressed with the artwork all around.

P.S. Forgive me for writing a book. I may have rambled a bit much...
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This is beautiful. The colours caught my eye instantly. I love the texture of this piece! The colours were obviously chosen very wisely. They go together very well. One thing I specifically like is the roses. :) I love how to ripples by the roses look so amazing. Otherwise, the lighting and shading are in the correct places (I'm pretty sure) and it's fascinating how you blended the woman right into the water instead of having solid black lines surround the girl itself and the water too.

Vision
It looks amazing how the colours are blended. The texture is awesome too! c: The lighting and shading is awesome too.

Originality
I have to say that this is very much original. I like how you took a piece of the lyrics out of the song and made it into a fantastic masterpiece!

Technique
The technique is wonderful. Everything looks realistic.. (to me of course xD)

Impact
This turned out very well overall! I hope I can see more of your artwork in the future. ;D

Awesome work~! (P.S. I might not be the BEST judger considering my art isn't really that great.. ^^; But I'm not saying this piece isn't amazing!)

~Mapleshadeforever
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DragonFireSoul Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, brilliant, and inspiring. keep up the good work
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seraphimon83 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
This was the print I traded you for at San Japan 6. You picked up up my last Link print. I'm quite glad it went to you.
I wasted no time in pinning this to my wall. I love the way you use color and line in your work. Imma do my best to learn from you and make my own art better.
Oh, and the title... Yeah, that got me in mah heart place liek right thur. :p I love The Band Perry. I sung (poorly) to that CD on the road so much that the red lights got smart and just changed quickly whenever I was around.
Anyway, I gotta tell you this print was love at first sight. It reminded me somewhat of the Lady of the Water from Arthurian legend. I love the way you've done her face. So soft are her features (yoda voice) :p
I wish you the best in your next projects. Would love to work another con with you someday. Take care! :D
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Thank you so much! I am so glad you like the picture so much :) And thank you for trading with me! You had some very great work! Sorry I was in such a rush to leave- had to get to the airport! I hope you had a fantastic weekend at the convention. I go to a lot of cons so maybe I will see you at another! :) Best of luck to you as well!
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Kari-Twilight-Mist Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Oh wow this is beautiful. I absolutely love how you had her dress and the water blend.
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thanks!!
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HorseWolfLover Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she is very beautyful :) i love it *adding to faves*
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thank you!
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selftaughtartist1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
wow! very well done! :)
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:icondaniellesylvan:
daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you!
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selftaughtartist1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
you're welcome :)
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SariaTaviSoodo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I saw this piece and the song immediately popped into my head. You did a beautiful job catching the emotions and words of the song.
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank so very much :)
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SariaTaviSoodo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
You're very very welcome~!
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ClaraBelle16 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really very beautiful do you do tutorials? Also (last question I promise!) What software do you use out of curiosity
cause when I was looking at your speed paint it looked like you were using photoshop elements but i wasn't sure! and i was curious
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I would love to make a tutorial but I'm SO busy I honestly don't know when I can in the near future, but if I ever do have time, I will make one :) And yes I use photoshop elements! In my opinion, it's just as good for painting as the full versions, and free!
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ClaraBelle16 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Its just that my dad recently got photoshop elements free with a scanner
and I wasn't sure if you were able to paint things to that standard with it cause I want to start digital painting thanks!
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Marybugs Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist
beautiful work, I listening to the song right now and this picture fits it so well
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thanks, glad you think so :)
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TornadoMetVolcano Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<3
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not a fan of the song, but I really like the picture.
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
thank you!
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LavenderChanx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i also love this song^^
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Mingbatrox108 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is gorgeous :love:
Great job with the water effect :clap::love:
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Thank you so much!
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Mingbatrox108 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries :XD:
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Comedy101 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
This is so Amazing. Just...Wow
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thank you!
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K-Peaches Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
This is completely stunning. I can't actually comment on the artistic techniques you used, but her face is so beautifully done, especially that peaceful look on her face and the tints of red in her hair. I found this after listening to the song, and this conveys the overall message of the song perfectly and if I look at this for too long, I literally start crying. She looks so ethereal and this is simply magnificent.
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Thank you so, so much. Comments like this make my day and make me want to continue my art as best as I can. :) So really, thank you! :hug:
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lykaios-the-wolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my best freind died the 23-03-2012... she was only 14... love you girl<33
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Sorry to hear about your friend, thanks for the comment!
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lykaios-the-wolf Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nP its a very lovly art you have
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winxchara Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is enormous!
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Thanks? lol
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livia-grace Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love how her dress fades into the water!!
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thank you!
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WriteByNumbers Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful interpretation of the song! Stunning and tragic!
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Thank you!
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LetitRainLetitPour Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
amazing, this is just so beautifuly done, i especially love her soft, peaceful face :)
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Thank you!
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LetitRainLetitPour Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
youre very welcome :)
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Jesque Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this picture! The use of bold colors really make every subject - the roses, the robe, and her hair - stand out. The water is stunning: I love how you used simple ripples and how the water follows the depth of her neck and robes. Something about the arms makes them look like they don't quite belong to her; it's almost ghostlike how they come out of her sleeves.
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thank you very much :)
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bigtgentry Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you've been featured here: [link]
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Thank you! :hug:
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bigtgentry Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!! :hug: I love your painting and that song!
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Jigglypuff-Luff Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I absolutely love that song!
This piece is absolutely stunning too with the use of contrasting colors of aquamarine and red, absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking~♥
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daniellesylvan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Thank you so much for such a nice comment! :hug:
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Jigglypuff-Luff Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
You're very welcome ♥
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Lexa-1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
This is stunning! And i love the song too :) :) nice work :)
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