from the stock available, and used a combination of my editing experience and hand painting with a tablet to achieve this effect... I'm not really into "edits" unless it's to improve something as a photo, I prefer creative edits that actually become "manipulation" of the subject into a new piece, and since we were restricted by not being able to use outside stock, this is what I came up with.
Bokeh is made by me, no textures used aside from what was in the original photo to start with..
I'm not sure I like it, so please don't go critiquing the heck out of it, I appreciate the thought, but I'm also getting used to working with a whole new setup and perhaps my brain isn't the best place for working on this. I'll need to come back to it later with a fresh look to improve it...
Well it shouldn't be! I haven't given anyone permission to post this outside of dA, it would be a great help to me if you could link me to the other places you have seen this so I can have it removed (again) lol
if i run across this again I most certainly will but I tend to just skim thru sites and many images, keeps me calm, a therapy of sorts till I can get over this depression crap which is wasting my time. I see so many, that's why I noticed. I guess from your point of view it is worth the effort to get it done. Me, I rather go back to sleep! heehe!
Yeah, it's just all part of the learning. I think it might be small mistakes only you as the artist may see, yet nobody else can. That's just one thought. Or you might need to step out of your comfort zone or something like that. (This is just based on my experiences)