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Venetian vanity by Ophelia-Overdose Venetian vanity by Ophelia-Overdose
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Model, make-up, styling, retouch, wig design: :iconophelias-overdose: |

Photographer: Julian M Kilsby |

Wardrobe design: Westward Bound |
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I'll start with the good
your choice of colors is absolutely wonderful. Red and gold is such a fiery combination and the your sultry dress and pose compliment this color scheme.
So a 5 for Impact
You obviously know what you are doing with the right amount of saturation up front and desaturation in the back. At the same time you made sure the your face is not overwhelmed by the reds making it a nice cool focal point for the eyes to rest on.
You would have gotten a 5 except for a problem i will later discuss.
Technique 4.5 (i wish i could make it 4.75)
Storms are coming
While the whole picture is stunning there is nothing venetian about this except for the mask. While the dress is supposed to be more provocative and possibly a modern take on venetian clothes it reminds me more of a pvc fetish pin up house wife. Venetian clothing i have found, have ornate and floral motifs. The incorporation of lace in place of the sheer material over the bosom would have given off a more venetian/Victorian feel. Venetian was not the first thing i thought of when i saw this picture.
Vision is a 3.5
Though the results are stunning i can't say that it is original. The red and gold combination is not uncommon but the overall use of it for theme is what ups the points for originality. Though I do not see venetian in the main wardrobe you could say this is an original take on modern venetian style. Even then, the whole Venetian theme is very common place on deviant art.
-the pose is not original nor abstract
-the venetian theme is not original
-The use of colors are original
-The "modern venetian" is original enough
Overall Originality a 4
Peanut Gallery
As mentioned before the overall technique would have been 5 star except for a minor problem.
Your waist and hips
maybe it's the angle that is creating an opticle allusion but because it just seems really unnatural. From the look of the stairs around your waist it looks Photoshopped. However my main beef is with the waist. From the shadows within the dress to the contour of your right thigh (viewer's left) it appears as though the thighs are as thick as your upper arm with your calves disproportionately bigger (way bigger)
Perhaps I am completely wrong and you didn't touch these areas up at all
But even so be aware of this next time
I would have suggested more arch in your back to put more impact on the pose with a stronger more confident hand gesture by your face (be strong the title is vanity, be Vain, be confident)
Otherwise this is a great photo that really attracted me to it as soon as i saw the thumbnail. You are a beautiful model and I really like the use of makeup for that red glow and framing around the eyes.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
48 out of 50 deviants thought this was fair.

The more I explore your gallery, the more I realize the depth and the bandwidth of your art.

"I am a model not photographer!"

I read it at the top of your page, and I'm smiling now. You're so much more than a model, 'cause everything you do is real artistry. I think you're a great performer giving your photographers a wonderful opportunity to get a ride on this rollercoaster chameleon experience with you, and to watch you change in your gallery always is a pleasure.

Now Venetian vanity takes things up to a surreal level, because I can't trust my eyes anymore - and I don't need to. Your vanity experience is more about dreams than reality, and if I could be the new Dali, I'd wish you to be my muse. All colors come in the same shade, but there is a secret sun glowing behind you, and now I feel like I could be on a LSD trip.
No, I don't need drugs to get my kick, I just need the movie on my mind - a movie that reminds me of one of my favorite ones: Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. I want the scene in the exclusive club with you, YES, so let me say a prayer for that!
And I follow you... rescue me.
I follow you... rescue me.
And if you don't, then let's stay in this beautiful strange dream forever.
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22 out of 26 deviants thought this was fair.

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BRATKING Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I'm just gonna say, WOW !
CookieChanel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
das Foto ist einfach der Hammer *__*
apollocreed23 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing legs
I-Pod-Junky Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
You are gorgeous!
bassgeisha Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I featured this awesome image here, in my Femme Fatale Feature: [link] all due credit given and a link back of course!!!! Always enjoy your photos Ophelia!
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply gorgeous! :)
Mahogi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist
I stare at this. I see that something is really wrong here, but I can not tell what exactly....... I think it's a dress. Boots maybe..... no, it's dress. Can the girl actually move with this?
I love the hair colour though! My all-time favourite
Luvstruck3 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I saw some of your other pictures, and you look really nice in yellow and gold!
Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
rusnaku Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
too suberb to be real ... i die for it !!
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