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Can't Reach My Soul (Painting) by slshimerdla Can't Reach My Soul (Painting) by slshimerdla

I wanted to try something in the steampunk genre, and I ended up really getting into the details on this one. Designing Steampunk/Victorian clothing is fun!

I started this painting many years ago, and got as far as the woman’s face. I really loved the colors and the way her face turned out, I just stopped painting for a while and so it sat. It felt good to finish it!

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Can't Reach My Soul Closeup by slshimerdla   Can't Reach My Soul Animated Progress by slshimerdla

References used: Passion 1Passion Thank you, Shiskababe!


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:iconorsatursusactos:
OrsatUrsusActos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing Concept :D I love the idea :) 
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I think this painting took me like 5 years between concept idea and execution. I started it right before a period of my life where I stopped painting entirely, then came back and finished it. I'm glad I did, and still like this one. Have a print of it on our wall. :)
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OrsatUrsusActos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
5 years is a long time XD But End resault is Amazing :D 
I am Amazed by your Talent :) Great work :)
Why did you stop painting? 
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
My reasons were twofold. I started making Photoshop brushes and got distracted by video games. :P

Maybe threefold. I also was getting frustrated in my lack of progress, but I wasn't doing anything to try to improve. So this time I came back to it, I started off trying to improve right away, with studies and daily speed paintings (for a while, anyway). 
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OrsatUrsusActos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe :) VIDEO Games are the main suspect ;)
There is always room for improvment so they say :)
You do an amazing work :) Don`t give up :) Sharp your skills :)
I know you can do it and Defeat this 3fold Problem :D
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Most definitely they are the main suspect. It's funny, cause they can be both inspirational and also suck all the time out of your life. :)
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OrsatUrsusActos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Amen to that ;)
I understand you completely :D 
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AyraLeona Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, the details are awesome!
The perfect Steampunk Couple!
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:iconslshimerdla:
slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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EladsmirgJ Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent piece of work, well done
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
brilliant!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! :)
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pams00 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
this is gorgeous!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! So glad you like it :)
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Alleboo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eheh i was wondering about faving this, then clicked it and was like "OMGAAA SO MUCH DETAIL I NEED TO FAVE THIS LIKE 10 TIMES D: "
i love steampunk, you've drawn it fantastically here. Even though her arm's kinda crepy, she seems to have an iron skeleton and metal in her veins. (:
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, no idea how that would work. :) Thank you so much! Glad you liked it!
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Alleboo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's turned out fantastically, the texture of the skin is so.. smooth? Haha idk, it just looks great!
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I was especially drawn to this piece because a couple of friends of mine and I are working on a steampunk novel. :iconteheplz:

I LOVE the pose you chose. So romantic and yet feverish. They definitely want each other, eh? :eyes: I also love all of the spectacular detail in the man's hair as well as in the woman's clothing. And those curls!? Don't even get me started on those perfect ringlets. :faint:
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, awesome! Steampunk is so fun. I have a feeling I'll be venturing this direction again a time or two in my artwork.  And I hope your book turns out well for you and your friends! It must be fun to write, as well, I'll bet!

I really like the pose here, too. Definitely very sensual. Glad you enjoyed it :)
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OfOneSoul Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Another deviant actually JUST finished drawing our characters. It's so fabulous to see one's characters come to life. Especially steampunk. It's such a glorious and beautiful theme. As you make obvious here. :eyes:
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LiveArtBreatheArt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You have amazing work, I really like this one!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I've just been browsing and really enjoying your gallery, as well! Thanks so much for the favs and the kind words :)
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LiveArtBreatheArt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome, well deserved and I think I will have to dig into you're gallery a bit more, there is so much in there to look at! :D
 
Thank you, I'm so glad that you enjoy my gallery too! :excited:
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bryanpeters76 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
this is badass!!  Love it!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like it :)
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EmmaEsme Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing..! Skin is so important and difficult to make look so real, you nailed it!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I was quite proud of the skin textures on this one, glad you liked it :)
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BonaFideChimp Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Fantastic job!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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Amuropam Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
beautiful
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Amuropam Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
my pleasure
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cemac Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
I have included this amazing artwork in the new feature for August 2015 on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal.  Please :+fav: the journal so that more members may see your art, and thank you for being a member :heart:
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much for the feature! I appreciate it! I'll favorite it and check it out. :)
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OcioProduction Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wondrous!!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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OcioProduction Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I lik it a lot :)
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ashsten Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I cant wait to be as good as u
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :blush:
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ashsten Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Jeep it up
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Dani-Owergoor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect! So realistic!! :clap:
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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CyBerX00 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amaaaazing :D i love their styles and the scene :] <3
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :)
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CyBerX00 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YW dear :]
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Nismiana Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They are awessome! Love steampunk! The skin is so realistic!
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slshimerdla Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm quite happy with their skin, too. Appreciate it :)
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Elianne92 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Photographer
Wow, so much detail! I first thought it was a picture! :O well done
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