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Ghost Field by emla Ghost Field by emla
watercolor and gouache, 11x7.5"

It's been too long! Reposting this from my blog post yesterday:

Happy New Year to everyone, belatedly! I managed to squeeze some time for personal work out of the time I was supposed to be sleeping; the result is the image above. I took some WIP photos as I went, so perhaps I can pull them together into something later.

One of the things I enjoy most about doing these skeleton character paintings is that I feel like I really get to play with color and stylized forms... I feel like I should try doing some paintings with more of the costumes/outfits showing.
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:iconcurseofanaddict:
CurseOfAnAddict Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely composition
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Nami00Kawakuro Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
wwwwoooowww!!!! AMAZING!!!!! <3 <3
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Nami00Kawakuro Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
You're very welcome!!!! <3
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:icondeepkimchee:
DeepKimchee Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student General Artist
If Trina Schart Hyman had nightmares, this is what they would look like.  Nice work.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
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:iconkuume:
Kuume Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured: fav.me/d6s07f5 :)
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:icontinnu:
Tinnu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
This is great! I really like the warm/ cold contrast and the details in her collar and hair jewellery, awesome job on the skull too, the shading turned out so realistic!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool concept. I like the colours :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconephy-drow:
Ephy-Drow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing artwork!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Simply wonderful. Not only topic is interesting, but the colors - oh man. I love those earthly tones and the blue shades complete them very nicely. I don't have much experience with gouache - what parts of this are watercolour and what are gouache? This seems like a fine medium and you use it very well. Love the piece ;]
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!

The gouache only comes in with the white trim and on the turquoise beads here. I have one tube of "permanent white" gouache and I mix it with my watercolor pigments to add opacity and still keep the color consistency of the pallet I get from those paints. :)
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AdrianBorgnine Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Nice! Thanks for the info ;]
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem. :)
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Really nice work. Everything is really crisp, and I love the color palette. Cheers!
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:iconeasak:
Easak Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Photographer
I love your work - So original and so very creative. All I can say is OUTSTANDING!!!
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:iconglassseaconspiracy:
GlassSeaConspiracy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing <3
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:iconhaalu:
Haalu Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
featured in my journal :) [link]
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'll head over there right now. :)
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:iconteamoth:
teamoth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Incredible!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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:iconalaenor-skybird:
Alaenor-Skybird Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
I love the symbolism death stuff. And her face. It reminds me of a character I want to do. <3
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkineko:
kineko Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I so love this piece... I stalk all your online gallery and blog to find it XD
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really enjoyed creating this particular painting, and I'm glad you like it! :)
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societymisfit Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
truly feeling this piece ...an amazing work of art indeed ... i love it .. has any body bought it ?...i have to view the rest of your art now .. lol
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:iconquilsnap:
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   General Artist
nice composition and palette, kudos!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this kind of looks Celtic! :O Neat!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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dead-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
very beautiful, i like the colours. the skull isn't too gothic, it's very subtle and spooky
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think that the skeleton is a beautiful object in itself, so I try not to play it up for a scare (unless it's a ghost story illo or something.... ;) ).
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lovingmyviolin Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
What a fantastic idea :D I like the colours too!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:icontheyellowcoyote:
theyellowcoyote Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow! so beautiful :D
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, wow!

Fantastic watercolour technique! I came here via "The illustrated word" - a real gem! :)
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:icontristan-despero:
Tristan-Despero Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy New Year to you too. Amazing work :)
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:iconportheiusj:
portheiusJ Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Professional Artist
:O Creeptastic, but an interesting atmosphere to it as well. Great work with the details. :)
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:iconbasswolf:
basswolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
beautiful! i love the colors you used!
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:iconmonekone:
Monekone Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazingly good! The skull is perfect, and the details and background are really pretty. Love the concept as well. :D
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:iconitslikebia:
itslikebia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Amazing!
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:iconblake4squids:
blake4squids Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Student General Artist
very cool
i love it!
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TamlynnMinstrel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Oh, well done! I adore this! You're a master with watercolour!
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EllipticalMonocle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
I like how you have the silhouette of the previous face.
How much for a print?
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:iconso-phia:
So-phia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
This is wonderful! It made my day...
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