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koi pond by loish koi pond by loish
initially this was a speed sketch, but i ended up picking at it a few hours a day just to relax. then i eventually reached the "point of no return" where i had worked on it for too long to not finish it. so here it is! i'm personally kind of disappointed about the fish but i reallllly don't feel like working on this anymore.

i'm aware that the kimono design makes no sense and she's wearing it too high on her chest. sorry!

drawn in photoshop CS3 with an intuos3 tablet. ref used for hands and fish. textures from cgtextures.com , tips on how to use textures can be found here - [link] and for other tips check out my f.a.q - [link]
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:iconcinderfall21:
CinderFall21 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Good gosh, I wish I had your skill
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:iconpwgraphics:
PWGraphics Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful Asian themed Art melded nicely into your style!
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:iconnintentofu:
nintentofu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it incredibly, your art is absolutely beautiful.
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:iconi-am-a-flying-bird:
I-Am-A-Flying-Bird Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this coloursheme. It's wonderfull. All those warm tones. The koi give the drawing something more interesting
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:iconkimrosalba:
KimRosalba Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Beautiful lighting and colours!! Nice detail to make the sleeves look like water running, love it. Incredible serenity somehow. Keep up the great work
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:icongeminis-rin:
geminis-rin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Kyaan!!! I love those colours!! *O*
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:icontiny-paper-stars:
tiny-paper-stars Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely stunning, I love everything about this! :love:
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:iconchristytortland:
ChristyTortland Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is SO gorgeous... Your colors and shading are stunning!!! :)
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:iconcobothegreat:
Cobothegreat Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Used u and this piece as the subject for a graphic design project :D [link]
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
how neat! :) thanks for letting me know!
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:iconcobothegreat:
Cobothegreat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
np
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:iconduckmeow:
duckmeow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
How do you make your colors so smooth on Photoshop?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
not sure how i can explain.. i just paint with soft brushes later in the painting process i guess!
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:iconduckmeow:
duckmeow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Do you lay down base colors then shade or is there another method?
I feel as if I'm bugging you since you've probably answered these questions ten billion times. orz
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
haha that's allright :] i'm just pretty bad at explaining it. i did get this question a lot recently so i added it to my f.a.q (earlier today, so i don't expect you to have read the reply :), here's what i wrote there:

"I like to start out rough. As soon as I like what I see and can envision the final picture, I start blending the colors more. I usually lower the opacity quite a lot (this applies to basically any brush I'm using) and just start painting in the details. A useful shortcut for this is alt+click, which makes the eyedropper tool temporarily appear. This allows me to pick colors off of the canvas and paint with them, which is why it's so useful to start out with a rough color version before adding details. In the final phases of the drawing I like to pick a relatively soft brush and put the flow to just 1% as a way to smooth out everything. I personally do not recommend using the smudge tool."

hope that helps! if not, don't hesitate to ask more questions!
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:iconduckmeow:
duckmeow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Ah, so it's the soft brush that does the trick!

Oh, and if I may ask, this is a kind of an off-topic question, but how do you pronounce your username? Is it loy-sh or 'lois-sh'?
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
it's "low-ish" :]
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:icondarobot:
daRobot Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you work so well with color
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:iconkrukof2:
krukof2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional
:iconsparklesplz:Your wonderfull artwork is featured here [link] :love::iconsparklesplz:
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
thanks so much!
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:iconexilefallen:
ExileFallen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Job!
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:iconyumiyoukkai:
YumiYoukkai Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Beautiful! What really caught my eye were here hands, I just love the way they're illustrated. Her expression is really interesting, like she's a very proud and strong individual despite her soft features and feminine dress. Her hairstyle is just gorgeous, especially the way the hair frames her face is just so damn perfect. I also love her hair ornament! I want it! :D
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:iconcobothegreat:
Cobothegreat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This legit stunned me when i first looked at it. I find it amazing how perfect this is
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:icon479sam:
479sam Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
How do you do this?

(I don't mean literally. I mean how are you so amazing.)
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:iconnoircrew:
noircrew Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Beautifull!!!
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:iconmillev:
MilleV Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Oh, I love the depth of these colours! Wish I could do the same!
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:iconpurpleiriseye:
PurpleIrisEye Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing details!
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:iconbibunet-bone:
bibunet-bone Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Student General Artist
very very nice deviation, I think the kimono is perfect, no need to work on it. :D
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:iconmunse13:
munse13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
wooow amazing work:)
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:iconally-k90:
Ally-K90 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
You work is just awesome!!
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:icontrippolee:
trippolee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Stunning! Absolutely stunning! LOVE the way the fish really look like they are floating!
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:iconclewilan:
Clewilan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Your use of light and colors is absolutely astonishing.
(And, in fact, your whole gallery is wonderful!)
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:iconpassivewasher:
passiveWasher Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student General Artist
hands are nice.

you're a color godess you know?
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:iconquotecentric:
QuoteCentric Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Lovely! :heart:

Reminds me of an adult Delirium...if Delirium ever became sane-ish. Based on this re-design of her seen here: [link] :fish:
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:iconlightcherry:
lightcherry Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I just love the colors... :)
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:iconplanbhorizon:
Planbhorizon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
wow beautiful
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:iconfewfewers:
Fewfewers Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Freaking incredible. <3
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:iconreydelfenix:
reydelfenix Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Student
Great surreal concept and just plain beautiful.
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:iconjawaeater:
JawaEater Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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:iconmitia-arcturus:
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Dear Loish


This fantastique illustration is featured in Action-Portraits...

You are welcome in Action-Portraits...!!![link]
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:iconemptymindedmt:
EmptyMindedMt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
This is beautiful, I absolutely love the color palette you used. By the way, she kind of looks like the actress who is the alien in the tv show V, I believe that actress was also in the show Firefly! Haha, I just thought I should tell you. Again, this is beautiful!
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Naughty-UK Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what a gloriously sumptuous image.
I first saw it in a page of tiny thumbnails and the beautifully vivid colouring made it jump out and grab me immediately.
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livnglemon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
also... it seems as though the fish appear to be drawn in a way that emphasizes that they are in a bowl --- judging by how the fish in the foreground is magnified and the fish heading towards the background is slightly distorted.

was that intentional?

either way... my eye sees that effect and it is impressive and pleasing :)
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
it wasn't intentionally meant to look like a fishbowl, but i'm glad you like it! thanks so much for the comment!
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:iconlivnglemon:
livnglemon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
oh... oops... my other comment didn't show up.

the first thing i wrote was this:

you took cliques...
and transformed them
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:iconlivnglemon:
livnglemon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
you took cliques...
and transformed them
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
One word:

Gorgeous.
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:iconleonidas666:
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail of her hands looks really, really good.
Almost like a biblical picture - I like.
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:iconultraviolet397:
ultraviolet397 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Amazing. I love her hair!
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:iconflesh-cladmonster:
flesh-cladmonster Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Interesting. I love Koi.
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