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A Matter of Perspective by pseudolirium A Matter of Perspective by pseudolirium
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"She comes from the same gene pool as the Red Queen. She really likes the dark side, but she's so scared of going too far into it that she's made everything appear very light and happy." --Anne Hathaway

I painted myself as the White Queen, based on Hathaway's intriguing commentary and a favorite photo of myself. The title is a double entendre. It refers to the warped perspective used in the painting itself, and the perspective that a person sees and is seen through.

I was going to scrap this painting because it was truly dreadful in the beginning stages. I couldn't get the composition or colors to work out properly, but I persevered. Now it's become my favorite and best painting to date. I'll post the steps of the painting in a little bit.

Critique welcome, but I won't be able to make corrections since this is a contest entry.

Time: 23+ hours
- 100% digitally painted in Photoshop CS3


Myself: [link] [link]

White Queen: [link] [link] [link]

Castle: [link] [link]
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-04-03
A Matter of Perspective by *Akanei-Rin CATEGORY: Contests / 2010 / Picture Yourself in Wonderland The suggester states, "The title says it all: good and bad are sometimes a matter of perpective. Great concept with lovely colors, details and textures. The perpective here is indeed one of a kind! Don't miss the rest of this young artist's works!" ( Suggested by Minato-Kushina and Featured by WDWParksGal )
First, let me say that this is beautiful. I really like the soft, painted feel. The details and shading is superb, especially on the dress. It looks like gossamer or chiffon, and is very befitting of the White Queen. The checkered, Wonderland-esque floor is a nice touch.
But the thing that really stands out to me is the perspective. It's original and a little peculiar, ideal for a piece regarding Wonderland. I noticed that while the white roses on top on the picture frame are pristine, the roses on the bottom are being painted red. I think it's a really clever, subtle reference to the original animated Alice in Wonderland. (Recall, the playing cards were painting the white roses red.) But more than that, the White Queen is fighting to keep the darkness, the crimson chaos of her sister, at bay. And yet somewhere, as evident by the roses and the bit of red dress peeking out from beneath the frame, it's still part of her.
Anne Hathaway's quote really ties it all together, so I'm going to cite one of my own. I heard it from another lady on DeviantArt and know not if it's a genuine quote or one she created for herself, but I think it's perfect for your piece either way.

"Live in the light, know the darkness."

Well done and good luck!
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MaliziaBleeding Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
wooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's great! :D *-*
F0xf1r3 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is SO COOL!!!!
IreneWeasly Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I can't even :o (Eek) 
This is definitely my favourite artwork EVER!
Fav + Llama
I really admire you, your talent is so impressive  Clap 
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aw such high praise!! ty <3
IreneWeasly Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Hehe, I've seen your entire gallery, you're very talented with portaits also!
I wish I could art as you when I'm older :)
PrincePedro Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
This drawing is already better than the whole film
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg lmao your comment made me chuckle irl thank you!!
PrincePedro Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
no prob! :D
MadHatterMCR Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's pretty awesome.
Bella-Anima Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very beautiful, you should be proud. :)
Animeworld123 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Ok how do I enter plz :)
Megumi-Takahiro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Beautiful! *--*
MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have the pleasure to inform you that your beautiful work has been choose for our first feature on the group :iconinspiration-creative: :) [link] !
Katniss-12 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!!!!!!!!
this-is-a-paradox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Artist
Really cool!
Faberry-Love Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This is stunning! So beautiful! x
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
You have been featured here: [link] :heart:

This DD remains one of my most favorites of all time! :love:

Many congratulations once more, my dear! :party: :hug:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks so much! You always take a ton of time to promote people and you even organized the DDs into categories...very admirable. I think if you ever get senior-ship on this site you'd deserve it 100%
Minato-Kushina Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Thank you much for your kind words! :hug: You so deserve all the attention and admiration given! Your art is simply brilliant. :heart:

Keep up your talented job! :)
AleArtLife Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Kaelhiar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
This picture is amazing! :wow: :heart:
Larato Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I thought the title was a reference to the video game at first... very well done!
PancakeStar2000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Soft, I like that. Job well done this looks amazing.
PancakeStar2000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so cool! A job well done.
AkatsukisFallenAngel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and just simply stunning. The colors and the basic feel of it are amazing, as well as the idea of it. =D
YuHekal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here [link]
LOLMaxride Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
amazing :)
scriptedheart Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
This is an amazing painting!!
calilyj Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Awesome! I love the way at first it seems like she's in the frame but then you look closer...
Sonala Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
it's gorgeous
Lekaiel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Before I see it was a Daily Deviation, I already had thought it deserved to be!
Great drawing! beautiful details! :heart:
ExileFallen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
got2bheard Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Xallium Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I really think you should've made top three, this is so gorgeous.
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Unfortunately I don't have luck at any DA contests haha, but it's in the past so no worries on my part.
TicoDrawing Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would have voted for this one if i was a judge
Airrisa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Wow, what a beautiful picture this is. :heart: I really like how you set this up, especially with the sharp contrast between what's in the frame and what's out of the frame. The roses at the edge catch my eye, and I gotta say, they really add to it. >///< The expression, seems almost melancholy, but fits very well in my opinion. Amazing job!
beatifique Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
You totally deserved the DD. This is fantastic!
noapotter Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is truly incredible!
Kirajoleen Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is just beautiful, my favorite alice in wonderland picture, and i love how you added the quote, in the description, beautiful beautiful beautiful
wiewiorka-z-kamera Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I never knew that's what the White Queen was like, that's very interesting.
I like the concept, and it's gorgeously executed.
TNBCCBARTIST247 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Wonderful design and style you did in this piece,including the details as well.:)
xXnikkibabiXx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ycag3db1rd Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Maw. So inspiring o.o absolutely love the composition and the concept in itself, however adding in all the coloring and shiz makes it all the more amazing asldkjasjkd love it!
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous piece! You should have this as a print, I would totally buy it! Simply amazing!
Hatta-san Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
This is gorgeous I love the concept and the colours :)
The tutorial was also very interesting and helpful, thanks
I really think you should have won the contest with this =p
emaconly Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Words cannot express how much I love this.
Siajcat Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student General Artist
soft and sweet...nicely done
AndrewWeller Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
StarshipSorceress Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
AMAZIINNNGGG I am in love with this
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