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Holly by brandrificus Holly by brandrificus
"This is my entry for the"NEW YEAR and CHRISTMAS CONTEST" on :iconmoment-of-beauty:



:music: "Last Christmas" by Wham [link] :music:

:santa:
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me baby do you recognise me?
Well it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me

(Happy Christmas!) I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I Love You" I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been
But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again


I always love this song this time of year . It's become a true Christmas clasic , but (sigh) I remember this song from 1984. I wanted to do another winter faerie , but had such a hard time getting the white and blue's right and felt they all looked so dang washed out. So I thought holly would be great christmas time perch for my little faerie friend. I hope you like it. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays , or for the rest of you (who do not celebrate Christmas)...well Happy winter !


model - by :iconamethystdreams1987: background - and by :iconstockimagine: background texture by :iconinthename-stock: wings by :iconjdstock:
brushes [link] by :icondifferentxdreamz:


Other stock or details painted or owned by me :icongrin--plz:
:santa:
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me baby do you recognise me?
Well it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me

(Happy Christmas!) I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I Love You" I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been
But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again
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Given 2011-12-23
Holly by *brandrificus "....just makes you dream about Christmas." ( Suggested by Minato-Kushina and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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She's amazingly beautiful. Probably the prettiest photomanipulation I've seen in a very long time, if not ever. You seem to have alleviated the problem of most photomanipulations (where they look unnatural and pasted together) by somehow smoothing the model and her wings (and even the background) so they look almost like a very high-quality airbrushing rather than a photo.

My only criticism I can think of is that A: the background looks like it's shaded very slightly differently than the girl is, and B: Some of the sparkles look slightly flat, but not really all that flat, and C: her wings are somehow coming out from outside her hair, I don't see how that would be possible (unless the wings were made up hologram-type energy or maybe magic) and also her wings are very slightly off-center, not coming off of her back in the right places. But like I said, it's very subtle and the good far outweighs the bad.

Bottom line, you've done an amazing job here, the model is beautiful and so is your art involving her, and you should be proud.
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shiny-shadows-Art Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Feature Time [link]
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:iconladyarah:
ladyarah Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 49 - Winter Fantasy!" You can find it here: [link] ^_^
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:iconmystichuntress:
mystichuntress Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have featured your picture in my journal here: [link]

It also contains a mini-commentary/critique of your work, so be sure to read it :)
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:iconheylormammy:
Heylormammy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your beautiful picture has been featured here [link]
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
:wave:Hi! Your piece has been featured as inspiration in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Winter Alliance Contest article! Please :+fav: the article to bring more attention to the features and the contest. Thanks! :)
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:icongreenjadeofpeace:
greenjadeofpeace Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
she looks a lot like Hollie Cavanagh. a contestant on American Idol this season. (season 11) very pretty.
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:iconaniphine:
Aniphine Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Writer
That is so angelic and gorgeous. Lovely work. :D
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:iconla--boheme:
La--Boheme Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Your beautiful work featured here [link] :iconsomehugsplz:
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:iconavalonfrost:
AvalonFrost Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Love the rich colors and the way they blend and flow around her.
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:iconfaeriebert:
FaerieBert Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great job on this. :)
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:iconzicsi:
Zicsi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
very nice
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:iconmaridora:
Maridora Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
pretty faery
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:


:iconmerrychristmas1::iconmerrychristmas2:
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:iconpeaceful-child:
Peaceful-Child Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Pretty! Congrats on the DD!
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:iconnebride7:
Nebride7 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Lovely!
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:iconklarakay:
KlaraKay Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!!! Sooooooooo beautiful! :heart:
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:iconvictorgetz:
VictorGetz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
She looks so delicate and small and real! I love it, it's so magical :holly:
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:icondarkfuzzyluvchocolat:
she's beautiful!!! you did an amazing job!!!
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:icondragon-princess08:
Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
SO beautiful!
congrats on the DD
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:iconjinrui73:
jinrui73 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very, very cool. Amazing how you put all that together!
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:icontombo914:
tombo914 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Nice Job! Good Luck with the contest!
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:icondistu:
Distu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Artist
*Jealous of model*
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:iconl0vetakesc0urage:
L0veTakesC0urage Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist
This is so pretty:heart:
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:iconcjaneway:
CJaneway Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason the lady in the holly reminds me of Luna Lovegood.
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:iconprincessmary8:
princessmary8 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
wow.... so beautiful.....
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:icondarkchris142:
DarkChris142 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconpaulo6:
paulo6 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
SHOW
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:iconbewilderedconfused:
bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!!!! :iconbluesparklesplz:
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:iconchibikate22:
ChibiKate22 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats SO COOL!!!
what type of program do you use for things like that?
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:iconcaseycrown:
caseycrown Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful picture. there is soo much warmth
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:iconlulu-fukurou:
LuLu-Fukurou Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Oh, my! I adore it!
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:iconwinxfreak:
WinxFreak Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! good job!
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:iconminkymy:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
it looks like a painting~
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:iconbabsartcreations:
babsartcreations Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on your DD :clap: :dance:
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:iconbrinajonline:
brinajonline Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
TALENT!!!!
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:icon10921:
10921 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Beautiful!
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:iconfluffytheartist:
Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and soft with warm colors; this is wonderful!
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:iconbluebelle-88:
bluebelle-88 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I love Christmas. Shes really pretty, she looks like a tree ornament.

Have a Merry Christmas surronded by family and friends.
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:iconatram95:
atram95 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Is Wonderful!! Congratulation I love it!!
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hgfdsasdfgh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
I LOVE this. It is extremely well done, and you can hardly tell that the model is a photo while the rest is not! It puts me into the Christmas spirit!
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:iconf1hybrids:
F1hybrids Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How did you do the hair? Looks great
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:icondarkwolf10011:
darkwolf10011 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very appropriate
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:iconkristhania:
Kristhania Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Just lovely!
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:iconankori:
Ankori Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! I have to agree with the first part that Great-5 wrote about it. Usually photomanipulations are not a big wow factor for me, but this one really is gorgeous!
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:iconbrokn1:
Brokn1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Wow! This is so beautiful. Merry Christmas!!!
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:iconamanyibrahem:
AmanyIbrahem Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
it's amazing work, i also adore this song for George Michael ;)
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:iconciruelitaspasas:
ciruelitaspasas Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Really beautiful!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Yay! Well-deserved, Brandy! :heart: Congratulations!!! I was so pleased to see this among the DDs today. Beautifully done.
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XLeonhart Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very beautiful work! Merry Christmas!
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December 16, 2010
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