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I finally finished Gabriel, I wanted to do more on the background last night but sleep got the better of me,I also didnt have time to do my usual check of finer details, so if there are any stray pixels anywhere on my doll then thats why
Gabriel is in her finest gown standing on the balcony overlooking the city of tropical Queensland, she decided to take a holiday in one of her favorite places.
After all of the apperances that she had to make in this contest, it has been a busy time for her but she has enjoyed every minute of it and.....win or lose she knows that she has done her best and thats all that she can do
Thanks to everyone that has voted for my past dolls I appreciate it a lot and it means the world to me knowing my friends have supported me throughout this whole contest, it has been a fun learning experience for me, I am actually surprised that I made it this far..there has been some awesome competition...Well done to everyone who participated!
First off, congratulations on making it to the finals.
Ok, let me say that this doll is very beautiful and you obviously spent lots of time on it. However, there are some things that I think you should have done different. For one, the color scheme. The dress is purple with white, so why does she have a pink shaw behind her? It should have been either white or purple or the dress should have been pink and purple. I like how you didn't add a necklace or earrings, as that would have been a little bit to much around that area. I like the background, especially the moon. Overall, very good job on this doll as well as the entire competition.
I want to personally congratulate you on making it this far as the clear underdog in the competition. I don't think it was something anyone expected, but your improvements have definately earned you this place.
Now, on to your doll. I see some new techniques here that you hadn't previously used, particularly on the skirt. The dithering was a nice touch and I think its a technique you should use further. Your skirt folds are also beautiful, something that any member on here should look to as an example for what can be done with beautiful shaping. The one major shading issue in the skirt though is you did not shade the inside as well and instead used one color, making it look unfinished. Your technique issues really begin in the waist though. Here, your folds are not curved enough. Curving them will follow your natural waist. I have an issue too with the colour you chose for the shawl, which I think would've been better done in a dark purple rather than a pink. I can see how the pink ties with the lone flower, but those probably would've been better off white to keep things clean. A full background was a nice touch, definitely in line with your own personal style.
Overall, during the competition, I believe you have experienced the most growth as a competitor and a doller. You have taken our critiques and utilized them in order to improve your entries constantly, giving us surprises and ideas that many of us haven't seen before. In the future, I would like you to continue this growth. I think you should focus on the shading style you used in the skirt, it holds the most promise and looks as if a long-time doller did it. Also, I think you should continue to develop your backgrounds and scenes. These are things that your dolls frequently contain and give you a unique touch since many dollers don't focus as much on a story as you have.
Good luck in the voting!