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Cottingley Fairy by Cynnalia Cottingley Fairy by Cynnalia
Created for the Cottingley Fairies contest at :iconmanip-contest:

The challenge was to create an old black and white picture inspired by the famous Cottengley Fairies photos from 1917. The story, and the photos taken by the two cousins, Elsie and Frances, can be seen here: [link]

This was an interesting challenge for me because usually I try to make photos look like paintings, but this had to keep its photographic qualities. Of course, I'm also not known for my monochromatic works, so dealing with black and white was a bit out of my comfort zone. ;) Still, this was very fun and I'm actually very pleased with how it turned out. :D

ETA 12/26: Thank you for everyone who voted for me! I won third place in the contest. :boogie:
:iconmanip-contest-award:

Credits
Little girl: ~SkyesFantasyStock [link]
Fairy: `mjranum [link]
Wings: *S0WIL0 [link]
Background: *Goblin-stock [link] ~andrepx [link]
Texture overlays: ~Oleo-Kun [link] ~flinkle [link]
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:icontndrhrtd37:
tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Wonderful piece dear congratulations...
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconkitiekat4u:
kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CONGRATULATIONS!!! you wonderful piece came in Third Place Advanced in the "Cottingley Fairies Contest". you get to put this wonderful award icon :iconmanip-contest-award: into the description area with what place you won. :clap: you also get to place this wonderful piece into the exclusive group :iconmanip-contest-award: feature folder. because you are a winner you are also welcome to place any of your artwork into any of the other folders. :heart:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Whoo hoo! :boogie: Thank you! :heart:
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:iconkitiekat4u:
kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconcapoodra:
Capoodra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Digital Artist
how cute :)
i like the photo tinting and i love the texture of the photo.
unless this is your intention, the fairy is very big compared to the size of the model.
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Thanks! :D I agree the fairy is a little big, but she has such a darling grin I couldn't bear to make it smaller! ;)
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:iconlissyh:
LissyH Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
what can i say ? Absolutly perfect work for me great
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Thanks so much! :heart:
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MaureenOlder Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks very convincing :clap:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thank you! :heart:
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:icongulka001:
Gulka001 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Digital Artist
nice :) it looks like a photo from '70 :D good luck in the contest.
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconsvoja-i-nicija:
svoja-i-nicija Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Lovely!
It really looks old! Especially little girl!
only thing that i would change is the size of the fairy... it's just a little bit too big, but maybe that is just me! In my head fairies are smaller! :D Other then that it's absolutely perfect!
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thank you so much! I think she's a little big, too, but she has such a cute grin I couldn't bear to make her smaller! :D
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:iconsvoja-i-nicija:
svoja-i-nicija Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I know! I had the same problem with my fairies! :D
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:iconellyevans679:
Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Featured in 2010 Fairy Photomanipulations news article here [link]
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thank you so much for including my art! :heart:
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:iconanothersunrise:
AnOtherSunrise Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Student General Artist
This pic is wonderful! I don't find something to criticize except that the fairy don't looks at the girl. But I think it was intention^^ It's just my opinion ;3
Well .. the rest of the manipualtion is just perfect! :heart:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconkitiekat4u:
kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well Deb let me tell you WOW!!! this is perfect. it looks exactly like one of the photos of the Cottingley Fairies. the only reason i know it is not is by the date at the bottom hahahaha :giggle: you got the soft blur and the grain old photos have. you have the cracks and scratches perfectly. i really don't see any improvements needed at all dear your piece is perfect. here is to you :clap: :clap:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Thank you so much, Donna! :huggle: This was such a fun challenge and I loved reading about the Cottingley fairies! :love:
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:iconkitiekat4u:
kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i think it was the funnest to date. you are really going to love the next one. :heart:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
*waits with bated breath* :D
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:iconkitiekat4u:
kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha i can't wait to announce it :heart:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Now I'm totally curious! *camps on your lawn* ;P
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cazcastalla Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
This is beautifully manipulated Deborah - the photo looks old and of course all the elements are correct (expect nothing less from you :hug: ). This contest is developing new talents all over the place - did you use trial and error or tutorials/tips to get the old photo look? I used whatever I could find around dA and elsewhere, lol - hopefully all worth it in the end
Good luck in the contest :hug:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Thank you so much, m'dear! :huggle: I used trail and error to get the old photo look and did quite a bit of searching before finding a texture overlay that did what I needed it to do! lol
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SpyderGenie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just fab! Excellent choice of fairy, and the girl looking back is genius! Aging also very nice. GREAT!! :hug:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Thank you so much! :glomp: :heart:
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:iconspydergenie:
SpyderGenie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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Gagilend Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is wonderful:+favlove:!!!
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Thank you! :D
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:iconik-ben-10eke:
ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely setting. Background, the fallen tree, yep, I like that.
And you've given a nice old touch to it. Well done.
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconstellathestardesign:
StellaTheStarDesign Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job! :)
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Thank you! :D
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:iconlissyh:
LissyH Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
wow what a wonderful work great
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Thank you so much! :)
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GoblinStock Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wonderful :clap:
thanks for using my stock so beautifully :heart:
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:iconbrandrificus:
brandrificus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
:clap: Very nice work here my dear !!:heart:
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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:iconpixie-wildflower:
Pixie-Wildflower Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
That SO rocks!
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Thank you, Cathy! :D
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:iconkongvmax:
kongvmax Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
well done, I want one..lol..the expression is perfect :D
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Thank you! I couldn't resist using her - her grin is adorable! :D
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:iconkongvmax:
kongvmax Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
good choise :D
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:icons0wil0:
S0WIL0 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
This is fantastic! I love how you used my wings!
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:iconcynnalia:
Cynnalia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it! :)
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:iconkitiekat4u:
kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooow Deb this turned out really great. i love it. :heart:
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