"Little soul, big world." (edited)
Monday, March 6, 2006

After "I can win this!", it's hard to come up with a good, half-way mature theme. But I always wanted to do this: a miniature River, with Simon's protective hands around her; along with the text of her own words: "Little soul, big world." That's pretty much it. I also added young River. She's not actually staring at the scene (I did the premonition thing last time). If anything, she's in Simon's mind -- and so adds a sense of continuity to his loving care. The miniature River doesn't look in Simon's direction, either. She's looking into the world, yet never without him shielding her. I gave everything a nice white, bubbly border; I dunno, almost feels like young River is wearing a white dress, that way (to enhance her innocence, of course). And I added some soft FireFly glow. River's vulnerability is, as you may know, a major reason I Love her so deeply.



Monday, March 6, 2006 12:32 AM


I'm sorry for the repost. After cranking up the brightness real high, I discovered some unsavory green at the edges of River's hair. And I thought: No. Can't. Too much green. :) I also edited out some pixel errors and edge-distortions on the side of her dress and shoulders. Obviously, my PhotoShop skills need some honing. But I'm beginning to get some feel for the whole transparency deal. And I love that magic wand tool (that's like a magical wish-granting plank, only ... wand shaped!).

N.B. Out of respect for the people who commented, I copied their original replies here.

Miramel Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 11:57,

o my god thats PERFECT. really, great job

minime Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 13:32,

Very nice work.

shinytalent Sunday, March 05, 2006 - 23:02,

It's so beautiful Asarian, thank you for this picture, and thank you even more for your kind words.
You have a wonderful gift and I'm glad you choose to share it with us.

It's just so wonderful.

Monday, March 6, 2006 8:18 AM


I love this pic. Keep it up.
Your love shines through your work.
Don't be dissmayed if it doesn't match what's in your head at first. Your skill will catch up with your passion.

Monday, March 6, 2006 11:18 AM


aww, that's just precious ;p

nice work, and a very original composition as well.

if you're up for some friendly advice: when you start running into pixelation troubles from enlarging a smaller image to fit the composition, I'd recommend a bit of a guassian blur. maybe a 3 or 4 px radius. you'll lose a bit more definition but should get rid of the squared edges and bring in more of a soft focus look.

quite shiny, though, and keep up the good work ;p


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