EDIT #2: YEP STILL TRYING TO FIX. I feel ashamed, because I feel like I'm blind to whatever problems there are with this image. 8( Other people seem to hate it, but I really love it. T_____T I want it to look right! I want other people to like it, too, sometimes other opinion is the only way I can tell if something is at all decent and it's a horrible feeling. 8(((
Critiques still open, please help me fix it. 8(((((( I know it's not an adorable animal, so automatically The Internet has no feelings towards it, but I just want to be a better artist. >< REALLY BADLY.
ink, coffee, and Daniel Smith watercolors Arches 140lb Cold Press paper
Aminael belongs to !!
From the comic "Her Mentor." Here is page 1 of the comic!
Any excuse to paint girls with white hair will do! Aminael is smart and dedicated and can take the shape of a snake. <3 I happen to really like snakes. Aminael is a small, white snake but recently, I saw a very beautiful snake around my house! It was a diamondback, but a sort of blonder shade than the average tawny color, I really wanted to paint it.
Aminael is so pretty, I imagined she would want to feed birds out of her hand, like any other princess or goddess. But Aminael is a predator, and the birds will not come to her.
So she sets her interest on much bigger prey. I do love this pairing. <3 The little snake that falls in love with the amazing dragon.
This painting I really like, and turned out relatively ok, better than I could have expected. Sob sob ~ I feel like my skills are so limited. But here I was able to come up with a mixture of ink, coffee, paint, and water that acted as a permanent staining brown ink which seems to be a hard thing to purchase. And the brushwork of the background!! I worked hard on it! I'm so miserable with inking, but I so love scratchy textured inks, I want to be better at it. ><
Overall impression: I really love what you've done here with the colors and the gradation of dark to light from top to bottom. It really gives her an innocent feel but still keeps a sort of edge of danger. The birds are really well done, and the tree looks amazing. The snake is also really well done. Somehow it's really realistic in the way it coils around her. You can DEFINITELY tell who it's done by even if you just glance at it. You've got a very distinctive style, and it WORKS.
I love that you've used coffee in this as a brown ink- I always feel like it gives a softer brown than most inks.
I think that the thing that throws me off about her anatomy is that her left eye is looking off to the upper part of the picture a little and the left eye as a whole is a little bit high on her face. But overall, this is an amazing picture, and these little things are just that- LITTLE things. Just something to keep in mind in the future.
Vision: I love the way the character is portrayed in this piece. Everything in this piece is relevant and tells a story about this character and her life. You can see her frustration as the birds flit about above her, purposely avoiding the predator. Even though you know that she is a snake she still has innocent, fragile quality about her as you see her feelings can be influenced.
Originality: I felt for the most part that this was a normal piece when it came to sheer originality. Using the coffee mixture is interesting, but not anything that really caught my attention.
Technique: The colors in this piece are to die for. The light that she brings to the scene and the darkness that surrounds her really drew me in. The shading and handling of white is superb. It's obvious you spent some time on this.
Impact: This is a pretty piece, which may lead me to read what looks like a promising comic, but I make no guarantees as to how long it will remain in my thoughts.
As for other critique...the anatomy is stylized, which is just fine. However, her neck strikes me as bit long. As the snake and her arm are obscuring most of it, I'm curious how wide her torso is as well.
I was also left wondering how far above her the bird branch is.
I'll be honest when I say this is a beautiful picture. I love her subtle movement and expression, but the only thing I find distracting to the rest of the drawing are in fact her eyes. To me this is a soft pose with soft characters and because everything around her seems very warm, but her eyes stick out to me in a harsh way. Maybe its because the rest of the picture seems to be constructed of mainly browns and the only thing pitch black are the eyes. Seems to throw everything off a little in my opinion. Over all its very lovely and I cant help but like it!
wow this is such a nice work! I really love your style and the whole concept! The coloring is amazing as well and the contrast you used is excellent as well! In my eyes, this picture is just perfect as it is
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`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More