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The Morrigan by AranzazuFernandez The Morrigan by AranzazuFernandez
watercolours, colored pencils and white gouache

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Hello! Here's the critique you've requested some time ago in my poll. You gave me choice of two works from you, but as the other one is digital and my knowledge about traditional art is much much vaster than about digital, then I'll pay attention to this work (and besides, your girl in the toilet is brilliant anyway).

Let's start with general view. The painting is quite pleasant to the eye and it's best part is the face, undoubtedly. I also think that if you cut off everything below her collarbones, the picture would look better. There are two reasons for it: the composition would be more eye-catching and also the part below collarbones looks a bit like you wasn't entirely sure what to do with it. Try covering that part with your hand and look at it that way (: Then we have just a small part of the shoulders with mysterious blue marks that accent nicely the bottom of the painting.

About anatomy. Again, shoulders and below. Let me show 2 pictures that can help us, one at posemaniacs.com and one in our dA stocks. Pay attention how the collarbones and tendons pronounce - there is no one regular line for them as you painted below the necklase; also this place, neck and upper chest - there are many folds and curves that make lovely shadows on the skin. Look how the light behaves in that area in the linked stock photo. Of course, I mention this, because the rest of your painting follows anatomy and chiaroscuro in a way that would suggest a continuation of it lower. An area around neck and chest is not an easy thing to depict, but still I think you've dealt with it not that bad, except the mentioned cases.

Face. As I've said before, it's the strongest part of your painting, however, there is a flaw that has been bugging me since I noticed it - her irises have two diffrent sizes. Luckily it's this type of mistakes that everyone knows how to correct and it's rarely noticeable when the rest of the picture is nice. In this case, you put so much so nice elements that the attention distracts from looking at it. Except this, the face is painted exquisitely, from her skin, through make-up (planned very well) to her lines.

Hair. Let us help here with a drawing from `alicexz. The most common mistake - that most people even don't recognise as a mistake - is drawing/painting one hair after another. Because of this people forget that hair is just another mass that forms a shape and, as a shape, it has shadows and highlights as much as a face or even an apple. Take a look at hair in `alicexz's drawing - you can easily see where the light comes from and how does it behave. The highlights appear on both the enlightened and not enlightened part of hair, but on the enlightened part it's much more striking and noticeable, while it's totally calm on the darker side. Hair in your painting lacks this point and that's why they appear flat. The main correction would be to strongly darker the parts behind the crows.

Crows: looks like your favourite parts to paint are heads (: Again, this time their heads are the best depicted parts. The idea of small brush strokes to present their feathers was a good idea, but only on their heads and necks, and partly on their stomachs. Small visible strokes = small feathers. On their wings, the strokes should be analogously thicker, as wings have strong, long and thick feathers, so they could handle flying.

To sum it up, it's a very good painting and it shows how much potential you have. Keep up the good work!
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
¡La Mórrígan en su triple forma junto con Badbh y Macha! :D genial genial genial :la:

me encanta :D :D
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Has captado lo que yo quería transmitir a la perfección :D

Muchas gracias, me alegra que te guste ;)
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
me recuerda a uno de mis libros favoritos de pequeño, los Perros de la Mórrígan :D
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No conozco ese libro, está bien?
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:iconjakeukalane:
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bastante :) aunque es literatura infantil. Creo que sólo lo publicaron en Círculo de lectores así que es difícil de encontrar. Si lo encuentro online te lo hago saber :)
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
ok, gracias ^^
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jminsart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Awesome work!! Love her tattoo Heart 
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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stephanieenglish Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
this is beautiful , im wondering can i use this image in a body and make up artistry competion?
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.Could you tell me about that competition and what kind of use would you do of my artwork? I wish to know that before I give you permission.
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KaliannShevlin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
This is the best image I found of this Celtic Goddess. So its going into my collection.
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much ^^
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:iconkaliannshevlin:
KaliannShevlin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
you're very welcomed
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous, one of the best Mórrigan's I've seen! :)
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :aww:
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operaghost96 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student
I really like this piece! The crows are a nice touch, emphasizing the fact that in Celtic mythology she is referred to as the Crow Goddess, and I'm glad you added the war paint, as many forget that the Celts went into battle wearing it, and it really brings out the blue in her eyes. Great job.
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newboldworld Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Brilliant! :-)
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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AliceRorstrom Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I love this depiction of one of my matrons!
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :aww:
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HyresMorrigan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful...draws my eyes thanks to the woad markings :-)
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :aww:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional
exquisite work
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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Emmysarus Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The detail in this women is remarkable...
The fullness of her lips, her sharp cheeks, her collar bone... its brilliant!
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much!:bow:
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druid-owl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, very striking, ive requested it be submitted to :iconthedruidscircle: group :)
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much, and also for the invitation to the group:aww:
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ClaudioVerde Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
super bella! buen trabajo!
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major-oreo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this!!!! I just read a Dark Hunters novel that had her in it and I've been wondering what she looks like. Even though I have no reference, I think it's wonderfully like her. That's the awesome thing about art, we all interpret things differently and your interpretation is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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NatasaIlincic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love this one! ♥
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! ^^
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:iconallarious:
Allarious Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
excelente!!!
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
gracias! :bow:
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faire-weather Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty!
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:iconaranzazufernandez:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :aww:
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Nameless75 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
WOW awesome^^
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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SyntheticHatred Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Amazing :heart:
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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Deloryan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
me gusta mucho la idea :)
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AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
gracias1 ^^
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Deloryan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
De nada!! :)
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Waldratte Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great design
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VladmiesserDiVisker Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the ravens on her shoulders :D she looks pretty badass
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Lhox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
Excellent work!
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ravenlael Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
i like the patterns, do they have some kind of meaning? 8D
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ExquisiteIllusions Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
WOW!
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BlazeofGlory17 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want I can give you the link to an anthology dedicated to The Morrigan where you can submit this.
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