Hey Jared! This is an amazing painting! You really are VERY good at epic scenes like this. I'm honestly not familiar with most of Lovecraft's work other than Cthulu, so my critique is from the perspective of not knowing this beast.
I really love the soft foggy lighting you have going on here which I think give it a fairytale sort of quality. It's a beautiful image that happens to have a hideous monster in it. I think it would be especially enchanting to a younger audience because the monster is more eye-candy than it is the stuff of nightmares. You also created a lot of depth and added to the epicness by showing the tower in the background as a faded silhouette and with the sharper detail in the foreground imagery, and the little archer to show scale.
It's hard to find fault with it and the only things that I can say that may be helpful might be just my own opinion. But I think there needs to be more of a transition with the hair growing around the mouth. He's got lips and then suddenly long hair growing straight from them. Also there might need to be a longer shadow being cast from the monster to the right of him but that wasn't immediately noticeable to me. The mouth is a focal point, so a touch more realism to that area might be an improvement. One more thing, and I hate to say this cause it sounds nitpicky, but does this creature have 3 arms or 4? But anyways, like I said you're amazing at painting monsters! I'm giving you a high score indeed!
Thanks so much Carrie!!! I really value your opinion being the great artist that you are! You know your details so I'm especially glad you critiqued my work! You pointed out all the things I found fault in this paintng too. I felt the same about the mouth... but wasn't sure if it was just me. It's also supposed to be 2 front arms and each arm had 2 forearms with 2 sets of paws. I didn't really show this that well, as it gets a little confusing on what's going on. Because you are right, it does look like 3 arms almost. A lot of stuff I need to work on. Thanks again tho for opinions and advice! It's truly appreciated Carrie
You're very welcome Jared! It was fun to critique this piece! I think you should be working for an animation company doing concept art. You have so many great pieces in your gallery with fully detailed environments that tell a story. Really awesome stuff!
thanks so much Carrie! I try to make up for what I lack in skill with good ideas and stories. Thanks so much for saying that. I still feel very new to digital art...well art in general since there was a time not to long ago I didn't draw for years. Then I discovered this tablet and got back into it. So im still a newbie. My dream is to work from home. So I am hoping one day that will happen thanks again for your kind words and definitely keep in touch!