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Murder Scene

I have been obsessed in this vector... I even ended up going into work on Friday like a zombie after 2 hours sleep due to vectoring my ass off.

Anyway, moving on...

I recently posted a blog asking for requests from my devwatchers... in the hope I'd get some inspiration and give my watchers something they might like to see.

I got a request from the wonderful ~artemisa-69 :

I'd love to see some bloody/macabre/gore vector, mixed with glamour and sexyness I'm sure you would handle it fantastically...!

Although I haven't filled the brief completely (with it only being a little bit blood), I feel as if I have created a dark vector.

I also used this as a challenge to myself to do more complex shadows and shading.

I used the following stock/resources:

And of course, 100% vector, no meshes or blends used there... all solid shapes, gradients and my own vector brushes used.

Thank you guys for the feedback on my WIP "thread" deviation [link]

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bear48's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

When I first saw this I thought it was a very fine graphite drawing. Now that I understand that it is vectors I am doubly impress. I made my living for a few years as an illustrator for a newspaper working primarily in Illustrator.

I find the expression to be strong and chilling. The composition is forceful and strong.

You gradations appear very smooth which are even more impressive because you limited yourself to grayscale.

I am also impressed with the implied texture of the hair.

I feel your use of space speaks well of your understanding of the psychology of the image.

The craftsmanship you have brought to this image is exquisite.
ChewedKandi's avatar
Thank you for such a wonderfully complimentary critique :hug:

It's not strictly grayscale, as there are some tones of teal and brick red, but used very subtly to give an added umph to the grayscale :)

Thank you again, I really appreciate it :hug:
snowunmasked's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Oh my, I was not expecting this for a while in my inbox. What a tremendous impact to see the final image in so polished a presentation!

Needless to say, the rendering of everything, from the gradation of the skin to the structure of the hair, is impeccable. It is no small venture to sustain the visual appeal of a singular palette, therefore your craftsmanship and attention to the most minute of details is highly meritorious; effectuating the gravity within those eyes is especially notable.

Greatest of all your endeavours is the employment of vertical space, centralising the weight and consequently escalating the significance of the piece as a whole. The result is remarkably dramatic, and the addition of the crossing shadows is simple yet elegant, giving this a further dramatic touch.

This is your most sophisticated piece to date. Looking at this I yearn for more, wondering what lies beyond the frame and how the story would unfold.

Congratulations on holding your viewer's attention for more than 10 seconds, by the way ;) this is a momentous stepping stone for you and I look forward to what next you have to offer.

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Lumysaara's avatar
You know, whenever I read your comments/ critiques/ DD descriptions, I can't help but wonder whether people stop a little to go like "Wait... what does po... pointillism mean? Is it a good or a bad thing?" :lol:
True, it's always fun to use sophisticated words, but sometimes it feels like mixing cinnamon and pepper and basil and tarragon all together and that's a bit too much for the mind of the simpletons.

It's fun to read, though. Feels like a foreign language :giggle:
LineBirgitte's avatar
:nod: Agreed on all accounts!
DustyKnives's avatar
I couldn't have put it better myself, and I'm fairly egotistical when it comes to my own critique-writing abilities. I agree on all fronts!
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ChewedKandi's avatar
Thank you for this Katie :hug:

When I start a piece I can get pretty obsessed with it until it's done... many sleepless nights I tell you!

I do feel it's a step for me, technically my first piece to illustrate a scene :)

Here's hoping it's not a one off eh? :D :giggle:
snowunmasked's avatar
I know exactly the feeling. I've learned to become slightly more detached, allowing my work to rest so I can view it with fresh eyes. It works :nod:
ChewedKandi's avatar
I've got too much of an addictive personality for that haha

I wish I could, but I find myself thinking about it constantly :/
snowunmasked's avatar
I know, it's hard to go to bed at night even... it takes a lot of self training to resist the temptation :P
ChewedKandi's avatar
I'm a fat woman... I have no self control :giggle:
bear48's avatar
Very nicely written and I agree
threehoursleep's avatar
I love this critique for the fact that it taught me so many new English words, that I have never consciously heard or used myself. And that is not irony.
snowunmasked's avatar
:giggle: In fact I feel my vocabulary is very repetitious on dA >_> it's a challenge to keep it varied!
threehoursleep's avatar
Yes, sometimes I wish there were more words. I should just make them up as I go. :)
Duckforcover's avatar
Love to do hair like that the whole image in amazing with a lot of thought and skill employed.
Jess-Bot's avatar
Very impressive. Well done! Certainly something to inspire to achieve :)
inkway's avatar
its amazing! very beautiful.
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chaoticmind's avatar
awesome work as usual, sharon :)
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