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Echo Chernik Illustration
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Artist // Professional // Digital Art
My Bio
Hi! I have over fifteen years of experience as a professional commercial artist in the advertising field, and five years as an instructor of graphics and digital illustration at pratt institute, westchester community college, marymount manhattan and skidmore cci. I specializes in art nouveau influenced poster design, adverisements, package design and bookcovers.

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I am a traditionally trained artist - graduate of pratt institute, summa cum laude (presidents award for academic excellence). A traditional background in art focuses on skills such as drawing and painting as well as perspective and color theory. This allows me to translate the client's concept into whatever media best suits the job - therefore I am a very versatile artist, who is not limited by any one medium.

2017 Appearance Schedule
  • Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle, 2019
  • Comic Con International - San Diego, 2019
  • GenCon - Indianapolis, 2019
  • DragonCon - Atlanta, 2019

Favourite Visual Artist
My daughters
Favourite Movies
Various
Favourite TV Shows
Netflix.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Vanessa Mae, 30STM, Blue October, Disturbed
Favourite Books
Echo Nouveau by me and my husband, Aztec by Alan Jennings
Favourite Writers
Robert Heinlein, Alan Jennings, Amy Tan, Shel Silverstein
Favourite Games
Shadowrun
Favourite Gaming Platform
Roleplaying (pen & paper)
Tools of the Trade
Photoshop, Illustrator, Graphite, Oil, Acrylic, Gouache
Other Interests
Baking, Origami, Shooting

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:star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star-half::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
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This has some good elements to it. You clarity and colors are clean and attractive.

I do feel that the oil brings about an inconsistency between the body and the face. The face doesn't glisten the same way, and that disconnects it. There is also a shadow under her chin (viewers right) that also "chops" the head off - like it's pasted on from another photo. You would do well to use a backlight as well. Her hair and legs are begging for it.

Your lack of makeup (or choice of clean make-up) doesn't flatter the model, but maybe that was your artistic choice. It appears to be a choice of budget or time, rather than creative thought. Better lighting of the face might dispel that, though.

As for pose, the contra-posto is nice, but the expression is muted (partly because of the lack of make-up). Her eyes are trying to pierce - but they lack dramatic shape and size. Her lips are very small and thin and parted in a way that might be sexy if they stood out more. A woman's face changes color with sexual arousal which make-up is supposed to exaggerate. Eyelids darken, cheeks and lips (and nipples) flush, cheek muscles become tight and round, etc. Without those visual indicators emotion, any woman's facial expression is read as not genuine.
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Critique by Lazarus Chernik, Creative Director for Echo-X:

It's fun and enticing. The line quality is expressive and enjoyable. The figure drawing is pretty good with a dramatic and elegant twist. I think her right arm (the arm on the left) is a little muscular and thick compared to her left arm. Part of that has to do with the sleeve's texture and color and part of that has to do with size. Perspective would make the background arm smaller/thinner than the foreground by a hair - but it's actually bigger. The foreground breast should also be more clear.

The palette is lovely but the level of rendering is uneven. The polish of the butt cheeks and the glint on her hair create a distracting depth because the rest of the figure isn't as carefully controlled. The hair texture is weak and the leaves are just improperly shaded. They are colored - but need attention to their own highlights and shadows. Those shadows would solve the structure problem of the breast and the butt.

The extremely bright object behind her isn't well done - sorry. It's so bright that is obscures the the figure and makes it actually painful to look at. I need sunglasses. More importantly, the light would completely change the figure's shading. She would be backlit and have streaks of light outlining her form. Shadows would be in the foreground. Unfortunately, the background liught source is so blistering that to make it come out right, you would end up making the figure so dark that the important details could end up illegible if handled incorrectly.

If you go back into her, I'd love to see where it goes.

Good luck!
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