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Will-o'-the-Wisps

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Inspired by Disney-Pixar's Brave :heart:


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Forest - ~At-Stock | at-stock.deviantart.com/art/AT…
Flames - ~7Kindustry | 7kindustry.deviantart.com/art/…
Horse and rider - *MeetMeAtTheLake2Nite | meetmeatthelake2nite.deviantar… (Model - Lor Myers / Photographer - Sylvia Jae Houston)
Brush - ~SJWalker | sjwalker.deviantart.com/art/Pa…


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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Beautiful work, I love this picture, having found it accidentally on Youtube while listening to some music. I'd hoped to find the picture and see if I could use it for a poem about a particular dwarf on AllPoetry. I've written two parts to the epic poem, and a third part awaits and I'm looking for an inspirational picture to accompany it. What I love most of the picture is that it looks like a clip from a real movie, and at first I didn't see the rider, but when I did, it was a thrill because the dwarf in my poem is riding a horse. But I also like the fact that, to me at least, you make the picture seem as if it is from the vantage point of a person or thing watching from a distance and to whom or which the wisps are leading the rider. I'd be happy to credit you, and if you'd like to read the poem/tale, I would be glad to send you the link.
Emerald-Depths's avatar
Thank you so much for the kind words. I would be honored to have it used in such a way. I appreciate you asking. Also, I'd love to read it.
neriokat's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I came in to this critique fully prepared to give some tough love, but that was all before I spotted the girl on the horse at the very end (or I suppose it's probably beginning) of the path lit by the lights.

That little detail, which some might not even notice, ties the entire thing together for me. Now when I look at it it's easily the first thing I see, and I can just picture Merida sitting on her horse there.

I love your vision of this scene. Knowing the legends, this creates a creepy feel that the movie somewhat lacked, as the portrayal of the will o' the wisps was predominantly that they only did good.

Your originality got a 4.5/5 for me because, as the other critiquer mentioned, you did say it was from Brave, however there's many different ways this could be imagined, and the idea that she would be coming towards us (instead of leaving like many artists would choose to do) seems very unique to me.

In my opinion your technique was flawless, and I actually can't spot mistakes in the work, however I am on a dim and small screen at the moment. Still, in general, your technique is executed beautifully.

Finally, the impact of this piece is very substantial. Whether you've seen the movie or not, it creates a hauntingly beautiful feeling, and portrays true magic.

Very well done!
Delyragos's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

To start off, great job on the artwork! To be honest, I haven't really seen any photo-manipulations in quite awhile, so it was nice see this piece show up in my thumbnails!

Vision: This piece isn't necessarily focused purely around Brave. Granted it was based off of a scene in Brave, but that doesn't mean viewers can't use their imagination. This could just as easily be a scene from another movie or book as it could be in Brave.

Originality: Okay, I have to give you 4 stars because yeah it's cool and amazing, but you even said it was based off of Brave. However, I haven't seen this scene done in any way, so I'll give you that.

Technique: Great job on your technique! I liked the way you blended all four elements into one piece smoothly without going over board. There are some things I want to point out though. A closer look at your piece reveals some splotches that don't need to be there (i.e. at the tree closest to the light on the left, I can see some light spots that look like they don't NEED to be there). On the tree to the right, as well, the rays of light look too strong compared to the rest of the scene. Definitely minor details, but keep on working on your lighting and I think you'll be just fine.

Impact: You definitely did well in displaying the eerie side of Brave in this piece. Yet, when those who HAVE watched Brave see this, they're probably gong to recall all the other awesome scenes in the movie as well. And, like I said in the Vision area, some people might not even see Brave. They might see a scene from a book they're reading or another movie they watched like this. In the end, you give a great impact because of, not only the eerie display, but the connection you make to the viewer and this piece.

With that said and done, I've seen Brave, twice now I think, and it was a pleasure to be able to see a photo-manipulation of this scene and to be able to give a critique as well!
Emerald-Depths's avatar
Thank you so much. :D
Alivien's avatar
Love it! I am teaching my students about legendary creatures around the world can I use this artwork as an example?
Emerald-Depths's avatar
Oh yes, please feel free. Thank you for asking!
heroicgames's avatar
This is stunning! I would love to use a part of this image for a game I am creating, would that be okay?
dj-craig's avatar
i love it, please can i use this pic for my music cover, i will give you all credit on my side! 
Emerald-Depths's avatar
I apologize for the late reply, but I would be fine with that. Thank you for asking.
TheHobbitArt's avatar
Absolutely incredible
tommyboywood's avatar
may i use this for my poem - Will o the wisp?  you would get credit and a link  :)
Emerald-Depths's avatar
I'd be honored. Thank you very much for asking.
tommyboywood's avatar
thanks so much  here it is.  if you like ii feel free to feature as a xollab

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Exidos's avatar
I really like the simplicity of this piece! The wisps stand out beautifully from the purple background. :)
Emerald-Depths's avatar
Many thanks! This is a personal favorite. :heart:
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JackunzelLuver's avatar
That is so AWESOME!!! :la: GREAT job!!!! :squee:
RavenLunatic666's avatar
LOVE this pic! BUT these will-o'-the-wisps were around WAY before brave was made. These little lights/ghosts have a spooky legend surrounding them, not to mention one of my favorite legends and lore :) but still amazing job!
Emerald-Depths's avatar
Thanks!

And I know about the legend. :) It was just the movie that inspired me to create this particular piece.
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