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The Eye and her Majesty

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This is the first of two pieces I made for this year's Desktopography release: desktopography.net/exhibition-…
Every year a group of artists and designers comes together to create a bunch of nature-themed wallpapers for your viewing pleasure. You can get various sizes of my image on their website via the following link: desktopography.net/portfolios/…

Please don't ask me what inspired me to make this because I have no idea. X) I guess I wanted to use the ornaments photos again that I got a while ago from photobash.org. Other stock I used came from visualhunt.com. I also used rat 01 from cyborgsuzystock and Rocky Hole 1 by Eris-stock

This artwork is also part of my new fantasy calendar called BEAST. You can get it here:
BEAST 2018 Calendar by ErikShoemaker

As always, thanks for stopping by and don't steal etc. :)
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SirLysicofDeria's avatar

I came to DeviantArt to find amazing wallpapers. This is a beautiful example of that which I search for.

ErikShoemaker's avatar

thanks so much for the nice comment! Made my day :)

SirLysicofDeria's avatar

Would it be alright if I recommended something to inspire a next drawing?

SirLysicofDeria's avatar

If you could, would it be alright if you drew an Egyptian mythology inspired drawing? For example Anubis or Set, or an Egyptian cat and in the background, an Eye of Horus.

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lottajaakola's avatar

This artwork is really giving me goosebumps. This is legendary. I love the way you build the cats like warriors with the ornaments. The color choises are amazing and the composition of the cats. Just mindblow!

ErikShoemaker's avatar

Thanks for the nice comment! Glad you like the details and the work put into it :)

lottajaakola's avatar

Absolutely! A huge inspiration. You are very welcome 😊

TigRaidoXXX'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-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

The preview of this work catched my eye straight away - it promised a beautiful, colorful and detailed piece of art, and the big version certainly was exactly that. It has a rich look, and the colors are vibrant, but remain harmonic. It looks like a scene from a fantasy movie.
When studying closely I started to notice some shortcomings, yet they didn't influence the overall impression that much.

Good things about the work:
- balance of values and colors. The picture has its compositional center highlighted, clearly standing out, the backgound is dim and doesn't pull attention. Cyan piece of gear has beautiful glowing color and strong highlights.
- detalization. It's superb. I have no idea about how such things are done, but the result is quite impressive. It looks rich and outworldly, serving both as an eye-attractor and creating an atmosphere of a different culture, different world. I looked at it for a while, and discovered dead mice in the dark below, wires (or tubes?)
- like I said, the atmosphere of the picture is amazing. Animals with fantasy accessories are an overused theme, I rarely see truly original or outstanding pictures, but yours is. The objects merge together into a beautiful whole.

Shortcomings
- It took a few seconds to realize, that there are two beasts here, not one. The golden-and-cyan gear is much brighter than purple, so lower cat figure gets a bit overwhelmed.
- the cats' paws (maybe heads too, but less than paws) lack shadows on and around them a little, in my opinion. They look a bit too even, too flat. Also, some parts of their attire looks a little low-contrast too, mostly the purple one.
- Gold metal looks a bit blurry in some places, when you give the picture a close look.
- The light/smoke coming from their attire should probably give more colored highlights around.


Overall it's a great picture, that catches attention as beautiful and colorful, and invites to take a closer look and study it for a while to discover smaller details.
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Thank you very much for the kind words and the honest criticism, too! It's difficult to find a balance of drawing just enough attention and avoiding multiple focal points at the same time. :) I pictured the purple cat as subordinate to the golden one (her Majesty), so it's more or less intentional that the purple one not as shiny as her companion.
The shadows and highlights are certainly things that can be fixed! Thanks for pointing it out.
TigRaidoXXX's avatar
You're welcome!
Your work was interesting to study, and to understand, what exactly creates the impression it gives.
You make a fair point about the characters having different roles and that you highlighted the golden cat to deliver this idea.
Also, now I see that part of my text was gone. It was "wires (or tubes?) on the cyan gear". I noticed this detail after a close look and I think it's rather unique and intriguing, it feels like the gear has a meaning that we don't quite understand.

I hope this feedback helps you to further improve as an artist :) Keep it up!
Snowfawn's avatar
: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

altough its not very big, i am using it as one of the several wallpapers, it is very stunning all the details fit together, the ideia is unique, it is very creative, the colors you used mix well together and the cats you used are very well put together too, this is a masterpiece i have to say. all the tiny details make it into a very amazing piece, in case you do not feel proud of this you should, it is quite unique, i've nvr seen anything like this, with this strong impact specially with cats and under this technique, it is fantastic.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you for the kind words! Did you see that you can get 2560 x 1440 px on this page? desktopography.net/portfolios/…
Snowfawn's avatar
thank you :) i got the one i needed for my screen, you got more anywhere? because i did enjoy more pieces of yours.
AguraNata's avatar
Fascinating look! :)
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perilzof's avatar

This is really fabulous!

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Auramaru's avatar
This is amazing :o
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tamaraR's avatar
How gorgeous and cute. :love:
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you! :D It's funny that you think they are cute. I actually wanted them to look a bit creepy. 
tamaraR's avatar
Hahaha. I think that's because of my love for cats, that I find them cute. ;p
I love it though. It's a gorgeous piece of art. :heart:
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