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Finding solace by gracefulsunshine Finding solace by gracefulsunshine
EDIT | FEBRUARY 03, 2016 | made a couple tweaks and lighting changes! thanks to everyone who left a critique; i'll respond to the critiques i haven't responded to soon.

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Title | Finding solace
Dream | "One day, I will come to terms with the skeletons in my closet."
A Day Artbook Contest Third Place Mention ] 

What I originally wanted to say was something along the lines of "One day, I will come to terms with the skeletons in my closet, and be at peace with everything I currently regret." 

There are so, so many actions and words that I've regret saying or doing throughout the years that continue to come back to haunt me with a poorly timed memory flashback, and while "coming to terms with the skeletons in my closet" could theoretically imply that I wouldn't consider what I regret a shameful secret and in essence would completely destroy the skeletons, I'd like to think that there's a fine line between accepting the secrets for what they are, but keeping the skeletons, and being free of or forgetting the secrets entirely.


"1/6 is 1.6% of the way through '16" - post aesthetics aside, perhaps i should have drawn a closet for a more literal approach, but i went for a hydrangea hedge because if i'm not mistaken, they do symbolise enlightenment - and for me, that's part of what acceptance and coming to terms are about. in addition, there was also one other concept that i wanted to try for this contest, but i simply don't have enough time to finish it in time for the deadline with the quality that it deserves; perhaps i'll finish it later this year. 

alternate names for this piece (tfw when you had to resort to using memes to name your art): good bones and calcium mr skeltal | my hand wishes for me to shoot it dead: an anthology | rayne isn't a necrophiliac i say as he gently caresses mr skeltal | subnae that's not how you draw skeletal appendages | mr skeletal came out of the closet | doot doot | rayen


Rayne Vellis + Non respexerunt © gracefulsunshine

tumblr crosspost will be available shortly. | progress shots will be uploaded soon.
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What looks good about it:

The details and shading are pretty good. The shadows fall in the right places and the light is in the right place. Everything looks so beautiful. Before I zoomed up I though he was holding a bow because the skeleton arm in the top left, holding his left hand (third person) and the one in the bottom right grabbing his right arm (third person) are bent a certain way xD.

What looks weird or bad about it:

Some of the skeleton's arms are placed weird. The ones I think look weird are the one in the top left, holding his left hand (third person) and the one in the bottom right grabbing his right arm (third person). It's the way their arms are bent and the way the hand in place is why it looks weird to me.

How to fix it:

Maybe make it so the skeleton arm in the top left, holding his left hand (third person), isn't coming overhand like he was grabbing something off a table. Make it so his hand is underhand like if he were tying to lift the hood of a car.
Basically, flip it over. It's the same thing for the skeleton hand in bottom right grabbing his right arm (third person), just flip it like how I explained it above.

Well done on this picture though! I hope this helps.
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Alright, since I was on the bus when I wrote my earlier comment, I had no time to write a long critique.

Anyhow, onwards! I really like the shadows and shadings, as well as the meaning of the artwork.

What I do think needs some more practice are the skeletons. Human anatomy is often quite confusing, and it needs just a tiny mistake to look bad. This, fortunately, looks quite amazing, there are just a few skeleton arms who, at first sight, seem to be in a rather awkward position.

However, I believe you will improve over time. Practice makes everything better, and art is no diffrent. I am certain that if you keep trying you will soon find yourself drawing human anatomy (no matter if it has skin or is just bones) better and better, until only 'perfect' can describe it. And do not worry, someone who can draw as awesome as you can often needs just a bit more practice to get it right.

Good luck with all your future drawings!
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xindungnemda Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist
I love the background very much, I mean the space around your character. In my opinion, connecting main characters with space around them, in an art, is very important, but difficult. It can make me feel the mood of your art, as I feel, little of sorrow combines with peace and acceptance. And I think this art is very amazing, althought there is one thing I dont like much, the sky of this art make me confuse and I cant get is it at night or daytime? Is it in a storm? O-O
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
ahhh thank you! i find that i tend to have a recurring theme with a lot of my polished pieces - calm sorrow but with acceptance, and it's nice to see that people are picking up on it :") in regards to the sky, i suppose it isn't as polished as i'd like, but the main focus was on the hydrangea hedges that casted a shadow on the main subject, which probably would explain your confusion. i'd probably put the time frame for the piece at around afternoon? there's no storm, but i probably could have made the sky lighter, hm. thanks for the feedback!
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corrupted-candyland Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Student
DON'T GO INTO THE BUSHES!!!! Tomoko Screaming Icon NO MATTER HOW SAD YOU ARE DON'T STRAY FROM THE PATH AND DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS!!!!! Chiyo Crying Icon

different textures overlaying with different colors to make an overall appearance is quite intriguing... i like it Enju Sway Icon 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
aha thank you for the kind words! :") the bushes are very welcoming and comforting, do venture in :iconsryyea: i was a bit afraid that the different brushes i use for different aspects would be a bit unsettling but i'm glad you like it!
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FrostFeather42 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
thank you!
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Norski Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An effective image, I think.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
:iconsweatsnervously2plz: aha thank you i think?
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Norski Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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OnlyOneFoxy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, it's great! :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
thank you! c:
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Anime-Music-Dragons Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the shading and the way you've done the flowers and sky+fav 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
ahhh thank you so much! it was my first time trying to draw hydrangeas and i also wanted to not focus on the sky so much in this composition so im glad you like it c:
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Anime-Music-Dragons Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problemLlama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
extremely late, but i'm so glad to hear that seeing my art was able to help! :iconsopsplz: i'm also glad to hear a bit about your story and that you're finally getting your depression checked and you seem to be moving towards a better spot in life than you were previously were ;; best of luck with coming to terms with everything - i'm sure you'll be able to get through everything, given enough time.
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aouk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Describes the painting need this man to rest from the surrounding noise

Or that he is hiding a big problem

Harmonious colors and precision Good

Beautiful Coordination

Intermingling chromatography look Kmilp
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
thank you! please read the description if you'd like to know what's going on in the artwork u w u
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aouk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
I got the point

thanks for remind me to read

this is kind of you

thanks and good luck :wave:
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Roscela Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:rose: oh is finished, well msot of it, YAAAAY ,rayne is so pretty >o< :heart: I hope to keep seeing him more 'cuz at times he gets lost, that's interesting concepts ,I didn't know them awesome ,another well done job!, better say , amazing
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
i'm contemplating just leaving it like this because i have no motivation to work on it anymore (rip) hahah but thanks kohai! you'll hopefully see more of rayne in the future b/c i like drawing rayne :")
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lydia-san Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
owo I'm speechles...
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
:iconsweatsnervously2plz: but then you're not speechless by saying that you're speechless :iconhithitplz:
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lydia-san Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo *runs away*
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paddedpaws Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016   Digital Artist
Beautiful! He looks as if he's at a point where he's at peace and just about to leave the skeletons behind. Or perhaps, no longer afraid of them, finally able to exist in harmony with them.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
haha thank you kindly! i was hoping to convey more of the latter with my composition, but a peaceful feeling in general, so i'm glad that came through! (although i have gotten comments on how creepy this looks because of the skeletal arms so :iconsryyea: )
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WaterColourSienna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Very detailed and the figure fits in very nicely
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
thank you kindly!
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ToastedToast15 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE all the different textures you used!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
ahh thank you so much! ; o ; i'm accustomed to using particular brushes for particular aspects :") i'm glad you liked it!
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aj-art89 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
When I look at this I feel like he's trapped there because of the skeletons grabbing him, but the smile on his face would indicate he's accepted being stuck there and is enjoying it. Although there are skeleton arms around him, he does seem like he's at peace and doesn't want to leave.

The background is very well done, the brush strokes you've used are perfect and everything pops. Your use of lighting and shading help prevent the image from looking flat. The character has been drawn using a different technique but it's a good thing so he doesn't blend in with the background.

Overall, it's a great piece with a wonderful choice of colors.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
hi there - thanks for leaving a critique! 

what you've said pretty much correlates to what i wanted to describe with my theme - being at peace with one's closeted skeletons / shameful secrets - so i'm glad that came through (although it does sound a bit as if the subject (rayne) is a necrophiliac haha)

i tend to use different brushes for different aspects, and i'll definitely try making rayne blend in a bit more with the background with my shading in the future, since i usually work on the background before shading the subject in the composition and putting them together seems to clash a bit given the rough strokes of the backgrounds and the more - polished, refined look i usually have when i shade characters.

thanks again for your lovely words c:
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facette41 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
Constructivecomment Just wrote a critique, as requested, hope you like it!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
haha thank you kindly! i love receiving critiques so no worries wwww
if i may though - your critique might have been swallowed up by the internet if you did write one because i can't seem to find it in my inbox :0
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facette41 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Oh how very very sad!! Don´t remember all the nice words I wrote. So let´s see, next week I´ve got time to rewrite it Wink/Razz .
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like its nap time :3
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
IT'S ALWAYS TIME FOR NAP TIME :iconigotacintiqplz:
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TheWhiteGuardianArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...damn. That's the first word that I think of when I see this. It's stunning, but I didn't quite understand what it was about until I read the description. Nevertheless, awesome work!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
thank you kindly! i was a bit worried when i started getting comments on how this piece was creepy/dark when i meant for it to be more peaceful haha but i'm honoured to know that you enjoyed viewing this piece and had such a reaction to it ;;

i noticed that you also wrote a critique so //runs off to read that too//
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TheWhiteGuardianArt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem really. I'm actually really glad to have made someone's day like that.

Also, expect me to come back frequently.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
i'll be looking forward to your future feedback then! c: thank you again (i'll reply to your critique in the next couple of days when i finish tweaking the artwork ww)
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Laylabelle97 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
:iconprojectcomment: member.

The background is really well done, the choice of colors, the soft purple light that's over everything, it's great. I also like how painterly this looks, but the bush is rendered out just enough so that it's not a blur. I also like how the flowers are rendered out and then you put a dab of transparent color over them. The sky and ground are beautiful, if a little more impressionistic than the bush. I also like the little blurry dust moats/fireflies in the picture. Honestly, you could have just had this background and it could work perfectly as a completed picture.

I really like how you rendered the person's face, it's very crisp and clear, and the shading is well done. I also think that the skeleton arms are done very well, although they don't look like they're all the same size, and the anatomy of the hand on his chest looks a little wonky. The index finger looks too short and is too close to the middle finger, and the bones on the hand don't look quite right. 

Other than the one on his chest, I think you did really good on the anatomy and posing of the other hands. They're all very well rendered. I really like the ones that are grabbing his legs, they really look like there could be a skeleton on the other side of that bush reaching out to grab him. However, the hand grabbing his arm doesn't look like it would be holding him like that. 

I think the person could have had a bit more of a blue haze on him, to make it match more with the rest of the lighting.I do like the sunspots and highlights you put on him. And his hair is very well rendered. But the way you shaded his clothes doesn't seem to match the rest of the tone, and it looks too rendered and too sketchy at the same time. The shading and color are good, but the strokes on his clothes look a little off to me. 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
extremely late, but thank you so much for the critique and feedback! (my first comment got deleted apparently i don't even know o--/> ) i ended up making minor changes to the lighting and some of the skeletal anatomy so i hope that looks a bit better :"o

in regards to the background, i try to do the backgrounds before refining the subject w/in the scene, so usually the backgrounds look pretty polished - i'm honoured to know that you think that the background would suffice by itself as a completed composition!

in regards to the skeletal arms, i tried to differ the sizes, as it's supposed to represent different regrets and the magnitude of regrets would also differ too. the one that's grabbing his left arm is also still quite wonky since no one would grab like that and i didn't fix it, but i kept it like that because 1) broken bones are a thing? :'o and 2) it looked better for the composition. but it still is wonky, and i should probably remember bone alignments in the future.

in regards to rayne's clothing, i most definitely agree with you that his clothes seem off - they give him more of a 2D look with the outer vest, and i should have shaded it a different way. ah, well - i'll keep that in mind for next time.

thanks once again! i hope to hear more critiques from you in the future c: 
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
The colors and the digital brushstrokes are fine AF :D
Looks really cool
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
ahh thank you so much! ;; 
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nerdynordy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Filmographer
You're quite welcome
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lizlizardx15 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is stunning. :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
thank you kindly! ; u ;
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lizlizardx15 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You're certainly welcome! uvu
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oshRED Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhh this is awesome work though! Very beautiful and creepy. :] 
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