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Ariel

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... Innocence is just a smile...

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- Fallen Ariel -

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Wow... I never drew that many details in one picture.. This took me more than 30 hours, I drew it during the past two months! i hope you like it! :heart:

Favs and comments are highly appreciated!! :D :hug:

PS CS4, Hanvon graphic tablet

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This is an amazing piece.

I love the whole idea of this painting: It is quite original, and it makes you think.
I haven't seen a painting like this yet.

You've added a great amount of detail to this. I especially love what you've done with the eyes. And the tail is amazing. I love the hair, how it flows up to the top like that.

One thing I would recomend: To add more detail to the water. Possibly by adding more fish, or maybe a sunken ship. Other than that, I got to say, this is spectacular.

This is my first time doing a critique, so...
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Firstly, I love the concept of this piece. It's in depth and stunning in it's execution. From the zoomed out view it's absolutely prefect. The colors and darkness all work really well together.The angel fish (I think that's what they are anyway) are lovely, I would like to see one of them toward the bottom though, to take the red through the entire composition, maybe behind her tail coming from between the eels tails.

As it is the red draws all the attention to the top of the piece which combined with the heavy detail, makes the piece just slightly top heavy, the patterns on the eels bodies/tails are great and as it is they're kind of lost when the view just gets a faint impression of the coils before they jump to the top of the piece.

In the close up view, the scale patterns are even more amazing, as well as the scales/makeup around Ariel's eyes. But the eyes are just a shade off. I think they're too big by a hair, but it's hard to say for sure.

Also, the eel on the far left, looking up toward Ariel, you wouldn't see both eyes. There's a similar problem with the one on the far right but it's not as noticeable or necessary to change since her arm is behind it and the effect isn't as dramatic as the one against the dark blue.

And this is just me but at the very end of her tail I kinda want to see the start of her fins, it can't taper much more and I want to see a good base for her fins to attach to.

Otherwise this is a beautiful piece. I had to really look and examine it before I could find anything to critique, but a critique wouldn't be the same without something to fix and everyone can improve. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> You're really talented and I'll be sure to watch you to see more of your stunning work in the future.
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wow... just...wow
words can not describe the impact this put on me. i really do love this, the texture is amazing, i also love the eels, they remind me of demonic fish, which i have a feeling they are.
but anyways, the scales are amazing, she's so beautiful yet horrifying, like a siren, she gets your attention, then kills with more then just her beauty, she's simply gorgeous, no words can explain how amazing this image is, i just, i can't stop looking at it, your gallery is fascinating and you, your talent is by far one of the best, five stars by far my friend, i hope to someday be half as good of an artist as you, i have been drawing for a long time but i still have much to learn, i look forward to seeing more picture's like this, simply amazing Jonas, simply amazing.
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oh my... thank you so freaking much for this critique!!! :D
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Ariel is probably my favorite princess and/or Disney heroine - even more so than Belle <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/f/f…" width="18" height="17" alt=":faint:" title="I think I've fainted."/>. That's what initially attracted me to this piece, now however (once I had a closeup), I'm left speechless. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="23" height="15" alt=":wow:" title="Wow!"/>

First of all, I adore the concept! I've only ever ONCE seen a "Dark Disney Princess" series, and I feel that even though I was impressed by it... your execution of the concept is 20x more creative and with much more skill. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/n/n…" width="15" height="15" alt=":nod:" title="Nod"/>

The use of Ursula's eels is clever, it's like once Ursula was gone - they chose a new queen. So awesome. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="47" height="16" alt=":headbang:" title="Headbang!"/> It's also clever to use such dark tones, emphasizing her descent. I LOVE her facial expression, and the colors and shadows in her hair are so fantastic. That was always my favorite part about Ariel, that she was a redhead. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/g/g…" width="17" height="15" alt=":giggle:" title="Giggle"/>

Normally I make some slight suggestions in my critiques; something I feel that the artist could perhaps work on and correct. For this piece however; I have to say - there's nothing I would change nor edit. A job well done. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/c/c…" width="20" height="20" alt=":clap:" title="Clap"/>

<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/h/h…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart"/> *OfOneSoul
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oh wow... what a gorgeus critique!! thank you sooo much!! :la: :hug:
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You are most welcome. And might I be cliche and say... What a gorgeous deviation! :giggle:
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Before I begin, let me start by saying that I have no right to critique you. You have a talent far surpassing my own. That being said, I like to think I have a great eye for details, and this is what I'm going to be basing most of my critique on.

Overall, I LOVE this piece. The idea of Ariel being the "bad girl" is something I've never seen before, and I think that you deserve major kudos for that.

The eels, obviously subservient to this darker version of Ariel, tie the picture together. There is no question about it. As soon as you see it, you immediately know, "Yup. Those eels are not very nice." The red eyes, their wicked teeth, their open mouths, which just screams, "I'm going to bite someone at any moment." Even how they seem to be emerging from the shadows around the picture. Eerie. Excellent work on the eels.
(I do notice their faces are very similar in shape to a dragon's, but hey, it works.)

As for Ariel herself, she's great, but I feel as if you made almost too many changes to her look. For example, her ear-fin things. You kind of have to stop and study the scenery before you come to the conclusion that this is, in fact, Ariel.

That being said, (and I'm not sure if this was intentional or not), I noticed how her bottom half looks like a fish tried to eat her, and got stuck at her waist. There's even what appears to be an eye and gills in the right general spot. I think that's devilishly clever. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/l/l…" width="19" height="19" alt=":la:" title="La la la la"/>

The fish puzzle me. They seem a little out of place, almost as if they were tossed in as an afterthought. Don't get me wrong, they don't look like "happy fish", but they don't seem entirely right for this scene. Just my personal feelings. The colors on them are wonderful, though.

The only really big thing that I would say could be improved, as far as technique is concerned, is the lighting. I'm a lighting/shadow Nazi. I try to be, anyway. It's the difference between a good and great piece. Overall, the lighting, is wonderful, on the eels, the fish, and the lower half of Ariel's body. Going off of those (and the background) you know that the blueish light is coming from the bottom left area of the picture. But where is the light coming from that is illuminating Ariel's upper half? And why is it only lighting her up? Just something to think about, I suppose.

I'm going to end here, and I hope that some part of my rambling has some use for you. Also, don't put too much stock in everything I say, as I am, by and large, a photomanipulator, and couldn't draw or paint to save my life. Regardless, I love this piece overall, and I hope that some day I'll pull together half the talent you already possess.

Overall rating: Outstanding!
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oh, and it was intended, that hertail looks like a fish swallowing her (it was sister's idea! :))
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Thank you very much for this very useful (and honest) critique! I really appreciate your tips and advices! :heart:
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I want to start with Ariel; Its definately a contrast to what weve all grown to know and i LOVE that. Her face, her hair, her top and tail. Theyre just amazingly thought out and well put together! If i culd find something wrong with Ariel, id tell you, but in my oppinion, she is just perfect!
As for the eels, i feel that they should be more fearing. The eal on the right has an evil look and almost seems to be ready to attack under Ariels command. But the other two eels seem to be flinching away? It seems odd. I feel like they should all be representing evil, but these two left eels almost represent the feeling of fear rather than being feared, ya know?
All-In-All, i feel like this is a beautiful and very extraordinary piece and i love it! *claps*
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It is defeintly a wonderful piece with much thought put into. The color choices were wonderful takeing more of the purple and blue tones rather than a black played with the fact that she is a red head and fit the water theme much better than others. The only thing is that with her hair and all the eels her head is a tad on the small side but at hte same time it adds a certain dimension to the potrait, it could be argued either way. Shading is superb and well thought out showing exactly where the light source is coming from. The picture itself kind of makes you wonder what happened to Ursula and eric by the way
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thank you very much for the critique! :D
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You say you have spent a long time on details and I have to say it shows. I think even her attitude suits someone/thing in her position of power (a princess of the deep).
I love the design of her tail (like a big fish ate her legs), and the horns that somewhat blends into her hair.

The only thing I'm not a fan of is the eels. I like the idea of them, but not sure I like the way they have been presented. One problem I have with them is the single fin on the back of their necks. The design seems a little out-of-place - I'm not sure, something just bothers me about the design. Also, the purple tones show their connection to Royalty, but purple is also a sign of wisdom. I'm not sure if this attribute was intended or even desired, but the glowing red eyes seem to oppose this idea: They give the monsters a sense of blood-lust and single-sightedness., as if they are mere puppets.

The overall shape of the face, which seems a little short and fat for a serpent-like monster, is also apparent. The one on the right looks a little menacing, where-as the two on the left not-so-much. I think this again relates to their eyes: they show a look of surprise more than anything.

Either way, the fact that they are tamed under Ariel's command really adds to her character and her own menacing look. Ariel's expression makes me wonder what evil thoughts are flowing behind those piercing eyes. Coupled with that ever-so-slight smile makes me feel like I'm nothing more than prey.
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Thank you for the critique! :heart:
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I have to say first, that the colors in this portrait are amazing and very eye catching! They are vibrant in a unique way and the colors around her eyes are especially attention getting! now, before hand, I would like to say this is very small and up to you to decide if this is fair, but, to me it seems her head to body proportions are a bit off, with the head being on the slightly small size, and her hips down being a bit bigger than they seem they should be (but I think that's due to the fish head and could not be avoided). Other than that, there is nothing to critique. And to you or others there may be nothing to critique, and maybe my eyes are crooked, but overall, this is a beautiful piece.
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Thank you very much for the critique!! :hug:
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all the detail in this piece is just exquisite, i love how you gave her blue scales around her eyes and those scales... and the fishies! and the eels! and those fins!!! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="23" height="15" alt=":wow:" title="Wow!"/>
the concept alone is genius and original, i've never seen anything like this
my goodness, im not surprised at all this took you 30 hours, i would think that it would take more!
this makes me think too, like how did ariel kill ursula?
did the eels take to her right away?
is eric still a happy bachelor?
does ariel still sing?
this needs no critique, only praise and awe.
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Thank you so much for your critique!! :hug:
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EVERYTHING, i mean everything in this, is very well made, from ariels hair, to the bottom of the image, this is the best i seen from you! the scales a good too. bate the fins on the eels are very well made, they catch my eyes like a kid with a candy! on and the fish dose the same thing! this really needs a DD! i also forgot the eels eyes, very scary, like im going to be scared of water for some time XD but, im hoping for good artworks from you! and once more, this needs a DD, but thats me!
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o my-... wahhh, thank you!!! All the time was worth it just hearing these words!! :la: Would you suggest it as a DD for me? ^^ hahaha, that would be so awesome! ^^ Thank you so much again! :heart:
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She’s so exotic looking with those cool looking gills & fishy fins!!
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