First of all, thanks for the critique, it is much appreciated and it means a lot to me that you took the time to give it to me and look at my work in details
To be honest, I totally expected some of the comments you made. Like I knew they were coming as I was painting! lol! The main ones being of course the bullets you pointed out. A sniper wouldn't be in the light like this and they wouldn't show themselves like that in the open.
This said, I have a good excuse for these very voluntary "mistakes". And to be honest I'm surprised you didn't totally grasp the "concept" behind this image besides its artistic value (if there is any.. lol) The concept is explained by the title itself. "Real Virtuality", or where is the difference between "real" and "virtual". I could have titled it "Virtual Reality", but to me it would have meant something different (beside the name being already over-used already.. lol) virtual reality to me means a fake world, a world imagined, programmed, made up to make you think it's real, to make you believe. Real Virtuality (note that virtuality is apparently not a real word, which makes it even cooler ;D) to me means when what is fake actually becomes real, becomes the norm. When you come out of the virtual reality, you go back to the real world. You come out of the matrix (the virtual world) and unplug from it to get back to the real world (Zion, to keep the reference). But if the virtual is actually real. What happens if you unplug? Can you even unplug? Does the real world become virtual?
To get back to why she is in the light, and which also explains why the colors from the city don't seem to reflect on her skin and clothes (though it would have looked better, I give you that... lol). As you can see, the background actually breaks/falls apart in the corner, revealing the binary code behind it, transition that looks quite unnatural on the image, but it's wanted. So it could make you question whether the background is real or not. (Matrix much, I know... lol). This is also supported by the fragments of code hovering in the foreground. So maybe she is actually not standing there. Maybe she is somewhere totally different, in a room where the lighting has nothing to do with the city we see. Maybe as this real/virtual world is dissipating, the real light is now shining on her. Maybe she was just in some kind of training program or something. We'll never know, we can only make assumptions. The buildings themselves seem to have no real structure, just a mess of very square windows, lights flashing, uneven, reminiscing from the super computers from the 80s (at least to me.. lol), the only thing close to be "real" (as seen in some sci-fi movies and other mediums) being the bottom part, where we see and actual mix of colors blending together, whereas the further you look, the flatter it gets although it should have some depth in it.
I'm not sure all this make any sense to you, but it does to me, in my head lol!
I won't deny that some of the choices I made in this image are purely artistic, as I always do in my paintings, especially the full blown ones. I often say that it doesn't always have to look real in order to look good. To bring more confusion and go further in that particular case, I think it doesn't have to look real in order to be real.. ;D But maybe I'm just making excuses now, who knows
Anyways, thanks a lot for the critique Sweetheart, again I appreciate it a lot, especially coming from you!
Indeed, but it all depends on the era we're talking about ;D (Luke never had a braid, nor did some notorious padawans in the Old Republic era, or padawans during the New Jedi Order -though this last part may change with the new canon from the Disney movies lol)