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Fish 'n' Hips

By maxwell-heza
The title was lovingly donated by ~kafine who has been a huge help during the colouring of this. Luvoo Coffee Bean :)

I created this for my degree show. Heavily inspired by `loish

Texture from my own scan and from ~AmandaClayton
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KatCardy's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Before I start I'd just love to say that I love the title! - And it's always nice to see more realistically proportioned ladies in artwork here on DA, there's no shortage of Barbie-style super-thin girlies around so sometimes it's really nice to see a lady with such wonderful curves!

This is a deceptively different piece for you, Max! - I saw the thumbnail and the colours and fish immediately made me think of the lovely `loish and her beautiful work, so I wasn't surprised when you mentioned her in the description. There are a few traits which keep it separate in style though, so it remains "influenced by" instead of a direct imitation - which is nice. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" />

The composition is pleasant, and balanced, and the orange of the fishie's really spots pick up and reflect the orange of the hair nicely.

Some of the anatomy looks a little off to me, particularly around the neck and shoulders area - I think in particular you've lost volume in the back of the head/neck area, through down into the shoulder nearest us, however this doesn't ruin the impact or the effect of the piece for me.

There's a strange effect in the colouring/rendering of this piece which I'm sure is totally intentional; the contrast between the very rounded areas which are full of form (like the lovely hips and legs) and then there are very flat areas, like the hair which have little to no rendering.. this isn't a crit more than an observation. - I might be tempted to add a little shine on the headphones - just to distinguish that they're made from a resistant material like plastic and bring a bit more roundness in there.

It would be interesting to see this kind of colouring style taken a step further to see if the artwork could stand up without the line-art. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" />

In conclusions, this is a lovely experiment Max, which is very successful and I enjoy it a lot. - the minor issues I could spot with it don't take away from my enjoyment of the piece as a whole. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)" /> - I hope we might be seeing more along this line from you? ^-^
<img src="…" width="15" height="13" alt=":heart:" title="Heart" />
maxwell-heza's avatar
Oh I see what you mean about the neck/shoulders. Grr annoying!
I never like changing a picture once I'm "done" with it though, so it might take me a couple of years to fix that XD.

I think the odd combination of colouring stems from this being one of the first pieces I've actually managed to get decent contrast in the shading in. I did the hair first and it looked too detailed somehow, but then when I was doing the face (advised a lot by Kaf) it ended up a lot more contrasty. I wish it had all gone how it was meant to but I kinda like this being slightly modern-art-nouveau-esque.

Ah yes, no lineart painting. One day I shall make it that far XD.

I've gotten permission from the stock lady to make this into prints and whatever so yay!

Hopefully more work in general over the summer!

Thank you for being my first Crit! <3
KatCardy's avatar
don't worry too much about the anatomy thing - I never go back to a drawing once it's posted either... - it's just worth knowing for the next one! ^-^ lol ~ I find it helps to flip a drawing horizontally in photoshop to pick up on stuff like this :)
You're very welcome anyway, keep up the great work, it's lovely to see such experimental pieces :)
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bardling's avatar
Wonderful! Lovely hips, especially.
maxwell-heza's avatar
Thank you :)
and for the fave also!
bardling's avatar
You're quite welcome!
maxwell-heza's avatar
Thank you :3

I need to find my muse again though, I did this and it seemed to suck the last of the good stuff I had in me out. I can hardly draw at all at the moment. :/

Of course it doesn't help that my kittens keep sitting on my sketchbooks/tablet whilst I'm using them.
kinkei's avatar
this is lovely. :heart: x
maxwell-heza's avatar
Thank you :)

Your work is gorgeous, I'm adding you to my watch :D
sugaroo's avatar
love it. very nice style
maxwell-heza's avatar
Thank you very much :)

for the fave also!
kath-paints's avatar
My fishs got no nose.
kath-paints's avatar
How does he smell?
KatCardy's avatar
it's really sad Kaf, not only that you made that terrible joke, but that you told it to yourself! :giggle: ;) :D
kath-paints's avatar
There's something wrong with me, Kat.
KatCardy's avatar
aaaawwwh!! :D :cling: it's ok baby, we'll take care of you :) :hug:
estellablack's avatar
Cute!! Love the fishies. And I thought it was very Loish-y when I saw the thumbnail - love her stuff :)
maxwell-heza's avatar
I wish I was that good. *envy*!
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