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March 10, 2018
The city of monsters by Nieris
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The city of monsters

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Woah! Cool design! I love it. The limited color pallette really helps give the tentacles contrast against the rest of the piece. I like the look of the foggy muggy city in the background and the greens are too off putting, if you know what I mean?

I think some things to improve would be the use of the big eye in the window? It doesn't quite strike me as an octopus eye or squid eye, more anime-esque, which, if you were going for that style, then go for it, I just think it would have been more effective to make that detail more realistic. I would also accentuate the slimness of the tentacles, like you have with the water on the ground, but make it more all over, that would give it a more cohesive effect. I don't know if your intent for this octopus was to make it friendly or not but if you were, maybe soften the tentacles a little? Make the shapes more "friendly" if that makes sense. I think it would have been more effective to not have the window obstruct the eye of the octopus, it kind of distracts from it, makes it hard to differentiate from the foreground.

Your technique with the painting is phenomenal, you really know what you're doing! I like that your use of color shows the different sections of the work in different moods, how the drain is wet, cold and has monsters in it and cool tones is great, especially in contrast to the warm welcoming house with the octopus spilling out of the door! I love that you incorporated the red and orange of the octopus in other parts of the work, like in the mice, nice touch.

Overall, it's really something, the mood is great and everything works well together, just a few tweaks here and there to the composition would make it amazing!
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The piece is quite fascinating in its combination of the fantastical and whimsical into a seemingly real world.

There are so many little elements that seem like they're taken out of a children's story like the little bandanna wearing mouse and the massive eyes of the tentacled monster at the door that all combine to make for a very surreal and yet somehow believable scene that seems like it could form the basis of a storybook scenario in which our monsters are our neighbors.

The use of color is especially well done throughout the work, the use of brighter and lighter colors to focus the attention on the woman in the center of the piece and the monster she is interacting with is immediately apparent and gives the viewer a good starting point from which to expand their view of the rest of the scene.

Perhaps one of the more intriguing things about the piece are all the little details hidden in the background. Even as I write this critique I cannot say that I have found all the little things hidden in the piece and I imagine there are some I will yet find or may never find. It is a visual treat for viewer eager to explore such a world as the artist has created for us.

My one critical point is the woman herself. Whereas the world around her seems very finely detailed she herself seems a oddly blurred. Perhaps this was a choice by the artist to keep her from being the focal point of the piece but if that was the case I think the use of lighting could have accomplished the same goal without leaving out details on her features.

Overall I'd say this is an incredibly charming and well constructed piece that I greatly enjoyed stumbling across and commend the artist for their vision in bringing this world to life before our eyes.
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The angle of which this illustration sits is wonderful; almost like I'm just another one of the mice watching the woman make her delivery. I do agree with AlicornPlayhouse about the outstretched arm unless it was intended she had some sort of fright of the monster and didn't want to get too close. If the world is where they live as one, I'd have expected her to be a little closer to show a sense of peace between the two. It's hard to tell what was intended for it.

The lighting is beautiful and the sense of 'mist' in the background just adds an air that this truly is a mysterious town with all sorts of creatures to see. The depth of that far left tentacle and the eye peeking through the window just helps to show how large that monster really is. Also loved how you incorporated that eye on the top left window for a touch of more mystery. The colors are phenomenal and well balanced.
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I think this piece is really good and there's not much to actually critique on besides the depth. For instance the monster's tentacle that's behind the woman looks as far off as the buildings are though in reality it's more like a few feet. I'd suggest next time not fading it as much as the buildings. And the rats standing next to the lamppost although they are in the foreground with their lighting it leaves a weird disconnect, maybe that's only me but I suggest upping their contrast or maybe darkening their shadows. All in all really well done piece!
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Your artwork is unique and rather curious at the same time. With the octopus being found in the building and that girl delivering that letter to it. I also love your colour choice of having that saturated red popping out of the painting but doesn't ruin the effect the artwork gives out with the rather sickly, smoggy, colour I the background. I also love the extra details you gave to the artwork, like the rats hiding in the sewers, the mail, the boarded windows, the details of the hooks and boards and the way you drew made the flames of the lanterns with such a smooth and liquid like texture. In fact, this artwork is really well thought out. However, my only criticism is that the vibrancy of the red scarves of the mice is slightly distracting, I don't know if that was on purpose, so you could notice the detail and effort of the background. But overall, a wonderful piece.
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I Love it.
It is a great idea accompanied by an almost perfect drawing technique (99.9% perfect). I see this, I wonder how the hell you can draw so well and be so original.
You want a critique, but in my opinion only a teacher can do something like that.
I would like to make a good criticism, but honestly, what can I tell you that you do not already know?

I only have one question:

Why this is not yet a Daily Deviation?

and please tell me when the movie comes out I want to go to the cinema to see it.

Sry for my Google English
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I have no words for this. It's absolutely gorgeous in every ways! I like the colors you have chosen to give a cold atmosphere that contrast with the warm colors of the calamari-like creature for a more welcoming feeling( I don't know how to say that xD). The lighting and shading are perfect, the overall composition of the scenery is also really nice, but the thing I love the most about this piece is the style, it fit very well with the subject matter, and your monster is so cute! Overall, " The city of monsters" is a beautiful work of art, congratulation!
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Haven't seen much quality art on the front page. I wish to see more of this. The line art and coloring is so vivid and nice. The houses in the background are incredibly detailed. The girl in the picture is also pretty cool. She's an original character and i love her nonchalant attitude towards the octopus. Her personality comes so clearly through the picture. However I've seen plenty of monster pics on this website. This is the best one, but I've seen too many. And the window obstructs the eye of the octopus. I wish I could see the more of the features on the octopus. Aside from that, this is great! Keep making more.
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This is a great piece with a great concept. My only complaint would be that the perspective seems a bit off as far as how faded the tentacle is in comparison with the houses in the background. In other words the tentacle should be a little more in the foreground/middle ground than how it appears to be in the background more. I think you could have also put a little more darker values in the piece as well. There is a lot of light source in the piece but there are also places where there could have been some more contrasting shadows, between the houses for example or closer to the foreground. Overall a great piece and concept was fun to come across.
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All around, I love this painting.
The dingy green-grey of the houses in the background with the little speckles of light really appeal to me and the whole thing feels like its fading away into some sort of thick (possibly damp smelling?!) fog.

The painting looks like it should be the cover for one of those old children's books from the era of creepy stories that were more likely to induce night terrors than anything else. It makes me interested in the tale behind the picture.

The only thing that throws me about this, is that it seems to be tilted, and I don't know why. When I focus on just one part of the painting it looks fine, but then when I look at it as a whole it seems to be on this bizarre leaning angle.

Wonderful painting though, I hope to see more from this artist soon!
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this looks awesome! i am no artist but i know what i like. the concept is awesome, the lighting is awesome, the coloration is awesome. some of my favorite parts are that the eye is in the window and the tentacle is holding the window open so he can see. one this i think would make this better would be maybe seeing more variety in the types of monsters in the background. maybe some humanoids. maybe some blobs, maybe some furry monsters, maybe some multi-armed people, maybe even arm on arm on arm on arm, the hand connecting each joint where the shoulder would be.
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What I love most about this piece is how the warm, bright colors of the octopus and the lights within his house draw my eye to the focal point of the scene. It feels so inviting even though the premise of this world is alien to anything we're used to.

I have no idea why there's a human in a monster city, but one could draw many interesting conclusions. I actually get a bit of a "Spirited Away" vibe from this piece, but not because of the style, but because of the idea of a young woman working side-by-side with monsters.

There's also many lovely details put into the surrounding scene, like the three mice looking down the street and the eyes peering out from under the house. One of my few nitpicks is that I feel the eye of the octopus could've been more defined and made to pop out a bit. It looks like it loses a too much gloss on the left side and becomes milky.

What a fantastic piece, it's very imaginative and surreal.
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(Yip! My first critique!) First off, this piece of art is immediately appealing to the eyes indeed! I most certainly cannot deny THAT! Besides the rats and monsters peeping from the windows and such, I do wonder what other kind of monsters are there, but the octopus is nice regardless, plus I love how cartoony it looks! You've done very well with your shading and the background! It's quality artwork such as this that inspires others to see where they can improve on and even get better. Hey, maybe I could learn a thing or two from you! Haha! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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100/100

for your talent of drawing arts
Doodlemaster1000's avatar
That's a great first critique!
BrigadierDarman's avatar
Wow, I wouldn't have found this before. Thanks.
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Perfect. Only thing is maybe try making the girls hands look like she was holding the mail instead of blowing a kiss? Unless you meant to do that. I suggest you have her hand less stretched out and maybe right-side up? Like, right-side up in the motion of giving him / her the letter. I feel like due to her posture t makes the entire scene around her look big and her character lacks a certain perception of moving. Does that make sense? I know my art is horrid and I have no place to critique such great art I just thought it might help. Love your work by the way!
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Even though you might not think that you're a good artist, anyone should be able to critique. It's not like professionals are the only one who are able to. If you change the word "artist" to something else in the phrase: "only professional artists can critique", it will make no sense. For example: "only a professional chef can critique".  But either way, good luck on your art journey.
ABMillustration's avatar

I adore the friendly sea monster.

zombieater's avatar

The style, lighting and composition are good, but the general idea is what really makes me go Wow! I love this piece.

CircusBabyIsEnnard's avatar
OH BRUH I REMEMBER WATCHING YOU DRAW THIS AND BEING SO DAZZLED. 
You really are somehting else in my eyes. 
plantman103's avatar
If done correctly this would be a great story.
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