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In the Jungle by rice-chex In the Jungle by rice-chex
title will most likely change...

this doesn't really look completely finished, but gah! I don't know, I'm sure I'll figure out something in a couple days after I take a break. I've been slowly working on this for 3 weeks, every single day just slow slow slow enjoying myself trying some new techniques, a drawing, deleting and redrawing just abouuuuut everything in this image.

I love panthers! Oh and tigers can't forget the tigers <3


creds: bg based on [link] *AnimeDumbass pose and anatomy references from images in =sekhmet-neseret's stock gallery, rain based from ~zummerfish's tutorial. Thank you guys, you're the best! The pose of the wings were based on my imagination and the feathers reffed from all the parrots pics found on Google
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You and bird wings, absolute mastery. Dang.
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi ~eviri! Here’s another critique for you through :iconfeedbackfrenzy:!

I absolutely adore this piece! The colors are gorgeous and I love how you used the cooler tones in the background to contrast with the warmer color yellow that you used for the eyes. The composition fits quite nicely on the page and those wings! The way you draw those feathers, it’s just so beautiful! Of course I am also obliged to talk about points of improvement, so I will try to bring up a few in the rest of this critique. Here we go!

The first thing I would like to bring up for discussion is the shading. I love the subtle shades of grey you added onto the panther’s body (and the barely noticeable spots hidden in the fur). I do, however, believe that the tree branch could use more shading – mainly on the area under the panther’s body as well as where the tree is curving away from the viewer. This would help give the piece a little more dimension and give a little more variation to the colors you used on the branch. I think the eyes could also use a bit of shading in various shades of yellow.

One other thing that stands out is the color on the wings. Since the bright blues you used don’t appear anywhere else in the piece, the wings REALLY pop and dominate the image. If this is your intention, then you did a fantastic job, but if you wanted them to seem a little more embedded in the image, I would suggest either toning the colors down a little bit or adding in some of the more fluorescent colors as highlights in the background.

I hope I managed to say something helpful in the above block of text! I think you have some excellent work here (to say the least) and can’t wait to see more! Please let me know if you have any questions/comments regarding this critique!
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Ankh-Ascendant Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Golly that is a pretty kitty. I'm really enjoying how you brought the feathers forward onto his head and legs. Maybe a line of feathers trailing down the spine would help to integrate the wings further... But then, that would over up the pretty highlights (:(), so maybe not. I personally don't think that the colors of the feathers need to be toned down any further; right now they look like they are magnificently shiny feathers which have been muted by a rainy, overcast day (which I think is a great effect, which I couldn't achieve if I tried. Use desaturated colors?). I think that the water is really impressive as well, but I would say that some indistinct shadows under the cat and on the bottom side of the roots would help it look more finished.
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VegetasLittleSister Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Hey! I believe that you could be a famous illustrator with artwork like this! This piece is definitely something to be proud of.
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Amritha Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a very beautiful piece. Those eyes are capturing, and anatomy and pose are solid, and the water and rain are rendered beautifully! I really envy your ability to capture the background the way you did!

You are right though, in your comments. It does feel a little unfinished and I noticed it when I looked at the art, even before reading what you had to say. The plants and water are rendered so very well as the base of the painting, and the textures are strong, but there is a flatness all throughout the central figure of the piece: the panther and the perch s/he's stalking on. The textures, again, are absolutely beautiful: you can see the feathers on the wings, the curve of the bark... but without shadows, the branch feels as though it is flat - made of paper - and the panther, no matter how well-colored or textured also seems to float just above it an seems a little flat.

There isn't a shadow underneath the panther's body - on the branch - and that would really help ground the cat. The branch could use some shading along the edges and sides to give it that rounded look. Since the panther is black, instead of making shadows stronger, really try to pull out those highlights - really make them constrast so the cat's body isn't just a mass of black.

I also feel that the brightness of the wings is a little distracting; they almost appear to be glowing but they give off no light which makes it confusing (I'm pretty sure they're not supposed to glow?) I think pulling in some of the duller colors around the wings and shading along the back a little might help pull down the almost too-vibrant colors of the wings. I love vibrant colors, don't get me wrong, but in the midst of the gray, rainy atmosphere, I don't think even the most beautiful feathers would continue to shine so magnificently.

The bottom of the piece feels finished, but moving up it seems less so and to summarize what I said above: some deeper shadows would definitely help bring in a more finished feel! :)

This piece is already beautiful - I absolutely love it and wish I could do half so much as I said before. It seriously makes me wanna try something big and full like this. Keep it up!
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ThePathOfDreams Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Hello from #FeedbackFrenzy !!! :D :D
First of all: this is a very beautiful picture. I like the way the panther's wings are spread, and their color is AMAZING. It makes a very strong contrast with the dark-green-brown environment. The panther's fur is glossy and soft, like a real panther's (although I suppose, since it's raining, it'd be better if it was drooping or something...? It depends on wether the panther had shelter up till now or not XD Besides, it's not raining much, so I guess it's ok. The transition from feather to fur is also magestic! :D
The leopard's eyes are also beautiful, and they catch the eye, along with the wings.
The background is pretty detailed (all those leaves!), the reflection on the water seems good, and the bark is quite detailed and realistic.
However, you could work a little more on the bark: add more shadows (especially on the bottom part), and a bit more colors. This is a tropical forest afer all: there are bound to be moss and stuff...
In addition, the circles where the rain drops shouldn't be so... umm white? I know the reflection would change, but I don't think the whole circle would be so bright. Maybe parts of it, but not the whole. See what I mean: <img src="[link]" alt="Raindrop" /> It's good to use reference pics!
Finally, I suppose the raindrops' tails should be ummm longer. I hope you can understand what I mean? Like this it's as if they're falling more slowly. They don't have to be much longer, only a little bit.
All in all, this is an amazing piece of art!!! Continue with the hard work!!!
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dierat Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello there from a #FeedbackFrenzy participant! :wave:

I love the atmosphere in this image. The subdued values, the gentle rain landing in the water, and the serene reflection of the tree branch - just lovely! I also really like how you chose to position the character climbing down the branch so we have a downward view of him (or her?) with the wingspan open. It makes for a very unique and memorable image. The foliage is also very well done. About the wings though, the pose feels a little odd to me. This is a little difficult for me to explain, but I feel like the wings should be angled upwards a little more so we could see that top edge a little. That would also add a little depth to the form as currently it feels a little flat. I'm also a little confused as to what that green stuff is on the back of his head and shoulders - is that a pattern on his fur or reflection from the wings? If it's a pattern, it would help if it were spread around the body a bit more, and if it's a reflection, then it's far too opaque and should be much subtler. I think that compositionally it feels a little claustrophobic to have the image cropped so closely to the edge of his wingspan; I would recommend expanding the canvas about an inch on either side. I also think the lower section of the tree branch could use a little more tonal variation to help it feel a little more three-dimensional, and making it a little darker under the character so it feels like he's blocking the light a little would help the sense of depth as well. Keep up the good work! :)
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ChaosToGlory Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
It's me again for #FeedbackFrenzy

The background turned out really nice. A couple things to take into consideration. The foliage on the ground is really detailed, but as you go higher the detail starts to fade. I know the greenery isn't the main focus, but it's a bit strange to have one detailed patch at the bottom and the rest faded. The main branch of the tree looks nice, except there's no shading where they panther is standing.

Now on to the kitty! I love the colors of the wings. The feathers are nice and even with good detail and the size of the winds looks proportional to the panther. I think adding a little more shading to them would be good. The shading on the panther looks good. I think its left paw could use a little more detail, since it's hard to see the individual toes unless you look very closely.

I think this was an interesting piece. The bright wings in the middle of a dark picture was really eye catching.
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92darkdragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   General Artist
Hiya ^^
I'm in the :iconfeedbackfrenzy: comment contest.

I'll start with the background: I like that you used different shades of green, the shadows, and highlights to give the the plants that full, realistic effect. However, looking at the trunk and roots of the trees, they look...flat(especially the one the panther is on), which contrasts with your leaves. I would suggest adding some more shadows and highlights so they would look a bit more rounded. I like the ripples, and reflection in the water, nice job.
Now for the panther: starting with the wings. Drawing feathers are hard to do, but you manage to do quite well on them. the different shades you used for the feathers work well. Awesome job.
The panther: I like how you used highlights to bring out some of its features. I also like the eyes, how they draw you in. You can't help but look at them. Their bright color pops out from the dark colors. Even though a cat's eye is often a bright color, I think it's alittle too bright. I was go back or focus more on the eyes than anything else (unless that is what you indeeded on the eyes to do) I think if you tone the brightness down just a little it might help.

Overall I think this is just amazing, keep up the great work
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a wonderful piece headed very much in the right direction. I believe that you could certainly pull a bit more detailing out on the cat as it looks like there is a great amount of in the background with the ferns and the like. The lighting is also well done on the plants as well as on the jaguars wings. It seems however, to be a tad lacking on the brance that the jaguar is climbing down. Making that area of the picture look oddly flat compared to the rest of everything that was done.

Overall still a very stunning piece.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
((CRITIQUE FOR :iconfeedbackfrenzy:))
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Team#26 >.>
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MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey! #FeedbackFrenzy brought me here.

First off wow those leaves and foliage have been painted really, really well. I like how the level of detail changes the further up the background you look, it makes for a wonderful depth-of-field and composition.

I think the bottom half of the tree branch needs work since the shading doesn't match that of the top half (which is really beautifully shaded by the way.) The bottom half looks lined rather than shaded at all, you need to work some more variation into the shadows to achieve the same level of detail/realism.

I think you could also really use some higher contrast shading on the wings and the panther, too. They look a little bit lifeless in comparison to the surroundings- the wings could use some deeper shadows and perhaps lines going from the middle of each feather like on real ones, and the fur could use a much brighter treatment for highlights. You have the right technique for the highlights on the fur, though. It looks shimmery like how panthers appear.

I think the eyes need more shading too. There wouldn't be highlights up the top part, that's where shadows would be (from the eyelids) regardless of light source. If a highlight is up the top of the eye it makes it look as if it's bulging outwards from the skull.

The reflections in the water and those water drop impacts are amazing, it looks realistic. Water can be a real pain to master because of the refractions and reflections and the science behind that but you aced it here. I also love the combination of panther and parrot- I would have never thought of that.

Overall, stunning work! Well done. :la:
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LoD90 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011   General Artist
wow nice!
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous animal indeed, you did it justice :D
Nice background too :)
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool! I especially love how the wings and eyes are the brightest spots of color... :3
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GenkoFox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Whoa, Amazingly cool!
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those wings are absolutely stunning :) Brilliant composition, too :heart:
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much!
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Sashiryuu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work!
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fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :la:
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goosechimera Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Those wings are stunning!
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you goosey!
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AnimeDumbass Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're difinitely a skilled painter, and the amount of detail is amazing!
I agree with the others that the source of the light may be a bit off, but that shouldn't be too hard to fix, I think. :3

Anyway, great work. Keep it up~! :thumbsup:
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! and thanks for the reference once again c:
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AnimeDumbass Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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Princesse-de-la-Lune Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
this looks wonderful, love the way you painted the feathers.
As for what might be wrong with it, I think it's the lightsource that is bothering you. Right now it seems as if the light is coming off his wings, and it lights up his face and body a bit with blueish highlights, but it doesn't seem to affect the environment. There's no blue reflected on the water, or on the trees, whichI think should be the case :)
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah I see what you're saying, well the light source isn't supposed to be the wings hrm, and it supposed to be a heavy rainy day so I wasn't sure really where the light comes from
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Princesse-de-la-Lune Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
That makes sense, if it's very cloudy and rainy then the light gets diffused through the clouds and it's basically dark and lightsource-less xD which is very hard to paint. If it's really dark then I guess the colours of the wings ought to be more muted, but I don't know if you should do that because you'll completely loose your jag in the background which isn't what you want either...
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha yeah and the wings are muted in comparison to the originals! I'm going to try some things out to bring the jag closer....later XD
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I really like the way you painted this, as well as the colors chosen for the character as well. I think What you need to do is something to either brighten the BG or bring the character forward a bit more, as the body of him (her?) kind of blends into the BG.
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perhaps! Jags are supposed to blend in with the surroundings but that doesn't make for a very well composed picture. the wings were brighter but it didn't look right on rainy day in the jungle... hm maybe I should change the weather c:
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
I understand about the weather and wings :XD:. I was referring more to the fur of the character than the wings. I think what you need more than anything is simply contrast between the character and the BG. If you can do that, I think it'll look great. :)
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rice-chex Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry for misunderstanding! I'll try that and see what happens, thanks c:
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DreamBurst Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Not a problem. Good luck! :D
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