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Dance

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This is a re-invented piece I made from 2 photo manips I made a couple of years back. You can see in the wip :la: ::


All done in illustrator!
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ENJOY! :woohoo:

(Edit)
Ooh! Thank you `brgtt for suggesting to give octo Lady octo arms instead of human arms :la:

(Edit2)
Changed the format to landscape instead of portrait. Thanks `ChewedKandi for suggestion! :heart:
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ChewedKandiProfessional Digital Artist
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

I've watched you produce this art over the past few days, from the slow starting line art to the final image and it's so far been my favourite piece of yours to date.

What I _appreciate_ about this vector is the balance of light vs dark and the effort and thought which has went behind it. The light, bright and almost illuminated jellyfish and the dark, dulled and shadow like octopus. Even the background is tuned to reflect this theme and it's pulled off very well.

It's almost as if they are flirting with each other rather than dancing... the tenticle stroking the jelly fishes face... in a very playful manner.. you'd imagine them as mortal enemies but here is an intimate moment has been caught.

The only issue I have with this is the cropping. I feel there is maybe a bit too much space above and below and not enough either side of the piece. It doesn't feel balanced... as if you're cropping off the details at the sides. I think a more horizonal rectangle crop may have worked better as it would have focused more on the girls rather than the scene.

It seems that this is a bit more refined that your previous pieces... the colours seem a lot more calm and less out there and a lot more fluid. The shading seems a lot more smooth. I can't begin to express how wonderful this piece is. I feel like you've really pushed yourself in so many ways here and I'm even more excited to see where you take your art next.
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Shar :hug:

I forced myself to be more patient when it came to coloring, when I started to feel slightly bored or rushed I instantly shut down AI and started doing something else until I felt I was ready to pick up again where I left of :)

And I agree with you on the cropping, I'm not entirely happy with it myself. I'll give your suggestion a try today :aww:
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SDA-MessengersOracleHobbyist General Artist
I have to be weird: I think the cropping is perfect where it is. Just seeing exclusively these two in the middle of the picture wouldn't be enough. With what's there, it's adds mystery and subtle story line to it. :) The depth to the lower right corner is good and suggests a menacing story just like the light behind the jelly-maid? adds suggestion of interesting story. So honestly, I wouldn't change a thing sweetheart. :love: You did a superb job! :rose:
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
I really love that you're seeing the story within the drawing! :love:
Thank you very much :tighthug::heart:
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SDA-MessengersOracleHobbyist General Artist
:la: :tighthug: You're very, very welcome my dear! :aww: It's kind of an occupational hazard being a novel writer and constantly picking at or indulging little and subtle side stories which in the end, make all the difference to the over all plot. Details, gotta have 'em! =D
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Oh! I love stories! :eager: Do you have any in your gallery that you recommend I read? :aww: And yes, details are very important!
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SDA-MessengersOracleHobbyist General Artist
Yup, :iconbiggrinplz: just check the bottom folder entitled, "Novel-TGQ Origins of Mercy's Redemption".
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Oooh I did not see that! I will go check it out now :aww:
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jenn-yHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is truly amazing. I love how you've made both women symbolic of their counterparts. I'm in love with the octopus arms! Fantastic concept. <3
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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ChieuMua Digital Artist
This is so beautiful !!!!! I really love it
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you =D
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature! I appreciate it :hug:
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MangatellersHobbyist General Artist
Great artwork. The enviroment looks amazing and the characters very detailed. Welldone!
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
DeathWatchAngel's avatar
Completely unique concept. This piece adds a fresh dose of wonder to art :)
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Dawww :blush: Thanks!
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no prob, keep up the good work :D
Poopgoblyn's avatar
I think you should have focused more on the coloring composition of this piece. It seems that by making the darker figure on top (thus making it stand out from the brighter background) and the lighter figure on the bottom (thus making it stand out from the darker background) would have functioned better. It would have brought out the characters from the background, and prevented a blurring effect when seen from a slight distance.
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
But then the whole point of the light entering the dark wouldn't be there anymore =D
Poopgoblyn's avatar
Yes it would. Easily would. It would actually enhance it even further because it would make all colors stand out even more. That's what contrast is about. And furthermore, a picture's "story" should never supersede, or replace composition, symbolism, or mood.

A successful illustration is one that convey as much information as possible within a time frame of about 7-8 seconds. When your colors all turn into a gradient, that is, you have whites and light colors on one side and black, dark colors on the other, it doesn't convey mood, feeling, or really anything else.

Fact is, I didn't even understand that there was a light. I didn't even know there was any significance to the light, me as an audience member is not privy to the information you have.

I guess in the end the question is: what do you want to achieve with this illustration. If you want it to be a powerful illustration, you would try to incorporate as much thought out detail as possible; what color pallets should I use, which aspects do I want to emphasize, how do I make light and shadow emphasize those things, how can I convey a story through symbolism or gesture. If you want it to be just a drawing, a doodle, that you are content with, have at it.
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ssstProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks for the input - but I had a specific vision on how I wanted this piece to turn out, just because I haven't contrasted the characters according to the lighting, doesn't mean I thought any less about such things :)

As you've taken the time to point out many things that you considered "wrong" in my drawing. I would like to take the time to point out you may want to tell people what you like about the drawing, evening this out with the wrong's you wish to inform the artist with - so your critique will actually be a critique and not seem like an attack on the artist's working process, in it's entirety =D
Poopgoblyn's avatar
I'm sorry, I come from an actual professional world, and in the professional world you don't get many positive critiques, if any at all. In fact, critiques are by default negative, they have to be. People who are still learning how to draw, how to illustrate, or paint, need guidance, need someone to tell them where they go wrong, they need someone to tell them how to make their artwork better in the future. dA's kindergarten like policy on criticism has created an aura of protection for it's artists, causing a lot of them to stagnate in skill for years to come. I am highly against such a policy since the very reverse is what I was used to in Art College, and the criticism I got in Art college was a hell of a lot more educational when it was only the mistakes or negative things.

You asked for critique not praise, I found the things that I believe is detrimental to a great deviation. Instead of learning from the criticism you try to defend it implying that it is part of the story.

If you feel offended by my criticism, or any criticism that doesn't involve praise for the work, please don't request it.

I apologize if what I said somehow hurt your feelings.
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