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Seeking Solitude by vantid Seeking Solitude by vantid
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye
That slepen al the nyght with open eye-
(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially from every shires ende

~~ Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

A bookmark design for the Werewolf Calender project!

Later this year I will post my finished painting for 2012. This was painted in Painter X. I was very inspired by this lovely photo:

Work for the same calendar project:
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This piece feels like a breath of fresh air. The moss on the rocks feels fuzzy and full of life, the fur on the wolf feels realistic and accurate, and the rocks are colored and textured very very well. The intricate details draw my eye from the wolf's face down to the first hummingbird, but unfortunately stop at the golden background.
The trees back there feel as if they are part of a different piece. Most of this bookmark is highly detailed and textured, whereas the trees and grass in the back are flatly colored, but hold enough contrast in value and color saturation that my eyes are brought here more than the rest of the piece. To push the trees farther back, lower the value contrast. The saturation level can stay put, because it gives this artwork a rich and warm sensation (which is fantastic).
A couple more smaller critiques include the placement of the leftmost hummingbird - the dark and light of the rock behind it are more intense that the hummingbird itself, which confuses the eye into thinking they are squished together. This could be amended by lightening the shadowed rock beneath the hummingbird, so that the bird pops forward.
The wolf's arm is amazingly rendered, but the place the foot comes out is uneven with the arm - making it appear that the foot is growing out of the wolf's head. An easier way to fix this is by upping the impact that the head/neck fur receives from bending around the foot. In a nutshell, more division between the foot shape and the head/neck shape.
I adore this piece. It gives me an odd feeling of nostalgia and reminds me of fantastical daydreams. Great stuff - this is a magnificent show of skill. Keep it up!
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amazing! i have found me in the closest thing florida has to a secluded forest sometimes, and stared at the wildlife, listening to my favorite songs, and not forgetting entirely about society or anything else, until my phone rings and my mom calls me home (im still only 15). this is an absolutely beautiful piece,the colors are so vivid, the only person that can compare is my art teacher (best class in da world!) and the oinly thing i can say bad about it is not being able to under stand the poem in the description. >.< again, really good with moss, fur and pretty much every thing else!
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Mineriva Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a bautiful piece - there are so much details, like in your other artworks.
Really awesome and great work.
May I ask you what resolution the original size has. With all your details it might be big.
TheTater Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
this is awesome do you sell this in a print
WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible... stunning job.  It speaks to me in some way.
CrookedtailMoonclan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! :D Great job!! ^^
John-Peter Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet work :)
Eltasia Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
w0w! fabulous work!!
Zaylund Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the feel this picture gives, definitly a fresh breath of air about - very relaxing ^^
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
A Stunning Piece!!!
Lambaskis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! I love very much the placement of the rocks. ;)
hannahslion Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
nice, Canterbury tales in middle English.
CanisLilium Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Beautiful work~ The fur and the moss are so detailed! I love it~ :squee:
ratcabob Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Aww what a cute image!! I would love to have this bookmark, can't wait for the new calendar. :)
portheiusJ Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Artist
This really does have a warmth and nostalgia to it! Lovely work with the lighting, textures and details. :D
Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
i love this it's so beautiful
Veirilin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really wonderful! I love this picture, colors and details are amazing :love:
NivvyArt Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE hummingbirds, and I love wolves. I love how the wolf is just admiring them. It's PERFECT <333 You're detail and lighting is astounding!
BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's truely beautifuly!
BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's truely beautifuly!
chotabear Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
The wolf has such a gorgeous face. I love the way he's fascinated by the little bird and the scenery is beautiful !!!
whisperpntr Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Gorgeous as usual vantid. Love the details and the composition and coloring.

Since critique is on though and I dislike the layout of the critique system, I'll comment here.

The only thing I spot that looks a bit unusual is the discontinuity of the arm and hand as well as the lack of displacement of the neck and head.

The following photo is a bit of an exaggeration but notice how the neck and face folds are displaced by the placement of the foreleg.

This is a more accurate example though it does not show the realistic displacement the arm would have on the wolf's left eye (viewer's right) in that location
vantid Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for this critique! I am hoping to have some time soon to fix several things.
Basike-Crowolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Devils-mistress123 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
OwlSunrise Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so AMAZING!!!
LauraGarabedian Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work as always Vantid. I love how you captured the atmosphere and the light... Always my struggling point!
NinjaWolf-Sam Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow... I looked at this picture and the first thing that went through my mind was... "Woah... I want this picture on my wall..." I love wolves and nature and this picture is just amazing!
Arrowriter Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
So beautiful :D The hummingbirds are my favorite
conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful ^^ yet so true to the title itself, if only all of could find solitude to just enjoy the nature around us ^^
Nintendogs4ever Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student General Artist
PhantomBREAK Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One word: AMAZING.
Letiel Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Ah! The finished project at last! I absolutely loved watching the livestream of this piece and I adore the final look.
The details are intricate but not overbearing and I love the positioning of the wolf and birds according to the Rule of Thirds.
Novawuff Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
i love how this turned out... and i'm pretty sure you know what the little hummer + leaves makes me think of XD
dogboy09 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
This is just so beautiful. =D I love how you can see some human expression in that wolf face.
Longpaw Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Amazing! A new fave..... :)
Raineve Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amaroq Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Beautiful :)
Captain-Point Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Phoar, the finished picture looks amazing! So glad I managed to see this in the making through Livestreams. ^^ The moss is just beautiful; it's just like you could reach out and feel it.
Vao-Ra Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Какая красота! *О*
HaanPere Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   Digital Artist
8D! This is looking fantastic! I'm just loving all those little details this has and fff those hummingbirds! They're so cute! c8

I can't really spot many mistakes but the moss on the "further" rock on the right side could probably be a bit more detailed. Not much but a bit.
Other than that, I fail to spot anything that'd be wrong. D:
Hurricane-Wolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Very beautiful!
IamETOH Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely splendid!
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