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Cloud Castle

A quick paint i did in about 3 hours.
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:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

Ethereal and benevolent, this piece harkens to a tranquil beauty. With tremendous vision and detail to atmosphere, this is a piece that brings a sense of cool warmth and stye to mind.The subject matter as a whole is very appealing, and the use of perspective and lighting are well done. Atmospherically the piece draws you in and brings a sense of scale and wonderment.

The use of pastels and light are a wonderful choice which adds a subtle blending of cool and warm to the piece. With the creamy hues of the clouds and mountainsides in contrast to the cold purple of the castle bring focus and direction. The use of color is a strong force here.

The colors overall work in harmony, yet to a point that the piece is somewhat obstructed by a lack of definition and structure which gives it the appearance of being flat. Objectively, the lack of hard lines and definition bring this piece down, as having them would greatly enhance the perspective and scale of the piece. It is with the notion that the lack of hard lines and a reliance on light and color to homogenize the piece was the intended goal, but a bit more structure and definition would be appropriate and would help to create depth.

Technically, there are some issues with a lack of texture, as the piece seems very washed. Clouds seem to be overly-blended and the textures vary from one to the next. Its a tad distracting, seeing that the artist is fully capable of greater detail. The Castle demonstrates the latter point to a "T". Textures would greatly enhance the believability of the piece and would naturally enhance the appeal.

Overall, the piece is a wonderful step in the right direction. The artist is successful in creating an atmosphere, and the use of colors and light are splendid. The points which draw this work down is a lack of texture and definition, as without those two key elements, the piece is somewhat flat and unbelivible.

Great work overall.
xistenceimaginations's avatar
Thanks a lot for the constructive critique. I agree to you're points, as by now i'm trying to find a new style to draw digitally and the most useful brush settings to do this in a qucik-paint-way, this will help me to find some better ways. So, again, thanks a lot, very appreciated!
Tiamatus's avatar
No problem. I really enjoyed your piece, and I understand it's an exercise in practice. Like all art.

My only tips would be to focus a bit more on textures and the perception of those texture from varying perspectives. It's like when you look at a tree from right below and see every minute detail, and then walk away and it's a blur of colors. My point is, just be aware that textures are just as important as lighting and shading, because when your working with objects that have similar textures at varying distances the visual effect will change. By keeping them
all similar or the same the piece comes off as flat.

Overall, your doing wonderfully and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to assist you.