Arrr! This pirate is aye-ing your Daily Deviation, better run before it becomes our loot!
Congratulations, first off! It was well-deserved, as this piece is outstanding, and fascinating to look at. The intricate details and textures…
I need to applaud you for the color choice. The night blues and galaxy hues are just magical, which suits a winged humanoid person. The weaponry´s metallic tones provide the right amount of contrast, as do the darks and whites of the wings, flowers, and costume. The red eye-like details, well, catch the eye. Overall, I see a duality of nighttime and dreaminess versus danger, dread, and nightmares. It makes me think Bart might possess powers associated with sleep and dreaming, or come from a world where these phenomena play a central role.
The composition is powerful, with the character framed by his wings and weapons, each in the opposite corners. It helps to both bring out the duality, andunite it into one cycle, thanks to the circular shapes of the left wing, the platform, and the weapon racks (or is each of the two abig, connected weapon?). It also adds a sense of motion and complements the circle shape at the top.
However, I´ve got a point of critique, too: the details are really, really overwhelming. All the intricate textures form a web of imagery competing for the viewer´s attention. It might be just me, but I have no idea where to look, especially when it comes to the weapons, and Bart himself. He looks tiny among everything enveloping him, doesn´t stand out. The details also get confusing in certain places, I find it difficult to distinguish where things like the weapons and wings begin and end, and what is a part of what.
The right leg (on our left), meanwhile, could use a little more detail or rendering, as it appears flat, and hard to even find at first glance. And the left hand (on our right): is it the details blending and overlapping each other, or does he have only four fingers?
I appreciate the details being toned down when it comes to the wings. They offer a sort of resting place for the eyes thanks to their big, rather flatter-shaded shapes.
Overall, though the details are fascinating and spectacular, I would say that less is more, and the drawing would benefit from being a little less “crowded”, or the detailing spaced in such a way that it´s comprehensible more, and one can understand what they are looking at in each part of the drawing.
It wouldn´t do not to mention the mysterious second character. I think I might have a theory as to what he is supposed to be doing there: given his smug look, and the symbols appearing on/or even coming from? his body… it looks like this imagery, and the eye daggers, belong to him, and he is spreading them all over Bart and his wings, trapping him. Is he perhaps an antagonist corrupting Bart?
This drawing offers plenty to observe and ponder. I hope I did it justice with my critique, and that it was helpful and not too harsh.
Congratulations again, keep up the great job, and good luck with your next pieces!
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