Ooh, that background is gorgeous... We call that "atmospheric perspective"! *shot by art students*
Ne, I like this piece a lot!! You've already gotten some good critiques, so I'll just add my tip - if you're using acrylic to paint, you don't need the black outline. ^_^ Black will immediately flatten an image - better to define edges with contrasting colour. You might need a little for her eyes, but use it as sparingly as possible. And otherwise, great work! I hope your friend likes this!
No problem, and I hope it works out well for you. I know, I have trouble doing it myself, but it depends on the medium. Paints and pastels work well without blacks at all, while things like pencils and markers are probably better off with an outline. ^^ It's scary to not have lines... ;-; I like to box everything in...
Oh wowwow WOW <3 The background is truly beautiful So soft but realistic looking 8D How'd you do that?? *0* Really love her expression and pose as well, love her arm and the way you shaded it :3 But the anatomy seems a bit off here and there, like with her chest, I'm not sure how to explain but I think her boobs should be more forward? It seems as if you couldn't decide wether you wanted a side view or a front view of her torso o: I dunno, I'm not much good at giving critique
I used wet-on-wet watercolor technique to get that sort of natural, inconsistent color transitions, and dabbed some texture on in certain areas to make it look like foliage I never noticed that about her chest, but you're right, something looks off. Not sure what it is, but I'll look into it, thanks for pointing it out.
That is so brilliant! I can't paint to save my life. I love how you used the watered down greens in the background, it gives the jungle a really dense feel without overloading us with detail. The expression on the girl is amazing, I love her face. Her entire pose is full of strength, like she could dash after whatever she's staring at in a second.
Ooh wow, this looks awesome! I love the concentrated look on her face, it seems like she spotted something that caught her attention. Very nice work on the pose as well, it's drawn really well and of course...the background is priceless! *__* Love how you done the trees and plants and the greenish sky color really adds a effect of a big forest. Very good work!
Hm... Let's see... Wow, this has got to be one of the best paintings I've ever seen you do. Okay, advanced critique time. I noticed that the lighting on Branwen and on the background is kinda inconsistent. For example, although the lighting from the right seems to be bright enough, she has no shadow that I can see. And although her clothes have a shadow on her stomach area, the necklace has no shadow. The spear handle also seems kinda flat, and the hair shading doesn't match with the rest. I also see that you've lined it with black marker underneath, but the lines are covered up in some places by the paint. Perhaps you could have re-linearted it over the paint, or alternatively not lined it at all? (It makes her foot look odd. O_o) But aside from that, overall it's a great pic. The background is wonderfully detailed, down to the individual leaves on the bushes. It really helps to create a sense of atmosphere. The composition is great too, leaving people to wonder what she's staring at... Again, I love your patience, paintskills, and peopleskills. It totally blew me off my feet, and you've obviously put quite a bit of effort into this. Great job!
(Seriously, does anyone besides me give really advanced critiques?)
Wow. First, thanks for critiquing this! I appreciate your help and that you've taken the time out of your life to type this!
You make a very good point on the lighting - I wasn't paying attention to that at all.. because I was using a new media, I was kind of just focusing on getting the paint on.. so thanks for pointing that out. I did shade the necklace, but it is done poorly (didn't leave enough white space) so it's rather hard to notice.
Some parts of the image are actually deliberately left unoutlined as I was going for a particular effect. Thank you for your input on that, I'll have to think about it how I could have made it work a bit more.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions, they are really helpful! And I'm glad you like the background, I was also particularly proud of that part.