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March 12, 2009
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Things That Seem Still by cryslara Things That Seem Still by cryslara
This was mostly to practice texture, lighting and colour, but I like the eventual mood that came out of it.

There's not much more to say about it. Critique is always very welcome, but anything will probably be applied more in later art rather than reworking this one. =)

Tools: Photoshop, Wacom Intuos 3 tablet
Time: 6-7hours?
Music: Still - Ben Folds

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This piece...there's a lot of things I can say about this piece. :heart: Asides from being absolutely stunning it leaves me in awe at the fact that it makes me want to look away from the almost bittersweet sadness I get from it yet I want to continue looking, and noticing all the little details you put in. Each time I look I notice a new one, the little bright dots coming off of the creature and floating up- almost as if inch by inch he/she (it?) was disintegrating into tiny particles floating up into a fading light.

The mood you managed to create with such a limited palet is not only incredible but mind boggling to me. I don't know much about art yet, I still have a lot to learn, but I know that it takes skill to be able to take such a sweet and happy color such as yellow and use it to create such a bittersweet like picture. I think this color scheme seemed to project more sadness- at least to me- than any blue tones could have ever done.

Critique wise it's really hard to say since trying to find something I think needs improvement in this- for me anyway- is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The background is simple but that just adds more attention to the main focus, which is the creature and that lovely expression- please, dont get me started on how I still can't believe how you could pull off such a completely human like expression on something that is, quite obviously, not human- so thats not even a problem I think.

Anyway, I think it would have looked nice if you had added some grass between the rocks by the creature's front claws/feet to balance out some of the grass a little ways behind it but again I dont think its a necessary thing, just one more little detail that could have been. I'm sure I don't have to tell you again, but I will, because it's true- I LOVE this picture.
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Mimifee Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I love it,would take it home with me!
Mimifee Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
I love it!
deinte Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
it reminds me of Falkor from never ending story beautiful photo love the soft warm colors
Matriart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Very cool=D
Mannich Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I just... love! the way the light glistens off the back and wings. ;^;
evanjensen Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you by chance do this in a size that could be used as a desktop wallpaper? I'm going through my favorites and would like to place this there.
Kyuubi-Rouge5713 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is so beautiful
amazing work :)
Alexiel-chan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
The creature seems so sad :/

Makes me wanna hug it ♥

(Beautifull art ^^)
dassM Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
beautyfull !
pinapplebuns Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
i lovvvvee lovee loveee your woorkkkk!! its sooo amaizing!! i love like fantasy and when people draw it so i loooveee itt!
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