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Night Shift by Stygma Night Shift by Stygma
Anakeran aka Naka for DeNovember

This is my fantasy-xchange assignment for the September "sketch" round. :)

I used to draw like this a long time ago. It was fun to try my old comic style again! :D

Art © Stygma
Anakeran/Naka © DeNovember 

Pose reference:

Tuxedo Jay Sitting 3 by SenshiStock

Art by DeNovember 

Lonely Lullaby by DeNovember staring at the moon by DeNovember The Unkindness Of Ravens by DeNovember
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Okay, this might be too late of a critique. But, anyway!

Colours: Nice combination of colours! The piece is almost (felt like) monochromatic. I love how you put bits of other colours here and there to emphasize the impact of the piece as a whole as well as giving contrast to the overall look. I also love the subtle transition of shading for the "moon". It felt like it was not but it was there gradually and it's a nice subtle touch.

Art Style: Overall, I really love the art style. Nor it felt old nor it is new. But more like a little bit of both and some other thing mixed in between. But I do hope you play a little bit more on the outlining of the human(oid). The dynamic of the strokes so to say. But it's so minor!

Theme: Surreal. Again, it seems real on each of their own (Moon, carved pillar statue, human(oid)). But as an entirety? You cannot say that's a scenery that I would accidentally stumble upon in reality (Dual moon, and a human(oid) sitting at the end of a carved pillar statue). Actually it did not seem weird. That was not my point but it is more "there" and it is plausible because you made it plausible in your own way. And again the subtlety of it all makes me as the audience taking it slowly, to then encapture it as a whole, a solid piece of reality you created yourself.

Ambience and Impact: Permeates the feel of loneliness and singularity in a solitary situation. It also gives the vibe of alienation. Oddly enough, it gives you a sense of tranquility with a dull resonance.
It's a piece where you end up enjoy and ponder upon as you taking it in. And the subtle details and transition make it hard for you to take it at face value. Like there's more to it to ponder. Life, foreign situation, odd times and values. So many metaphor I can see hidden within the human(oid) appearance. Like how human he looks but there is a subtle hints (or not so subtle hints) that he is not. It can relate to the feeling of alienation (as mentioned above), of being different (in this case the title says the obvious reason) and not being able to do thing that others do or being perceived the same as others. And of course he will feel lonely having to go through the odd cycle in which he reached the degree of not feeling the same or simply being different.

The list can go on and on. But we better off end it up here. As I do not want to invade your brain with my nonsencial thoughts and ramblings. Or worse someone might think I am delusional. But those above were what I thought of this piece of beauty. The thing could easily added to anyone's archive!

Thank you for making this beautiful artwork! Keep up the good work!

P.S.: Sorry, I did not proofread much.



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Rasgonras Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015
VERY nice colouration :)
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
Very cool. I like the split moon. :-)
Stygma Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
Ogrefairy Featured By Owner May 3, 2015   Digital Artist
Wow. This is really awesome work.
Stygma Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
Ninelyn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
:omg: :faint: :wow:
Can you tell... I love it, too much for words! :love:
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! 

It's the kind of art I like, but don't do much anymore! Too much to do and so little time! :)
TigresaDaina Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey!! this is amazing!!! :la:
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you and you're welcome! 

I tried different types of gargoyles and they were all "too much". I then thought of the eagle in the Sorcerer's Apprentice and thought an eagle would fit well here. :D
DeNovember Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
haha it looks fabulous! c:
somethingzenzen Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   General Artist
I like this style. Cool pic! And well done! ^_^
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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