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January 27, 2013
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Quiet time by Stygma Quiet time by Stygma

This is for *AlcyoneSong, for the #Anthro-Fantasy-club exchange.

It's Yule time and Marwynn is having a quiet time by the fire. Maybe she's waiting for a special someone or just cooling down (or warming up) before the big party.

*AlcyoneSong made my character Blackbones! I love it! So much details! And I like how wolfy he looks!

Credits and stuff:

Photophop CS5 / Wacom Intuos 4 / About 40 hours

Brushes used:

Painting - [link] by ~yumedust
Painting - [link] by *AlectorFencer
Holly - [link] by *Tempestazure
Celtic symbols - [link] by ~redheadstock
Rock texture (I used stars... lol!) - [link] by ~KeepWaiting

Special thank you to *francis-john for this tutorial: [link]

And now that I'm done with all the official stuff...

OMG! Would you look at that!!!! It's the best time I've ever painted! How is it ever possible!!!! SQUEEEEE! :squee:

Character *AlcyoneSong
Art =Stygma
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Your work is wonderful I wish I could do something as good as this. I love your style the colors especialy the shading. You seem to be pationate about anthro/furry artwork. You put 40 hours into this I mean wow but it was all worth it because you have a wonderful masterpeice in your gallery I hope you keep on making this wonderful artwork. (Since this isnt enough words going to put random words at the bottom of this)
StarBurst-Arts <3 :D
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
10 out of 11 deviants thought this was fair.

The critique is given as a service for =Stygma as part of the #dAWishingWell wishing program

What I like about this piece:

This is an absolutely beautiful piece with lovely colors, smooth lines, and an overall feeling of relaxation. The shading is wonderful, the textures are marvelous, and fur looks amazing; everything looks so great medium wise.

To go into each area a little deeper, let me start with the subject. Marwynn, the wolf, is the highlight of the work. The fur is very well done and highly impressive to me, as I have a very large difficulty trying to make fur look right, so I understand the work that a character like this would take. In addition to that, the light on the fur follows very closely to how fire’s light would look; with one exception, but that will be covered in a moment. The clothing is very creative and the colors work very well with the character. I especially like the foot wrappings as they are something I have not seen before.

The next area I would like to talk about is the background, which I find highly impressive as it is something I struggle with. The texture on the walls is realistic without standing out as being too realistic compared to the rest of the work. I especially love the aura of light around the torches; it makes the light feel so much more real. Speaking of the light, the way it falls on the walls is perfect. The weapons on the wall are also impressive in design.

Things I think could be improved:

These are just some suggestions on a few things I have noticed in the work. I myself am not necessarily perfect in the techniques nor do I necessarily have the skills to do what I am suggesting. All I am trying to do with this section is help you anyway I can. Feel free to take my suggestions at face value.

As I mentioned above, there is one inconsistency in the light I can see, though it could be intentional. On the back of Marwynn’s head is what looks like another light source. I’m not sure if this is a mistake, or if it is implying there is another light out of the frame of the picture.

One of the things that I notice the most in this piece is that it all feels so flat. The background and the character feel like they are on the same plain. The fireplace does not look like it goes into the wall. The items on the table look like they are painted on the wall, with the exception of the gold bowl. The perspective of the logs feels off. It just does not make the viewer feel like it could be a real room they could enter.

Just a small error is the stool; the subject looks like she is floating above it. A few wrinkles in the dress, and making the edge of the stool visible should fix that.

The last thing I have noticed is that the focus of the work is very distracted by the lines and other objects in the room. For example, if you took the coat out of the frame, or moved it closer to the subject, the green contrasting colors would not draw the viewer away from the subject as it does now. With all the different greens all over it takes away from the focus. As for the lines in the picture, none of them lead to your subject. They all point off to the left, which again leads the viewer’s eye to the coat rather than where you want them to go. I think that most of this problem comes from the weapons on the wall that point horizontally, and the direction your subject is looking. If her head was up turned to the torch, and the sword was turned so that the point was toward the subject I think it was solve it some, but probably not all.

Final thoughts:

The art work, technique, and over all work of the piece is wonderful. I feel like your level of skill is ready to go to the next level by incorporating leading lines, balance, and so on. Overall, this is a fantastic work that I feel is just short of its potential. Good luck to you and your future projects, I cannot wait to see more.

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winter-bright Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah this piece is really wonderful - such a sense of atmosphere!  I can just hear the fire crackling and feel the warmth. 
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
ithermi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the fur detail! ♥

It's so much better than mine! I hope I can learn from you ; v ;

My best attempt xD : (Nik's Tie FA Icon by ithermi)

Do you have any speedpaints of this style that I can observe from afar? x'D
Stygma Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! No! I don't have any videos! :XD:

I've learned a lot watching sugarpoultry's live stream. Here is one of her video:…

Fur needs a lot of patience. I don't do art like Quiet Time very often but it needs a lot of free time which I don't often have! :D
ithermi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And thank you for the llama! ♥
quickspace Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
this is so pretty, I love the delicateness of her fur! perfect blend of wolf and animal anatomy too, not to mention the expression is great! nice work! 
Stygma Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I don't often have time for such detailed art. Hopefully, it get easier with more practice! :meow:
quickspace Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
You're welcome! I'm sure that it does get easier after a while, and you learn so much that way!
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this piece styggy!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconloveloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
Stygma Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :iconpenguinhappyplz:
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