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Quiet time by Stygma Quiet time by Stygma
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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)
Love,
StarBurst-Arts <3 :D
(random words aa a aa a a a a a a a a a a a a a a )
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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.

Yours,
=AquaQueen27=
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really so beautifully drawn :)
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Stygma Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome :)
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Minia4 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconstygma:
Stygma Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :la:
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Minia4 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure Nod 
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist
Love your enthusiasm. This is indeed a great art work. I love the peacefulness of the overall background, and the character sitting comfortably awaiting for something
special or just having a relax moment of rest. The color green is often associated with the sentiment of growth and healing, while the color brown is often associated with the sentiment of being down to earth. And the color grey is often associated with the sentiment of being solid. I love the display of the sword and bow on the wall, which may suggest she is probably a huntress or awaiting someone special who happens to be the owner of that room, and is probably in for a pleasant surprise.

The gentle look of her blue eyes and expression, shares a welcoming warmth about her. Even the softness of the fire seems to express that gentleness.
I like how there is evidence of snow on the coat she was wearing, which shares a brief background story to this pic. I can almost imagine the sound of
cackling fire in the background. Overall a very heartwarming art work nicely done. :)

I happen to have this gift for interpretation. In which I can read art like a driver can read a stop sign. XD I discovered this gift back when I first joined DA in mid
commentary and decided to combine it with my writing skills to help support my fellow artist here. It's allot of fun and a great way to connect with artist on a deep and artistic level. I learn allot of cool things through interpretation, and also learn much of myself in how the art makes me feel. Anthros are very fascinating creatures, that are fun to draw. The imagery of animals really brings out a powerful personality of a character in the most interesting ways imaginable. The genre of fantasy have always been one of my favorites, next to science fiction, and is like a gateway to endless possibilities. All of this I've learned from studying and interpreting art works, and it has been educational, inspiring, enlightening and thought provoking. Which also reminds me of one way that art could best be defined, and that is that art is simply, provocative. More intimately, art speaks a very powerful and visual language that words could hardly express, and shares a story, history, emotions, concepts, and perspective of the artist in ways that would not be normally perceived any other way.

...Oh hey! I found more visual elements here cool! Delving even deeper, I noticed the geometric patterns of diamond shapes on her dress. I get this sense of wisdom and experience from this. As though the interlocking of the pattern is like an interwoven build of piecing things together, which may suggest that she is a deep thinker. Quiet time is a great opportunity to reflect on things. Now I look to the patterns on the wall mounts and that on the coat, then I look to the walls and floor itself. And though it's all part of the medieval setting there is also an unconscious awareness of foundation. The word foundation seems to be written all over somehow, and it's from a solid foundation that anything built can surely last. Hence I now look back to the grey color of her fur and the white. The grey being of a solid sentiment and the white as a great compliment of softness. There is also a pattern on the sheath of the sword that shares that similarity as well. I think it's pretty deep, because it visually shares that sense of fortitude, built from a solid foundation. And that pretty much concludes my interpretation. Awesome! I had fun with this one. ^^

Well hope you enjoyed the read. Soft classical music is pretty well suited for the process of this art work, I can imagine. Music is a great source of artistic motivation. :)
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Stygma Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
When I draw someone else's character, I let the character tell me a story and I try - like all artists must do - to paint the feelings. I also made some research for this one since it was very specific about the era and place. I really put a lot of effort in this painting. I don't usually have this kind of time. :| And I don't always have a strong connection with characters like I had with this one.

Thank you for your well thought comment. I appreciate a lot! :D
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist
Your very welcome. ^^

Having enough time to put into drawing is indeed very challenging, since
we're living in a world that is so demanding of our time and energy. As
an artist myself, it can be rather frustrating. XD
I mean one can only imagine how much more can be accomplish if only we
had that liberty to invest in our passion. I wish I was just as consistent with
making art. I could barely get several sketch work done. XD

But, one day it will be made possible. We all have to find what works best for us. I guess. ^^
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Stygma Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The important is to have fun! :D
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Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist
That's certainly key. Nod 
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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. 
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:iconstygma:
Stygma Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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ufoparkinq Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist
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
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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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHphxM…

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
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ufoparkinq Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you! And thank you for the llama! ♥
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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! 
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:iconstygma:
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:
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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!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this piece styggy!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconloveloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :iconpenguinhappyplz:
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   General Artist
Commented to grant your :icondawishingwell: wish!

I love the contrast of light and shadow.You use the heck out of a limited color palette and she looks lovely in her dress. The dress itself is very beautiful,well detailed,accurate,and has very real looking wrinkles and folds.I love the Celtic motif and feel.Nice job on the little details such as the holly and logs.Some elements could be integrated better,for example the flames and snow do not fit with the rest of the picture but this is truly a quality piece!
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Stygma Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Your comments are highly appreciated! :dance:
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   General Artist
Very welcome,I love comments too
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are one multi-talented artist, and I love that about you! :w00t:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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FineArtCandice Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
I saw you had wished for more critiques at #dAWishingWell. So I am hoping to share some much needed love.
This piece looks straight out of a professional story book. The lighting is wonderful and your eye moves continuously around the piece. Excellent job.
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Stygma Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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ivanka-a Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
((Critique to help fullfill your wish from #dAWishingWell))

I really like the atmosphere of the piece, its very cosy and warm. Marwynn looks very regal as well. I like the pattern on her dress and the fur, it looks very soft and welcoming! Also the background is nice, simple, but at the same time, tells a story!

I think you can improve on Marwynn's dress. By that I mean only the folding. I'd suggest a bit more wrinkling on the sleeves, stomach and a bit on the skirt. The piece where the weapons are hanging looks a bit flat, but could be fixed by adding more shadow.

Other than that, I really like the warmth of the artwork. ^u^ Hope I helped~
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Every comment is helpful! I'm glad you took the time to comment my work! :thanks:
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ivanka-a Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thats alright~
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Hi there! I saw you had wished for more critiques at #dAWishingWell, so I hope this helps! :dummy:

First off, you did an absolutely amazing job on this artwork! The colors work extremely well together to create a peaceful and comfortable mood that definitely fits with the title. The details are exquisite and you did a fantastic job making this look realistic. :D

Apart from the lighting (since =wondering-souls has already addressed that), I think that one thing you could change is the fire. Although the paleness of the fire works well with the color scheme in the rest of the painting, I'd say that it makes the fire look a tad unrealistic. Because it is quite pale (especially in the torches) the fire looks too faint and transparent. Fire is typically more saturated in color with brighter oranges and yellows, and I'd also say that the flames could be more "crisp" or defined (some examples: [link] ).

Another thing I noticed was that the bow above the fireplace is as bright as the flames, making it seem as though it were giving off its own light. I'm not sure if it was intended to be super shiny, but I think even then you might want to tone it down just a little. :aww:

Overall, however, you did a superb job on this painting! :heart: Keep up the great work! :D
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The bow is ivory white and polished, but I can see what your mean. :) Some parts should be darker. I'm working on an improved version. I'll see what I can fix :D
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
You're welcome~ :tighthug:
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wondering-souls Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Hey there,

I saw you wanted a critique on #dAWishingWell so I came over here to try and help!

To start off, I love the concept. It's a nice quiet and serene scene. You can almost hear the fire crackling. You have some good color choices and things seem painted very well.

What stands out to me is the lack of varying tones. Things are all mostly mid-tone with no contrast. To see what I mean, take the image and make it black and white. You'll see that everything sort of blends together and nothing really stands out. You have potential for a really contrasty scene with the limited illumination of the flames. You have the fire in the fireplace far back in the semi-circle, not a lot of light would escape. I suggest taking a look at some photos of people around fire pits/fireplaces. Very little is actually lit up, this leaves room for a lot of contrast and harsh shadows.

Keep in mind that the main figure is blocking the things behind it from the light. Those things would be much darker compared to her.

Don't be afraid to vary your color values as well. Shadows are not pure black. You have the warm highlights down which is great, but think of adding in some cool shadows (blues, purples, etc.).

I see you have some of the yellow/orange of the flame reflected onto the things around it and that's great! Not everyone remembers those little details.

Overall the picture is very well done. I love the tiny details and the mood. Great job! :)
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Actually, there's an unseen source of light behind the character (the thing we must not do! Haha!) but you're right, seeing others art, I see I lack contrast in many of my drawings. I do play sometimes with colored shadows, but more with my cartoon style. I'm still learning about Photoshop and digital techniques.

Thanks a lot for your feedback. It's very useful!
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wondering-souls Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
You're very welcome :) I think it would help to show that in the highlights and shadows. The current shadows make it look like there is one light source since the highlights are only in one direction. If there was a separate source behind her (which can work) then show that through the highlights and shadows. (Though as a general composition suggestion, I wouldn't include that as that takes the eyes off the picture. You want the eyes to stay moving on the artwork. Having dark borders with a light center keeps the eyes trapped.) What may help you with values is value studies. Just black and white still lifes. 'Colored' shadows aren't limited to a style, it's used in all styles and mediums. It's realistic and helps build depth and interest in the drawing. These things have little to do with what tools you use. You can apply this anywhere :)

Nevertheless, best of luck with future works! Glad I could help :D
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I played a bit with contrasts and add some shadows to the food. It seems to bring a bit more depth in the drawing. If you want, you can see the result here [link]
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wondering-souls Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
It's definitely an improvement :) Great job!
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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wondering-souls Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
You're welcome :heart:
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jijikero Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:jawdrop:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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jijikero Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
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TigresaDaina Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so freaking amazing and awesome! :wow:
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Stygma Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! Thank you! :D
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Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive, it's really good work!
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Stygma Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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AlcyoneSong Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much! You captured her perfectly. She is beautiful, I love the Celtic knotwork, and all the details! The Midevial style chair, the snow on her cloak, and the ivy! Thank you so very much!

Merci, Merci, Merci mon ami!!!!
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