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Night Crawl by Phinnimonster

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My first impression from this was a bit of awe and intrigue. I could tell there was something supernatural going on with these two characters in this piece due to their expressions, eyes, and the wolf subject balanced twixt them. I appreciate the usage of a darker grade of coloring because it gives the piece a sense of tension and apprehension -- as if I should be aware my back is exposed while I sit here studying this bit of artwork. As if at any moment, I could be mauled by something unexpected!

In some areas, the lines seem to mesh away in the work but where necessary they do show up quite drastically and sharp. This is especially true of their faces, which I appreciate because I do want to study their features and admire the handiwork put into carving them from the background by this artist's skills and technique. The texture proposed within this piece mimics pastels or charcoal to me, which is incredible and appealing in its own useful sense. This texture gives the background and subjects a mottled appearance like they're rising from the mist to confront and frighten me -- a highly exquisite choice, in my opinion.

My one issue in the technique chosen is that the artist didn't pursue having the moon be brighter to provoke the observer's eye to focus on the central subject, the wold, and then travel outwards to the two other subjects of the piece. The overall saturation of 'light' is low and on the rather dark side, but this can arguably be useful towards establishing the mood of fear and dread. This mood can still be supported if there were a few brighter areas of light in their eyes, on the moon, or perhaps even on the saliva or their teeth would have been worthwhile.

There was definitely effective use of negative and positive space. The piece does not feel unbalanced and everything seems rather cohesive. My only mention for areas of improvement is with the subject on the right and the central wolf. I believe the usage of shadows and light was quite lacking or ineffective on the neck of the subject on the right. I cannot tell if that is their chest, a shoulder, or another part of their body -- it's too flat and unrecognizable. As for the wolf in the center, its anatomy (especially in the legs) seems a tad bulkier than normal.

Overall, the artist's usage of colors, lines, texture, and character placement helped to express their vision and concept rather well. I find this piece very original in its subject quality, and one of my favorite features of the piece are their grisly expressions. It is in the opinion of this critique writer that this artist please pursue further works in this medium choice and approach to illustration because it is definitely fulfilling and enjoyable to discover, observe, and analyze.
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
I appreciate the detail you went into explaining what you found to be the pros and cons of this piece; it's very helpful in knowing what should be kept and what should be tweaked.

I see what you mean by the brightness of the moon. When making this picture I was unsure if making the moon brighter would cause the piece to be off-balance (bringing too much attention away from the other two subjects)- but I think adding some brighter areas and highlights might help make the piece "pop". The suggestion of adding highlights to the saliva on their teeth is interesting, I think it would contribute to an overall creepy feeling that is suitable for the subject matter.

I'll have to reconsult some reference for the wolf and for the neck/shoulder/chest area that you mentioned (which to be honest I was unsure of, myself, and evidently it shows, haha).

I'm glad that overall you enjoyed this piece! It's certainly a viable way of working for me, so I think I will explore similar approaches in the future (:
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arcanEnigma Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you don't want to slaughter me for that critique. I honestly do give my full unbiased opinion on the piece -- it's just amazing how you can request and receive critiques on DA like this now. Back when I did them with a group for artists, it was a whole different ball game. LOL!

The reason I mentioned the issues with the wolf is because I pulled up the references you might have used and did a comparison. Even if the wolf was on an uneven plane and I include angle into the silhouette, it still seems a bit 'off'. Ironically though, this only happens if you stare at it a SUPER long time. I was honestly too enthralled with the characters to get too personal about the wolf, but a critique makes you evaluate eevveerryytthhiinngg. xD
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
On the contrary! It's like gold to have a flat out opinion of a piece! I've only gotten two or three extensive and useful critiques on my drawings before (counting yours) so I treasure them. I think the critique feature on here is neat too (although I'm not sure why it's only available for premium members to request. :c).

I think you're right- I wasn't totally happy with how the legs were looking- both them and the ledge are wonky. If I spent a bit more time on the wolf I probably would've avoided the problem. Haha. (Still working on my patience...) Thanks again for such a thoughtful evaluation of my piece!
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Phinnimonster Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
On the contrary! It's like gold to have a flat out opinion of a piece! I've only gotten two or three extensive and useful critiques on my drawings before (counting yours) so I treasure them. I think the critique feature on here is neat too (although I'm not sure why it's only available for premium members to request. :c).

I think you're right- I wasn't totally happy with how the legs were looking- both them and the ledge are wonky. If I spent a bit more time on the wolf I probably would've avoided the problem. Haha. (Still working on my patience...) Thanks again for such a thoughtful evaluation of my piece!
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