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.:Supernatural:. by astarayel .:Supernatural:. by astarayel
Recently I've been experimenting a lot with colors, as evidence by my last piece. I really wanted to take it into a realism-esque attempt.

Katy Perry's new video, E.T. really inspired me (which is odd, since I don't really like her music). It's completely weird, but her makeup/costume is fantastic.

Particular inspiration for this piece came from here: [link]

I was debating about the hairpiece/stand-up braids. Should I put them in or not? For now I couldn't paint them to my satisfaction, so they got left off...
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:iconalykat:
Great idea and wonderful use of color! I really like the symbol on her forehead.

There is a bit too much negative space between her head and the stars. I think the braids would be a nice touch.
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:iconastarayel:
Yes, the negative space is just glaring at me now. I'm working on redoing this picture, so hopefully I'll be brave enough to tackle the braids then ;)

Thanks for the comment!
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Pittfiend Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice work. I think she looks better than the Katy photo. I won't repeat what you and the others said about the background. ;) Keep up the good work. :)
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Pittfiend Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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ZodiarkDarkja Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okz so it's comment time!

what I like:-
Your determination to experiment with art!
The level of detail given to the eyes (especially the reflection and the detail on the eye-balls), the designs on her forehead and the lips (the light reflecting off the contours of her lips).
The use of colors, the colors do give her an out-worldly look and do not seem cheap or overly-used. (aka, the colors compliment each other instead of contradicting each other)
The shape of her cheeks further contribute to her 'alien' look and the viewer does not have any trouble thinking that who is she representing.

What may improve it:-
(since your art is still not complete, these may not matter)
The background seems of a lower resolution and is not very vibrant (you may want to use a dull background to keep the 'alien' in focus, but the background seems a little bland, it does require at-least a few bright stars)
The shading on her shoulders is not smooth (aka, smooth transition from dark to light), to counteract this, you may want to use brushes with low hardness and low opacity to smooth shade from darker to brighter areas.


Overall, this was nice and it seems that you put quite an effort in doing this piece of art, with a little more practice, it will be soon when you can create perfectly what you are trying to achieve. :iconilikeitplz:
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:iconastarayel:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this thoughtful comment--I really appreciate it! :hug:

Thank you for noticing the design on her forehead--I spent a lot of time dissecting those patterns and it seems like people have not really noticed them! So thanks :D

I agree about the background, and a few other people have mentioned it, so I think that a little more focus there is definitely needed. And that shoulder is kind of a disaster--I mean honestly, who has necks that skinny? ;) Thanks for the pointers!

Hopefully I'll be able to revisit this piece at some point in the future, and really give it that finished/more perfect look I want.

Thanks again, your comments were incredibly helpful! :)
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ZodiarkDarkja Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thnx for the reply! :iconiloveitplz:
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:iconastarayel:
You're welcome! :D
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Verticae Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yay, critique time!

I have to be honest, if it wasn't for the link you posted, I'd have never known what you used as a reference/inspiration; I'm not much of a Katy Perry fan, myself. However, that won't stop me from picking apart this piece! I do think that despite its flaws, this piece is wonderfully vibrant. There's quite a few things to nitpick over though (and you bet that's just what I'm going to do), but on the whole, it's not a bad piece at all!

My first point of criticism would be on the overall look of the piece, and more particularly, the contrast. It goes from pure black to pure white, without leaving a lot of room for shades in between, and thereby, not showing a lot of detail. A good rule of thumb to avoid this, is to start out with a neutral grey, and not add any pure black or white until the very final stages of the painting. Another flaw with the overall look, then, is the composition. There's a lot of nonfunctional dead space in the top of the piece, the balance is off by quite a bit. You could try and add in her hairpiece, going by the reference, but you could also decide to add something else - spikes, planets, a parade of seahorses in nurse outfits - anything to extend the subject more into the canvas. Another thing that adds to the feeling uf it being unbalanced, is that the face has a bit of a tilted feel to it. With it being so strong (due to the pure white) and that line not being followed through in the piece, it just feels like something's missing.

Moving on to the actual face, there's some flaws in the finish, and some with the anatomy. *kilsimiv already pointed out the eyes, so I won't do that again; I will, however, address the neck and the lips. The problem with the lips, I believe, is that you tried to use the inspiritional picture as a reference. Considering the angle of the face in the reference as compared to the angle in the face you painted, the lips should've been far more visible. Right now, it seems like they're on a different plane; their shape doesn't adhere to the shape of the rest of the face. The neck, then, seems to be thinning down as it goes down; something the human neck is not quite capable of. This might also be an optical illusion due to the included pure black; either way, it doesn't look too great.

The other part I'd remark about the face, is the hair. It seems to dissolve in the back, but without any real 'dissolving' effect; to be frank, it looks more like you just didn't finish painting it. There's not a lot of definition after the initial hairline, which also would've helped defining the head's overall shape more. The same lack of definition is found in the background, as well. The stars are blurry, and the nebula rather undefined. I think you could've gained a lot by spending a little more time on these area's, to define them a tad more, make them a bit more crisp.

All in all, I'd say it's a piece full of potential, but not without its flaws. If you decide to rework the piece, let me know, I'd love to see what you can do with it! :)
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