I like the way this work has a feel of classical art. The choice of the Lute fits perfectly into that theme.
To me the key to this piece is the fact the horse to human transformation being hidden behind the instrument. I am assuming that was on purpose. The fact that you are painting a centaur in not immediately obvious and it adds to the impact when the viewer realizes what is being presented. That turns what would be a mundane scene into something that catches the eye.
If I was to make any improvement I would have placed the fingers on her right had to actually be in a strumming position.
*takes a breath* ok. here goes on my critique, which this isnt much of one, more like praise on such amazing work.
First off, I love the color work... truly a realistic and wonderful job. The way the coat shines on her horse end, its remarkable. Especially in the chest region its almost a glowy effect. Also her facial expression has depth & emotion. The rock too have great detail, we can see every detail, every crack and crevice, quite natural looking
As for anything to critique, I can only say that perhaps the human bit and the horse bit could have been blended together abit more. It looks as if its just cut off right in the middle. I do understand that the instrument hides it, but there could have been some blending below the instrument it would have made just the little bit of difference. Anyways well done. Its a beautiful piece & I'd love to learn more from your works.
Thank you for the detailed feedback! Yeah the cut-off between the horse and human is such a problem in this piece. I really wish I had foreseen that and moved the lute to the side so we could see it because that area is kind of really important to the whole centaur concept. I did change the horse anatomy below the lute to make it human-ish, but it's too subtle for anyone to notice. Oh well, next time I'll do better. I should probably do another centaur piece just to make up for that, lol. Thanks again, I really appreciate that you took the time to write all that out for me!
your welcome. Thank you for all your help too. ahh I think just a little to the left would have made the smallest difference. But all in all its really brilliant. & also im glad you didnt make the horse below the lute too noticeable bc it might make it look odd. I'm not really sure. if you do it again I'd like to see
Yeah I can see that. Hands should be about the length from the bottom of the chin to the hairline. I measured her hand to be about that length, but I understand that it still appears a tad large. (Also girls are expected to have small, dainty hands, so they stand out if they don't conform to that standard.) Thank you for the comment; I'll try to be more careful with the size of the hands in the future! ^^
Omg, I have no idea how much time I dumped into this, heh. I basically did the whole thing twice because half-way through I realized I didn't like anything about it. And no, the background is all painted. You can see some of the progress of this image in this thread: [link]
Wow, the process is *very* impressive! No lie, you remind of myself in how I handle technique. I am very deliberate and the process can be so painstaking. The end results can be very reward however! And you're very welcome, you deserve it.
Sucka-FishFeatured By OwnerNov 11, 2010Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how clean, smooth, and wonderfully realistic your art is while still obtaining a nice fantasy feel. I've always admired how natural the hills looked in the painting and her hands are painted beautifully.
I just realized that I never commented on your art at dA. I'm sorry, I really do like your paintings.
This is an image of two halves. The top half is very good, the face, upper body and lute are very well painted. But the bottom half of the image just looks wrong. The anatomy of the centaur isn't right, especially the area directly below the lute, and the way the legs just dangle over the edge of the rocks yet the horse doesn't seem to be fully reclined. I feel that your closeup crop is actually a better image, because the top half is so much stronger.
Wow this is very well done! I love the detail you put into the grass, and the whole picture. Everything is very lovely. I really love the background, its so serene. I love the subtle detail you put into her hair as well. Well done, well done!