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The Lutenist by dierat The Lutenist by dierat
A minstrel.

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:iconjbdenney:
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.

Very nice work.
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slingshotmama1950 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it thank yo for sharing!!Love 
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
No thank you! :heart: :D
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:iconswanofwar:
SwanofWar Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Writer
Female centuar, yay!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I love centaurs! :la:
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:iconswanofwar:
SwanofWar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Me too!  And I always get super excited when I see a female one depicted cause they don't show them often enough!  Female centaurs are gorgeous and tough at the same time! :heart:
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shetheraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just beautiful character and background. Great composition. :)
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very cool! I love the way you paint and shade things! It's really gorgeous. :heart: Fantastic detail on that lute!!
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! Lutes are so awesome :D
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Luna-Rai Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*takes a breath* ok. here goes on my critique, which this isnt much of one, more like praise on such amazing work. :D

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 :nod:

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. :clap: Its a beautiful piece & I'd love to learn more from your works. :dummy:

I really hope I helped in some small way. :meow:
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Digital Artist
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. :nod: 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! :hug:
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Luna-Rai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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. :D & 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 :D
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I highly enjoy the fantasy aspect of your work. It's truly lovely and really captures a certain mood and atmosphere. Truly beautiful, keep up the awsome work :)
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem :)
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a gorgeous piece of art!
The horse body is so realistic i could totally imagine her galloping around and playing her lute!!
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dierat Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome and thanks for the llama too!!! :D
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dierat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Np! :)
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bitgraphics Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Digital Artist
very nice !!
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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dorashouldprint Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Featured! [link]
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love: :D
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Yekrutslover Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, this is so gorgeous and professional--at first glance, I thought it was a book cover!
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dierat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! That's such just the kind of comment that brightens my day! :love:
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Yekrutslover Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Glad to be of some service~! (Honestly, I'm more glad to see such a pretty picture :D Ohohoho~!)
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AltairSky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think her hands look ok IMHO
Awesome work and great details!
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dierat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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NiennaY Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My one thing with this image is that it looks like her hand is as big as her head...methinks it shouldn't look like it would completely engulf her head...other than that, i like :)
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dierat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   Digital Artist
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! ^^
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NiennaY Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok :) You're welcome :)
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ismenefestalis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful modeling here. How many hours do you estimate you worked on this? Also, was the background a manipulation of a photo?
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dierat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011   Digital Artist
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]
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ismenefestalis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
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. :hug:
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GlacierDragon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Centaurs aren't usually my thing, but this is just so well done :heart: Beautiful.
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dierat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Sucka-Fish Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist 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. :(
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dierat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks for the detailed comments! I'm kinda torn about the "smooth" thing; some people say that that's nice and others say it's rigid and plastic-y. I can't decide if I like it or not. Thanks again! :)
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Rogerdatter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured both in my journal and as news: [link] :hug:
If you like the feature please "love it" :) <3
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runique Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
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.
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks for the crits and detailed feedback! I appreciate that you took the time to write this out for me :hug:
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Rogerdatter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What a beautifull artwork! <3
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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Rogerdatter Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: You're welcome
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vivsters Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
fantasy indeed :heart: =D
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010   Digital Artist
:love:
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GeminiRyoko Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
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!
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dierat Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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xeilo Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
You have been featured here: [link] Don't forget to fav the news and get as many people as you can to as well so more people will see, thanks a lot.
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dierat Featured By Owner May 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! :) :hug:
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