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Anorak and the Wisp by CyndersAlmondEyes Anorak and the Wisp by CyndersAlmondEyes
Commission for :iconrirth: of her character Anorak, who's going to be used in the upcoming Switch OCT!

Honestly, I love this character x3 He's so fun to draw it's unbelievable, he's made me want to give the whole 'original OC' thing a try! Although, I'd have no idea where to start :U
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I'm gonna analyse the very detailed drawing of :iconcyndersalmondeyes: :
Ahem, I'll try to stay neutral and objective even if that drawing makes me maaad :U, well, let's begin

First of all, the lineart makes us discover a character (and maybe a second) who is (are?) (for my part) kinda attractive, I really love their design, that joy expression, and that innocent fwooffy cute face !!

Then, The colouration gives an intensive and warm blurry shiny render, it gives convivial aspect to the pic, and a relaxing context. It impacts minds as well!
My eyes are still staring on the details of that fur colouration, I really like the way that colouration has been made, using neat colours gradients ,prioritizing the light to make it shine, with less shadows.

Third, That forest background Fits awesomely to the foreground, the white (/green,yellow (really light) of the character is perfectly accorded to the brown and yellow green colour (that participate in the global shining effect).
Those leafs attire attention of the viewer by their lightness, maybe there is an intelligent work of multiple layers of colour gradients and a good use of a good brush.
Behind that neat background, we have something more abstract (some trees shapes, some fog, and vegetation), that sticks to the previous plan and to the global context of the pic (light forward, and darkness behind(since the light source is forward, in Anorak's paw).

In a nutshell, the render is great, those associations of green yellow white shiny dominating colours, and the darkness opposition contrast really gives a counter aspect dark/light which hits directly the viewer's eyes.
I'm just like an insect faced to a lamp !

Aw, that's all for the metaphors, really good job on this !

That's my second critique, hope i did well, éwè, and sorry for the spelling errors, even if I re-read it 4 times xc
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kiwisco Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Such a lovely detailed picture! :heart:
The whole forest feeling coming out of it, and the detailed fur!
Looks awesome. c:
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CyndersAlmondEyes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad I managed to make it actually look like a forest, I was really struggling with that xD
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kiwisco Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome! Aha, I can't see you were struggling, it looks great. c;
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CyndersAlmondEyes Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad it does! xD
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chibiphlosion Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE. THE. DESIGN. AND. PAINTING STYLE.

I'll try my best to critique ;A; not so good at it. I think the size of the paws and claws look a bit different from each other. To me, the creature looks like it's standing or sitting awkwardly against the tree...with that sort of pose, I'd think it might fall off. I'd say, perhaps lower the bum closer to the branch? The tree it's standing on looks like it's not as detailed as the fur on the creature. Since it's in the same "plane" as the creature (foreground?), I think you should refine it a bit more so that the details are more consistent on that plane.

The colors and lighting are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how simple but effective the leaves in the background were drawn.
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CyndersAlmondEyes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First off, thanks for the critique! :D And while the claws are meant to be pretty damn big ([link]) I definitely see the issue with the pose now that you've pointed it out, and the point about the tree bark. Gotta say though, the leaves in the background were actually a brush on Photshop, and I was having a major issue with the BG until I thought of that xD I'll definitely make those changes when I get the time though! c:
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