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White Prince by NadiavanderDonk White Prince by NadiavanderDonk
Just a practice on backgrounds. c:
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This is my first critique! I hope it's ok! >_<:

The composition of this piece draws the eye in with the focal point being the pure white deer in the centre right. It is haloed by a natural light with a golden tint that adds an almost gold-like presence to the animal. I think this really highlights and brings attention to the background at this point, as the movement of the deer carries the light over the crest of the hill and into the foreground, across the rocks. The branches at the very front are a black contrast to the rest of the work but they do not interfere negatively, they suggest that the animal is entering into more dangerous territory, as if he intends to bring his purity into it and cleanse it. In the top right, a hazy horizon is blanketed by snow and cloud that blend into one another, I think this is a great technique, suggesting movement and winds in the distance. This is in stark contrast to the opposite side of the work where we have still, unmoving stone, dark and shadowy, peppered with those threatening branches, to effect this adds further more to the feeling that this deer brings with it change.

Overall I think you have made an excellent piece of work, and evoked strong feelings!

Your incorporation of the deer and the background in such a way as to make them interact with each other, to make it look as if the deer has is affecting the environment, has a beautiful effect.

Your choice of colour has also assisted in creating a strong and harsh landscape, with a dark brooding blue sky yielding to the light yellows and whites of swiftly moving clouds. The browns of the rocks in the mountains behind reflect the warmth of the light, whilst the rocks in the foreground are devoid and grey.
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Chika-No-Shirube Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
That's an amazing piece. I like the softness of the deer.
paulinaghost Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Fantastic work. Great shading.
Ezcett Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
aaaa... love it so much, so beautiful
Animal-lover-singer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
This is an utterly incredible masterpiece. It's hard for me to find the precise word to accurately describe how amazing this is and how amazed and how much I love it!:squee: Love Nuu 
Harrojessica Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ommmmmmgggggggg! this is so amazing!~
oOYoyoOo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Looks really great *-*
DanaRashidi Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I absolutely love this picture, it's so beautiful. I wish I could draw backgrounds like this, but I dare not to try, I'm always afraid it will get ugly and that the drawing will be ruined. That's why traditional art sucks!


Can I ask what brush you used for the rocks, the sky and the shading? I think it will be useful and I'm curious ^^,

NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In art you should not be afraid of failure. But embrace it like it is your friend. Just keep trying. Doing paintings digitally is the same as traditional. If you make a mistake then paint over it and try again :)

I used the opacity brush in photoshop. Its a standard brush.
robreedwrites Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I'm a really big fan of the use of shadow and the overall composition of this piece.
GalaxyCrowButt Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Artist
God this is beautiful
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