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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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Volinfer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Completeperfection Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Commissions open?
How much would something like this, with a horse instead, cost? O:
NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I am currently not open for commissions , but a painting like this would cost 80-100 euro depending on complexity 
ChikaZuri 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!~
couthy 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
BingoChica Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so magnificent! *falls over backwards*
SnowyBlack Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very beautiful :)
ADKWolf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So pretty Awe 3D 50x50 
SilverCats Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture made you just get another follower weeeeh 8D (or like a couple of hundred I dunno xD) 
Blue-Wolf-Eyes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wauw if I had enough money to buy a print it would be this picture if you would sell it as a print :)
Evoli-niceli Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work !
merbel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dankjewel :)
HIPie34 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I have never seen such beauty in my life! Just amazing!!
paulinapl87 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
what brushes did you use? this is an amazing illustration. i try to get better with drawing with my new tablet and i would be grateful for some tips :)
NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have a collection in my faves with brushes I use. Take a look : [link] :)
Hyorina Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
just a practise? *dies* xD it looks amazing! :) i really wish i could draw backgrounds x'D
NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you C:
Falken02 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Shinigami-X-O Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful !!!! I wish I could do something like that >.<
Britneyart08 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, truly amazing!
WolfSong-of-Dragon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of the White Stag :D
Well... that came out generic... it's a famous book XD
Rilguia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
P-practice?? btw awesome !!! :love:
ArtistStallion Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so amazing!
FrenchTrotter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love this
so much :D
Maddy31400 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so pretty! >3<
May I please ask a few questions? c: Anyways, how long have you been doing this type of art? Especially the landscapes and everything. They're so pretty! I've always wanted to learn how to make landscapes and such like this but I can not find out how to go about :'(
NadiavanderDonk Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have been doing landscapes for a few years but they were always....cartoony side. (you can see my old art here from around 2010 [link]) But been doing serious landscape practice ever since this painting and still strive to get better at it . :)

I believe =tanathe got a great tutorial on landscape painting [link]
Allie-Knight Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
So pretty...I wish I were as good as you!
TheMaskedLuLu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
that is a beautiful picture the deer is amazing and the mountains are beautiful :D also the sky is amazing
alvringer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, I love where the sky merges with the mountains
Cybrogue Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is quite beautiful, I love the feel! Thumbs up! :)
WendyLynn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the mood you created!
snakeartworx Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very well done! Keep up the good work.
culverwell Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
such a beautiful background. great job!
Kagisnad Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
This is so stunning!
cromfou Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
it's so beautiful
Music---Junky Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful, you've got such a great talent. Great work :))
Kalestic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Great job with the details of the background and of the deer! The color scheme here is also really amazing!
Osayioniwabo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is fantastic! I love everything about it, the background, the coloring, the deer...It all look so amazing!
It's so beautiful, and I like it that it looks so realistic. Well done!
AwesomeTilde8D Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, ur a freaakin' pro!!! :O
AuroraIkia Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RogueLiger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
OHGOD Red, this is fantastic...
I love how you did the rocks and the mountain in the back looks freaking amazing!
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