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Sometimes my hand itches. And when it does, I either grab my lovely pencil or my trust-worthy wacko mouse and draw. And doodle. And do stuff. And this is what comes out. I sometimes barf rainbows of happiness in the process too :D

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When Lightning Strikes (FFXIII) by To-Ka-Ro
You know, what I really like first and foremost are the lighting and composition. Landscape character compositions are quite rare, and this makes your piece stand out. I do think the composition would've benefited more if you played it a bit by the rule of thirds, but it's awesome nonetheless.

I also really appreciate the way you showed that flesh behaves like...well, flesh, regarding the arm. So many times I see artists drawing bands and such that are tight around the skin, but not showing that the skin gets pressed and compressed by it. You have an eye or detail!

Now, to my critique-worthy observations, adn not ass kissing :lol:

1) ARMOUR
First, if the armour is metal, you need brighter, more contrastant reflections, especially given your lighting. Reflections on metal are very bright and sharp under normal light cnditions, let alone what you showed here. Here are a few reference pics to show what I mean: www.ageofarmour.com/images/sig… www.ageofarmour.com/instock/go…
As you can see in the pics, the highlights are strong, sharp and white (yours should be a very light blue, ofc, since your main light is blue-ish). Your armour looks a bit more matte, and not as reflective. The piece of armour you did the best job on is her shin guard, where the highlights are sharp, and if you'd manage to do the same thing for the rest of the armour, it would look awesome.

2) DIRECTIONALITY
The movement of the character suggest that she is going towards the right, however her hair suggest left-towards movement. I feel that by making her hair drag behind her you'd have a much more dynamic picture.

3) CROPPING
I feel it's a bit upsetting to the eye that you cropped her finger. By extending the canvas with only one cm you'd avoid cropping her finger, for better visual impact. It's a good idea not to crop at the joints if you have to (finger joint, elbow, wrist etc), but rather at the middle of the limb, making the cropping look more deliberate and visually harmonious.

4) SHADOWS
I feel that stronger shadows would fit your piece and its lighting more, though that might be just my personal preference for dramatic contrasts.

Otherwise, I really like your approach to her pose, which works well with the composition and is rather dynamic. The colour choices are also really well-done. Hope this helped!

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Simplexification Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just wanted to thank you for doing so many critiques and also for the watch.  Much appreciated.
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Scheinlicht Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comments and favourites.
Have a nice week ;)
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, the same to you! :D
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Alene Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: on "Happily Ever After" =) I'm glad you liked it!
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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EMReven Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adopted an adoptable from you but the deviation is in storage. Is it possible to retrieve it?
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! Let me put it back up!
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EMReven Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it helps, I have the deviation number: 366407405
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I put back up the adoptable sheets I had. If you still can't find yours, let me know.
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EMReven Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh I found her, thank you so much! My folder on my computer got eated, so I'm remaking my adopts folder in my sta.sh so I'll never lose her again. <3

Thank you again! :heart:
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