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Melissa by Piromanova Melissa by Piromanova
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copic ciao
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Given 2014-04-05
Melissa by Piromanova is a warm and cozy copic illustration, evoking the nostalgic feeling of being home. ( Suggested by EeNii and Featured by Gwendolyn12 )
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Hello, first of all. I'd just like to say before I begin critiquing that I think this piece is incredible. I really love it, and almost feel loathe to give it a proper critique- but I would love to see your obvious talent get even better, which is why I've decided to critique it. Keep in mind that I've had to look very hard at this picture to find things that need improving.

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Lighting to give the impression of a fire is always hard, and I appreciate that you will have spent a fair deal of time doing highlights and shadows. However, I have noted a few potential issues with it...
The shadows of the lady, the cat and the coffee table are all a bit different, as if there's more than one light source. The lady's shadow goes off to the left, whereas the cat and table's shadows go off to the right. As much as fire can have different ways of casting shadows, generally the differences in shadow casting aren't that big when the objects are so close together. I recommend that you place shadows in a generally similar direction when using fire, as it makes it seem more like a single light source.
Similarly, the bookshelves could do with being a lot darker, as they are set quite a ways behind the fireplace.

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Vision-
A lovely piece with a lot of character- the small additions of vases and moving clocks give it a very real and cosy feel. 5 stars.

Originality-
The lady and the cat seem very original indeed- you've stated that the lady is your OC, so you can hardly say it isn't original! 5 stars.

Technique-
Mostly incredible, a few very minor lighting issues. 4.5 stars.

Impact-
A very visually engaging piece, it drew me into clicking it very easily. I think it could be even more interesting if the lady and the cat were doing poses to suggest that they weren't looking at an "audience", if the lady was, say, reading, to give it a realistic feel. 4.5 stars.
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Once again, very well done- do let me know if you feel that anything I said is incorrect, and what you think of my critique. All the comments are just to help you improve.. ^_^
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:icontommyboywood:
tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
awesome
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:iconhappydude21:
happydude21 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
(Sigh)... Why isn't our culture as stylish as this anymore???
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:iconaikohana:
Aikohana Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I sort of feel like I'm looking at myself and I'm finally in the right time period.
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:iconmachinesbleedtoo:
MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lovely colours, texture and atmosphere :la:
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:iconnekonekogirl04:
NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing~ It's even better that this was done traditionally. Very nice! :D
Congrats on the DD! :meow:
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:iconlandra15:
landra15 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty^_^
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:iconyunakozue:
YunaKozue Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like my Aunts home ^_^ i really like that atmosphare:)
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:icongoldennocturna:
GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Writer
Nice. Kinda reminds me of a Studio Ghibi movie...XD
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:icongurdim:
Gurdim Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
nice warm and cozy atmosphere :)
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:iconsome-girl-who-draws:
some-girl-who-draws Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Lovely work of the medium (I'm guessing watercolours?) and your OC is really pretty! Love her portrait too over the fireplace. Speaking of which, the lighting in this is REALLY good. You're very talented!
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:iconthegreatrayne12:
TheGreatRayne12 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It says in the description that she used Copic Ciao markers. ;u;
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:iconyunakozue:
YunaKozue Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think the protrai and the caracter are the same person.
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:iconsome-girl-who-draws:
some-girl-who-draws Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I thought they were. My bad! <:D
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:iconyunakozue:
YunaKozue Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. I was thinking the same at the beginng. Maby it's her in her first life. Ore something like that^_^
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The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
She certainly has the gentle posture and radiance of a beautiful lady, but also the wide-eyed whimsy and natural hairstyle of a free spirit. I certainly would like to know more about this character.

Outstanding use of copics here. The tone is captured so excellently, it feels like I'm actually in the room with her. Keep it up!
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconthe-quill-warrior:
The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Anytime! ^^
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:iconsyew:
Syew Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
So cute, and really beautiful !
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:icondarkoliver:
DarkOliver Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Very dandy and excellent shading.
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:iconmonochromera:
monochromera Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
this has such gorgeous use of lighting, and what a cozy, warm feeling it gives off <3 it is so very beautiful!! 
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconmizushiemi:
MizuShiemi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
hermosa muy hermosa!!
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:iconsniperswife:
SnipersWife Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely OC she looks very Beautiful! :love:
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:iconspaelotisdemavendi:
SpaelotisDemavendi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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:iconramwoc87:
RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super beautiful!
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:iconvego88:
Vego88 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cute!
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:icontrainerpurple210:
trainerpurple210 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Lovely work
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:iconearthmonkey1992:
Earthmonkey1992 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Artist
Wow
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:iconfantasyeleven:
FantasyEleven Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Congrats for a well deserved Dd! :clap:
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:iconbadboych:
Badboych Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully rendered.  You have amazing skills and talents.
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:icontbolt:
tbolt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'd rather come home to this at the and of the day than a 72" HDTV.  Technology is wonderful, but it distracts us from things that are far more important.
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:iconudtheaesir:
UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Love it!
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:iconfractaldragon:
Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww, this is such a sweet illustration. I love the colors, and the textures you worked into this. And the contented kitty (I am all about kitties, since I am owned by 5). The lighting is so well done! This is a very warm and inviting image. Congrats on the DD!
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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:iconjustlynnweav:
JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is wonderful, the colors and shadows really stand out. great job! :clap:
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:iconrockmangurl:
RockmanGurl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous! You should be a professional!
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:icongamewizard-2008:
gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi, Melissa! ^D
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:iconatram95:
atram95 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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S-A-Diamond Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the use of muted colours in the background was executed amazingly and really makes the foreground come alive. The fireplace is warm and is a good choice in this setting as it brings warmth in contrast to the cooler areas of the piece. And the lighting is incredible. Congrats on the DD very well deserved. 
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you *_*
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:iconjacobmainland:
JacobMainland Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magical, beautiful art :clap:
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:iconthewilywildcat:
TheWilyWildcat Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful!!  I love the way you've even got the textures of the rug and the chair, incredible piece of art.  Clap 
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconthewilywildcat:
TheWilyWildcat Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
You're very welcome!  :)
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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:icontahirakitty:
TahiraKitty Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow its really beautiful. I love what she is wearing and i also like her outfit  in th picture on the wall! Its really good! keep it up! congrats on the DD!!!
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconkutty-sark:
Kutty-Sark Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Вау!! Поздравляю с DD!!!!
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:iconpiromanova:
Piromanova Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
cспасибо))
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:iconeenii:
EeNii Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Congrats on the well-deserved DD! :hug:
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