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July 23, 2012
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Melissa by Piromanova Melissa by Piromanova
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 )
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.

Critique section

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.

Rating breakdown

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.

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.

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

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.

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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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
happydude21 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
(Sigh)... Why isn't our culture as stylish as this anymore???
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.
MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
lovely colours, texture and atmosphere :la:
NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing~ It's even better that this was done traditionally. Very nice! :D
Congrats on the DD! :meow:
landra15 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty^_^
YunaKozue Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
It looks like my Aunts home ^_^ i really like that atmosphare:)
GoldenNocturna Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Writer
Nice. Kinda reminds me of a Studio Ghibi movie...XD
Gurdim Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
nice warm and cozy atmosphere :)
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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