This is beautiful and wow, each one of your pictures is even more stunning than the previous one and I want to comment on all of them and I know I should yet I am sparce on time at the moment. However I want you to know that I am majorly impressed and every single image is so professional and beautiful! I love how this has such vivid colors and the way your shaded this is beautiful, especially the folds and sweeping fabric of her dress. I really wish I could learn to shade like this...by any chance could you possibly explain how you go about that(if you don't want to, that's totally fine. I've been finding many tutorials on DA but for some reason I still don't get how to make the shades blend together by using the brush). Anyways this is gorgeous, I love the playful kitties and how it captures a sweet, happy, child-like moment
I love this picture, it is sooo cute! You are such an amazing and talented artist. I especially love this picture because I study anatomy with my cat all the time since I am studying to be a nurse. Amazing piece of artwork
Maybe it's just me but Anya's ears seem a bit high on the head. (I don't think it's baby fat as SapphiraHiro suggested.) I come [came? when was the last time i drew something *grumble*] across this problem allot when I work from my mind. I don't mean to criticize- (damned if i could better.) but It's the artist in us all that should push each other to be our best selves.
It's so beautiful! Very realistic and lovely. And for some reason I really love those curtains. Nice to see Anya smiling for a change. I read a bit of your comic and now I'm hooked. I've gotten all the way from the beginning to chapter 8 in one afternoon! Great story!
I bet you can guess what my comment will be. Your rendering of the curtains make them look pointed as they turn. Soften the edges! They are almost the least important part of the picture. Hard edges grab attention! You don't want me spending my time examining the curtains. That isn't what this piece is about and frankly I think curtains are boring in most situations.
Soften the tree trunk outside, the wrinkles on her skirt and the FORM shadow on her arm.
Form shadows have soft edges XD. Cast shadows are where hard edges come into play and even then those get softer as the shadow moves away from the object casting it. Think in terms of 3D: highlight, mid tone, core shadow, shadow and reflected light. That's how you get objects to turn. You could benefit from applying it to the figure.
Her feet look carved out of wood. Feet are kinda of in the same boat with hands. Viewers eyes are attracted to them. They are worth nailing. But, of course, they don't come before hands and faces so use softer edges on them. XD
Your values are excellent.
The kittens are adorable and done very well. However I question the pads on the arm extended on the kitten standing up. Cats have a pad for a thumb and I think they have four toes, not three. (Unless I'm wrong or your kitten has a birth defect.)
My sole criticism is also about kitty paws, though. I didn't so much notice the forepaws being off (now that I take a second glance, I notice what others have said) but the right hindpaw/leg seems a little elongated and the toes aren't quite right. He looks like he'd be off-balance, kinda. In my experience, cats don't often sit full back on their haunches when jumping up after something, unless their weight is really far back, and this kitten's center of balance isn't quite that far back, or shouldn't be, considering the position of the ribbon he's chasing (in front of him, not directly above where he'd have to stretch). Usually they keep their heels off the ground and stay on their toes. Here ([link]) is kitty on haunches. Here ([link]) is kitten chasing string - slightly off his heels because he's reaching forward. I think it'd also add a bit more action to the kitten, 'cause right now he looks kinda static. I wish I could find ya a better reference image, but I'm sure you'll get the idea.
*note *usually*. My cats (who gladly subjected themselves to experimentation upon presentation of some string XD) occasionally settle back like that once they've caught the string. So I guess it depends on whether your kitten in the picture is jumping for the string, or has already jumped and is trying to catch his balance for another go?
Whatever. I didn't mean to babble... It's still cute! :3
<3 I love the way you use digital media as if it were old fashioned, traditional media and how you apply actual artistic devices to what you do, giving everything I've seen from you such a classic, real look while being completely engulfed in this gorgeous fantasy structure. Well done