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Sax and Violins by CrimsonMagpie Sax and Violins by CrimsonMagpie
This is another portfolio piece. I started it in the summer holidays, but ran out of motivation and left it for ages. . . I finally got to it a while ago and worked on it in between college stuff.

I wanted to do a heavily composed piece with a strong design element. I liked the pose and composition of Munshine, so I blatantly reduxed it with a very different mood and character.

She's listening to this wonderful Talking Heads song [link] hence the title. ;)

Acrylic on paper 29.7 x 42cm 11.69 x 16.54"
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This is the kind of stuff people these days imagine can only be done in Photoshoppe or Corel Painter. This wonderful amount of detail and well lit rendering of a gorgeous background with a well illuminated character immediately has one thinking that it was all done by computer.
Yet after reading the description and upon closer inspection one shall be amazed that this was hand painted.
The amount of effort and vision to create such a stunning and original piece through traditional paint mediums is extraordinary. Illuminating with bright colors and contrasts between light and dark this scene invoked by the power of music and serene beauty. A truly vibrant scene of bliss and peace through flashes of greens and yellows.
It's truly a remarkable piece with very little wrong with it.
I suppose there are very few minor things to critique. Mostly how the rays of light peering through the trees are too rigid and not soft enough. You did good having the light around the rays illuminate through the trees. But nevertheless they look a bit too hard and almost like spikes. A little softer and more natural would help.
Perhaps the shadows on your character's face is too hard as well. This type of scene is of serenity and beauty. Sometimes having a hard rigid shadow (in particular the shadow her hair causes on her brow) greatly contrasts the character from the scene that she almost looks separate from it.
These are minor qualms though. Softening up a few edges would help blend everything in is all I am saying.
Anthro artists who listen to such music and dress their characters as they do here always seem to have a great sense of lights and colors. They're imaginations also conjur up such fantasy that one wonders why they never could come up with anything equally as brilliant. Such is my own envy I guess for you to create such a masterpiece.
I absolutrly love this and don't have anything really harsh t osay about it: except some shadows need to be blended in more. But seriously it's a beautiful piece of work and quite frankly should make its way to a Daily Deviation!
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adreamersnightmare Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
nice work, I particularily likle the mix of fantasy and modern-ness: that you have a emo/gothic fantasy creature just chillin listening to music; and how you capture the relaxed chilling to music pose
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it's quite interesting to put fantastical creatures in fairly everyday situations, although chilling with music in a forest is something I don't get to do often. :P
MasterghostUnlimited Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that interesting
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so. :meow:
MasterghostUnlimited Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful painting! I love how smooth and bright the colors look on the skin and clothes.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, it's quite a challenge to get acrylic brushstrokes smooth like that, but I like the results and am glad you to too! :meow:
Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really interesting combination between the modern technology and the compleatly green nature, the color contrast helps there, too!

And i don#t know if that would work with a human instead of an athro as well...
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It probably would work just as well with a human, yes. :lol: Thanks. :meow:
Desireclanwarrior Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
The combination of Modern Anthro and Classic Anthro traits in this lady makes me somewhat confused but really happy. :meow:
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