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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
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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
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MasterghostUnlimited Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that interesting
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you think so. :meow:
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MasterghostUnlimited Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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faster-by-choice Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
What a wonderful painting! I love how smooth and bright the colors look on the skin and clothes.
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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:
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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...
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It probably would work just as well with a human, yes. :lol: Thanks. :meow:
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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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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what you mean by modern and classic anthro traits, but thanks. :meow:
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Desireclanwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Modern Anthros look more human-like, with hair and less animal-like facial features and limbs.

Classic Anthros look more animal-like, fur on their heads, paws, less human-like proportions.. Stuff like that. :meow:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I understand where you're coming from now. =p I simply assumed that all anthro artists these days varied the level of anthropomorphism in their art in accordance with their tastes. . . Although I have noticed that the trend is certainly toward what you term 'modern anthro'.
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Desireclanwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Which is why it's called Modern Anthro!

The type I prefer depends on the character and how it's drawn. You draw well the way you have yours! :la:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Touché. =p

As a (attempted) realist artist I prefer to try to depict anthropomorphic characters as they would look IRL, as opposed to the seemingly more popular route of cartoonising them. :B Thanks. :aww:
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Desireclanwarrior Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Haha.. Some people make them look a bit too real.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That they do. =p

What makes the mooncalves - for want of a better word - different, is they I originally intended them to be aliens. Aliens that incorporate anthropomorphic aesthetics, but still aliens, so I'm not interested in making them look like animals, or giving them supernatural (y'know, wings, sparkle-wolves, etc stuff) attributes. :B
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JojoWitch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
thats one of your best pictures:la::iconlainloveplz: <3

finally I forced myself to write a comment:B:iconwhipplz:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yey, thank-you! :iconhypnolaplz:
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JojoWitch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
welcome <3:la::iconzombielaplz::iconladummydateplz:
<3I luv mooncalves:B:heart: theyre cute
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply amazing. *__*

Ari chan
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think so. :pringles:
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red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome!

Ari chan
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TheMoonMonkey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
This art needs more exposure. It's just too good.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thank-you. =p I hope now to have the time to whore it out some more. :B
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lollipopsocks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist
really interesting and detailed piece! Is she a goth horse/zebra?
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you. :pringles:

She's actually a mooncalf, something I made up. :B But yea, she's goth or emo, whatever is more applicable.
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lollipopsocks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist
nice :D
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Kokabael Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Interesting yet realistic use of tone and colour, and the anatomy of the creature in the middle is well realised, considering it doesn't technically exist. I should pick fault with the light filtering through in the background though, it's too harsh. You should have either thinned your paints to get a more even and natural looking diffusion effect, in my opinion.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, especially for the crit; I'll take it into consideration. :pringles:
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Kokabael Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
No problem, still great piece overall, especially because it's rare to see traditional paintings on this site.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, true that. It's a shame. . . =p
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equerin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
Why isn't this on the cover of an art magazine?

Btw, this may sound like a stupid question, but is the background green? I'm not retarded, it's just that my video card is messed up and I can't see green on my computer, so I could just be staring at a green painting and wouldn't even know it :D Would be awesome if it were so.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Because it's not good enough? :lol:

Yus, the background is green. Very, very green; the mooncalf and my signature are the only things in the image that aren't a monochrome, moss green. :la:
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equerin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
If that's not good enough, I don't know what is :P

I'm trying to picture it green, it must be awesome. When I fix my video card this will be the first thing I'll look at :D
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesomesauce. :thumbsup:
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equerin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
This looks great green! My video card is still messed up but I managed to see it the right way. ;)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Coolio, glad you like the green. :iconforgivemeplz:
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equerin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
When I get rich I'll buy a print of that ;)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha, if you insist! :lol:
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Featherlox Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I like the color use in this, very nice! :>
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank-ye very much. :pringles:

:hug:
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Dawn-X Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool! You have some very nice work in your gallery. :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you. :pringles:
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Dawn-X Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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loppi Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow... I'm really impressed with anybody who can get such smooth results with such a fast drying medium. Brilliant!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? :O

I just work fast to blend and spend time using gradual increments of tone. :B

Thank-you. :pringles:
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loppi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I guess starting out in oils has meant that I can take my sweet time so acrylics make me panic LOL!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I went the other way; learned to paint using acrylics, tried oils, got frustrated, and went back to my plastic paints. :lol:
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FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
Such an awesome job! I love all the little details.
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