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Creation by Avalik Creation by Avalik
Long time no upload. I have a few larger paintings to upload soon, but this is to tide you. So happy I got a new piece up, it's been a year.

ACEO of an anthro raven holding a star in its beak, inspired from various mythologies of the raven creating the earth with the sun, stealing the sun, stealing stars, and so on. I know it doesn't look anthro, but you may notice the shoulder and a bit of the arm under the wing. Photographed, might scan later if the quality sucks.

The full-view size is the exact (or very near to) as the original.

PS: That thing in the corner is my new signature. Fingerprint with an upside-down "A".

Medium: Various coloured pencils, acrylics, watercolours, indian ink, white paint pen and salt on Illustration Board.
Time: 6 hours

Main: Untitled by Tom Murphy
Secondary: Untitled by George Lepp
Beak & Wings: Quoth The Raven by ~dutchshun
Beak: The Blue Raven by ~dutchshun and raven 2 by ~zaparolenoe
Wings: raven by ~davesbit
Shoulder: A Coat of Wings II by *AlectorFencer

NOT for sale, sorry
Size: 2.5" x 3.5" (ACEO) Illustration Board

NO prints, sorry

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Impact/Technique: The real strength of this image, and largely responsible for its success is the inherent interesting nature of your technique. Superb use of mixed media to create a wonderfully textured, layered, and subtly colourful image. The loose, painterly quality makes it very emotive and very interesting to look at, while the skillfulness of technique and accuracy of anatomy are laudable and give it a very, very sound basis from which to "speak," which it does very aesthetically.

While I cannot say it would necessarily look better, but it would perhaps benefit if you had used a spot of the same brightness used for the "world" in his eye a bit more, to make it just a tiny bit brighter. It would help perhaps connect the raven a little more strongly to the contents of its beak. Or perhaps you did already, but it was lost in translation from traditional to digital representation? In that case, you can't be said to be at fault.

Vision: I very much like the idea and general concept/composition of the piece. However, without reading the description, I might not have connecting the brighter contents of the beak to be the world/universe, despite the suggestive title. I'm not quite sure how it could be done, but perhaps a stronger gradient radiating out from that point could be accomplished (without sacrificing any of the success of the existing composition) to more strongly suggest the bright spot being an "origin" rather than just a "brighter spot." Again, however, this could be faulted on the translation from traditional to digital, which I can't know for certain.

Despite this "failure" for me as the viewer to immediately make this connection, I think it is still nevertheless a success artistically, very much so.
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sololupo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
worth waiting for
Missawwtum Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
I love the details you put into the crow!
Crystal-Skull Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Artist
awesome color's on the feathers. :nod:
Avalik Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Thanks, was trying to make them look a little like a raven's.
MoaWallin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
i really like this =) Sadly apparently my brain isn't working today so i can't think of something specific to say, but I really love it!
Avalik Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Hehe I find I don't have much to say sometimes as well, thanks for the comment :)
furawatchi23 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   General Artist
Wow! It's really good. I love the texture on the feathers.
Avalik Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
Thanks. :3
furawatchi23 Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   General Artist
You're welcome.
Thaddeus-Swordthrow Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
wow...this is very beautiful, i really like it.
I love the almost 'stiff' colours...and the range you've used...mostly pinks and the darks...

it's're a very good artist..
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