What a wonderful piece! Truly amazing! I'm so in love with this I must ask.. Is this purely a water color print? Or will Night Queen be making her debut in a comic soon enough? I would love to see her in her own comic complete with her origin.
My only question about it (otherwise it's either simply rockin' or so acceptable it might as well be) is whether that is the most fitting way to have established the shadows on her neck, chin, and jawline. You've obviously come to a place where you are comfortable with the freedom you have to suggest something rather than fully render it. That's a very good thing and in most cases I am even inclined to believe it tends to get you the more effective result. What I am noticing is a breakdown in the perception of depth. Although a lot of your work here comes off as more 2D the shading around the neck and jaw is considerably more flat. This has two negative effects. It's very close to being the element that is at the exact center of focus (as all the lines tend to lead your eye there) and is not done in a way that makes the most of that. It's also defying a natural perception of the anatomical surfaces because the chin in this position would be jutted as far out as possible and that conflicts with the flatter rendering.
I hope you don't this commentary badly. You're actually one of my favorite artists and this is really a fantastic piece! I have a tendency to come off as a little mechanical and cold when I'm writing as myself instead of writing for a character. My comment is meant with sincere respect and a genuine hope it might be helpful.
It's very beautiful and quite lovely in it's rendering, but I find anatomical issues with her breasts. Her right breast (our left) is very natural looking, resting comfortably as any boob might. Her left breast however, looks like it's shoved up uncomfortably under the cloth to hide the nipple.
I suppose a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, though! And really, your target audience doesn't have breasts, so it's not something that a lot of people will pay attention to.
I'm definitely not trying to bash the piece or say negative things or anything! I think it's a very beautiful piece and I could never pull of something of this smooth and lovely quality with watercolor or pretty much any media, really. I just thought it a bit odd that one breast should look so natural and the other should look like it's pushed up and taped in place.
well, it's an outstanding pieceof work!The woman and the bg came out beatifully rendered, and in this version the tones and the lighting on the bg are much balanced and well defined. I hope it sales well!
You are correct sir, this is a completely redone version. On my earlier take, I made the mistake of not doing a small color comp. When I got to the painting, I was just guessing. I arrived at some colors I liked, but there was too much muddy color already on the canvas for my liking. I decided to redo it with the purple/blue/magenta colors as the underpainting. I think the main thing it did was link the figure and background so they look like they are in the same space. And, I minimized that pain in the ass tree on the right.