The movement of the piece flows nicely. I was caught up in the circle of the girl, the unicorns rear, then back to the equine face, then up the trees, then back down and back to the girl. Completely missed the male figure a couple times over till I really was checking out the negative space. The A-symmetry of the background and trees creates interest and the high vanishing point adds to it.
The lighting is interesting, it's as if the unicorn is what is illuminating the scene, and yet the tree behind her has so much light hitting it instead of her shadow. Or perhaps it is the tree that is glowing and the unicorn? I do see some reflected lights on the girl's shoulder...
The emotion of the girl is truely a enveloping calm, while the unicorn's expression strikes me as frightened surrender. The way it's rear is relaxed and yet it has one leg ready to pull it's self up if needed. The most interesting touch I see is her toes around it's tail. How unusual, and very... controlling that is in this piece. The male figure's emotion is plain grief and/or anger. The reflection of the blade is seen after you spot his in the shadows, away from the pure blinding light. Makes you wonder what he'll do to either her, or the unicorn...
All in all I love this piece. I only wish I could use have it as a wallpaper on my pc
It is a beautiful picture, I just think you need to fix the unicorn's front legs, make the extended one a little bigger, slightly longer and thicker to bring it up to scale, and the folded under one maybe a lil bit thicker as well..
So beautiful!!! The lighting is excellent - You not only get a soft glow from the trees, but also from the unicorn herself. The blending and shading is fantastic, and I love the fact you've made the background so dark - on a piece like this it really brings the main characters into focus. Excellent job!!
It looks really beautiful. I love the atmosphere and elements of otherworldly nature and light. <3 The only things I'd nitpick about would be the unicorn's left foreleg is a little small and short, and maybe it's neck a little stubby as well. But since they are fantasy creatures, there isn't really a correct anatomy for unicorns.
And i have to say i don't notice the man at the beginning to. I wonder if he hold something in his left hand...is it a knife or something like that..or is it olny a reflection of light? well done! u are a really good artist!
Since the anatomy issues have already been mentioned, my suggestions would be toward the lighting.
The piece reads as the light is radiating from both the unicorn and the maiden. This is because there seems to be no shadow cast from the maiden. I can see the slight darkening just behind her on the tree, but it is far too faint to be a shadow. At such a close distance to her the tree would show more of her silhouette. In either case (light from unicorn or both) the tree feels over-illuminated though and a little flat as the light only peters off a bit toward the right side. I'd strongly suggest toning it down a little, even just a few shades and work on the fade upwards.
The depth of the lighting in the background looks good, its faint which keeps the eye from being too distracted by it and allows focus on the main elements. I would however darken up the tree that is just behind the unicorn's ear (just a shade or two), its too bright for the distance its at compared to the other trees.
My only other concern with the lighting is the foreground where the image goes black at the bottom, feels like you need a little more definition and light to separate the roots from the clearing where the unicorn is, as it all blends into one right now (if that is your intention it works, but I feel like its not since you are frustrated with the piece)
Aside from the lighting I'd suggest two things which arent necessary for the piece, but just my own opinion to possibly improve it. 1- The lighting on the dark male figure, I'd say have a slight touch of light on him, if hes peeking out and looking at the maiden and unicorn, the light would hit his face and side. However hes also meant to be subtle and fade into the trees so its a preference on how visible you want him, not necessary though.
2- The detail on the girl and unicorn is very high, while everything else is less developed at the moment. I like the relaxed look to the background (which I also see reflected in your other work) but would like to see a slightly more gradual change from the sharp detail to the soft surroundings, to me it feels out of place.
This is all just my own suggestions and opinion, feel free to take or ignore to whatever you feel would help you create the image in your own way. All the best, and looking forward to seeing the finished piece.
This is really well done, I really like your work.
If your looking for critques might I suggest playing with the light a shadows of the man between the trees. I think you could define the light and dark one him a bit more, and bring out the destinctive features, while still having hime blend into the background. It's just and idea. Great job.
I love this scene for its contrast. The unicorn and blonde maiden in the foreground light up the scene. That snow shows purity and the woods... I can only say that I love the idea of a person's shadow somewhere in the back...in shadows... At first I didn't even see that. Great work! Worth all your hard work!
for critiques i'll say this:try to work on the proportions abit more; your hands should be as big as the persons face when they're open
the piece over all is wonderful to look at..and yet disturbing, the woman in the back ground gives me this feeling. It makes me think is she attempting to murder two such light creatures, or is the woman in white not pure at all, and the woman in the back is trying to save the horse from "possession"
Oh, I was just going to say a lot, but both in critique and comments all has been said already. Like the cross cross on the unicorn's skin, the "cutoff leg" which has revision in matters of anatomy to be made, but as I said, all of that and more has been said already.. it would be pointless for me to write it again. I'm looking forward to see the finished and corrected piece