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Possession by SovaeArt Possession by SovaeArt
Good thing it's not made from clay or I'd have squished it!
Work in progress. Something I've been doing since last November.
I'd like crits regarding the formal elements (light, technique, etc)
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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 ^^; :heart:
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MySweetQueen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
you has been featured! [link]
Emu-O-Hara Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Your gallery is really amazing !
BloodSpatteredAngel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like the bad man! =[ He is scary...

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..

Love it, though!
Blinky38 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
wow this is really pretty, and haunting at the same time. plus i like unicorns :dance: amazing job
AntaresDrake Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like a scene from a fantasy movie.
Cowgirl-Hank Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
This is very neat! Almost didn't see the guy in the background...
He came into view and i jumped! He's kinda

Beautiful piece...
ShivatheDestroyer Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful!!! :wow: 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!! :love:
Lisadora Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Zaratops Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
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. :meow:
SovaeArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
yeah, the front leg is messed up. Keep meaning to get to fixing it but you know how it goes :)
Zaratops Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
it's fine, it's still a WIP! :aww:
i forgot to mention that maybe showing a little of the front right hoof would help it, otherwise it kinda looks like a stub leg. o_o
SovaeArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
...that leg's folded under him XD
Zaratops Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
i know, it just at first glance looks awkward. :P
MysterIou5pr0mkiLLer Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
splendid work
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Black-Platinum Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Wow, that's beautiful and the colors are amazing. I like how the unicorn and girl seem to glow.
GoodGoneGirl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so very lovely:heart:
The colours you used and the atmosphere is really nice :)
keep-breathing Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:features for you [link]
kimsworld Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think it's lovely. It looks like a movie poster for an upcoming feature film.
Imperfectkmala Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! Love the guy lurking in the shadows.
Lowola Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely Awesome !!

Lin-Lilium Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
I really love this picture!!!
And i have to say i don't notice the man at the beginning to. I wonder if he hold something in his left it a knife or something like that..or is it olny a reflection of light?
well done! u are a really good artist!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Magical, dreamy :love:
Vitruvius-Web Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
That's brilliant. It reminds me of an old choose your own adventure book I had when I was little which had a unicorn in it.
lynxwyld2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
This is very good!
bigsly Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work
JGroeling Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
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.
Zionic-Bunny Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
ANTiNiGHT Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Its beautiful.
KiraMoses Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of a scene in Legend =3
Thalyda Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
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 shadows...
At first I didn't even see that.
Great work! Worth all your hard work! :kiss:
Pacneemius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
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"
nabuk1000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
muito talentoso
MoriHana Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So very beautiful, and I love how long it took for me to find the guy in the back
Icekler Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student General Artist
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 ;)
BirdGirl89 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
There's a weird cross cross pattern on the horse it just seems weird and I didn't even realize that tere was a person in the darkness sweet
SovaeArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
yeah, that's near the end where I was going over the whole thing with a larger brush to flatten out certain areas of too-high contrast. Didn't see it on my monitor
FiendOFDA Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
excellent piece great technique
MissSouls Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
This is so wonderful! Love it!
biili Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
amazing ;x
dragon8writer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Awesome! :)
JTGuilber Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Far over nice!
designtypegeek Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
It's very nice, who doesn't like unicorns!

At first I didn't notice the guy, and then I didn't notice the knife until after either.

I like the glow on the trees, it appears as though the horse and girl themselves are glowing, but not too much (because the man is in darkness).

Very well done.
manickreations Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
it made me wanna hug the unicorn myself. i love it!!!
SilentWillows Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010   Traditional Artist
It's beautiful...
manickreations Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
i love it!!!!
BLACK-CROWN Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so nice ^____^
ChiniChizuna Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
wow the unicorn is beautiful..
its like i would holt it

at first i didn't saw the guy xD
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