Not happy with it? That is shocking to me. This is an absolutely ravishing piece and I'm not the type of person to give out free compliments. In fact this is the first critique I've written and I've been on this site for over two years now. Also, I don't even remember who you are or any of your other works. I just saw this in my inbox and was blown away. Instant favorite. And it makes my other favorites look bad. The textural, painterly quality of the rendering is beautiful to behold and when I first saw it I instantly fell in love with the piece. The subject matter and execution are both exquisite. The warm and cool colors are amazing and compliment each other beautifully. You're using one of my favorite color palettes and it works extremely well here, with the warm and cool color temperatures mixing together, it creates nice drama and contrast but just enough to be interesting, much more and it wouldn't work as well. The values are perfect and convey mood and atmosphere. The subject herself is stunning and the concept is great-the style choices you made with her makeup and body paint seem pretty original and the gold works well to break up the duotone nature of the rest of the piece and the texture is great on these areas too you can almost see it sparkle and flicker. The expression is great; the way the eyes are looking off to the side really gives the viewer a sense that they're spying on the subject from afar without her knowing and that is very appealing. Or perhaps she does know and doesn't care. The viewer is invited to stare because the subject is preoccupied by something else. Her features are both gorgeous and adorable and perfectly proportional. Unlike the over the top WOW night elf ears, yours are a believable size and are quite endearing. The only critique I would have is that her right eye looks slightly bigger than her left one (not necessarily a bad thing) as well as slightly more detailed. I think more details (reflections and contrast) could be added to both of the eyes since they're kind of what you look at most and they make or break the piece. The way they look now is still great though and they're definitely not "breaking" the piece by any means. Besides that I would say that you have all the right amount of detail in all the right places. I did think that maybe you could refine the chest area a bit, but not enough to bring a lot of the viewer's attention away from the subject's face. If I were to be really nit-picky I might suggest bringing her hair line down just a smidge as she's got a pretty big forehead, which makes her face look slightly longer than I think it could be, but that might just be a personal preference. Oh, and the title of the piece could be something cooler. Perhaps google "Fire Goddess" and see what cool names come up... Anyways, be proud of what you've accomplished with this. It's stunning. -KXZXW P.S. I forgot to mention how cool it was to see a fire goddess portrayed as being blue. Not everything associated with fire has to be stereotypically fire-colored!
Are you kidding? It's AWESOME! I really like the way there are splashes of paint in the painting, and they look like lava coming out og her.. I also like that she stares into the abyss, and also those elf ears! GAH! I love the elf ears. The yellow liquidy thingies on her eyes which I think are tears adds depth and emotion in the ainting. The only negatives are: I would have added the horns on the front part of her head, not the side. I would also have added a little bit more tattoos. Anyway, it's great and I love it! Keep on drawing!