I love this! It's a beautiful piece, and the textures made with the vertical strokes definitely affect the mood of the entire piece. I especially am intrigued by the contrasting white rectangles atop the smoke plumes, they add a sense of strangeness, almost as if this was an imaginary otherworld.
The figure is well done, a beautiful, simple, yet elegant pose, however it seems off somehow from the idea of the image I gleaned from the title and the smoke. But that might just be me, and my own naive impression.
My only critique would be the lack of control over the linear texture. In most places it looks purposeful and compliments the piece, however, in other places it turns sloppy, thus distracting my eye from the image as a whole. Perhaps if the lines were placed and shaped with more intent on emphasizing or distracting, possibly, the audience rather than a jumble of meaningless background lines would of been more beneficial to the image.
Overall, definitely a beautiful piece that clearly presents an intriguing emotion!
"Overheating" by *aditya777 is a very interesting piece to consider. Compositionaly, it seems very balanced as your eye moves down the figure and then along the smoke trails to eventually get caught by the white rectangles. The contrast in tonal value and shape between the rectangles and the smoke has such a huge impact the viewer can't help but get caught in them and eventually led back to the figure. The most impressive part of this piece (in my eyes) is how the artist leads the viewer from the high contrast area around the figure's head back to the piece as a whole. When I first looked over this piece I thought "oh, it's another one of those 'figure-heavy' pieces" in which there is a high contrast area next to a figure which draws the eye so powerfully the rest of the piece is lost. In "overheating" however, the artist did something I don't think I've ever seen, they brought the background in front of the figure to contest with it and pull the viewer back: The large, warm swirl, which seems to pop out at the viewer, acts like a fishing line with a large "blotch" (for lack of a better word) on the end to get us hooked. Then, a thinning, fading line pulls us forward, deeper into the piece where we start to notice the beautiful shapes and lines beneath. Because of the way our bain searches for patterns, we then notice the other, similar "spirals" throughout the work which leads our eyes up along the smoke and perfectly back to those beautiful rectangles. On the flip side, I do get the feeling that the intensity and "heat" of the orange isn't quite countered by the earth tones in the rest of the piece and weighs down the left side of the piece. I would like to add however that this gives the work a unique feeling of unease, somethiand any people try to avoid and actually works quite well with the title. I really get the feeling of how people nowadays think and care too much about menial matters such as what we wear and how we look every moment of every day. We push down these worries so often that it becomes a part of our lives but it piles up and, eventually, something has to give. This piece does a wonder ful job of representing how people live in today's fast paced, opinionated environment and really does give the feeling of "overheating". This painting (as I feel that digital images such as this are a type of painting) sparked my interest, pulled my eye from all the other art and held it. It taught me something and provided a platform from wich new ideas can spring. I couldn't ask for anything more from a true work of art.