...Wow. Oh. ...Wow, just wow. I don't know what it is about you but it feels at times that you're drawing for me. It's almost surreal. This picture is insane, it's taken me this long to reply because I wanted to do it right
Analysis (More for me than as a criticism.) The form of this picture is curiously complementary. Her duality is fascinating. Revelling in my biparous observations, I find myself enchanted by her subtle naivety. The big beautiful eyes, the turned down chin, the cocked leg. Yet to my eye comes the strength in her pose. She holds herself tall, and her eyes stare stolidly, whilst clasping firmly to her bat. From this another aspect comes, that of strength. Her face, previously cute, borderline submissive, is simultaneously a challenge, a display of attitude, not cheek. In fact both factors are emphasised by hair coloration and style. Fiery red hair and eyes would tend to infer an overt independence, yet it could be taken as an adorable contradiction only. Either way it is the very definition of lush. You've managed to make it seem thick yet realistic, as it cascades over her shoulders, resting there slightly, then down her back. The flick of her quiff being true to the vibrancy of the hair's colour. Her adornments, suggest a less aristocratic or prim style. The torn, yet not unkempt clothing lends credence to a more independent style. Her gloves for example, fingerless, hark in my mind to a boxer's wraps. Your lighting and colour style have always astounded my dC. You've always been able to keep a picture seeming soft, without forsaking detail and power in your works. This is no exception. While the piece is certainly easy on the eyes, the metal still seems solid, which I attribute to your detail in the form of glare and reflections from them. As well as the contrast between reflections which accentuates the outer lines of each item. Particularly in this case the necklace, an invention of the original artist of course. It is highlighted almost imperceptible from the bottom right side and a little below the middle, whilst being framed with the metal that itself has an distinct highlight. This all serves to make the foremost sheen of a ruby red glare up at the top jump out at you. Still the sheer depth of the jewel should be mentioned, as it is very well done. Yet, if you'll excuse me for deviating from the premise of colour and light for a moment, the positioning of the picture means that it does not overly dominate. It is, in my opinion, subordinate to those eyes *phew*. Back on track however here I must note the contrast between the natural colour (skin, eyes, hair) and adornment (attire, jewellery, objects). Her darker skin colour demands a complement that neither diminishes in tint, nor forces upon the observer too dark a colour. The background you've chosen does this very well the subtle whites and creams, leaning toward a great similarity with her skin, very well serves its purpose. Higher up the colder whites and greys are sufficiently passive in relation to the proximate colour, her hair. As is the blue, the very subtle blue that it leads into. A choice of colour that I feel was very good as too violent a blue would overly contrast with her hair and thus diminish her skin's claim to foreground. This would in turn make her eyes in fact too extrovert disparaging their more subtle effects, such as the eye-liner and the eyelashes. Further down in the picture, I was unsure at first about your choice of colour, or lack thereof for the shoes she's wearing. I thought some sort of flare might have been in order even simply in the form of a subtle dark stripe flowing from the toecap. Yet upon observing the picture as a whole I feel that their subtlety does it good. Their form I must laud, for just as its colour's simplicity balances well with the rest of her attire, so the style is in perfect keeping. Furthermore I do enjoy their congruence with her pose. Honestly I feel what astounds me so is not by any means the various aspects of this picture, but the superlative confluence in the face of complexity that quite literally, and quite deservedly, took my breath away. Even now when I gaze upon it I find my spirit soars to see such a work of art as this, and that even after so detailed an examination I could write more, simply that I might validate my dwelling upon this piece. You've truly outdone yourself this time. Sincerely, An awestruck man.