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Sylvana
Lolly
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Paradise's Nothing
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Paradise's Nothing
(by Tobias, Apr 14, 2006)
.. without the right people to enjoy it with <3

This drawing is a little different than the others I've done, since I had only a very rough pencil sketch of it when I started, just consisting of a few circles and lines, being around two times two inches in size. I just found it again a while ago - it must have been a year old or more, between loads of other drawings, and wanted to finish it, aaand .. well, here we go ^-^ Dedicated to a lot of really nice guys and gals from all over the world, without whom one could be in paradise and it just wouldn't be the same ^^; Especially if you're on holiday maybe, on a huge and pretty island, having your friends with you just makes it so much better ^-^

One thing I tried out here is colouring things in respect of how far they're away - they'd get duller and get a more and more neutral colour, the more they're in the background.

Drawn with the pencil tool in oC ^-^
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Kazzi-kins
Apr 15, 2006 
Ooooooh, wow, that's so pretty!! It's just so full of details, everywhere, like a big oil painting, it's beautiful. ^^ I love how you've made the ocean so sparkly, and the way you've faded the distant things away, like the heat is making them hazy from so far. ^^ (Which does happen, if it's reeeeeally hot then the heat distorts distant things - it happens here all the time.) I adore those little hummingbirds too, they're just adorable. The sky really strikes me as nice, I love how you've painted the clouds, and that little hut is so tiny and precious. :3 The way you've layed out the whole image is lovely too. The babmoo pole cutting of the corner looks really nice, and all the colours are in the perfect spots. n____n Amazing job, this is a stunning piece. :D
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Tobias
May 5, 2006 
Thank you ^-^ Usually the colours fade pretty much in every setting, even if it's all cold and such, soooo that's why I wanted to try using it in pictures just a little more actively :3 And of course it'd be a not more obvious under Australia's hot summer sun, you'll probably even have those reflections on the streets that we have when it's really hot - then sometimes it would look as if there's water on the road, even though there isn't ;P

(and thank you for the compliments on the arrangement too, it's something I was working on as well, soooo it's nice that someone noticed it <3 )
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Phiyrr
Apr 15, 2006 
Beautiful and absolutely stunning. Just looking at this picture, with the sun shining in the viewer's eye, anybody could feel as if they are already there. The the slight wind that billows the curtain, and the birds in the distance; they make everything seem so realistic. And the technique that you tried to use with duler coloures makes it even more realistic and all. :D

I love the hummingbirds in the foreground. You've always done great with the detail, Toby.
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Tobias
Apr 15, 2006 
Meep, thank you for your nice comment, Phiyrr ^-^ Making the colours duller seems to work really well, sooo it's definitely something I'll be trying again ^^ And yay, you noticed those little birds in the background? I didn't think too many would spot those, since they're all tiny, waaaaay in the distance ^-^

(They're really cute - especially in real life, when they dart from one flower to another <3 Too bad we don't have them here, I only know them from picture books, though I saw one in California and it was adorable ^-^ )
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Phiyrr
May 17, 2006 
Awr, it was my pleasure to comment. <3

And, yes, I really did notice the little birdies waaaay off, flying underneath the tropical ocean clouds, most likely being seagulls. I really love, and always have loved since I was a wee lass, spotting secrets in places and pictures. It really is tons of fun when you find a place that no one else knows of, and you can keep it aaall to yourself. ^-^

(I've never seen a humingbird, either. But, you're right, they are pretty cute, and pretty fast, too! C:)
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Tobias
May 17, 2006 
Awr, you'd love our old barn then ^^ *whispers* you know, there's something few realize, but .. it has a second floor, which noone ever goes to! You have to climb that old ladder to get there, and it's all made of wood, there's loooads of straw and hay there too, so it smells really nice, and you can see aaall over the place peeking out from the missing bricks without getting seen yourself :3 (juuust don't throw anything at the wasps that are building their nests about fifteen feet above you, on the ceiling ^^; )

(I've just seen the one in California, but it was really cute watching it dart around and everything - it reminds a little of a verry busy bee, but it's still a little colourful and cute bird ^-^ )
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Phiyrr
May 24, 2006 
Sweet! I’d love to see it once, and it seems as if there’s always an adventure to say about your barn. It’d be fun to peek out and see what other people are doing. ;D I remember, my friend in Poland didn’t know she had a basement beneath her barn, until her dog accidentally pried out some planks from the floor. A ten-foot drop, but there were also forgotten “windows,” which we climbed in. ;P

(Yeah, they kinda are like bees, the way that they flit around. But they seem a lot prettier with all the feathers, and they don’t sting you. xD)
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Tobias
May 27, 2006 
Oh wow, that sounds really exciting too, just imagining that you find a forgotten place in your barn toootally out of the blue! Especially when you don't know what lurks down there, it's like a really cool adventure exploring something just at your place you never knew about *-* Our barn has a basement too, though the steps are filled with all sort of junk, so you can't walk down anymore, buuuut .. it's still there O.O;

(Aww yush ^-^ Meep, why couldn't be all bees be like them! But then again, if they were, we couldn't have any honey ;3 )
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Fiona
Apr 15, 2006 
This is absolutely adorable! The colours are great and the little hummingbirds are brilliant.
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Tobias
Apr 18, 2006 
Thanks, Fiona ^-^

(it's funny, those little hummingbirds were just a small something I thought of, but weren't supposed to play a big role in the picture, yet it's the one thing everyone seems to notice ;P )
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Lolly
Apr 16, 2006 
Aw! How nice! Its so colorful and vibrant, it gives you a lot to look at to occupy yourself. ^^ I love how many details you put into it, from the blurriness of the hummingbirds wings, to the transparency of the flowing cloth. I love the realistic clouds and the glaring sun (oh, and nice sun flare on the leaf!)

Ohhh, have you ever tried reeeal coconut milk? It's pretty much bland and only has a tiny fraction of a coconut taste really. D: *giggles at the fort* How cute! It could be neighbors! Though they're far away. ;3 Heh, I cuahg thtose little cracks in the patio things, very nice detail, gives you an ancient feel to it. ;3 And the little critters, enjoying the beautiful view. I wish I could be there! :3

nicely done Toby, so such an old redo of a year old sketch, this turned out verrrrry nicely! Keep it up! :3
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Tobias
Apr 16, 2006 
Thank you, Lolly ^^ Hehe, yush, they're liiike quite far-away neighbours, though if you were sitting there on that little fence-thingy on that island, you'd have aaaall the time you needed to take a trip over there and visit them ;3 It might be a little of a way, but that makes it just the more rewarding when you finally arrive there, no? They'd be right next to the river too, so you could splash around in the water - or actually make your own little raft, ride it down to your friend and skip a lot of the walking :3

(I actually like coconut milk quite a bit, it doesn't really taste like you'd expect it to taste at first, but it's still really tasty, just like the inside of the coconut itself ^^ )

Oh yes, it'd be nice being there, just enjoying the view or starting to explore that island ^^ There'd be a lot to see, just imagine how the beach would be like, all the way down, in the distance ^-^
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Bungie95
Apr 16, 2006 
Aww, it does seem like a nice little paradise there. This reminds me of those "What would you bring if you were stranded on an island?" questions. Obviously a best friend would be one of them, because nothing else simply compares.

The lighting in this piece is really impressive, especially how the sky is colored because of the sun. The clouds too looked wonderful. They look like your best ones yet; it all looks soft and fluffy. ^-^ I really like how you gave the water a lot of shininess. If there's anything I remember about a beach, it's that its water has a LOT of reflections!

The couple there is just adorable, especially how the female one has flowers on her head. ^^ And you can even notice an outline of her arms and back if you look closely. Nice detail there.

(Hmm, have you ever tried coconut milk? I never have, but I'm guessing it tastes very sugary?)

Only thing I'd like to point out is the the spacing on the small fence, but since it's an old sketch, you probably already know about this. Anyway, really beautiful picture. The full-sized frawing is even more impressive because of all the detail you managed to put in!
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Bungie95
Apr 17, 2006 
(Ack, I had no idea Lolly asked you. Sorry about that. ^^; )
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Tobias
Apr 17, 2006 
(No worries about that, I rarely read through the comments either when I comment on someone's work - since I don't want to be biased or influenced by them or something ;3 )
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Tobias
Apr 17, 2006 
Hehe, I know what you mean ^^ Especially if it's something you just adore and love staying with, it makes everything so much special than anything else could possibly do ^-^ You could explore the island and do so much stuff together, like tie a few logs to each other and travel down the river on them, enjoy your time on the beach and everything, and with someone close to enjoy it with, it's just that much better ^^

Thank you for your nice comment too - yush, I've tried coconut milk already, it doesn't really taste sugary at all, but it's still very good and refreshing, and sure worth a try ^^ It tastes very unique in any case, and has a nice aftertaste too ^^

Oh, and naw, I didn't really notice that at all ^^; I didn't pay that much attention to the spacing, since it's supposed to be more or less hand-built, so that's why I didn't worry too much about it. Does it take a lot away from rhe picture in your opinion? I know what you mean though, I should have balanced them better (and I see you're making good use of IE7 too ;3 )

(Glad to hear you like the full sized image too, I wonder how many will actually notice that one :3 I actually did put it up for you though, since I remembered you asked for a full sized drawing once ^^ )
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Bungie95
Apr 18, 2006 
Hmm, we'd need to have some good rope then if the logs are to be fastened and secure. It'd be a disaster if I was to fall into the river during the ride. D8 On the plus side, we could swim in the river and race around the island! Your superior swimming skills could leave me behind though. ^^;

Naw, don't worry, the spacing is still fine, even though I suppose it could have been built by hands. :3 It's as though the two in the picture built it themselves. ^^ Now, if it was an important building or something, that would be another story. I'm probably the only one who noticed; so I wouldn't worry about it. ^^;

Hehe, I have the full image in my hard drive. It's all amazing to look at, really, including the nice little strokes made with your tablet pen. X3 You don't have to post the full image if you don't want to, though. Didn't you once tell me you didn't want them to be too widespead?
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Tobias
Apr 18, 2006 
Heh, who knows ;3 In reality you'll probably outswim me any time, seeing that you live right next to the sea and I'm surrounded by mountains instead ;P And I suppose they have plenty of good rope there, at least there's some to the right of the picture :3

Oh, it's something to keep in mind for the future though ^^ Thanks for telling me ^-^

Yup, you're right ^^; The reason for this is that with the full sized picture, it makes it easier for someone to take the drawing and claim it their own, that's why I don't really want everyone to download it. I guess what I'll do is making it only downloadable by logged in users, opening it up for a while again when I post this drawing on devArt, that's a pretty good compromise, I think ^^ Thank you for the reminder ;3
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Bungie95
Apr 19, 2006 
Well, that doesn't mean I swim all the time. It's been a while, actually. But we do have this nice big waterpark around here. I think I told you about it before, I'm not sure. It's filled with lots of pools and slides and well, you get the idea, lots of water activities. :3
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Tobias
Apr 19, 2006 
Well, of course ;P I suppose the water is pretty cold too, at the moment, so I wouldn't expect you were swimming non-stop ;3 ( I can't remember the waterpark, but it makes sense having one, and sounds like fun too ^^ )

It's been a while here too, sooo .. I still think you'd outswim me X3
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Bluefoxv3
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Apr 28, 2006 
Wow, that is really amazing! I really really love it! I also really like athe humming birds, it is funny becuase earlyer today I drew a humming bird.
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Tobias
Apr 30, 2006 
Awr, you did? They're really cute, I love watching them, even though I've only seen them once in real life ;_; Was your hummingbird an assignment, or did you just draw it for fun .. or for a bigger picture? ^^
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Bluefoxv3
Apr 30, 2006 
I did it for fun and humming bird are freally fun to watch fly back and forth at the pritty flowers, I see them a lot in mexico and in my home land, too. I miss my home land!
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Tobias
May 3, 2006 
Awr, lucky you ;_; I'd have the prettiest flowers in my garden, just so I could watch the hummingbirds zipping from one flower to another ^-^ They're sooo cute, and they're fun to draw too :3
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Bluefoxv3
Jun 23, 2006 
Ya, what is really funny though is that sometimes they bump into the windows because my mom has tropical flowers in the house that the humming bird would love to suck on. Sometimes I take out the flower so they stop banging into the window, it gets a bit scary after some time, you know what I mean? Also having so many flowers bring bees too, my house once had a bee hive in my playground, in the storage place, and by my deck, now that was really sceary.
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Tobias
Jul 18, 2006 
Really? Aww, they must be so cute *-* I'd love to have little hummingbirds in my garden, buut alas they're nowhere to be found here ;_; They could have aaaall the flowers they want, too, I'd get some extra tropical ones as a special treat just for them ^-^

(I can imagine that ^^; Just think, it could fall down on someone X.x We have wasp hives in our barn sometimes, but no one's ever in there, so we don't mind - but they still look kind of scary ^^; )
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ScorpioGustavo
Apr 29, 2006 
it's sooo pretty^^,
such paradise, too bad in real-life, there's none that beautiful--
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Tobias
May 1, 2006 
Oh, I'm sure there is such a place somewhere ^-^ It could be anything, really, a little tropical island, or one of those tiny old towns not overrun with the problems of the bigger ones, a little farm, or your own little house next to a lake - with the right persons around you each of these would be a little paradise to be in, no? :3
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Shadou Kitsune
Apr 30, 2006 
Wow, beautifully colored Toby ^^ and the title is certainly true; without the right people paradise wouldn't be what it should or could be. I can't really say that the place I live at is much visually paradise-like as this, but it suits.
I really like the vibrant colors especially the solar glare of the sun and the small shimmer effects on the glass (and that sphere-thing). I also like the wings of the humming birds as it really looks as if they are hovering over the flower (possibly they are friends too).
Wow, and I just took a quick notice to the birds far off in the sky... and what appears to be a sail boat or two off in the horizon?
Brilliantly done Toby ^^!
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Lenore
Apr 30, 2006 
As everyone ele noticed, this is really well done, I especially like how there's such a diversity of color(just like in a real tropical setting). =3 The foliage looks lush and green, and the way the water is all pale and sparkly makes it look extremely inviting! Another element catching my attention is that..pastel-colored object near the butterfly. ^^; Not sure if it's a flower, but it's pretty, that's for sure. The hummingbirds also add a lot of life to the picture, though they look too big to me(unless of course the characters are small). That also makes me notice that their heads might be a little too big, unless that's intentional. ^^ But all the details are well done, the lighting and perspective fits, plus I like the meaning behind it. =3 Very nice job!
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Tobias
May 1, 2006 
You're right, the proportions are definitely a little off, I wouldn't say the characters' heads are too big but more like .. their entire upper bodies are, you know? ;P It's probably because I drew it of a really small sketch (just about two by two inches or such), so the proportions really weren't worked out too well ^^; Most of the emphasis I put on the colouring and the variation thereof, and though I ended up noticing a few minor things there too (like the green being smudgy at times and the water being maybe a bit too pale), I'm sure glad you like it and see it as a highlight of the picture ^^
Do you think the hummingbirds are really that big? Sure, they're tiny in real life, buuut they're not exactly huge in the picture either - would you have drawn them even smaller? Thanks for all the critique and advise, in any case, it's much appreciated ^-^
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Go0gley
Apr 30, 2006 
Heya Tobi!! Hell I missed ya (where did I go lol), glad to see you and your art again! When I first saw this in DA, I was simply amazed at your colouring style. You improved a lot since I last saw your art (well I'm aware that's over a year so it's kinda natural yeah :P). The two hummingbirds at the front are a great touch (they're hummingbirds right? :o) and the body of water in the background is like... the river that leads to heaven. Beautiful! The rest of the art is awesome too; the two couples, the snacks behind em, and even the butterfly :D No really, I can point at least 10 good things in half a minute, though there's no room to ramble on here haha.

Only improvement I could think of is making the sun a lil smaller (or make it give off light rays), since it's so big and shiney yet the trees and objects don't seem bright enough. But that's minor (or probably just me) and everything else seems perfect.

Hmm yeah and well done with coding and other tidbits the site, very nice I must say. See ya around ^^
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Tobias
May 20, 2006 
Hehe, thanks ^-^ I could say the very same thing about you, you've improved a lot in that year or so :3 The sun I actually made a little bigger on purpose, kind of to simulate the blinding light coming from it, making everything around it just as bright and indistinguishable as well, you know what I mean? I probably should have made the leaves around it darker, to strengthen the effect, or make everything lighter, like you said - I'll keep it in mind on similar pictures in any case, thank you a lot ^-^

(oh, you've not seen everything just yet :3 buuut I'm glad you noticed and liked it, and thanks for the nice words too <3 )

Tobias
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Zeta Neubourn
May 1, 2006 
Wow, this is really amazing! It's all really well done! The colors, the setting, everything! You've got quite a knack for drawings.

Keep on keein' on! :)

ZN
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Tobias
May 24, 2006 
Hehe, thankies ^-^ Glad you like it :3
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Martin Gray
May 5, 2006 
It's not spring... It's SUMMER with FLOWERS...
(sorry- it's just been REALLY hot over here...)
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Tobias
May 5, 2006 
Okay, I .. err .. see? ^^; The picture's actually intended to be in summer, they're high up though, soo there aren't so many flowers, except the ones they brought up there. Apart from that they just wanted a shade-y place between the leaves to live in, so that's where they ended up ;P
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Ange
May 6, 2006 
aww that is gorgeous and soo sweet! i like how you've done the fading of the colours, it definately helps keep the perspective of it all. the colours are great - nice and bold! i would absolutely love to be there right now rather than here with all my masses of assignments to do *sigh*
well i better be off to work on them now ... great job on this toby - keep it up ^-^
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Tobias
May 8, 2006 
Awr, thanks, me too ^-^ Then we'd have holidays aaaall day long, and wouldn't have to worry about grades, homework, projects, reports aaaand so on, we'd just go swimming and enjoy our time around there, right? ^-^

(but then again, isn't it only just about one and a half more month before the holidays start?)
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Josie
May 14, 2006 
Waugh, I apologise for the late comment...I guess I had been mulling over in my head about what to write for far too long, heh. P;

But anyhow, I really like this piece! Its somehow different, yet the same to your other works...its cool to experiment with a slightly different technique of colouring like you have done here, it gives it a nice, ahh, 'feathered-scratchy' look, hahah. I hope that describes it accurately. :P

And the colours, the colours! Its a unique way of looking at it, I'd have never of thought to use duller/neutral colours in the distance unless I was going for a misty, or a foggy type of effect...but it still proves to be quite bright and cheery here, or moreso a hazy afternoon to a long day, hahah. ;P

I would offer a critique, but I'd feel guilty because the good far outweighs the er...critiqueable. ;] Even so, the different surfaces you have going on in there, like the voile-curtain, the round ball, and the leaves makes it rather enjoyable, as I think most people forget that colouring things the same way isn't always a good idea, hehe. You have retained the realism very well.

All in all, another splendid piece Tobias, and a joy to look at! :)
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rhyfe2002
May 21, 2006 
Overall, I'd that that this wasn't one of your better works. Which really, really, REALLY doesn't say much, because everything else in your gallery is, like, god-like XD I guess I could make a little leeway since it was drawn a year ago and because it was using OC (which I still can't get the hang off despite its relative simpleness >.>)

The strangest thing is that a lot of things seem out of perspective, from the ...bench?... they're sitting on (the way both sides slant down as compared to the floor they're fixed to) to the pole that the curtains that are hanging from, don't really make sense to me. The leaves of the trees in the foreground seem as if they had their tips cut off. Objects this close to the viewer would have been better more sharply defined, IMHO.

On the plus side though, this truly is a vibrant and heartwarming picture. Everything in it, from the colors to the expression on that guy (girl? I dunno ^^;)'s face to the refreshments on the carpet just makes one feel all warm and fuzzy. As usual, you are simply fantastic with the details; if I cut off, say, one-third of the picture, it would still be pretty awesome by itself. All those little things, like the billowing, semi-transparent curtains, to the glint of sunlight peeking through the leaves, and the leaves in the cup of milk (?) now, THAT is what Tobias drawings are all about X3

Just one last thing: Looking at the sun directly for an extended period of time causes blindness XDDDD;

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Tobias
May 23, 2006 
Well, it wasn't entirely drawn a year ago, just the pencil sketch was, the computer colouring I did slightly more recently :3 I don't think the perspective is particularily off a lot, even though it certainly is on a few parts, but the wood is actually built that way, being higher at the front and getting less and less high to the back (though it should probably be higher because otherwise they might just stumble over it one day and fall ^^; ). The pole on the top wasn't really thought being where the curtains are hanged on, but I can see why you think they would - I meant them more for a frame for the picture, so there's *something* there that "closes" the picture to the top-right.
And I know what you mean, but then again, I didn't want to put too much detail to the bottom-left, because I wanted to draw attention away from that part and more to the middle, you know? It's not supposed to be an entirely realistic picture, but one that experiments a little with composition and such, which I obviously should focus on even more ;P

But anyhow, thank you a lot for your critique - it's always good to see a different perspective, and I can definitely understand yours :3 One thing though - try starting your critique with something positive, not something negative. Use the middle of the comment for what you want to critique, and finish up with something positive again. It's something very simple, but it makes a world of difference and makes your critique a lot more acceptable for the artist :3
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rhyfe2002
May 29, 2006 
Haha yeah, I know that ^^ But it just feels really odd when I do that.. I'm the type that just says whatever comes to my head (which is why I never comment most of the time, because I always nitpick like mad XD) But hey, thanks for that anyway ^_^ I can see how you do it looking at your own critiques and stuff, and yeah, it does sound a lot nicer sandwiched between lots of nice words XD;
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Tobias
May 29, 2006 
Hehe, no worries, it's fine :3 But really, I'm doing just the same, saying whatever comes to my mind - it's just a matter of arranging the positive and the negative in the right order ;P Sandwiched between positive comments, you can put a whole lot of critique without coming over as nitpicky, try it ;3
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Shawn J
Sep 28, 2006 
This image is simply beautiful in some of the best of ways. I love your paintings like this, they are really great. I like how you lay out your enviroments, they are so simple but there's still so much to them, and the moods they convey are no different.

I've got a music page with a song with a similar theme if you'd be interested in checking it out,
http://www.myspace.com/syntherros
Post edited by Shawn J at 28.9.2006 14:25
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Larry
Nov 23, 2006 
Wow, i love the warmth i feel coming from this picture. Such soft vibrant colors. Great work.
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nialla
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Feb 10, 2007 
a verry pretty pic love it
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ittoryu24
Jun 18, 2007 
hey this is pretty cool! X3
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