The art immediately draws the eye with what I would like to call a complete composition. One tends to think that this is digital art, until they gaze at it longer and begin to appreciate the depth, hue and softness of detail that can only be found in the traditional school. Lighting is captured perfectly, without it being too harsh or artificial. The skin-tones are even and suggest a life and vitality that is present in youth. The flora is portrayed in vibrant yet subdued hues that also enhance that "alive" feel that is present throughout the work. As if it couldn't get any better, the sleeper is surrounded with --woodwork?-- rendered with great precision in a manner that does not suggest machine-like work, but rather a creation resulting from the master eye of a sculptor/carpenter. The beauty threatens to spill off of the page and affect everything around it, which is, quite frankly, what the modern standard of art is starting to lack--the ability to evoke an expression of pure symbolism, emotion and aesthetic beauty. And as for something that could be changed --after all, this is a critique, right?--the legs and feet, for me, seem to capture a little too much perfection of tone and light. But, that could just be my poor eyes. Overall, an excellent display of art that keeps this --divine? extraordinary? distinctive?--tradition alive, while progressing and developing the fantasy realm, and an incomparable display of a masterly talent that just doesn't seem to exist anymore!
When I first looked at this piece my eye was drawn to the sweeping arc of the tree and the female figure, and how you created an egg like shape. This is a great compositional technique that allows the viewers eyes to circle in that area. As the viewers eye looks around they can begin to inspect the great detail and care you took in making the tree and figure believable. For example, the values of the bark on the tree and the drapery of cloth on her. It is clear that the arrangement of values you were using on your pallet were very well thought out and organized. Id say the one area to me where it does NOT feel believable would be the lack of value on the leg in the front. The foot looks a little flat. Other than that the figure is embedded with lots of values, and the light was taken very much into consideration. A beautiful thing about this piece is the space that the artist creates. There is a clear foreground, middle ground, and background which is made using the beautiful arches that he/she has put behind the figure. The central area of light in the middle of the painting is beautiful. Overal this is a beautiful, creative, thought provoking piece. There is a careful attention to detail, and everything seems very well thought out on the page. I cant take my eyes off that figure!!
Whoa! The framing effect is gorgeous, and I love this interpretation, with the tree bending down to "cradle" her....it's just so peaceful and dreamy-looking, compared to so many other interpretations where she's just plopped down flat on a bed. It has the overall effect of looking extremely comfortable and safe.
The finished piece is generally well-concepted in colorization and tone to reflect the timelessness of the fable upon which the imagery is based. Undiluted tonalities however keep the viewer firmly grounded in a contemporary setting.
Though well done, the artist could have been more keen to follow the lighting through the details more carefully...with a near whiteout at the center of the frame only a few leaves (just above the girl's hips) actually convey that proper sense of light.
Lighting should have presence on the boughs of the bending tree, her hair, shoulders and even her the uppermost portion of her calves and possibly the toes to carry through the sense that the distance light (which is barely noticeable just beneath the sleeping girl's shin on the bedding) is penetrating her resting place and embracing her slumber with warmth and comfort of a distant but brighter future.