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The -Painty Style- Tutorial by ehbi The -Painty Style- Tutorial by ehbi

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The tutorial is very informative, and easy to follow.

The actual artwork (I assume that's what you want the most critique on):

I really like the atmosphere of this work. The emotion that it inspires. It does look like her little mousy ear is what's causing the light behind her though... I'm not sure if you meant to do that, or if it was an accident. It doesn't take away from the artwork though, and I always notice things that other people don't. (maybe I'm crazy?)

The cat paw in the background, the motion in the picture... I can almost see the cat peeking it's giant head around the corner, focusing its huge, dialated, eyes on Maichan... And then Pedobear grabs her and runs away... (sorry, that image of pedobear in the tutorial won't leave my mind... ^^; )

Overall, great work, wonderful details, awesome tutorial! Super cute character too! Now that I think about it, I guess the light could be shining through her ear. I would have added a little more shadow in there for depth though. Still a great piece as-is.

I'm not really great at the layout compositions yet, I still need a class for that... And probably three more years of design classes before I can give a legitimate critique... Sorry if I sound like an amateur. It's just my opinion, you can ignore it if you think I'm wrong about any of it. I'm far from professional.


Vision: Mouse running from cat is a classic, but you made it your own in this piece. You've also made me cheer for Maichan, as well as feel that "oh no!" feeling. (yeah, cuz I really feel feeling... I'm shutting up now)

Originality: I've never seen anything like it, or thought of anything like it, so to me this is a completely original idea.

Technique: Flawless, aside from me noticing that ear... That's the only reason that I didn't give you a full 5 star on technique. Otherwise... Well, you get the idea.

Impact: I started feeling anxious, excited, and worried for Maichan. I imagined what could happen next. I could practically see that cat rounding the corner in the next second. I'd say its one of the most impactful works I've seen since the contest that asked to see what was hiding under the bed, in the closet, or in the basement. It doesn't inspire total fear though, so I like it better. Mixed emotions are more impactful than solid single emotions.
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pinkeshyrose Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What program are you using? From the looks of it its photoshop but I hope its paintool sai. 
fuyu-oleander Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really interesting. I never thought to paint the values in greyscale then go back and add the color in.
WitchOfStories Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
PedoBear!! XDDDD
FJolliff Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful, Thank You!

Maichan is so cute! And Pedobear... :stab: C'mere, lil bear!

AkariMarco Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!!! I'm going to use this technique! :D
harukakun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kmizuno Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks!
Strawberry-Water Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
thank you! I've learned something new ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ
guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing tutorial! But please can you tell my how you painted pedobear at the very end?  hahaha ;) Great work!
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:wave: hi there!
Your tutorial has been featured in my weekly journal: Tutorial Tuesday #11!
I'd love if you could come take a look, and support your fellow tutorial writers through comments :la:
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