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Garden in the ceiling by agnes-cecile Garden in the ceiling by agnes-cecile

A quick portrait with watercolor.

Speed painting: [link]
the title is just a song of World's End Girlfriend.
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Critique by Ashinson Mar 15, 2011, 10:03:41 AM
First impressions hit the hardest - This painting has impact. The Red / Blue color scheme works with all the variant tones blending together to be it's own color context without bombardment nor being minimalistic. Keeping the blue hues as the base sets up a melancholy mood that automatically requires a second or deeper look.

The subject is pretty having slim neck line, jaw and cheeks. However it's the eyes the draw you. There is an obvious attention to the eyes. As a quick painting, putting attention here seems to be the best decision. There is less attention, rightfully so, the artist made a choice (whether conscious or not who knows) to let the eyes tell the story. The eyes show a deep gaze, a long suffering, a focus unwavering only softened within the borders of her face by full feminine lips. With the mix of color, the lips however full still appear slightly dry. Again it seems the eyes remain the anchor of the composition. Her hair shape has style, she is or once was of class and standing but appears on the disheveled side and that helps us keep looking into her eyes. If everything were too neat coif-wise, we might settle in on some other details. As you peer into her eyes, notice the reds burning irritation.

As for the drip, IMO drips add tension and unrest in a painting, pointing to the fact that all men are like grass and the flower of grass, meaning temporal and easily erased / effaced. As for the color flick, they break up the outer edge of the hair line, which works.

Overall this is a wonderful painting. I didn't research what parameters "quick" implies, but it doesn't matter. If I was to add anything of critique on the negative side would be that perhaps a slightly larger canvas may have been used while keeping the subject in the lower right corner. This may have added to the draw of the eyes.

Great work, a wonderful example of watercolor.
Thanks for requesting a critique - they are never easy as the artist is always vulnerable.
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125 out of 142 deviants thought this was fair.

I think this piece is very simple yet holds so much emotion in it. Really, I feel it's the eyes. They are what turns this from just a painting of a face to something more.

I really like how you used the white gel pen. It's something that most people wouldn't think to do, but it gives that extra kick. I also like how you keep in mind those small details that most artist tend to ignore, such as the area around the lips and the details in the eye lids.

And maybe it's just your choice of music with the video, but I've always gotten the feeling from this painting that this is someone who is being consumed by something and can do nothing to stop it.

All in all, I can find nothing negative about this. I think you are a wonderful artist and your work is inspiring.
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moondesiree Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful! <3
sdbillustrations Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
so much talent
NagChampaKabra Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016   General Artist
I love how your work looks like it encompasses the aura and emotion of the person and thing happening.
khanf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student General Artist
This watercolour portrait is mind blowing, love it ;D
Hannahjanelee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This looks quite a bit different than the video! I love your style so much. I do portraits in acrylic, but I want to start trying to do watercolor a bit more because I have the paints but I just need to get the inspiration to do it.

Do you have a FAQ? If not, may I ask what paper you use? 
sistinasypher Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
I honestly wish that I had even the slightest talent for watercolor. Your work is stunning. Flowing, alive, a moment in time captured in a blink. I have to attribute this to the fluidity of the medium as well as to the gift of the artist.
Kahvinporo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
This portrait is very interesting! I love how it is a mix of abstract and realistic art, and you truly know how to blend them together. Good work! < :
nataliechance Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hauntingly beautiful.
RonjaLag Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
padmakrishna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional Artist
just came to see this painting,my all time favourite..:)
Laurens-World Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Very cool! :heart:
Elizab3th-23 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool :heart:
SAMY2690 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I LOVE the darkness in it 
Cobler Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love this style.....
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been fascinated with your work since I first discovered you online about a year ago.  I've watched your videos on YouTube.  You are amazing to watch.  But I must apologize, I cannot choose a favorite.  I love them all:)
frabecchia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
wow! :)
DrawingMom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I admire your work -- so beautiful, colorful and free. I wish my hand would allow myself to paint more freely -- I'm much too constricted, and that shows in my work. Lovely art as usual. I always look forward to seeing your new paintings! :)
luludubois Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favorites paintings of all times! You're a great painter! I wish i could paint as you do. I see poetry and a whole story on this pic... really really love it since the first time i saw this. One day i'll turn this one in a tattoo on my skin! :D
LettyJo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I watched the making of before i saw this… I love your style, it is really beautiful <3 What is it for a pen you use at the end for the white parts?
The eyes are so .. wow! Great job!
Lozano30 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the video,nits so nice..
Wilduarte Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Maravilhoso, eu quero um, heheeh ... parabéns, é perfeito ...
nathanielpye Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautiful! btw i hope you dont mind but could i do you as an artist for my GCSE Art project?? :)
DPITT72 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Simply amazing...outstanding artwork.
Alex-Roberts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
wow. so cool :)
deliciated Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
It's amazing! I just can't stop looking at it. The details are absolutely beautiful and especially the eyes. Love it.
BluishDreams Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
What kind of support did you use? Maybe foam core board?
albadaru Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had tried everything this was my opportunity knocking at the door ive finally reached the top youll see what I mean
layer3 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had tried everything finding this was the greatest thing thats ever happened my success was effortless just think of all the possibilities
Harfenfreak Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
odetteanglica Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful love the colours
squ33k-e Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I got chills looking at this. Stunning.
sring-griffin Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much emotion. I love the blue and pink combo and the dripping paint.
artistbobb Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tried coping it with acrylic paint and please tell me, what type of pen do you use to make white line.

mine is not that good because when i printed this, it didn't come out good so i painted it as it is was.

here's the link:

your big fan,
sualexxx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Wow! You are perfect in color mastering, it is so clear from many of your works here. But this one is kind of soul scratcher. She looks wounded, full of trouble, and not just one more pretty young woman face.
You are a real talent, thank you!
palemiracle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw your speed paint video on youtube and I have couple questions. What was the pen you used in the end to draw the white lines and where can I buy it? Also, did you use canvas for this or some type of watercolor paper?
Chris-Kunz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ya- also wanna know what kind of white pen that is?
smellingbooks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it's a white gel pen she said it on instagram
DynestyX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :) First of I would like to say that your art is amazing and inspiring! Very intriguing!

I hope you don't mind me asking if I could post an image of my painting that is similar to this picture. I followed your speedpaint to this piece, and would like to spread it on DeviantArt. I assure you it defiantly not the same as your beautiful art work-I altered it a bit, since you passed far greater from my level. I wouldn't want to do anything to upset you in anyway, so ask you of permission.

Thank you for your time.

desiraecarr Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is honestly my favorite out of all your work, and I think it always will be. I think it is absolutely amazing. Everything from the colors, to the picture is amazing. I can look at this picture for hours. I give is a solid 10/10.
nicolasjolly Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow it's wonderfull!!
Monstewr Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, your work is really beautiful.
BladeWithin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully presented~ The flow of the colours are incredible!~
oldkeszi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really like your style, very unique.
jenf31 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful control.
AetiusMaximo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Simply lovely!
KillinglyBlueAlmond Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Oh that's... unbelievably beautiful! I love watercolors.
ArtNoobly Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lato930 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I love your paintings!
What I would like to know is, what kind of white marker or pen you use? because I don't find any good
Thanks and keep painting :)
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