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January 22, 2011
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The letter by amie689 The letter by amie689
The girls are possibly sisters, brought up by their father since their mother had passed on - the elder sister is prim and responsible but indulgent towards the younger tomboyish sister .. hence she's still on her futon when the sun is up because certainly no Japanese mother would let her daughter laze about when she could be doing chores...

but then again, older one could still be the mother and the younger girl's still in bed because she been unwell..

The father has been away for some time and the letter is from / about him...

So comments and criticisms if you please :D
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Critique by Know-It-Like-A-Poet Jan 18, 2013, 4:08:21 PM
First off, this is an amazing digital painting. I have no real insight on airbrushing since I do not do it myself but as a visual artist in general I’d like to critique this as a composition in general.

The details that probably deserve the most recognition are not figures although they were done very well, but the clothes they are wearing, the furniture and the room itself, for example the wooden cabinet on the far right of the composition and the light glowing behind the door or window just behind the girl on the left’s head and all the shadows in all the right places.

One area that isn’t quite up to the standards as what was mentioned above is the textures of a few things like the swords above the wooden cabinet on the far right and the mattress the girl on the left is lying on. After all the airbrushed paintings I’ve seen, texture has always been an iffy area so it isn’t a big deal. The hair did have excellent texture though.

As for the two girls, they resemble a Disney like style most visible in the shapes of their faces and facial features. They don’t look Japanese at all to be honest. And they don’t have to be but it is one of the first things I noticed when I saw this.

There is a subtle smudge right by the left girl’s hand. It could be a stain when considering the ‘story’ inside this composition’s world. But it seems a little out of place. Another thing that looks a little out of place is the white translucent arcs on the walls. I’m not sure what they represent.

I noticed that the round brown circle on the left side of the door is a little rough looking. That too I am not sure as to what it is, but I just thought I should mention it.

The technique you used to make the kimono hanging on the far left not take up to much attention is impressive.

This painting tells a great story just by capturing one instance. The title was simple and very suiting. I don’t mean to speak for everyone else but I think the most popular thought was that these two girls were reading a letter from someone they knew like a sibling, father, uncle etc. in the military (the samurai swords on hanging above the cabinet gave me that hint).

This was a great composition overall.
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty!  What era is this?  It looks like Edo, but maybe it's Meiji?
amie689 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :heart:

I have no idea actually.. I don't think there were many changes in the daily lives of individual common people in Japan.. up till 2nd world war,.. so both is possible, I think.. 

This just started as a random sketch on postures... 

lavenderl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.  I wish my random sketches turned so good. ;)
DavidJLee Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Photographer
wow great job:)
amie689 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :D
DavidJLee Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Photographer
you are very welcome:)
Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice work
amie689 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :D
piecees Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very very amazing work i love it very very much
amie689 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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