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Across the plains ~Tallstar~ REDRAW by courtneyrc Across the plains ~Tallstar~ REDRAW by courtneyrc
I finally found the energy to redraw this piece of poop. c: [link]
I must say, I am quite satisfied with my improvement over the course of one year, although there is always room for improvement with the current one. cx The shading was a pain in the butt, for I had tried adding some highlights. I still think I need some practice on that. xD It took over 3 references to get the anatomy to my liking, one of the refrences being my own cat. cx
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First: [link]
Second: [link]
Third: Your here c:
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Time: Several hours?
Program used: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0
Art (c) courtneyrc
Tallstar (c) Erin Hunter
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Critique by NikalaTheUnicorn Nov 22, 2012, 6:46:07 AM
Cute, I really like how u used the textures.
He is very beautiful.
The grass is stunning, realistic and you can clearly tell this had had a lot work put into it and it's a very brilliant peice,
Though I do t recognize the character, I'd say he's probably very accurately drawn.
The eyes are amazing, you could can a lot of points doing Comishes for people.
Again the grads texture is amazing.
I love how u made this.
Very African and beautiful.
Makes these cold winter months, feel warm.

Vision is fantastic.
The originality is very good.
Technique OS perfection.
And impact? Well it had a good positive impact on me!
Awesome job!!!!
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Okay, this is my first time critiquing so bear with me!

First I just have to say, wow! You certainly have improved.

I really enjoy the posing and his relation to the environment. You did a great job showing that he is in the grass, with his paws behind the blades in front of them. That shows awareness of the fact that there's more to a piece than just subject and the background that they're floating on. Some of the grass, however, is a little messy, like those tall clumps in the very back.

One small note- the reflective eyes (catchlights, as I've learned they are called) do a couple of things depending on environment. One is that they appear less pronounced the further away a subject is. Another is that they reflect only what is around them. There is only one source of light here (the sun) so there should only be one bright point of light in each eye. I've made this mistake before too so don't feel to bad- it seems like everyone draws eyes megashiny all the time no matter what. It's a stylistic choice, but I find that understanding the realistic aspects of it helps decide how best to utilize it in each different drawing.

As for Tallstar himself, the anatomy and posing are wonderful! It's clear that you used references to build the idea of how cats move and look. The ruffled fur is a great effect, as well. He would not have perfectly slicked-back fur living on the windy slopes of WindClan. My one nitpick about anatomy would be that the mouth should be larger. The lines of a cat's mouth go from the cleft in the middle and around to their cheeks. If you want to illustrate the fuzziness of the mouth line and how it's not always very clearly defined, you'll have to zoom in and make it work up close.
On rather the same note: using texture brushes is not a bad thing, but you should use them very carefully. We can see here that some of the fur texture was placed a little haphazardly over the muzzle. The fur on a cat's face is very short and grows in particular directions.

I rated you lowest for technique not just because of the use of brushes, but because it seems that all around they didn't change size a whole lot. Also, I'm not sure if you have learned the rule of focus in backgrounds but it's a rather helpful one that can easily bump your drawings up from 4 stars to 5:

The farther away objects in a background are, the less focused they will appear.

The grasses here should be less sharp toward the very back. I know that seems like a really small detail to pick on but trust me, it makes a huge difference. Sometimes the most subtle things that you don't even think of can really give your art that extra "something" and make it more realistic.

Other than that, this is a very strong piece. I'm sorry if that was a really long read!
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sweetberry146 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student General Artist
go tail star
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pichu263 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing compared to the other versions, you've improved alot since then!
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courtneyrc Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! c:
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pichu263 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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NikalaTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I critiqued this.
But I don't see the critique.... Weird...
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courtneyrc Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm sorry about that.
I requested critiques when I still had my premium. It just ended though, sorry. :c
Thanks anyways. <3
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NikalaTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nevermind.
It's there.
It's just hidden. Lol
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courtneyrc Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh alright. xD
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derpanator29 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
:clap: this is amazing
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courtneyrc Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! c:
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