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Nicole's Favorite Movie by glitcher Nicole's Favorite Movie by glitcher
It's movie night and Nicole wants to spend it watching her favorite movie: Her - a heartfelt story about a computer system that falls in love. It got a wide release last week and Nicole has already seen it twice, crying each time. Now she wants to drag a confused Shard along for a third screening. He doesn't know what she sees in that flick. :confused:

Seriously though, go see Her if you haven't already! As for as romance movies go, this one impressed the socks off me. Makes you wonder how interactions with computers will evolve in the future......


YOU CAN WATCH A PLAYBACK OF THIS PAINTING HERE.
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My first impression of the piece is that its craft is very good. The line work is clean and well defined while the tones and highlights create well developed objects.
Compositionally, what I first look at is the brightness of the upper right section. This distracts from the characters, who should be center of attention. Also, moving the characters slightly to the left would create a better use of the thirds grid, thus improving the overall composition.
I like the layering of the elements in the frame, such as the wall with the poster on the left side. I think it helps to create a more interesting composition than just having a flat background and characters dropped in the front of it.
Background: While I think that it is a little too light and it slightly distracts from the characters in the foreground, I like it overall. I like how you dropped in the details even though it wasn’t meant to be the focus of attention, and I like the lights placement and design. They work well to convey the environment as a theater. Spot on! And the neon is a great touch. I like that is is slightly out of focus to create perception of depth, but think that the blurry aspect could be pushed a little more. It would also solve the problem of the busyness that is right behind the characters that creates a cluster in the composition, which can be visually a little unsettling. Also, I think the welcome sign would be tipped back a little bit in space from the viewpoint of the characters. I like brining in the other couple in the background. It adds another interesting element that I think balanced out the current composition with the left side being so dark and heavy with that incoming wall.
Left incoming wall: I am in love with the texture dropped in on the wall and the pillar. It creates a great element that really adds to it. I like the gleam on the glass over the poster, and the composition of the poster. They type is well placed and around the image. Maybe tone down the saturation and contrast of the poster to push it back away from the characters a bit, creating a little more depth.
Characters: Once again, I like your character design. I am a little confused as to why the purple character’s leg is bent like that, but I like where the frame cuts them off, it is a good spot and doesn’t create any weird tension at all, which is tricky to do. Applause! I think separating them from the background a little would be beneficial.
Originality: While the idea is well defined, it is fan art based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. However, using original characters in the mix is admirable.
Impact: It is a very noticeable image. I was scrolling through the dA pages, and it caught my attention, which is great! The use of light and darks is good and creates contrast, which a lot of people are hesitant about, so good job on that. But working in layers on contrast might help the compression of your image. The objects in the foreground would have the most contrast while the background would have less contrast. Same with saturation. I think varying the use of contrast and saturation would greatly help improve the image. Try value studies in edition to color studies. I keep a black and white layer over my image that I turn off an on to check my values of the colors I use, and it tends to help keep things from becoming too bunched.
Things I like: Use of space with elements, texture, details, story prompt
Things I think could use improvement: Value and saturation placement, some point of view issues (making sure everything is being viewed from the same place, ex: all straight on of all form slightly below, not a combo)

Overall, this is a very well done image and I admire your skill as an artist.

Keep up the good work!

-Kelly
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Oh man, where to start, bro. First off, this concept is simply genius. And on a separate note, I like that you gave Shard a left hand - it just seems like a better character design that way.

Moving onto the actual critique, the color schemes and gradients are well executed and fleshed out (especially the walls and ticket booth), Nicole and Shard's anatomical positions are realistic and very lifelike (given the whole joints thing), the expressions are cute and the lighting is very nice.

I suppose in this piece, I see two areas of [dare I say] oddity; one would be Nicole's nose and muzzle. Her top lip and snout just seems slightly oblong, especially once the outline creeps up by her right eye. It seems smaller in the angle this picture gives; that or her muzzle and lip eek out a bit too much.

Second was the lighting of Shard's greens and the lighting fixtures above the ticket booth. The ticket booth is pretty glaring and almost drowns out the color of the ceiling on the left-hand side. Shard looks great, but the reflection of his optic colors on his face plate and nose strike me as a bit much. I love it, don't get me wrong, but the sheen of it seems off a bit.

A possible third would be the background characters are bit out of focus, but that just might be you experimenting with focus at different ranges.

All in all, it's innovative, it's hip, it's really cute and really brings out some character in the NicolexShard relationship. Kudos, Glitcher, you did it again.
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tailz100 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Aww haha xD
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bbbhyt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist
U are on my best artists list
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glitcher Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I like to consider you on my best fan list. ;)
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bbbhyt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you
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MinaWolf10 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU ARE OFFICIALLY MY FAVORITE FAN AND ARTIST AND PERSON ON DEVIANTART
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glitcher Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awww, bless. Thanks for the support. :heart:
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved that movie!
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RandomAwsomeness200 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
I MAY NOT BE A FAN OF THIS COUPLE BUT THE PICTURE IS VERY FUNNY!:D (Big Grin) +fav 
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Ninjaxio Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is diabetes-adorable.
I'm not going to make any real comments about this because the above critiques already say everything I was about to say, so uh.
Yeah. Gud jorb!
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WolfmanHanan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student
I wish it was tails with Nicole instead of shard. He'd enjoy watching that movie with Nicole 
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