THE GOOD – What really works for this picture is the idea and the execution. Making a subject out of fire is very challenging and I salute you for the originality. The fire looks good and I think that choosing to do it in a forest at night was a great idea because the background really looks great and pulls the viewer in nicely.
THE BAD – If I had to call attention to something that needs work it would be two things. One, the anatomy of the fire girl could use a little work as could her pose though I think the two go hand in hand. I think her pose could have been planned a little better to make it more interesting; especially her hand which does not look like it would be in that position naturally. I think practice on anatomy would help it a lot. It is good and we can clearly see what it is and I know it is a semi-formless wisp of fire but some of the parts could have been smoothed out to make the subject look more feminine.
The second thing that could use a little improvement is the fire. It is good and I know how drawing fire digitally can be difficult. There are a lot of tricks and some people do it so good that they make it look easy. I also would not even attempt anymore without a tablet (though it looks like you did have one). Fire is tough but I think this is a good picture of fire; room for improvement but good.
THE UGLY – I only write about the ugly if I find something really wrong and I don’t see anything really wrong. The picture has a strong overall appeal and design as well as a stellar background that frames the entire piece; very impressive.
The piece its self is an excellent concept. I love the fiery hair, and the face looks great! The colour scheme you have chosen for the background blends perfectly.
However, I must agree with the last critique about the anatomy. Personally, I don't think that there are too many flaws. Fire can take any shape, which I think fixes that problem. Last, I think that the fire looks a little 2D. Like its been placed. Maybe more work with the lighting would really make it pop! Perhaps adding more yellowish tones to the figure, would fix it, and maybe even some red.
However, Only after a real close look can I notice these. So well done! I really love the piece! And it shall remain in my favorites for ever ;D Keep it up!
You know what's interesting about this picture? Despite the fact that it's fire and therefore can be dangerous, you still somehow made the spirit have an air of gentleness. Like it captures both the good and bad of this particular part of nature.
ah! I love it! beautiful! I was wondering if you'd allow me to use this in a teaser trailer I'm making for my novel? I'm not making any profit off of it and you will receive proper credit. Other vids I've made, using photos from deviantart w/ permission are here : [link] and here : [link] This image would be used for another trailer for my novel called Zirconya: The Sage of Aluh'Nehn. Let me know if it's okay! Thanks!
being fire I feel that the anatomy can be alot looser (considering fire is all over the place and never has one true form) and I believe thats what you were going for, Ive seen your other art and know you have a decent grasp of anatomy.. I love how you made her translucent and also the little embers everywhere. great work.
I love this! Very beautiful and expressive! There are some minor anatomy flaws, but they have been mentioned, no need to repeat it. ^^ But anyway, what counts is the atmosphere, which is really great. I love the flames as well - I know from experience exactly how difficult it is to paint fire in a realistic way. The overall composition of the picture is awesome. So... Good job!
and... in my opinion... i think nature-type pictures of people shouldn't have perfect anatomy o_o; i mean... most pro/published art i see of elemental spirits don't have perfect anatomy... i think it gives off an inhuman feel because of it
so, i think it looks great... unless great anatomy was something you were going for of course XD
I'm not sure I like this as much as I like your realistic animals. But like I said I really like how you vary your style and motifs. A huge difference between this piece and many others. I think this one could look better if you try implementing a more dramatic color combination rather than just the fire and black
Thank you for your insight. I played with a few other colour combos but it just wasn't what I wanted for this particular piece. Though I still have to fix the hands and a few other things. I wanted minimal colours. It's partner is the water spirit which is almost all blue. I have another in the works which is primarily green.
I may take another stab at the fire one in another way in the future however.