This idea appeared in my head one day. The Ice Ray is a kind of winter spirit.
This is also the first painting I've done with my new graphics tablet, which is a second hand Intuos 3.
Crits are welcome.
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First off, I could not do this. It's out of my skill level. The colours are beautiful, the conceit is fantastic, the individual items are great. I think the design lets it down. It looks crowded, with the ray about to crash into the northern lights. Because the lights pick out some of the ray's colours, it's hard to tell them apart on a level of distance. The bluer parts of the Aurora come forward. I think it could do with the whole canvas being doubled in size, the aurora taking up a chunk of the sky but not all of it, and the ray being out to the right so it is travelling left and has plenty of looking room - literally room on the canvas for it to be looking into. The parallel line of the top of the ray and the bottom of the Aurora is a powerful echo, but I think the sky is acting as a cage there, and not as a support.
In closing, I want to say this really is cool. In particular I appreciate the fine work on the ray. It's the central point, it's far more detailed than the rest, and it's good to look at. Keep up those bits, but please look over design work more thoroughly. You could take something that is technically very good in details and make it technically very good throughout.
Thanks again for the feedback and compliments!
This piece has a nice magical mood, very eye catching. The ray is beautifully done as well as the ice floes on the water. I think the glow and details of the ray really depict a magic winter spirit.
Regarding the water, the waves should be bigger below and smaller above since at distance things get smaller. As for the aurora, it should be a transparent thing. I also think would be good to learn composition to better place things on the canvas.
Hope this helps.
Second I really like how you have so much going on and better than that it's not too cluttered or overwhelming.
The only thing I can really add to it is kind of what I've seen others say with the aurora, they're very beautiful but the feel a bit strong in comparison. Maybe if they were a little more faded. The strength of the colors in it keeps pulling my eye from the other details.
The glow of the Ray and the details in it are really quite amazing, as well as details throughout the rest of the piece as well.
I can't really offer too much more as I don't know much about digital art and/or drawing, but it's a beautiful image very lovely work!