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Moroccan Griffin by TastesLikeAnya Moroccan Griffin by TastesLikeAnya
I redid this, 'cause I wanted to sell it as a print and my lighting has just improved tenfold since I painted this. (The lanterns... are darker than the tent? What?)

Older version are below for history's sake. Despite being 'wrong', I think they have their own appeal.

Lantern texture referenced from [link]

EDIT: Uploaded a lighter version. For the original, go here [link]

EDIT AGAIN: I don't trust this computer screen to make good edits. Changed it back. Here is the light version: [link]
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First off, I'd like to comment on those lanterns - they are BRILLIANT! The texture, the translucency achieved on the glass.. they are just perfect. The colors of the piece - the blues, golds, greens, and purply shadows give a sort of mystical feel to the tent. I could imagine that a mystic or antique seller or someone of that nature lives in the tent. It makes me want to go inside and see more of what's in there!

However, the great detail and colorfulness of the lanterns downplays the griffin a lot, even if he is supposed to be the focal point. I find myself staring at the lanterns in awe, rather than look at the griffin. I think that if the purple shadows were darker, and there were more colors reflected on him, it would make him pop out more. I also think that if the large purple shadow area of the tent were darker, it would give the picture more oomph in general.
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This piece is so easy to look at. Your use of design and element placement really directs us to what you want us to look at. I'm always impressed with your details on top of competent form, and how you simply tie everything together.

I like the blown out lighting on the griffin's breast, contrasted by the glow and reflection from his back. I like the environment in the background--how we just see enough of it to understand what it is.

I love the details on the lanterns, but specifically, how the lanterns are hung, design from a shape perspective, and cast that beautiful glow on your griffin.

All of theses things work together fantastically.

However, this piece seems to be missing...story, I suppose. It's gorgeous, to be certain, but I'm having a hard time knowing what it means. What is the griffin doing there? Is he selling the lanterns? Is he the shop-keeper's familiar? I feel like that would give this some serious weight, to tell the story with the character.

Your other pieces seem to have this narration.

[link] for example, is very, very clear about what's happening--chasing of fireflies.

If you could incorporate that into this piece, it would be startlingly impressive.

--immi
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ecmajor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous!
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OniBee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
It's beautiful! :3
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Definitely looks better this darker. The details of the colored lights from the lantern look better here,.
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Cadycassy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omg amazing.
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faunmagi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so stunning. ;~~; I think the lighting is very nice!
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Blue-Pencil-Crayon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the way the colours play over the white feathers. Great work :)
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Akaleon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
alright, I really don't understand your problem with the first one (I do from a personal viewpoint since we as artists are seldom "happy" with our work) ;)
that said: this image keeps getting better and better :D
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Kinky-Slingy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013   Digital Artist
I love this image! Those lanterns are so awesome and the soft lighting that they put onto the gryffon is lovely.
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francis-john Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
have you considered putting darker tones in the unlighted parts of the griff? I find that it makes it pop more, here I did a quick edit:

[link]
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Artist
No, I didn't, but that looks pretty cool. I probably won't go back, (at least for another few years, haha,) but it definitely looks better.
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burmalloo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow! this is lovely! the lanterns all look really real, and i love the griffins face and how the neat highlights on the back of his neck
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is just--so beautiful! Everything about it is just perfect, it seems. The lanterns appear to really be glowing, and the colors are amazing. The glass textures on them are really beautiful too, especially on that blue one!
And the griffin is just fantastic. Other than the fact that its head has excellent anatomy as far as I can tell and it's quite realistic in that aspect, it also has a very majestic expression with those beautiful eyes of its. And the lighting, again--wow! I love how the light from outside highlights the edge of his head, and how on the oppostire side, different colors of light from the hanging lanterns gently alight on its feathers.
I just really, really, love this. You did a beautiful job on it.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Artist
Thanks much!
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DragonTygress Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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Xaishi Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love those lanterns! The griffin has a great face as well. Just really liking the lanterns a lot for some reason, haha.
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this looks soo cool! The lanterns are excellent!
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RaptorRaz Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
oh I love it :heart:
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ElementalSpirits Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the contrast with the bright colourful lanterns and the cool shadows, and the relaxed Griffin watching (I imagine) the hustle and bustle outside. I agree though that although this version is better, the original has it's own charm, as if all the candles in the lamps were burnt down and about to go out so you have a much softer light.
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lylie-foak Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Those lamps look amazing. As does everything else but the lamps especially, ahhh, the lighting is wonderful!
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Spetacular!!! :clap:
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, that light and those colors are absolutely brilliant! :wow:
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guillegarcia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
better now from far away
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Ixyra Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Digital Artist
holy moley does this look BELIEVABLE wooowww great improvment on the light sourcing.
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megpressley Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I love the gryphon and the lanterns! Beautiful colors and use of light and shadow! :icongryphonplz:
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SquirrelJay Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
o_o The lantern texture... on the dark blue, blue/green, and front of the orange... is the same as our bathroom windows!

Now that I've gotten over that...
This is stunning! The dark version is definitely better on my macbook. Love the lighting, colors, and the Griffin's face! <3
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Artist
Must be a pretty common glass pattern... I struggle to find lanterns that don't have that texture.
Thanks, too!
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SquirrelJay Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Probably... though I'd rather see it in a lit, colorful lantern than on my windows any day. It's butt ugly as far as glass for privacy goes. XD
You're welcome! <3
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Artist
Haha, I can imagine.
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francis-john Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooohh saw in tumblr you are going to do another of this griffin, *is excited* :eager:
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011   Artist
Yeah, this one annoys me. :lol:
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Darcycat2 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
i love the lanterns.
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Nefixion Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW
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azzacanth Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist
love it but I agree with the critique that suggested darkening the purple tent wall behind the griffin and lamps. I think that would really make it work a lot better.
but I totally appreciate the sort of work tht goes into something like this :)
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011   Artist
Thanks! I'm going to revisit this very soon and fix it up.
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SakiChiRocks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love how sun-baked the lighter version is but I love how the lanterns pop in the darker version. I wish I could have a combo! lol
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Artist
Augh, same here.
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InceptusNovus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
the colors are a bit washed out, but your composition and artwork in general is really quite beautiful.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011   Artist
Thanks much!
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whael Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I just love the lanterns!
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Captain-FANATTIC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really good i love the lanturns!
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chibighibli Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
The lanterns are beautiful, the colors reflecting in his feathers are perfect.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Artist
Thanks!
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secondhandben Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Brilliant! :)
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fainting-goat Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love Moroccan lanterns so very much and you captured the detail of them incredibly well. This is absolutely beautiful.
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gutter-child Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
been meaning to comment on this for realie and now I have the time, yet I don't have anything in-depth to say. Shaaame.
Maybe the wing's shape is a little odd, but I think that's due to perspective?

Those lanterns look like a total pain in the buttox, fo sho. Bur the end result is glorious.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Artist
I think it's just crap. Aha, thanks. :)
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thesketcher06 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Those lamps look gorgeous! Putting a griffin in a scene like this is very creative and unique and the whole concept is pretty cool!!The feathers and the anatomy look amazing the only flaw I see is that there could had been more higlights and shading, but overall, this is a great pice:3
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner May 12, 2011   Artist
Thanks.
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Xero256 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
OMG those lanterns! I've seen glass like that. Your accuracy in rendering them is nothing short of superb. The lighting on the griffin from your +82 Lanterns of Awesome is well done. It can be difficult to translate 3d lighting into a flat image like this. Between the size differences, lighting setup and blur from the lantern that's up close, the picture has depth. It's like you could fit a small child between the griffin and the wall of the tent on the far side. Props for making it real.

Color management is a bitch. No, seriously! It is! Each display has it's own gamma range. It doesn't matter if it's a CRT or some newfangled flat-panel that uses LED's or LCD. If you don't have a professional device there to calibrate the thing by measuring the wavelength of the light, it's going to be off. CRT's are typically more consistent and are able to produce a greater contrast of color. I've still got an old CRT display sitting at home. I don't use it much, but that's ok. The thing works beautifully when I need it to. At work I have two identical LCD displays. Same make, same model. The serial number is sequential (what are the odds of THAT?!). What's amazing is that each one displays a different amount of blue in their image. It's not so far off that I cannot use them together, but it is enough to be annoying when moving a window from one display to another. My laptop, phone and Nintendo DS all display their own odd versions of the same image.

Therefore I repeat my previous statement: Color management is a bitch. Just because the colors pop for you, doesn't mean it'll pop for others.

The original seems darker. The "light" one seems like the someone turned the dimmer switch up on the lanterns. Both are wonderful picts.
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