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April 26, 2011
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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.

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OniBee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
It's beautiful! :3
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,.
Cadycassy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omg amazing.
Smeire Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so stunning. ;~~; I think the lighting is very nice!
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 :)
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
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.
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:

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.
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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