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Universe In Your Hands by TheRockMonster Universe In Your Hands by TheRockMonster
This one took me a looooooong time.

This is a mixture of Pencil Crayons and Watercolour. I made this one fro my concentration, in which I focused on the pure power of creation and the ability to explore the depths of imagination. I wanted to display the theme of the wonder waiting just in your fingertips and that the world is ours to create. :)
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
an interesting piece :D
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a lovely piece, i see you realy oput effort in it, there's a lot of details and colors, i love colorful pieces :love:
I really love the meaning in this, and i think you expressed it really well ^^
Well done, and keep it up!:clap:
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much :) :hug:
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :meow: :hug:
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HollyAReid Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very pretty! lol I didn't see the hands til I read the title, then they popped out! It's really neat!
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! haha :)
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Selunia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello TheRockMonster!
Member of Team 21 here to give you another Feedback within the :iconfeedbackfrenzy: challenge :)

This is a very beautiful picture. I like the concept of how an artist can create everything that he / she can imagine. The bright colours really underline this, and I like the mixture of natural looking things like the trees and the water and the fantasy creature birds. Also the mixture of techniques is done very well and the colours blend together nicely.

The only thing that I see could be improved is the shape of the moon. If you have difficulties trying a circle by hand and you don't want to use a compass because it hurts the paper, you can try to cut out a circle shape and paint around it. (I'm not sure if compass is the right word, but my translator told me so. This thing you use in geometry class to paint a circle ^^)

All in all a very beautiful and inspirational work!
Greetings, Selunia
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the feedback! Sorry I've taken a while to reply >.< And I'm so surprised you are the only one who's commented on the moons wonky shape. I thought that would be the first thing said XD Yeah, I really should have used a compass (it's a compass, no worries). I was just trying to finish it and rushing makes everything bad >.<
Thank you once again for the critique and kind words! I appreciate it! :D
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Selunia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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dierat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Hello from another #FeedbackFrenzy participant! :wave: :la:

First of all, I must say that the concept is very interesting. You took a rather common phrase ('the world is in your hands') and found a really fresh and unique way to visually interpret that phrase and tell a story. The weaving organic shapes from the tree, foliage, and water is also really lovely (especially that one tree root curving down the left wrist and the pooling waterfall on the right hand). I'm also impressed by the level of detail in the piece; the more I look at it, the more I discover. The yellow-brown/blue-purple color palette is also very nice.

For a critique, this piece is very busy. You have a lot of elements going on in the image, and on top of that you have a sweeping texture in the negative space (I'm referring to the blue-purple sky on the bottom and left) so it doesn't feel like there are any serene places in the image where your eye can rest. It also feels like too many of the elements are trying to take center stage and distract attention away from the real focal point (which in this case is the hands I presume). It's great that you have so many details and little things to enjoy in the image, but I think it would make a more effective image overall if you pulled back a little and let some elements stand out. The moon in particular I think is problematic because it's a lighter value and slightly yellow, so the right hand blends into it and becomes overpowered by it. The moon could stay if it were smaller and more subdued, but I think considering the composition you have, it would be better if the moon were removed altogether; you already have a nice circular motion without it due to the pose of the hands and the tree. The blue in the background is also a little problematic because it's the same color and tone as the water in the foreground. If the background were a fairly consistent purple (with a gradual transition so it's not totally flat), the hands and tree would pop out much better due to the color and tonal contrast. Another thing that I think would really help improve the image would be emphasizing the light coming from the lanterns. They're glowing, but they don't seem to really be affecting the surfaces of the surrounding objects. Darkening the whole image a little and emphasizing the form shadows would really improve the drama, the depth, and the realism of the image overall.

Again, I think the concept is really neat, and I love what you came up with to describe it. I really hope that you'll come back to this idea in the future and see if you can make a more successful version based on the critiques you're receiving here, because I think it could be a really cool image with a little tinkering. :heart:
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you muschly :D Yes, I've been receiving comments about the troubles with the moon. But I've grown too attached to the work I've put into to it to consider removing it. :/ I'll have to add more piruple to darker the blue in the background and about the light coming from the lanterns, The picture doesn't show it (bad quality >.<), but in the real version, much light reflects onto the leaves and surrounding objects. Overall, I really have to go back and spend more time on it I suppose.
Thank you once again :hug:
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anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello, I am from the Feedbackfrenzy contest, [link] First I congratulate you on a very nice idea full of creativity. I love the idea of the trees and animals being one with the hands in a sense. The way that everything is connected and even more so how the water is connected to the hand by flowing through the hand is amazing. However, the hands create a problem. The left arm is too skinny and seems to shrivel while the fingers on both hands seem swollen. If you look at you own hand you notice that you have lines but those lines do not create segments in the fingers. Instead the fingers are one shape and have creases to show how the fingers bend. What you have are fingers that are made of multiple segments which creates the swollen look that the hands have. Another problem with the hands is connected to what they hold. The right hand has a little spring like area while the left hand has what looks like an entire 100 year old tree. This removes balance from the piece. Although both the spring and the tree have different characteristics in the piece and both are nicely done, the tree brings the focus towards it over the other parts. The fact that the hands are closer to the left side doesnt help either. When I looked at this piece initially I never once looked a the bottom right corner and for a large sum of the time I was looking at the top left corner. I would suggest that the hands be moved closer to the center and they share the tree so that the left isnt focused on as much. The animals also bring the focus towards the left so I would suggest removing them completely or balancing where they are in the piece one way or another. Finally there is the colouring which is done nicely. There is a good choice of colours and the is also good blending for the most part in this piece. However the colouring can bring another topic: the shading. When I look at his I can see a little shading but it is lacking in shading for the most part. Still though where I do see the shading it is done incorrectly. The light source should come from the moon in the background primarily and secondarily from the lanterns on the tree. However I find that the back of the hand is meant to be the darkest part and the front of the hand the brightest in this. The light source would not come from the front of the piece but the back where the moon is. The moon is often the brightest thing in the nighttime. I would suggest that you decide the light source next time before you start colouring and decide how the light source would affect objects more. I would also suggest to shade more so that there is more contrast in the piece. Overall this is an excellent idea that is done nicely in many areas but then lacks a few things such as the light source and focal point that halt its march forward.
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Firstly, let me say thank you for critiquing my piece. I appreciate that you took the time to comment and leave your thoughts. However, there are a couple things I would like to say in honest defense of the work. I don't mean to come across as overly protective or angry, I just feel there are a couple things that should be said in harmless debate. Firstly, T]the left arm only looks skinny due to the fact that the waterfall obscures some of it. I was thinking the same thing as you until I realized that XD Also, while you do have a point about the fingers and yes, they do look quite swollen and unrealistic.... I kinda like it. I love the roundness and the bent quality of hands and often when I look at my own, I admire the roundness of each segment. Now, the balence thing is something I do not agree with. No, it is not equally balanced, but I chose to radically balance the piece instead. I placed the moon beside the right hand in order to balance out the tree on the left. I find they work together quite nicely. However, you do make a valid point with the fact that there is nothing in the bottom right corner. While the tree is the focal point, this empty space has been something that has been bothering me. I might in the future place another bird there in order to busy it up. I do not believe the birds should be removed from the piece. They represent the movement of creativity and a great deal of many other things I tried to represent in this piece and removing them would take away much of the meaning and effort I put into the piece.
Lastly, the matter of shading. You state that the shading is incorrect and that there is lack of it and lack of light being reflected. I will say that this picture of the original artwork does not do it justice at all. Many of the details I spent hours delivering never appeared, such as the spots of light form the lanterns reflected on each leaf, the darker areas on the hands and the tree and the highlights located throughout the picture. I apologize for the awful picture, but I do not think my shading is incorrect. Granted, more shading could be done and more reflection to the moon could be given, seeing as that was the last thing I had drawn on and highlights could be missing. I wanted to show the moon but If I was to put the shading directly in accordance to the moon, most of the picture would be dark and the overall message I wanted to incooperate would be lost. I'm very sorry about saying so much in defense to the critique you've spent time putting together and I do feel awful about it, but I truly believe these things had to be said. It might be just nonsense dedication to the piece but there were things that were said that I believed did not agree with the piece. I'm very sorry if I came across as rude or disrespectful in my rebuttle. Once again, Thank you very much for the critique and I shall consider the things you have said and apply them in the future.
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anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
haha Its fine...The left arm is debatable as to if it is too skinny or not I was just giving my personal opinion on the it. Although the waterfall may be to reason for this, I did take time to compare it to the other arm including the waterfall in the thickness and decided that it was still a little skinny compared to the other arm. The fingers although we can agree are swollen in look actual have hollow feeling to them that makes them seem more like trees than fingers which does in fact make the theme stronger in some areas. I was contemplating on whether I should include this but I decided against it in a hope to help point out the feeling of the fingers. The balance I still believe is a problem. Although artist can throw balance off on purpose to make a piece better, I did not believe this was achieved in the fact that there was a large open space and the fact that the focal point on the tree was so strong from the darkness of the tree compared to all the other objects. The birds I suggested that you either "remove them or you move them" in this I was more suggesting that the birds be in the open area that was mentioned but I guess I failed to correlate that. The problem of the shading not showing up because of a bad scan or picture I can believe it happens to many artists and I can feel for you in the lose of work but it also means that there could have been more shading in the original still. Its not like the piece has a total loss of quality from the picture I can still see everything. So I still believe even though shading was lost that there could have been more. The problem with the moon seems like a lost cause for a few reasons: If you were to change the light source to make it correct you are correct it would in fact remove much of the lightness of the hands and nature. The other choice would be to remove the moon but that is also not possible because of the fact of balance once again. If the moon was gone there would be absolutely nothing to counteract the tree and make the right side a giant open space which would in turn ruin that side of the piece. I believe you just need to plan things out better with light sources next time so these problems dont occur. Dont misunderstand me I still like the piece and the moon is a nice addition so I can understand the problems you are having with accepting some of my suggestions on this piece. I would suggest that you just take note of them for next time. :)
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh no worries, I will take your suggestions for future reference, I won't shoulder them off completely. :)And I really like the thought that the finger portray the hollowness of trees! That would strengthen the theme because I believe hands to be vessels of creation. The moon does pose problems, but I loved the idea and the detail too much to take it out. How I always think of it is the world that's outside this picture. Perhaps there is another moon or another light source that we just aren't seeing? ;D XD Either way, I really do have to plan things out ore, planning has always been something I tend to skip out on at times. Once again, thank you for the critque, it was very helpful and I'm glad you weren't offend by my rebuttle :)
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anime-halo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
haha your welcome and good luck! :D
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Same to you :D
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ImagineArtVibes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the concept and thought process behind this! The water is enchanting.
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you :) this is one of my favorite pieces :D
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ImagineArtVibes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Mine too! :D
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks :hug: :)
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Losenko Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful colours!
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Paulcellx Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the nature! :)
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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octeapie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats really cool. i love the waterfalls and colors
haha also the little lantern
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TheRockMonster Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you ever so much :) I love drawing waterfalls and lanterns. It's just so fun :D
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