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Starlight by cartoongirl7 Starlight by cartoongirl7
Materials: Multiliners, Copic sketch markers, PS CS5 for editing
Time: ~30 hours

Got reacquainted with my dear old markers this spring break! It's been such a long time since I had the time to sit down and use them that I couldn't even recall the names/numbers of the colors orz;; Traditional art is long and tedious, but there's nothing like ink all over your hands and getting a faceful of ethanol fumes every few minutes

I've been marathoning my old Ghibli movies, and was reminded of how much I loved them from childhood until now. Howl's Moving Castle will always be one of my favorites! I am very thankful for Miyazaki for bringing a little more magic to this world with his films ;v;

Will be selling prints of this at Fanime (San Jose) and Anime Expo (LA) 2012!
There are also some WIP shots posted in my tumblr if anyone is interested!
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This is... I'm not actually sure where to begin with this. I loved this the second I saw it, and it felt like a good time to post a critique, my first one, in all honesty. With that said, I'd like it to be a warning that I am not exceptionally experienced with critiquing. Coupled with the fact that I am not a professional artist, I'm not sure how valuable my feedback is, but I will strive to do my best.

Vision: I like the general theme of the piece, it's exceptionally warm and vibrant, and that helps with the general feel of it. I don't really have much to say for this specific category, to be frank, but I love the theme of the work.

Originality: This is a bit of a tough call for me. I don't like giving perfect ratings for anything, since to me, it feels similar to sucking up. Conversely, I don't want to just take points off for absolutely nothing, as that would be unfair as well. So this is my only minor nitpick. As fantastic a piece as it is, Miyazaki fanart is very widespread, so in terms of genre it feels the tiniest bit stale. As far as the genre goes though, this certainly stands out among the crowd, so it still retains a very high rating. This is how fanart should be done.

Technique: Not to belittle digital artists (dabbling in it myself) at all, but in terms of technique I hold traditional pieces in higher regard. It's that extra human touch added in, and it's clear that a lot of time, effort, and care went into this particular piece. Especially impressive to myself is the shading using copics.

Impact: Like I said before, this enchanted me from the moment I saw it. Everything flows together nicely, at least to me, and that helps the presentation. The colours are diverse enough that they draw attention to every area of the picture, but not so distracting that they force you to stare at them. Overall it's a pleasure to look at this piece, wherever your eyes fall.

Hopefully this was helpful; it's entirely possible that it was a bunch of unhelpful praise, but it's my honest opinion that this is an exemplary piece of art. Take this how you will, and thanks for giving me the oppourtunity to critique!
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Brilliant! Wonderful use of colors and the texture on Howl's cloak is fantastic. The detail on his belt/shash is exquisite. You can tell that you spent a lot of time on this piece. I would have done something with the background on the upper half of the picture. (Above Howl's cloak) I also really enjoyed the flow of the fabrics due to the invisible wind and the small feathers added into Howl's hair. I think that was a great little detail. The little fireworks also look great but I would have done more colors than just blue, some had a rainbow effect in the movie which might have a looked better. Overall, a brilliant picture!
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Sakura-and-Sequoia 23 hours ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous.

Don't even know where to begin. From the poses, colors to all the little details, it's a stunning piece that stands out
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672000 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist
This GREAT work!
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Kawaii-KaguyaHime 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
kill me
i cant draw this sempai!
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:iconmarbles22:
Really really like it :heart:
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:iconmarbles22:
Oh god... Howl's expression is to die for :faint: 
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:icondia-cake:
it's beatiful
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:iconsunreddream:
So Pretty!!!! Love Howl and Sophy!
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Sarius06 Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVEEEEEEEEE IT!! Heart :happybounce: La la la la 
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:iconchaztine27:
This is so cute OMG!! I love Howl's Moving Castle! It's one of my favorite Hayao Miyazaki films!! XD
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