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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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The-Queen-Of-Mokonas Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  New Deviant Student Artist
StardustTrooper Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing and beautiful! Really love your shading, it puts a warm feel to it! :love:
fatgingercat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God..
ConanSinon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. My. Goodness I love Howls Moving Castle i
just wow much wow for this now I'm following you after I see your Spirited Away work
Akuma-Mizuki Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cute *^*
KayStarlit Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Howl's Moving Castle is both one of my favorite movies, and one of my favorite books! Even if the book and movie are totally different. 
Suupa-Luigi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably my favorite piece from Howl's Moving Castle on all of DeviantArt.

Superb job!
meikyu-u Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist
Nalaniiii Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You art and your style are so wonderful and amazing! I'm also totally amazed by your colouring skills, I need to learn so much more with my copics! TEACH ME MASTER, haha ! :D *^* 
Nemesis2026 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Wow you're amazing
EdwinaCX Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This ain't digital art? You're incredible!
SissyEeveeMonster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Chiyuukii Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was digital when I first saw it!!!!!! You colour soooooooo well!!!!!
YotzinNya Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
asdfghjkl!! (/owo)/
lumshock Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Your work is amazing!
ClarisseTaylor Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love it *w*
Zarory Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nice work xD
Sakura-and-Sequoia Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Don't even know where to begin. From the poses, colors to all the little details, it's a stunning piece that stands out
672000 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist
This GREAT work!
Fario-P Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
kill me
i cant draw this sempai!
Runalicious Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Really really like it :heart:
Runalicious Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Oh god... Howl's expression is to die for :faint: 
Dia-Cake Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
it's beatiful
SunRedDream Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
* Sophie
SunRedDream Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
So Pretty!!!! Love Howl and Sophy!
Sarius06 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVEEEEEEEEE IT!! Heart :happybounce: La la la la 
chaztine27 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
This is so cute OMG!! I love Howl's Moving Castle! It's one of my favorite Hayao Miyazaki films!! XD
Melo227 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly amazing work right here.
Love this movie and this couple♥
AlwaysAmazing Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love this movie and u just made me love it even more!!!😉
isacvinod Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I'm in shock
cutieisevil Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
dhaka2k Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I finally made a life changing decision this is the most unique solution I came across these days I am my own boss try it out for yourself
BunnyMilk Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had reached my wits end I cant believe how much this exceeded expectations my success was effortless just wanted to share the wealth
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npgauth Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
you look like you lost weight in this video
chantal0215 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
amazing work
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies, and you've captured the characters perfectly! (Plus, you are the Copic marker master!) :D :happybounce:
Blyostochka Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist
wonderful :iconinloveplz:
Darknessangel12 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
howl... <3 ...its' gorgeous <3
HopesMagic Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! I think I'm in love ♥ 3♥
Akira-12 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
u done this in 30 hours thats so cool men
Enzeru-Youkai Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Kyyaa!! This is... Wonderful! Amazing! I LOVE it so much!
I also didn't miss what you did! ;D You gave Sophie one of Howl's earrings ;D :iconloveloveplz:
Super wonderful piece! I wish I could print it >.< lol
MyCandyArmy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Artist
Oh my gosh it's Howl's Moving Castle! You draw everything so nicely!
blueneon16 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg i love this movie
Peachboy69 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
this should be a print!!
shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, so sweet and colorful and brilliant! I love it! ^^
thelovegeneration Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Wow. You did that with markers. You are truly an amazing artist. you inspire me!
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