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Joy by shirotsuki Joy by shirotsuki
Here's my latest Illustration 2 homework! Honestly I don't think the critique for it went as well as it could have. I did push myself to try on the micron pens again, I avoid them like the plague. I discovered they behave really well on cold-press watercolor paper though.

The gist of the crit was the picture was nice, but not quite right. Too busy, Too colorful, not enough control in the restraint department. I wound up removing a lot of what the original sketch included, but it still needed to come down further. MOAR PRACTICE!

EDIT!: That was goofy of me! For those who asked so they could crit, the project was to illustrate a box and a shopping bag for either seriously expensive chocolate, ridiculously expensive shoes, or jean patou's horrifyingly expensive perfume. We were encouraged to spend a lot of time looking up ad illustrations, check up on the product we chose, and put our own spin on it.

This illustration was the box for the perfume. My personal goal was to create a semi-nouveau image that felt like what I was reading about the perfume and it's history. I used brighter colors rather than the usual earthy elegant nouveau tones so that it wouldn't be too gloomy, the perfume is called Joy, after all, and it was introduced during the depression for Patou's patrons who were no longer able to afford his Couture. (he designed clothes, then the economy crashed.) The perfume carried the business through.

The problem though was how something like this would have read smaller. I like looking at crazy frantic imagery, but when compared to what's normally on the market for things like perfume boxes, this is pretty gaudy. During the sketch critique, we talked about using it as the bag image.. but I still "sold" it as the box because I felt more strongly about it as that kind of image.

Ideas to improve it as a functional piece for the product were thusly to tone it down, fewer colors, to make it more readable on a smaller scale. And that's the story! Sorry for not including it earlier, and thanks to everyone! I'm looking forward to your crits!

I feel pretty energized by the experience though, and I do still really love how this piece turned out ^ ^

Pencil, Micron pen, Adobe Photoshop, Open canvas 4+
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m0rganrebecca Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
Masa-Mima Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
HikariRules Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
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amora310 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I quite like this! It is very lovely!
JamesHoppy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Love the Art Nouveau style you got going on.
apathi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As it is, its a really nice work, lines, colors, all good. As an illustration , reminds me of an illustration for Tazo tea or some sort of anime goddess story. Id say, for a perfume illustration, have more floral thingies floating in the air, sth indicative of 'smells', and more focus on that rather than the figure.
hikariartista Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is simply fantastic!
the soft color really compliments the imaginary feel...
Excellent job :)
ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors give her a fey, fairy-like appearance. With her hair fading to the left, there's the sense that she may not be all solid and all there, but drifting away like a dream.

NIcely done.
sbslink Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I love the combination of colours and her soft face.
sanaez Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It made me warm feeling~>///<
Dani-Castro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
soo nice!
golddiggerbaby Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yamirenamon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it. It's so pretty.
Scorchyz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful. So many nice colors <3
AvannTeth Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I un-favorited this just to re-favorite it.
BleedingRose1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Artist
u did a great job.. if i had money id buy it ^.^ crazy big into art
MozzySteve55 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL! Love it!
Treewoman Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for when I typed in the word "joy". Beautiful!
Elyonsama Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
This picture made my day. :) I was feeling really low and depressed and the expression on her face made me calm down and smile. It's just so soothing! Made me feel like I'm back home with Mum and everything is going to be alright. :) Thank you.
BrunofPaiva Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
was beautiful and sweet
jules-makk Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
a bit art nouveau.. very nice
ActiveBirdS Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   Writer
I truly like this.
krystledanjacy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Its so honest
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, featured:[link]
blitzcattbabe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Such beautiful design!
malevoseth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
this is beautiful :) great work !
auxeru Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Most enchanting!
LadySaelah Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw this today at Persacon~
It was great meeting you, although it's probably very vague to say that...
LadySaelah Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this, by the way... It helps to mention that.
Kristoff-N Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Beautiful and stunning. Really love the illustration you have here.
Emuishere Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like how you used so many colours in pastel form in nice detailed ways :)
It really does bring me a relaxing and joyous feeling :heart:
RobHaza Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!fucking amazing! like mucha's style

pretty awesome work... in general... every illustration it's so well done...

BlueVagabond Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding outlines and design. very harmonic!
Tendershark Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
Just to say,
I'm not even into anime or manga,
and I love this! So light and elegant
at the same time!
jliss Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
this is exactly like muchas work. do u know him?
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Delightful colours and soft textures -- it would definitely draw me to smell the perfume and consider it. Not sure about this blue eye.. I like the colour, but maybe just too much blue on white in contrast to the soft green on yellow eye.

All over, superb work.
angelfire892 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Gives me an airy feeling.
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
pyroclasticlux Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
if this were on a perfume bottle, i'd likely buy it even if the scent it marketed wasn't the greatest.
i loooooove this; i am questioning the leaf a bit, though even still, it's a minor flaw on an overall great piece of art.
:heart: :+favlove:
sweetquiescence Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
This is very beautiful. I love your emotion and your unique style. The colors take my breath away. Good Luck
arihagne Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Featured here: [link]
c-niska Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:D beautifull!
gremlinous Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
i love the art deco/nouveau feel to this piece!! c:
Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
This looks beautiful, but I think there's too much going on with all the colors. Maybe narrow it down to one color you'd like to base the palette around. But that aside, it's stunning and I love the details and darker lines.
Kalasha Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Joy isn't all that expensive, as for Jean's parfums. Clive Christians is. $2,150 an ounce, encrusted with diamonds and that shizz.
Anyways, I think a good review would depend on the fragrance, which I have not smelled. But by the notes of the fragrance, I would think this would be well suited. Light, warm, and springy and fresh, as well as gentle, and perhaps... slightly psychedelic. However, it does seem a bit cluttered.
mrs-jessicat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
it's a beautiful piece :) I would buy this perfume ;)
melllic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
Yeah, it sounds as if the critique was more of personal opinion than actual artistic critique. This image would do well on any product.
Artsend Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Love the colors and the style you have going on. Good stuff!
DarkenConfusion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
wow <3
she is really beautiful! ^-^
particularly her face looks so great *___*
and the colors <3 wow~ fascinating!!
Mearii Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Hell, if I saw this on a perfume box, I'd buy the perfume just for the box.
This is lovely. =]
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