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Rue Bell by Kittengoo Rue Bell by Kittengoo
So this is the splash page of the extra comic I'm working on! :) This is Rue as a teenager (13-14 years). As you can see she is wearing Mari's attire plus a cape to cover her severed arm.

Her hairstyle is based on Kris from the Pokemon Crystal game and she had braces which implies that as a child she did have Mari's overbite. A lot of people tell me that Rue looks nothing like Mari but as a kid they were very similar in terms of height and some characteristics. Mari just has her father's color palette.

EDIT: Fixed her hand (kinda).

EDIT 2: Followed the excellent advice from Goddess Chachi and MyTriforce. While I couldn't change the anatomy much I made a bigger contrast and made her small more proportionate!
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You're a cool person, Kitten so I figure I owe you a critique at least at some point. Why not start now? Ok, here we go:

It's hard for me to place sometimes, how exactly I feel about your artwork. You have a very recognizable style, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. I think most of the time, it's good. It sets you apart and makes your work unique. I get a very abstract/picasso-ish feel from your pieces, and I see a little bit of that in this one too. The figure almost seems to work in the space, yet something is still off and it flattens the entire thing. What I struggle understanding about your work, and this one included, is your intention with the work. I can't quite tell if you meant for it to appear a little more abstract, or if you are failing to understand the concept of space, perspective, and dimension.

Now, that I've said that, here is why I feel this piece is not working as well as it could. Firstly, your line definition. The way you are using your lines, the darkest and most visually contrasting lines are all around the character's face. The eyebrows, eyes, lips, and nose are very clearly defined, which makes me stare at the face more than anything else. This may have been your intention, but I think that is a somewhat boring result. The only thing interesting in this piece is the face, and it's lined up right in the center at the top. So what ends up happening is I stare at the face for a few seconds, realize the rest of the image isn't very interesting, and then move on. I think if you tried putting the face in another part of the image, or from a different angle it would be more visually appealing.

Next, I'd like to address your use of color. I think your colors are working OK. They aren't great but they aren't terrible either. I like that you used a contrast of warm and cool colors. In particular, the colors remind me a little bit of Picasso's rose period (an example: [link]). The red and blue are good choices, but I don't think you used them as effectively as they could have been. The characters dress and hair stand out against the red background. They pop, and are noticeable which is good. But the characters face is also red, like the background, so the skin sinks back a little too much, which as I mentioned before, only makes the dark black lines around the eyes lips and face seem more flat and noticeable. I think if you had chosen a green for the background it might have helped the face stand out more.

Lastly, space, dimension, and anatomical accuracy. I don't know what you were going for, but in my opinion the space this character is in is very boring. The background is pretty much a straight red color. I can see a very delicately attempted use of a gradient, but I think you could push that further. Starting at the bottom, use a very dark red. Build that contrast more, and it will help there be a better sense of space. And as far as anatomy goes, it's fairly good. I think the characters leg is very boring. The pose is nice, but the foot especially is a bit muddled and underwhelming. Here's a suggestion: google an image of feet with flats, draw it as realistically as possible. Then toss the image and ignore it, and draw from the accurate image you drew. Then toss that and draw from memory repeatedly until you've drawn it the way you like.

Here's what I think is working: That pokeball looks really nice. The shine is good and helps it pop. The facial expression on the character is fantastic. As I mentioned, before, good color choices but try to push them a little more. Overall, I think you did a fairly good job. I just think you can push yourself more in the areas I mentioned.
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Critique by Goddess-Chachi Dec 13, 2012, 11:49:10 AM
I'm no critic, but I can judge a work of art nonetheless. So let's get this show started.

The picture as a whole is fantastic. I love the color palet of red and blue. They balance out nicely so that nothing is overpowered in the final product. Rue's expression is also well crafted; it's clear that she was a cheeky kid, and was more than confident in her abilities as a Pokemon trainer. The touch of braces adds both a youthfulness to her image, as well as gives her a visible "physical flaw": she may kick ass as a trainer, but her still has typical human problems like overbites. I love that; it's very endearing.

The pose is both girly and powerful as well. The leg up shows her inner confidence, and the twirling Pokeball on her finger indicates that she feels she's got it going on. There's a lot to be said about Rue just from the pose alone. At the same time, she feels the need to cover her missing arm, showing modesty and her acknowledgement to her inferior physical traits. This could also show, perhaps, a small bit of humility or shame on her part as losing the arm was a possible punishment for being weak.

Overall, the artwork is lovely, but there are a few flaws in anatomy too. Her hand is slightly too large for her proportions, and her nails remind me more of dragon talons than actual fingernails, which is a little creepy. Her limbs also feel a little lost within the redness of the background. Maybe it's just the way the coloring works, but her arm looks DARKER than her face...While her large forehead isn't a problem for me, Rue does seem to have a rather flat head here too. Perhaps a more rounded top could fix that.

Her head as a whole is also slightly large in comparison to her body as well. I wouldn't fret too much over her head size though; I've seen and know of more than a few people with heads too large for their bodies. Besides, she seems like a big-headed person anyways, what with her confidence displayed for the world to see. :)
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PKMNrr649 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like her sneaky expression :D
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lyndsey96 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, this looks so nice. I love her expression and her outfit and ask;ldfjlksfnmdklnfskldjfklsdj

Though her right hair bundle looks like a shoulder pad sorta thing from this angle.
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AstralMu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait......the blue part is her hair? I thought it was part of the cape!
Still, it looks so good! I love the color choices and pose! She looks so confident and sassy, like she is now. XD
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Kittengoo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep! She has the tips dyed blue! ^^
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AstralMu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooooooh. Okie. :3
It just confused me for a second. Not the blue part, but the base.
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Stilith Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Rue! Badass even with braces = truly badass.
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Balisk Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Writer
Rue looked great when she was Marigold's age. I like her pose and braces. She probably had some interesting battles in her day.
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Ogrefairy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like her pose here and the color of her dress. ^^
The braces are adorable and I love her expression.

I also think that Tri left you some really good and helpful critiques!
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CyndersAlmondEyes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks so crafty, I wonder what she'll be up to in this comic... xD
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IceFireDrag Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Correct me if I'm wrong, but, is her thumb on the wrong side of her hand?
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