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Done in photoshop CS3 with a wacom bamboo tablet. Critique please :)
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I like this a lot. It's an interesting concept, I've seen something similar but not this detailed. However, I do have a few things to suggest.

First off, what bugs me most is the reflection of the fingers. To me, from the angle that the viewer sees, I think that you'd see more of the bottom of the fingers than the nails. The thumb bothers me most in this regard.

Secondly, I don't quite think you took the liquid far enough. It seems like only a small part of the image is used for the "surreal" aspect, and the rest is boring. I do think that the overall technique is great, much better than anything I can currently muster, but it seems a bit limited in terms of the imagination.

In a few words, I think that you did a great job on drawing the image, but it seems to lack in imagination. It was a good idea, but you might try making it a little more colorful, making the surreal parts of the image stand out against the tablet or the normal surroundings.
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Unpredictabloo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the concept of this! :D It's like a modern-day-technology version of those 'drawing a drawing of me drawing with the drawing I'm drawing coming to life' drawings that I see every now and again. I agree with some points that Stinker made about the reflexion and such, and it'd be great to see a tad bit more detail here and there, but it's still a great piece :)
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thank you! And yeah, I really should add more to this...but i think a bit later when I'm better with digital art.
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Unpredictabloo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
My goodness, I know how you feel xD What you just sais describes 99% of my digital art portfolio, to a T.
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
I mean, I don't feel like I'm bad, but more practice and experience would be great :D
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STlNKER Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that's really good, especially the Idea is great. Now critique should also mention some improvable points. So ... you just mirrored the hand - but the reflection would look different to the real hand, as one would see more of the inner part of the hand and the fingers. Also less of the thumb's nail (you would rather see it's side) ... and you could try to overpaint the water, which is this filter combination, isn't it? and maybe make a more uneven change from tablet to the water, means not one smooth edge ... I hope you understand me :D.
I hope you don't mind my words, well, to sum it up I can tell you that this is really good :)
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I definitely see what you mean. Well, if I ever work on this again, I'll definitely keep all that in mind, I don't think I really thought about that when I made it.
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turbinedave Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really very good..
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ciellarue Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I use that same tablet :)
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Grattack Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great image, reminds me of Escher.
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks :D
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transparent-0pacity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Are wacom bamboo tablets hard to use ?
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
There's a period of getting used to it but after that, not hard at all :D
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transparent-0pacity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay thanks !! :) i've been looking into working with tablets and this one seems to be the cheapest . it looks difficult since you use your computer as the screen .
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Yeah, definitely the cheapest that I've seen, and while I've never tried using an intuo or anything larger than my current tablet, I can say that this tablet definitely works for me and while it would be cool to get an intuo, I don't have any plans to get one anytime soon.
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transparent-0pacity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah tablets are GREAT but are soooo expensive . thanks so much for the help !! :)
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I think bamboos function really well for how much they cost. I definitely think they're a good investment.
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transparent-0pacity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds great, thanks :)
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KateLately Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
really, really good!
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Thanks and thanks for the watch :D
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ShadowGathering Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
WOOT WOOT. YAY for BAMBOO Wacom Tablet!!!
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
:la: :la: :la:
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ShadowGathering Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
lol, I'm glad we share the same feelings.
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eployardo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
amazing work!
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
thanks :D
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TheMoonMonkey Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is really creative
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Thanks :D
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sandrodcpereira Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice concept!

If I had to point out one thing, I'd say the shadows are not dark enough. Some higher contrast would certainly make this look even better. :)
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
You know, someone told me that when I just posted it, back when I didn't really know that much about shading skin and it ended up looking awful, but I think I've gotten a lot better with that aspect so I think I'll try again soon :D
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sandrodcpereira Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't realize someone had already said that, sorry! ^^;

Still, I wouldn't say it looks awful. Not by a long shot! It just looks a bit flat, like photos do when you use flash to shoot at a close distance. :)
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Nah it's ok :D

Heh, yeah, I took a pic as a reference first, which is probably why it ended up this way.
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Kheltari Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy...I though I had commented here :O_o:

well, I'll write a critique tomorrow...It's late here :paranoid:
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
Haha really? Ithasnt really been hiding:p and thanks :D
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prometheust Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
it's alive!!!!! it's ALIVE!!!!!!!!
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megstiel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Damn. That's fucking awesome, dude.
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Thank you :D
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OfficialSamurai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
nice job! I have the exact same tablet!!!
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
Bamboos are awesome :D
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OfficialSamurai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I know :)
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charligal Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great conept, I really like this idea!
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Thanks :D
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charligal Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
UR WELCOME
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Sirquo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the concept, even though it isn’t the most original thing I’ve ever seen. On the thumbnail, it looks quite nice, but once I see the full view, there are a few problems that I see. For one, the vector and shape tool was a bit abused in this. If you’re going to have that really crisp line with and the gradient shading, like you have with tablet, then you have to follow it through with the rest of the components, like the hand and the figure you have coming out of it, otherwise it looks disjointed. To fix that, you really need to add some airbrush or painting techniques to the tablet (add the texture, as even plastic isn’t perfectly smooth) or make your other features a bit more defined. Make the shading crisper and perhaps have different colors in there as well.
But it’s a pretty cool picture, I especially like the water effect you have on the tablet. It’s a really nice touch. Way to go! (:
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Thanks for the critique :D. And yeah, I used the shape tool, except I'm not sure how to really carry it out on the hand. The hand was as crisp as I could get it, same with the pen, in terms of outlines anyways, I have another version that I did too, with more shading, except I feel like I used too much black shading instead of coloring.

The way I actually did the tablet was using a REALLY large dodge tool. And I added a tiny bit of noise but it seems like whenever I use noise, no one can ever tell. Any suggestions on how much?

And thanks :D
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Sirquo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I usually suggest not to use the noise tool. It typically gives a rather odd texture. If you're going to use it, I suggest to use it sparingly in addition to other texture techniques. (Brushes, doing some hand painting, then changing the opacity)

As for making the hand a bit sharper, you can actual make it all vector art using the pen/line tool and making paths. That will give you the same intensity and sharpness if you don't want to mix the two techniques.

And just another note, I suggest using the dodge tool VERY sparingly. It tends to give an unrealistic color. An easier, and much quicker, way to deal with it, since you have the sharp vectors as it is, is to use the gradient tool. Most of your shading is linear anyway thanks to the shapes and light source, so it would be much easier to lock the layer then use a gradient to add the color, then go over it a bit with a small brush to get a strong highlight. Make sense?
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
I have small uses for it but looking at my tablet, it really does look like there's noise on it.

Hmmm...there's an idea, I should do this in vector. I might I guess...but I don't have a vector program. I know how to use illustrator from school, but I don't actually own it :(.

It isn't linear, it's all slightly rounded for a reason. And I've stopped using the dodge tool too much, but I figured that since it was grayscale, it wouldn't look bad, and considering that everyone thinks it's a gradient anyways, I think it worked well.
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Nekohime17 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Wow! Very creative! :D
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phoenixfyre6967 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Thanks :D
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Chikimundy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
its playing with my mind!! make it stop! lol
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Kim-Anderson Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool concept! Since I am a noob when it comes to digital, I have no critique to offer. :D
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Fant0me Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
A very creative work!
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