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February 25, 2012
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Feb 25, 2012, 12:59:58 PM
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Wildlife by KW-Scott Wildlife by KW-Scott
This is an 8" x 10" that I started awhile back when I was given the idea to draw a mouse... I found all my references through Google searches and there are at least three different one's compiled into this piece. This was challenging and has taken alot longer than I had planned but here it finally is! Now to move onto something else! :D
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On your profile, it says that this is currently the most favourite-d of your work, and it's no wonder why... it's definitely my favourite out of all of your pieces, purely because of the mass inclusion of detail and charming nature (no pun intended) of this beautiful drawing.

I can tell that your vision of this piece was immense, having compiled many different references into this drawing. Personally, it feels as though you were trying tell a story of the every day life for all of mother nature, undisturbed by man and our dastardly ways. There's something cute and tangible about the mouse and snail being in harmony with each other - especially as they are tiny in comparison with the mushroom. Therefore, I have awarded you 5 points for vision.

As you will know by now after the critiques I have given you, I am personally 'touchy' when it comes to originality and using references. But here I have given you 5 stars for originality for many reasons. The first is for the wide range of references that you bundled together to create such a wonderful piece of work; the second is that you assembled these references in a clever way so that it feels natural (in the sense in comes from just one image) and third; rather simply, I don't come across enough beautiful and picturesque drawings like this on DeviantART. You more than deserve full marks for this.

The one thing that grabbed me most about this piece concerning technique is texture. From the fluffiness of the mouse to the spongy soil, the rough bark to the layers of the mushrooms head, this drawing is so realistic and believable due to the great attention to those details. The colours are vivid and blended so carefully together that it describes the shapes and forms of the objects well, especially the snails shell. The sense of shadow that you have created also gives a three dimensional feel, which starts to part the foreground from the background - exaggerating the snails distance from the mushroom and the mouse.

My eyes are particularly drawn to browning leaf, mushroom head and leaves in the background, which are coloured boldly compared to the rest of the piece, which works extremely well in moving the audiences gaze across the whole drawing. There are also little choices you have made, such as the composition of the mouse and how its tail isn't inside the frame, which adds to the idea of an everyday depiction of the wild; which is exactly how it should be, giving a rustic, more authentic look which just adds to the charm that it oozes. Therefore, I had to award you highly with 4.5.

When I was younger, mum parents had bought some old storybooks which I especially loved because of the illustrations (they may have even been Watership Down). I'm mentioning this as this reminded me exactly of those beautiful, intricate hand drawn illustrations and the summer evenings I spent poring over the pages - oh, and the musty scent of old books. All in all, your amazing drawing brought back these heart warming memories - childhood memories even, which are certainly the best, and for that I could give nothing less than 5 for Impact.

In my opinion, this is an almost perfect piece of artwork that really define wildlife, so is therefore quite aptly named. The only thing you could improve on (which is why I marked you down slightly for technique) is the background, which I would have preferred to have more detail and colour to fill the white behind. But I know that is sunlight filtering through the trees; it's just a personal preference.

But all in all, a fantastic piece of work from an amazing artist. All of the faves, comments and views you have gained are all very well deserved! :D
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LeahCK Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! I love the coloring of the mushroom.
KumaBokko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inilein Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's beautiful!
nakedcrayon23 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
his is so adorable im flipping through a page of a great  fairytale book.Heart Heart :happybounce: :happybounce: Apple Juggle Heart Heart
KW-Scott Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much I really appreciate your comments :D
Jojemo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enchanting!  A mouse, a toadstool, and a snail.  Who would have thought such a captivating picture would evolve from these three ingredients.  You have certainly proved it, here.  :iconmushroomplz:  
KW-Scott Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much! I was just trying to put together a neat picture and came up with this. :D
Jojemo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconyourewelcomeplz:  Together, they certainly form an enchanting drawing.  :iconawedanceplz:
KW-Scott Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you again for your wonderful comments... Yes I never thought that this picture would take off like it has. This piece is easily my most favored :D
arthands Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
This is lovely.
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