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Crown of Crows by defectivebarbie Crown of Crows by defectivebarbie
Watercolor on paper.
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This is a beautiful piece, and one which incorporates romanticism with intellectual thought. The woman's expression looks calm and thoughtful while most of the attention and movement is drawn towards the birds. The choice of placement around her head is interesting, and it can have an array of resemblance. She could be allowing her thoughts to sour freely and fluently. This would be a meditative and spiritual resemblance. Or, it can resemble effortless intelligence. Even though crows often symbolize death and menace, they are also known for their incredible intelligence as well. The emphasis would then be creativity and rationale.

As for the composition of the piece, you did a good job in achieving balance with the starkly contrasting black and white. But you also took care to add a bit of tint which softens the picture. It is visually appealing and the silhouettes draw a curious eye in. You took care to structure the precision in the facial anatomy. I feel it might have been better if you echoed this precision in the neck and shoulders. At least the neck seems kind of long, unless you desired that she might be a tree?

I think it would be interesting if you incorporated the birds with the hair a little bit more. I see you have done that with the leg of one of the crows, and I have noticed the unity it has achieved. The crow on her shoulder does allow balance of the picture, but he does seem a bit misplaced. I would have drawn him in flight as well. However, it does add a slightly humerus touch to it.

Wonderful piece.
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SteelSub Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
very nice
artbyfieldsofsage Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poe would bow down to her...
MarinaRed Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Love the profile! Beautiful!
Dulliros Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job!
I love the birds in this one! :clap:
Great contrast to the lady's face. (ink?)
defectivebarbie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Just watercolor, painted on smooth paper with a very small brush.
Dulliros Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job!
MarlenNaessEriksen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great concept and composition, I like it! 
strigoi-mort Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
nice idea.
and i really like feeling of this :)
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional
sweet job
TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
A meditative state
and watercolor hair made of ominous winged creatures.
The dark mood of crows compliments and contrasts the purity of so much light which keeps this moment of serenity real.
Lovely work. :)
defectivebarbie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your poetic response, you've captured the mood exactly.
TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Glad I didn't miss it. :tribute:
Scoprio317 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also like your style. I don't see many pieces on here done with watercolors. This is beautiful. I usually use colored pencils but my sister got me watercolor colored pencils for Christmas. Wish me luck :)
crying-king-art Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your brush techniques are really good :) I really like your minimalist style^_^
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December 27, 2013
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