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Soaring Hopes by SimplySilent Soaring Hopes by SimplySilent
CSS is my true love, but it feels nice to try out some digital painting again. :giggle: Experimenting with clouds and sky this time. :aww:

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It is hard for me to write a critique, because I love the work you do so much! But, you asked, so here it goes!

I would first like to say, that I really appreciate the style you painted this with, It really is lovely - the blue is just striking! Maybe a bit much with all the white, but we will get to that...

You say you are experimenting with the sky and clouds, and it would be far too unfair to critique you on what I "think" a cloud should look like, as I feel clouds have always been this interpretive element to art. That being said the style that you used, worked well for your theme. I would suggest you try adding in slight yellow hues to shaded areas of the clouds, just to break up the harsh white against the vibrant blue.

The reflection is very calm, as in no ripples in the water, you could add one or two here or there just by selecting certain areas of the water and distorting them and then adding darker blue for the ripple edges.

The only thing I see as "slightly off" in this, is the horizon. Maybe just a very thin shimmering line to separate water from sky...Then again, that is my personal opinion.

I still really love this, you have achieved a very calm but bright emotion that lets the viewer just sit back and feel relaxed, very much like day-dreaming or having "Soaring Hopes" and that to me is beautiful art.

So a job very well done :)
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This grand piece is what mainly caught my attention in your gallery. Even though all of your works are amazing, this one in particular is very well done. I love the overall look, as it is a classic sky reflected on water, but it is done in a style that I've never seen before. The clouds are simplistic little blotches, making them look abstract almost. Placing them randomly while still letting us see the sky was also a smart move. The shading and reflection is a small addition that makes a big difference. And finally, the little girl is what this image is all about. She seems so innocent and small, yet her dreams are large indeed, as the title states. Anyway, this is a very well done image, and I can't find much to critique, but rather, so much to admire. Phenomenal job!
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GabrielGuyer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
This is a really beautiful piece :D Love the texture and surrounding feel of the clouds in contrast to the simple figure. Really nice work!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Aww, thank you very much! :heart:
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;~; This is so beautiful. Simply unquestionably beautiful. OHHOHOHOHO
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Jenny42 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thank you very much!
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fleur-de-Lis4444 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
it look really beautiful..wow
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Thank you. :D
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fleur-de-Lis4444 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome ^^
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Knifapotamas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply gorgeous!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Thank you. :meow:
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brazance Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student
lovely painting but wouldn't there be ripples on the water if there was enough wind to fly a kite just a observation ^^
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Haha, indeed. Never thought about that one before, but that's certainly true. :D
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Kristofferson-kiniji Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely painting, keep up the awesome work
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Thank you, dear. :heart:
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Kristofferson-kiniji Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome~!
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy this work of art - from the beauty of the sky and reflection below that encompasses the complete view, to the lone figure with her kite off to the side. Such a wonderful drawing; great job! :clap:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Aw, thank you for your very thoughtful comment! :heart:
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! You're very welcome! :aww:
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Abyss-Valkyrie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oooohh!This is sooo seriously pretty!!I love the little girl there,she seems alone but so hopeful somehow!! <3!!love this artwork!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thank you very much. :love:
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Applemac12 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So lovely! :dalove:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thank you! :dummy:
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
This is lovely.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Thank you! :la:
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
You're welcome :)
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Arkueid0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is lovely, keep doing digital painting plz n-n!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Aww, thank you very much for your kind words! :aww:
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Arkueid0 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome n-n!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
:wow: This really looks amazing! :clap:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Thank you! It was a lot of fun to do. :giggle:
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Ruri-dere Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
this is super lovely! love the skys and concept!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Aww, thank you very much! :la:
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CaptainMisuzu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
#That's so beautiful, soft and warm i like it a lot <3 I would love to do the same, the blue and the cloud are so amazing, like a full landscape of the sky.
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SentanaKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist
This looks magnificent! I love how you drew the clouds and the reflections. Fabulous work! :D
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
:tighthug: Thanks~
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SentanaKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome c;
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Fantasy-Fashionista Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo, this picture makes me feel kinda dizzy. :XD: It's like it's spinning, sort of. I can't tell whether that's fully sky, or part sky, part ocean!! Very interesting concept!!! Must've taken a while to make all those clouds. xD Great work!!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Haha, I suppose! :P

And thank you! It did take quite a while since it's my first time working with clouds. 
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Fantasy-Fashionista Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :XD: Well, you did an excellent job for a first time!!! :)
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Thankies~ :meow:
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Fantasy-Fashionista Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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cality Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You clearly have many talents! :worship:

This is a gorgeous piece, I feel myself smiling just by looking at it. The clouds are beautifully done, and the reflection is fantastic. This kind of makes me think of the movie Sprited Away, I think mostly because of the colours and subject; it's like the girl is in her own, beautiful little world. 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Aww, thank you! :blush: You are much too sweet~

Haha, that's actually pretty funny because I drew this right after rewatching Spirited Away :XD: I think you read my mind. :giggle:
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cality Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :love:

Haha, really? It's such a great movie. :D
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Meekochan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great. ^^ At first I thought the clouds could be more wispier but realized the sketchiness makes them more interesting. Anyway, the reflection of them in the water is so clear that I sense calmness and peacefulness from this. I do want to point out that the reflection near the strip of land bothers me. My mind is failing to make sense of how the clouds in the distance beyond the girl is visibly reflected on the water before the land/girl. >_<
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Ahh, thanks for pointing that out about the reflection. Didn't notice that until now!
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013   Artisan Crafter
You can hardly tell where sky ends and water begins...love the amount of space here, fresh and free :love:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Thank you! Sometimes, I wish my life were like this :XD:
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :) Maybe if like were like this but with more friends in the picture. It'd be awful lonely else!
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Musou-ka Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, this is absolutely beautiful! I love itttt!
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