To me, this is a piece of artwork that reflects imagination, expression, and a dream-like wonder. From the fade of warm to cold in the background to the mere shading of the girl’s fingertips, everything comes together to form an awe-inspiring atmosphere. Overall, everyone can see the big picture, such as the girl reaching out and releasing her origami cranes, the detail of the clouds in the background, the details of the fence, the shading and backlight of the girl’s clothes and hair, etc. But some of the small things, like how her scarf curls around each other as they flow up, or the subtle blurring of the things that are closer, or the gradient of the cranes as they fly up, or the way the sparkles of the cranes blend into the stars, or even the little spots of contrasting warm/cold colors in the clouds make this piece that much more special. This piece certainly can be the center of something more metaphorical that everybody can relate to: letting go of something and saying goodbye but still managing to smile through all of it.
As a dA community member I don’t really like bashing other artists or finding wrong with their pieces that they have worked so hard on. But I will only be focusing on the smallest things that might help improve the piece as it is. The wispy scarf already gives the piece an image of a windswept atmosphere, which in most cases can evoke different kinds of emotions in the viewer. If the hair, or maybe even some of the clothes also had more of a windswept appearance, even if it were a single fold or a few strands of hair, I feel like that would add a little more magic to the piece, as well as compliment the flying cranes. Also, if the eyes looked up just a little more, along the trail of the flying cranes, it would maybe give a more enchanted, enthralled look. The shadows on the ground, where the girl is sitting and the cranes are scattered, could have been a little more dramatic, due to sunsets having an extremely glaring light. Sometimes dramatic shadows can add a bit more brightness to a piece. And maybe it’s just because of my sunset preferences, but the color on the left could be a tiny bit warmer to add more warm light on the cold colors of her student uniform. The piece could have been a touch warmer overall in color, but again, that might be my preferences kicking in. It could make the difference between a piece being hopeful and a piece being somber, so it is all open to interpretation.
Overall this is a very enchanting piece to take apart and piece together again. Don’t be fooled that the critique section looks longer than the compliments section, it’s just that the more I look at a drawing I tend to find more things that could make it better ^^” I really do think that the is a phenomenal piece and that the artist did a great job in capturing the magic of the moment. Keep up the great work