To start with, this is a phenomenal piece that brings out the power of colors to impact the viewer and the artist. The way the colors fade from warm to cold, bright to dark, serene to mysterious, and vice versa, all piece this artwork together into something that can really do well adorning a desktop background or even a wallpaper( (or a whole back wall).
I love how the main focus of this piece is the sky. The whole color gradient makes it seem vast, endless, unlimited, just as the sky actually is. The people are looking out in the distance, enjoying the view, taking it all in with all five senses. People who have experienced such a view can definitely relate. The sense of wonder, awe, and other-worldliness can’t be captured easily in a single moment, but this artist has really done a great job in capturing the magic of the moment. The birds flying around them completely add to the atmosphere, it almost adds a touch of life to the piece, as the viewer can easily imagine the birds flying around and weaving through the colorful clouds, casting graceful shadows on the ground. The mountains in the background also give the piece a sense of depth, another kind of vastness other than the sky. The warm gradient and the brush of starlight really bring out the warmness of the mountains, just adding to the magic of the piece more. I really like the transparency of the clouds, mainly because I haven’t seen many artists depict clouds like that, and it adds almost like a misty atmosphere to the piece. It’s a unique touch that I think fits this piece very well. And oh, the stars. The dusting of the specks of light on the sky add the perfect touch of glow to this piece. I personally feel like a shooting star would have added to the impact of this piece, but that’s just my personal opinion
I don’t really like finding faults with any kind of artwork, but anything that would help anyone improve, I’d be more than willing to comment on. With many of the silhouette drawings I’ve seen, both inside and outside deviantart, they are mostly background-based, yes. What really adds to the contrast of the artwork, though, is a dynamic and shapely shadow. I really love the round and slanted nature of the ground, I think it adds an angle to the piece and to the look of it overall. It all makes up for perspective. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the artist has one person standing and one person sitting. But if the standing one in the drawing could have had maybe a leaning-forward kind of pose, with one leg back and kind of looking towards the sunset eagerly, or even had windswept hair, anything that could have added more definition to the shadow, that would have made the impact of the silhouettes much more effective. If could also breathe a little more life into the picture; wind has a knack of doing that to artworks. I also don’t have a personal need for fine details in pieces like these, as I know the artist has spent countless hours on producing such a work, but maybe if some of the closer birds just had a little bit of feathers drawn out, or any more detail of that matter, that would add to the contrast between birds who are closer to those who are farther. Also, I’ve seen artists who do plays on colors, such as placing warmer tones in cold colors and vice versa. In certain pieces, such plays on color can actually look pretty good, which in this case, maybe I would have suggested some warm tones under the stars at the top and some colder tones at the bottom. And as an avid star-gazer I’m kind of a fan of more specks of stars as well as clouds of stars, such as how the milky way looks without light pollution, but this is up for artist preference. The piece overall could have had a little bit more contrast, but that’s just from my experience with sunsets-fading-to-night, and again I completely understand that this is up to the artist to decide.
I feel like this piece is one that can have a second half on its right, so it’s just one huge mural of the sky with two people looking at the vast blue yonder. The other half could be like a reflection of this one, just minus the people. Overall, I know that the criticism section seems longer than the compliments section, but this does not mean that there are more faults with this piece than strengths. The color schemes and atmosphere and coloring techniques of this piece are phenomenal and very aesthetically pleasing. Paired with atmospherical music, or even sounds of nature, the viewer can truly feel like he/she is inside the piece, losing themselves in the beautiful scenery. An exquisite piece indeed. Keep up the great work