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Moomintroll by StarlightCrux Moomintroll by StarlightCrux
Against all odds, I've somehow found myself getting into the Moomin franchise. I don't know why, but there's something so endearing and warm about this show that's hard to ignore, with all the characters and the world Tove had built. 

This probably won't be the only thing Moomin related I do, as I want to explore what I can do with the concepts a bit more when I have a better grasp of the feel of the characters and their environments.

Made with Photoshop CC 2017. I used Kyle T. Webster's 'Wet & Wild' brush for a lot of the colours, which you can check out on this Gumroad page (hooray for plugs!):
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BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
You have been visited by a Critmas Fairy! We fairies are trying to show the world we can give critique to others without being downright criticising, as per the spirit of CRITmas. Mind if I just hop on to business, then?

First things first: what we've got here is a sweet and fun piece about what I assume is just an utter adorable little fellow! Those big blues and that bright background really set the mood, and I can readily see this show up in a humorous children's book for example.

With that praise being what it is, I do spot a certain thing I believe could bring this to the next level, so to speak:
Our little Moomintroll here has value issues. Not family or traditional values, mind - darks and lights. While your character is mostly very light, and your background is very light also, what seems to be missing is some of that dark brown there from his muzzle reappering elsewhere in the character.
I wouldn't touch the background, at this point. I think its nice and sponteneous and that's hard to go wrong with. What I WOULD do is maybe erase some of it where it obscured the outlines of the character, so that they get darker again. I think a clear, crisp silhouette would be a good thing, here, especially on the lower right hand side.
I would keep his upper left part the way it is though! Some of that white is almost like a bright summer sun shining down on him and bleeding across his edges to really get that nice, warm effect of copious light.

That's all I've got. I hope that this critique doesn't strike you as harsh or compulsory or whatever; but maybe you get something out of it that you can apply in this or your next projects.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year,

Capt. BATTLEFAIRIES of Team Fairies
StarlightCrux Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student Writer
Well hello there, Critmas fairy. How have you been, and how was your Christmas?

First of all, thanks for taking the time to critique this baby of mine. I'm happy I've seem to have captured the mood I was going for in your eyes, and that's good enough for me, but then again, what's the point of a critique if we're only discussing the positives?
Since making this piece, I've realised that there are value issues with it, as there isn't a lot of contrast going on in the face, making it look kind of flat. Aside from the area around Moomintroll's eyes, I didn't give much thought about how the rest of it was going to go aside from the shadow cast by his muzzle, which was too big to begin with. I'm looking at Jojodear's piece as an example and she's really got the lighting on their forms down pat.

About some of the lines, I thought it would give off a more painterly feel if I didn't rely so much on the outlines, but the more I think about it, the more I realise that I didn't know what I was doing. I made a small edit of it with a more clear silhouette since then, and I was wondering if it looks better that way in your view:

Again, thanks for the critique. You weren't harsh on it at all, and if that was considered harsh, then that definitely means the dA community has to pull their heads out of their arses.
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Ah yes - the new verion looks more... I'm not sure what the word is - coherent, I guess. There's a clarity to it that the previous one lacked.

Well I do read horror stories about people throwing fits over even the slightest critique, but I don't think I've had it bad at all with responses so far. It sure feels nice to see someone say it out loud though: 'what's the point of a critique if we're only discussing the positives?'
cagedcreature Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I think the best way to describe Moomin as whole is "warmful and innocent." Kind of like Finland's Winnie the Pooh
StarlightCrux Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Student Writer
That sounds about right. I've heard it gets darker by the time Moominland Midwinter comes along (and even then, you have the Groke to give you your dose of nightmare fuel for the series), but yeah, you can't help but have this warm and fuzzy feeling when you read it, or especially when you watch the anime.
Dark-Fenrir Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Professional
So I actually had to look up the Moomin thing so i could properly critique you. Because it's such a simple character design, I don't have much to work with. The few things I can discern with this would be the line work and how it's not consistent in a lot of areas which I think is a problem. i would try to give this an overall line art and not leave areas without an outline because that just makes it look unfinished. I also notice that the right eye looks very oblong and crooked so I think you should fix that area for sure.

The other area I take issue with is the color. Mainly the background color. It's a little too highlighter green I think and the way it melds into the outline and the character makes the whole image look very sloppy and rushed and very unflattering. I would recommend simply separating the character from the background layer so you avoid this.

That's really all I can say since this is so simple. I hope that helped in some way.
StarlightCrux Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Student Writer

Hello Dark-Fenrir, and thanks for the critique. You weren’t kidding about offering an in depth critique, and you pretty much talked all the points I wanted people to talk about with this piece.

About the linework, I left some areas without an outline because I didn’t want to rely on it too much to convey the form of the character (since I wanted lighting to do the work as well), and I wanted the outlines to blend into the background because I wanted to create a feeling of the light hitting the character. I thought it was a good idea at the time, but the more I’m explaining myself now, the more it sounds like bullshit. If I wanted to not rely on the outlines, I could have spent more time in making it look believable without lines.

That, and I was very lazy with the whole thing, and there are lots of little mistakes that add up to make it look as sloppy as you’ve said. There are parts where the greens of the background blend into the character. The colour correction I applied at the end of the process looks a bit obvious in some places such as the right eye. As you’ve said, the right eye looks wonky, as well as the iris, which for some reason doesn’t match the size of the left iris. And there are places where the shaded parts of the character just give up halfway through, like in the bottom right.

So yeah, a lot of the problems boil down to me not sitting down with the piece enough to recognise and fix mistakes so that it looks more finished, at least that’s what I think. It’s a problem that’s really pervasive in my stuff, and other people have noticed the same thing too. I did a quick edit based on your suggestions on line and colour. It’s not an improvement by any means, but I just wonder if this is more along the lines of what you were talking about:

Inspector-Spinda Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
adorable eyes O_O
StarlightCrux Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Student Writer
You can't really go wrong with Moomin eyes, I don't think.
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