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By Mikstyx      
This is a stock image that I've added several elements to, to make the final image. The Norse elements were added to the design to tie it into my goddess collection of images. The bird elements were added because Valkyries were often depicted with wings.

Tags: Birds Digital art Wings Goddess Spoonbill Norse god

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2047 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2018 2:04PM
Welcome back to the Critique Gallery, Michael.
This is your current path and your work is quite unique, some mystical.

I would fit this into your Digital Art category, and wonder if there is any part of it that began as a photograph.

As a stock image, my first thought was that the inner thick black frame is unnecessary, and could even prevent people from wanting the image because it prevents them from adding text or anything else to it. I feel sure it looks better without the inner frame.

The wings are fine, especially considering they were thought of as angels of death. They also often rode horses.
Valkyries are female and there is little that is female about this image.
The face being red, it's the first thing the eye is drawn to. The face isn't attractive, and that tends to "colour" the feeling about the rest of the image.
My feeling is that they are not fearsome, but myths do differ.
You will have your own interpretation of these mythical beings.


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Thanks Pamela, the female model was a stock photograph, the wings were a photograph and the spoon which forms here mask was a photograph. The entire image was adjusted using Topaz studio to give it a painterly effect. I added the frame because I wanted to make it appear different, somehow futuristic. And yes you are right, we each have our own interpretation of mythical beings, that's why I like making them.

paulbroad 11 123 1256 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2018 6:23PM
Interesting in a strange way - not to my liking in terms of longer term viewing but I can see it as a book cover. is it photography? Not really in my book - more a graphic arts exercise.

dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 552 England
16 Jun 2018 10:19PM
It's difficult when we hae our own interpretations, but nonetheless it's worhtwhile for discussion. It's interesting to talk about the different aspects.
I agree with Paul in that it's more graphic art, but then so are many composite creations. Book cover yes and I can also see this as artwork for an album cover (remember them!).

All that said there is still the overall aesthetic and while your idea of a frame is good that black line is far too heavy. It dominates rather than complements the creature. Much thinner would be preferable.

dudler Plus
15 738 1411 England
17 Jun 2018 7:08AM
It's hard to critique this - the question is whether it has ended up looking the way that you want it to, and whether there are any areas where you aren't happy and want suggestions.

The frame is heavy, as Keith says - I feel as if it's taking my eye from the subject a little, but maybe you want it to dominate the image?

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