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Skull Still Life by NynjaKat Skull Still Life by NynjaKat
This is from my art class on Saturdays. [which is going great btw!] We spent about 4~5 hours working on this over two class periods. Unfortunately the still life was moved to accommodate the classes held in that room during week days so the set up wasn't exactly the same the second time. I think I kind of ended up just mixing the two images together but it turned out pretty nice imo. c: I'm working on a second still life for homework too. [if you have any title ideas feel free to leave them. I obviously couldn't think of much. ^^;]

I can see a few mistakes personally because it's rushed [apparently still life from real life looks better than a photo so we tried to get all the work done in class.] but I'm going to turn on critiques for some extra constructive help if anyone wants to give some input. c: [I always forget this site even has a critique feature, haha. But I've been getting loads of good advice from my teacher so maybe you guys can help too.]

Used: Vine charcoal, charcoal pencils, black stick charcoal, white charcoal & canson warm grey paper. c: [all materials are provided by the class. This scholarship was one of the best things to happen to me in a long time! c:]

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You captured this still life very well! I really like the lighting in the bottle at the top and the saber tooth skull thing on the right side. the pepper turned out nicely as well! :D

To improve, I would try to soften the fabric a little. Right now it is pretty high-contrast.

You may also like to try varying the values throughout the piece. Every object has a nice range of values in and of itself, but when they all come together it looks a little bland, especially in the bottom left corner. I would try and see which objects are lighter or darker than others. Right now they all look like they are the same value. And, they may very well be the same value in real life, but you could try experimenting with darkening and lightening different objects to differentiate them.

Apart from that, it's great!
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Yamill3 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love this, this is beautiful! My strongest area is drawing still lifes. I love it, I really do Happy Clap 
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
aww thank you! ^^
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Quinofmoon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
amazing. I love it.
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:iconnynjakat:
NynjaKat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks c:
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HarukaMoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
I love the shading
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Sakura-chan5 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing!!! Wow, your talent is out of this world <3<3
Wish I could take art lessons too...I really need them ^^;
Anyway, love this piece a lot!!!
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TM1205 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow amazing
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you! c:
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:iconralamac:
Ralamac Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist
this is so very nice :P
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:iconnynjakat:
NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you very much c:
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Ralamac Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist
you're very welcome lol xS
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JinxedbutLucky Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is the most gorgeous still life I've ever seen....
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
daw thank you so much ;A; [but there's definitely more beautiful ones out there for sure ;w;]
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JinxedbutLucky Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
None that I've seen. You're very welcome. I'm a sucker for well-rendered skulls.
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BlackAprilBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow amazing! Really beautiful drawing!
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks!
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BlackAprilBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
No problem :)
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contmike Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mistakes? What mistakes?? :D Your drawing skills are awesome! I wish to learn to draw like that one day.
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
daw thanks ;w; but there quite a few in this xD
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AlexsandraRYU Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
very cool!!!!!!!!!!!
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks!
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive !
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks! c:
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UsoppLover4EVER Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is fantastic! Absolutely Fantastic!
The shine on the bottle! The shadows in the cloth and on the skulls! Just beautifully done!
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! ;w;
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:iconjbrenthill:
jbrenthill Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is so impressive!
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:iconnynjakat:
NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
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KawaiiCandySweets Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
whoa that looks cool and like, amazing .u.
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you YwY
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KawaiiCandySweets Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Your welcome! ^^
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Narunar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty darn amazing way out of my league <3
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
daw thanks but I'm sure it's not ;w;
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Narunar Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
liiieesss
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waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this looks amazing!
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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rhem180 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Usually I'm not a big fan of still lifes but yours is done quite nicely so good job!
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
aw, thank you! C:
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Cant4getHisVoice Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Your fabric is amazing. Ive had to do similar things in my drawing class and I hated the fabric stills we had to do.
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! The fabric was quite fun to make. :)
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witchpaws Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing work. The lighting looks awesome. Skulls seem to be the choice object for still lifes this year!
I can't really critique it because obviously we can't see the original, but it looks so so well-done : D
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NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Aw thank you ;w; Skulls are very fun to draw C: my next still life for homework however will be much prettier [&girl] seeing as how I don't have any skulls laying around. ^^;
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