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Anwyn by JessicaElwood Anwyn by JessicaElwood
The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

"What have you heard about this 'Sage of the Forest?'" I asked.

Sir Alric shuddered. "Little, for he shrouds himself in secrecy," he said, ominously. "But they say that he is ten thousand years old, and that he has seen the kingdoms rise and fall. He is supposed to be ten feet tall, with eyes that blaze like flame, and he is surrounded by demons and monsters of all kinds. Tread carefully, my squire, for with the Sage of the Forest, you must always expect the unexpected."

"Was someone looking for me?" a clear, female voice said. We turned to find a young mousmaid walking down the steps of the ruined temple. A raven, some kind of familiar, was perched on her shoulder, and her slender body was clad only in rags, adorned with arcane sigils of every kind."

"Looking for. . . you are the Sage of the Forest?" Sir Alric gasped.

"No, he is my master. But he has left me in charge of all his works. I am Anwyn, the Sage's Apprentice. How may I help you?"

My master, the Knight, was left speechless, looking upon this slip of a girl with a magician's staff and familiar. I could not help but make a humorous comment at his obvious discomfort. "Well," I smirked. "This was, certainly, unexpected."

My ears hurt for a good while after, from the boxing he gave them, but it was well worth it.i>

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I really like this piece. A lot. I have been on DA for several years (across several usernames) and I have seen you (JessicaElwood) around often throughout my time. I saw this on the front page today (as is common with your work) but this one really caught my eye like none of yours have before. I can confidently say this is your best work yet, for several reasons.

The character herself is extremely well done. Amazing attention to detail. Good pose. Great mix of cell and soft shading. Fantastic colors. Overall really well done anatomy, save for a couple of odd spots (the middle of her chest for instance confuses me a lil bit). My only real complaint here is she is a bit to "shiny" for my tastes. This is mainly a personal disinclination though. For what its worth, your execution of said shininess is very well done.

The background and composition are also very good. This has much more detail then most of your other works and I can tell you put a lot of effort into it. The shadows in the scene are also well done according to the few seen light sources in the image. My criticism here would be that as well detailed as background is, it doesn't stand up to the flawless detail of the character herself when viewed at full screen. I think this could be fixed by simply reducing the size of the original image a tad. Again though, the background in and of itself is really good!! Well done.

Ok, so my overall take on this picture. Upon some closer inspection (and introspection), I found that the biggest reason this image stands out to me so much is the contrast of it to the rest of your work. From a technical standpoint, you are good at what you do. I think you always have been (at least since I've known you on DA). But I feel that you go past the line of tastefully sexy in most of your other works. It may seem like a relatively innocuous difference, but this character's pose, clothing and proportions in comparison to your other work, make all the difference in the world to me.

I won't go any further than that as this is a critique of this piece and not the rest of your gallery. In short, very well done, and I hope to see more like this in the future.

Cheers,
Darren
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jesschan Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully done
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IceWulf77 Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jess, I must say, this is my favorite of your anthro gals. In fact, she's what turned me on to your art in the first place. =D
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angelcatheart Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm...really pretty! i like how you did this!
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:iconbubblesishot46853:
Are all of these girls from a story? Can you please link me? It sounds cool!
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Ladydragoncat Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This will make a wonderful graphic novel. Keep on drawing, and keep on writing!
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skyworthy Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifly done
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skyworthy Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifly done
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:icongoodoldjack:
1. when was this posted?
2. how come i havent seen it?
3. OMG! no big boobs?!
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kinomon Jun 8, 2011  Student Photographer
cute story and even cuter mousmaid! i love it and i find it really cute and sexy! nice job :DD
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:iconarmades:
bravo to the artist, the technique is frankly unbelievable nothing to say, the scenery resembles the world of video games like Final Fantasy
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