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Sad Robot by Ondinel Sad Robot by Ondinel
sad robot has a broken heart....or a uh... broken power unit.

Used: Alchemy, Photshop cs5
Time: about 5 hours
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I really enjoy the foreground, and the simple background; makes the piece kinda "pop". The lighting gives it a somber yet hopeful look, while the robot clearly looks disheartened. The raw emotional conflict involved in the simple piece is quite surprising, and of course there's the affinity for Machines with minds, souls, etc.. While I do really enjoy the piece, I feel that the anatomy of the robot could be a little less top heavy as to make a more streamlined look, and that's only my personal opinion, of course go with what you like. I hope you keep Deviating(No pun intended at all) from your norms, it's always nice to see an artist outside his or her normal "Comfort Zone". Keep up the good work and let me know how you feel about my critique!
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First off, I should say that I was absolutely captivated by this piece. So much so that I left the window open on my computer overnight so that I could remember to critique it for you. Your character really pops against the simple background, and is well framed by the simple foreground that echos the same mechanical style of the robots body. The use contrast is great- I find it appropriate that the robot's face is the brightest part of the whole picture. I also love your use of chiaroscuro on the areas where the robot's feet meet the ground, the forearms to the hands, and the areas up by the shoulders.

However, a few things that I would recommend: the background lighting is quite inconsistent on the bottom half of the painting. For example, the area between the legs is much brighter than the area that is just outside the legs. Also on either side of the painting there is a straight-cut line in the lighting that hits at about the middle of the forearm. It looks intentional, but I am a bit confused by it's intention. I feel that it was your attempt at creating one of those dramatic, ray-like shadows that you sometimes get when you have strong backlighting. However, I don't feel that that the light source behind the robot has enough strength to create something like that. Judging by how it radiates in the background, it appears to be a very soft light, therefore, a sharp, high-contrast shadow like that is unlikely to be created by it, making it look like a mistake. It also sticks out and is a bit visually distracting because it is is the only time that the light is not softly blended. I would recommend softening that line out and blending it back into the background.

My last recommendation would be to go back in and buff out the areas under well, what I guess would be his armpits, haha- It is just very easy to see the small brush that you used to try and clean up that area in all of the little triangle streaks that left behind. They distract from the soft lighting and overall feel that you've created in this piece.

I really love this, though. Visually captivating, conceptually interesting, (cute!), and a very imaginative, inspiring design.
Great work! =)
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JKL-Designs Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Featured here - :D
Binaryrobot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I will fix it i love robots
ryu2065 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This image i found browsing and it is just so capitavting made me think of the following poem when i reflected on it. I really do like this piece.

The Robot
by Michael Mack

Upon the stairway of despair,
Complete with broken love affairs
And promises that never came,
But faded with a touch of shame,
A pretty girl with golden hair
And innocence so sadly rare,
Strove to keep her head above
A way of life devoid of love.

Feeling pinned against Life's wall,
She chanced upon a robot tall
And said, "Please come and share with me
Whatever Fate has deemed to be.
I'm through with love, done with chances
Spirit crushed by past romances,
Just be a friend in word and deed.
That's all that I shall ever need."

"There's not too much from me to learn,"
Remarked the robot, in return.
"Emotions do not form a part
of my cold, solid-steel heart.
Whatever maker fashioned me
Did not permit my circuitry
Responsiveness to love or pain -
You're thoughts for me would be in vain."

"No matter", spoke the maid. "No more
Do I wish passion to explore.
Be someone I can come home to
When my exhausting day is through.
Count yourself a well-worn shoe -
A friend that I can slip into . . .
Protection from a stone cold floor . . .
For this I ask and nothing more."

Agreement made, he took her hand
And lived the life that she had planned,
Always willing, not demanding,
Aiding her with understanding
He made her smile with humorous wit
(As his restrictions would permit)
And, bit by bit, she came to feel
That he was more than iron and steel.

"I love you, robot", she at last
Replied when several months had passed.
"You're strength and quiet dignity
Have brought a wondrous change in me.
No more do I feel all alone,
And pray you must be flesh and bone.
Deep-set emotions you MUST feel
Within that outer coat of steel!"

"If I were able, I would say
I'm sorry I was made this way
But my design and programmation
Does not provide for that creation
Of feelings normal men may feel
That were not born of iron and steel.
I told you all this once before.
You have no right expecting more."

"Go, then!" cried she. "I will not live
Beside a fiend who cannot give!
Though I be battered by misuse,
Misguided trust and strong abuse,
At least the men I chose were real
And had the power to love and feel.
Of all the lovers I recall,
You are the cruelest one of all!"

The robot, indestructible,
Continues freely and at will.
Emotionless, apparently,
But, bearing closer scrutiny,
One can see a small tear streak
Down that cold, metallic cheek
As I reflect upon my life . . .
That lovely lady was my wife.

The robot, of course, was me.
JusticeLowman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
D: What?! The poor robot gentleman! :( I'm gonna shed a tear if my metal cheeks permit! 

Ondinel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aww, that's a sad poem. I also thinks it fits very well, thank you for sharing it with me :)
ryu2065 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
you are very welcome, thank you for the the image, i faved it.
EmmieDesign Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
so beautiful done !! :)
MattewGuy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Is he sad because there is no one around? Is he sad he possibly killed another of his kind? Who knows?
HappySockEnt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Poor lil guy
KJID Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why he so sad XD
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