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!
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!
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.