*Mother and Child*


+digitalphoto + handpainted ps7/elements + optic mouse+

i was told to draw a beautiful portrait and this is what happened ;0]

Fernanda and her son Rafael
Original Photo


Ummmm. This just looks like a simple photoshop job. The faces don’t integrate with the rest at all. And it make me feel any emotion. Its just a photo thats been messed with a bit.


I agree with DirtySkillet. The faces don’t seem to have anything to do with the rest of it…I’m not feeling any emotion at all in this.


I’m going to side with Dirtyskillet as well. When I looked at the original photo and compared both, a lot of the skin structure is lost in the painting and only after I looked at the original photo did I realize that it was a boy.
I don’t know quite what it is but I can’t see any evidence of the emotion displayed in a mother and son embrace like I do in the photo. Maybe if you included more of the arms cradling the son.

Hope that helps a little-


@DirtySkillet: hello there,

i can see from your profile that u have 14
just entering high school right!
hmmm your interests being girls and cg,
… yeep i can fully understand your ignorance!

anyways, to clarify a bit my intentions and emotions,
the image was generated to evoque the feeling of LOVE,
i used a lot of imagination that is my main tool of trade,
i used a lot of smudge and brush work indeed,
i have choosen colors and used transparencys a lot as well,
in the upper left the white organic smudges,
symbolizes, light and life energy,
the lower part of organic frame symbolizes,
earth, nature, roots that bloom into a new flower,
if u look well u will see as well,
that both heads are forming an only HEART,
her hands and arms are transformed in feathers,
this is love born and reborn and reborn endlessly,
i trully hope i could erase a bit of your blindness!

oh, and one other thing,
unless u have constructive critiques,
i would suggest u stop posting at my images,
i realy don’t feel like bothering the Forum Admin!


Oh, the kids a guy, sorry. My PM says its a girl. But read it anyway, because I think I justify my self a bit more. Also, it looks that the rest of the critiques here share my opinion. So I find it strange why U try to attack me, both in my opinion, and in just who I am.


I really like your work. It has such a wondrous dreamlike, fairydust quality about it. Some of your images look like memories (where your mind can’t fill in all of the details, so the things that you do remember are that much more precious and jewelled). I definitely can tell your pieces apart from other artist’s work.

I do, however, agree with DirtySkillet and others in the opinion that this piece does not look as integrated as it could be.
This piece falls short of the standards you set with your other works (Chiaroscurro, Pearls, and especially SecretLandz).

We are fellow artists just trying to help each other with artistic growth. There’s no need for personal attacks.


personal attack?! where?!
trying to defend my feelings and emotions from ignorance ;0]


ya it’s the ignorance part that i feel is the personal attack! Please read the PM I sent you!



i will just remind u of something realy simple,
this isn’t the WIP forum, or Critique forum, or other more technical forum,
this is the EVOCATIVE forum,
the only thing i can expect from You or Other visitor,
is in first place to respect the Forum spirit!

Creating art is a very Personal Experience,
it is how we see the world or,
its how we want to see the world,
even an abstract image that we captured,
in a split-second decision it is a representation of us,
as individuals, as artists,
we are touching on our softer side,
which can be surprisingly vulnerable,
we are opening our world up for others.

a piece of advise,
next time u feel tempted to write down your critique,
strive to be a litle more careful on teh chosen words,
strive to learn and post more constructive critique,
if u don’t feel your emotions touched by an artwork,
just click another it’s as simple as that.

if u felt ofended in anyway, pls accept my apologize.

oh, and i’m a girl not a guy!

cheers, tania


I accept your Apology. Alright, is this susposed to be a portrait? Like something to be put on a mantel peice? Or is it susposed to be art work? Because I was attempting to critique it as art. If that is not the intent, then i will have some more respect for this image. If it susposed to be art, please understand that it is our (myself and the other posters here) opinion that this peticular image does not stir any kind of emotion in us. Purely as an evocative image it does not work. But if it is a commisioned photo simply to show a mom and her child being happy, this works.

You said that you didn’t want to accept any critisism involving anything exept the emotion. but i will say that this picture needs a run on the wip forum. There lots of things technicaly wrong with it.


I would remind those with open minds…

Art communicates and it is the responsability of the comunicator to be understood, not for the the viewer to understand. Any response you get, if honest is valid and valuable feedback. Writing off responses you dont like as ignorent is not helpful to your growth as a student.

The artist who pleases themselves most likely starve, the ones who please the masses are rewarded.



hmmmmmm. Well pretty much all the great artists of all times had about 2 cents. And starved their asses off. So I don’t agree with that, although its a completely valid opnion.

My opinion is that a true peice of art has every bit of meaning that it has to express in it. Every emotion of the artist should be poured into the picture untill its all there. So often the meaning is still in the artists head, not in the art they produce.


Originally posted by DirtySkillet
hmmmmmm. Well pretty much all the great artists of all times had about 2 cents. And starved their asses off. So I don’t agree with that, although its a completely valid opnion.

Thats not true. Most of the great artists were considdered popular in thier life times.

There are a few notable exceptions but I don’t expect to win the lottery so I dont play. The odds are silly.

In my opinion it’s silly and selfish to expect others to pay for ones self indulgence. While one who focuses providing for the enjoyment of others is rewarded for providing a service.

One might not see it this way but you will find that it is generally how the world works.



true, true


Well the thread is certainly evocative…

I do understand your sense of love coming from the white, surrounding the family and forming the heart. But it is interupted by the abruptness of the photo. I think what ppl are getting at is that the addition of the photo, is a contrast to the dreamy sense of the white soft graphics. The mediums and color and tonal value’s feel too far apart to make the image feel unified. Even though when viewed seperately, they both may emote love.

Another idea for future creations… when I think of a photo which emotes love… I see the subject focused intensly on the object of his/her love. It could be a lot more dramatic if the love is so strong, there is no thought given to the audience. The way the family is looking at camera, makes me see them as simply happy… not love. Like someone who is so in love, they don’t notice we are there. The inclusion of a mother and daughter does not automatically emote love, I can’t see it in their faces. Anybody follow me? If you have any control over the photo, try a shot where they are looking into each others eyes, or one person is looking at the other (who in turn, doesn’t know they’re being watched) etc…

One last thought… an interesting challenge for you might be to try emote love without using a cliche like a heart. It’s almost too easy for the viewer. The heart is too well known.

I really like what you did with the white tenticles. Very creative, just think the photo takes away from it.



Ripley: thank you very much;0]
i think it’s one of the things that makes painting interesting,
painting something and putting a lot of feeling and heart into it,
and then realising that a lot of people will find it emotionless,
while others might find what i wanted them to see!
or something else entirely it’s … fascinating :0]


Very interesting thread

I can’t even see the photos, so I won’t comment on whether or not they evoke emotion, but the posts after no.4 have nothing to with that anyway.

Dreamz, on one post you list your intentions and emotions by giving all the tools and reasons why you used them. That’s fine and dandy, but it dosn’t mean it works, or works for everyone. What you think looks amazing and is the most heartfelt thing in the world, can look like kitsch to someone else, and that should be fine. (Ever see those porcelein figurine adds in magazines? They’re supposed to be endearing but they make me want to hurl)

Everyone has the right to express an opinion. As long as you are happy with the work, and it’s honest, and you feel the emotion, then that’s what should count. Art is a selfish thing, you do it for yourself, as part of yourself, as an expression of yourself, and if others like it, feel the samthing you feel, then it’s a bonus.

But be warned, just because you and your mom like it, dosn’t force everyone else to. And if you post on a public forum like CGTalk, then you should be ready to get crits, what evokes emotion in you, won’t in others. If you don’t like opinions that are different from your own, keep your work private.

“White organic smudges” may evoke “light, life and energy” for you, but for others, they may just be white smudges.


the thing i enjoy the most in this gallery, besides the exposed art, is to read viewers perceptions on my work, some of it’s positive, some of it’s not, but just knowing that the artwork has made some emotional impact or connection makes everything worthwhile ;0]


As a neutral and open minded viewer, I can’t say I really get the emotion here. Love can be communicated in sensitive and sophisticated ways. I’m not sure if the heart shaped fluffy smudgy stuff works. It seems a little too literal as apposed to a metaphorical portrayal of love, light etc. You can evoke an emotional response from the viewer through the portrayal of relationships, expression, colour use and composition as long as the viewer connects to it in some way through their own experience as a human being.

I think love would be implied more effectively if the subjects were looking into eachother’s eyes. This would be a far more powerful moment, and one we could identify with… the moment when we make contact for that electric moment and felt the love bubble over inside us. All it takes is a look.