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Fly in my eye by PixieCold Fly in my eye by PixieCold
hahahahah... i found a dead fly under my window.... hmmm and than... i didnt contain myself....

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Critique by Dusky-Inc Aug 30, 2012, 1:03:17 PM
I really enjoy this piece for many reasons.

First of all, the colors. Amongst all of the red and white painted on the feathers and face, which almost makes the eye look like the center of a target, the metallic blue-green of the fly and most of the eye is electrifying! The red that bleeds from the iris is creative as well and makes it appear to mimic the entire picture.

The originality is definitely seen here, as in all of your works. The use of an insect to create such beauty? Love it!

And the lighting, a bit dark, fits the mood perfectly.

Overall, I think you did an amazing job with this!
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162 out of 170 deviants thought this was fair.

I don't usually rate critiques so high, and I've seen a lot of your other works and passed up writing one (even the amazing 'After Hunt,' mostly because I was too squeamish to stare at that eye for too long), but this is really just incredible. I actually usually get pretty pissed when other people just put five stars for everything, but I'm just so 'wowed' by this one.
Vision: You are an artist. Who would have seen a dead fly in the window and said to themselves, "hey, let's put that on my eye" ?
Originality: Really the most stunning aspect of this work. Building on the point I made in Vision, I don't think anyone would have associated a dead fly with red feathers; who knew they worked together so well? Not only did you combine them beautifully, you had the idea, which was totally original.
Technique: I don't know much about eye makeup, but your attention to detail really just blows my mind here. I love how you pulled together a 'rugged' tone by not smoothing the barbs on the feathers, and sprinkling them with white; I love how the red and white makeup is dry and ridged to keep that imperfect feel, despite it being truly perfect; I love how the ends of the eyelashes are white, so they don't throw off the balance of the picture and instead add just a touch of darkness. I can't commend you enough.
Impact: I never give anyone fives stars. Ever. This is a fantastic piece, made all the more captivating with the addition of the fly, an amazingly creative twist on eye makeup.
My only criticism would probably be that the makeup above the eye probably extends just a little too far upwards and draws some attention away from the upper half of the piece. But you know what? I wouldn't change a thing.
What do you think?
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GYPSY-kinda-UNSAFE Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist
this is my favorite of yours!! I love how you found a dead fly and went "I'm gonna put that on my eye! hellya it'll look great!!" and it did XD
Honeylicia Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Gott! Soooooooooooooooo schön...
littleSeaGull Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
I just love it! I saw the picture and it took my breath away! Everybody has a different interpretation ... and in my case the picture reminds me of winter ... beautiful little snow flakes covered with scarlet blood... gorgeous :)
Viinnccent Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
I finally made a life changing decision this was the perfect solution now I feel whole again just trying to look out for you
spankymcduff Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had finally hit rock bottom this came at perfect timing for me this showed that money is power I had to share this with someone
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I had reached the end of the line now I dont feel bad about spending my money now everyone recognizes me believe me the sky is the limit
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emshark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
is that your real eye color
Clutzy101 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love how you turned something so often seen as ugly, the fly, into something beautiful :)
FeatherEyed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
the red and white against the green emerald colored fly it's brilliant
Greyfaerie4 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
What flower is this?
mdpmdpmdp Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
The golors are perfect!
MajesticWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student General Artist
The thumbnail reminds me of a peppermint. ♥
mareeum Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
OMG....thats just ur Fan...:)
miss-otaku-kalie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
if you haven't already could you please paint this and put it on your Youtube i would love to see how it turns out
diosenzanome Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
Vampire82994 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Took me a minute before I went 'Oh, Venus Flytrap Eyes!"

Very clever.
LadyTamrind Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
That is so epic :) I love the colors
VicMicdermaderp Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
raspberryMCMLXXXIV Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Amazing! :heart:
kueejahe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Lol! The died fly! XD
At first I was like "wow.. this goergeous! But than I see something that I can't believe it was there.. "What? Is that.. a fly..? Why It was there?? :O
Aelwyn23 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Photographer
Fantastic work.
BubbleTea19 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Love the colours in this!
DanTorrino Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
the fly is disgusting lol.. but i have to admit that the shot is very creative overall
PuriPie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I like how the red shows off the green of the fly so nicely.
yyjvmb Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The way you saw a dead fly and found inspiration in it makes me go speechless.
ViCaroline Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Photographer
didn't really like the fly, but everything else is amazing! :)
Goldbloom Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Iiiiiih eine fliege im auge! XD
DreamWriting Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Writer
I would favorite this, it's so amazing, but it also creeps me out soo...that was a compliment, in case you weren't sure. heh.
Kigiku Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoaaa colours are amazing :love:
And the detail with the fly is very artistic! even though it carries diseases or whatever... It looks beautiful!
lucyjewel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yucky but AWESOME!!!!!!!
TrzCrz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks painful and i dont know why
CryptaRuby Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also think it looks kinda painful XD!
Delishus Icon BTW!!XD
TheMusesSong Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely choice of colors :)
Mac-A Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
luminaret Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god you're so gutsy to put a fly so close to your eye
x-Uchiwa-x Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Darf ich das als Vorlage für ne Zeichnung nehmen?
Ich versuche im Moment besser mit Buntstiften zu werden und dein Foto hier wäre eine richtige Herrausforderung...

Neaffka Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Die Kontraste und Farben ... alles passt so verdammt gut zusammen :squee:
132364 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DearUnique Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hmmm.... *looks around at all the annoying flies buzzing around my head*
Interesting...very interesting...
Great work! Very beautiful and eerie at the same time!
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