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A Strange New Pet by JakobHansson A Strange New Pet by JakobHansson
If you live in a house like that, you've got to have a really strange pet!

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:iconzacharyhogan:
This image is brilliant. The colours are almost perfect, the mood you've created is amazing. The forms have that quirky, fantastical feel that I'd expect from a game like Morrowind.

The narrative you've created around a very unusual creature-pet in an unusual landscape with no visible owner is great.

There's an issue with the composition, however.
The large, central rock formation divides the image into two halves. In the left half we have the pet, and on the right we have a cliff with some unexplained light on the rock.
The issue is that as we look at the pet in the cage on the left side, our eye is drawn quite strongly by the contrast between the small patch of red light and expanse of black rock on the right side of the image. It feels almost uncomfortable to look at the pet; the eye is constantly being tugged rightwards.
The small holes in that central rock structure also draw our attention away from the pet due to their very high contrast. I would be tempted to put some of those distant mountains behind the structure to reduce the contrast between the dark rock and the holes in this rock.
Obviously no composition can ever be perfect, but these small changes would, I feel, benefit this image.

Another (small) issue is those areas of quite vivid blue that can be seen through the lower holes in that central rock form. They seem somewhat out of place.

Keep it up!
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The work “A Strange New Pet” is definitely peculiar, but the forms are still very pleasing to the eye.
A good composition guides the viewer on a trip around the environment the artist have created.

When I saw this picture, a spiral mountain in the center sucked my eyes right in, and by studying the mountain, my eyes are then lured to a petish pandapus creature dangling below a crane.

I zoomed in with curiosity to investigate some details, and no doubt the colors used in the shadows, as well as the dynamic flow of positive and negative space created by some interesting holes in the mountain, are very well chosen.

Although the structure is very intriguing, there is one object in the overall composition that I find unnecessary.

I believe that the mountain of the right side can be omitted, or, even better, casted into the background by some fog. It is acting as a distraction from the main subject and it blocks off the open sky on the right.

Depending what kind of effect the artist would like to express, blending the mountain on the right with the sky would give the painting a more generous feel.

Over all the image is, indubitably, simply awesome.
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:iconthemindofmadness:
themindofmadness Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
Love the concept and design!
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Great concept and composition!  Love the distribution of values and the interplay of warm and cool.
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much !
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:iconcarloshurtadosoriano:
Fantastic work!!!
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cemac Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Please :+fav: the :icondigitaldelights: journal so that more members will see your art :heart:
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cemac Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I have included this wonderful artwork in the new feature on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Thank you for being a member :heart:
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :0)
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:iconcemac:
cemac Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
My pleasure, love what you do :)
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:iconspinningangel:
SpinningAngel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent ! :-)
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SpinningAngel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome :-)
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Kuaririnka Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
good work :)
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thx!
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:iconkuaririnka:
Kuaririnka Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
You are welcome :)
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Picture-Bandit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Journal Feature September: [link]
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the support :0)
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:iconmajadalgaard:
MajaDalgaard Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Virkelig smukt.
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mange tak!
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW...amazing work :clap:
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbibiarts:
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
with pleasure !!!
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CMoretzfan19 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
This makes me think of the Lorax lol and that pet is strange but it would be awesome to have. Pretty cool looking house too ;p
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CMoretzfan19 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
you're welcome
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kamika3 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I do not know any stronger works than epic and awesome !
I wish I could do something like this...
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Epic and awesome are really strong words, so thank you very much :0)
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DuneTheHutt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That reminds me of my neighbour's monkey when I was little. We'd lived in block of flats. My neighbour had quite big monkey (maybe baboon) tied with rope to another rope connecteing tree and his flat. And that monkey was going there and back. As I'm thinking about this now it was very, very wierd. That was the only time I've seen something like that, or even heard.
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What a funny story, thanks for telling, haha :0)
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TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Wonderful! Surreal in the original sense; I'm especially reminded of Max Ernst's "Europe After the Rain" paintings - though it is still very much an original creation with it's own style and vision.
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I've never seen Ernst's Europe after the Rain paintings before. So happy to discover them, they are amazing!! Thanks for clueing me in :0)
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TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
You're very much welcome! I'm a big nerd for the original Surrealist and Dadaist movements. I have something of nostalgia for the days when art had manifestos and caused riots :-D
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, we need more art rioting!
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Adagiobunny Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student Writer
I love the imagination you've put into this as well as the odd world you've portrayed! (And I can't help but be increasingly intrigued by that fire-lit cave embedded in the cliffside... ;))
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JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great to hear, thank you very much :0)
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Adagiobunny Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Writer
You're very welcome! :)
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The-WordWeaver Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Is there a story?
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess there is a story, it is just not written yet ;0)
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Teebird2 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I love it.
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SophieShimazu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Very strange, and beautiful painting. :) :D
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much !
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RoseCS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
the atmosphere created is simply beautiful!
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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RoseCS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
You're welcome
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:iconharvy355:
Harvy355 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! love the colors and the lighting. Everything about it is just great. So wonderfully weird lol
Nice job :)
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:iconjakobhansson:
JakobHansson Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much
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Mazhlekov Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pleasant mood emerges in my mind watching this drawing, very good job! :)
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