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2 a.m. by Erisiar 2 a.m. by Erisiar
For Rising-Artists theme challenge. The theme is 2 a.m.

When I think of 2 a.m. I am reminded of myself a few years ago.  I remember how late I used to stay up for no reason, just because I could. There were a few times where I would just sit and watch the stars by myself. I used to leave the blinds open at night so I could stare at the sky from my bed. I've found that the older I grow, the less time there is to do such simple things as these. I really just wanted to reminisce back to a time when things didn't matter as much and I could enjoy little simple things like these, just to be able to sit and breathe for a while (without worrying about having to wake up at a sensible time in the morning). I know that's a lot to say about '2 a.m.', but to me that is what it reminds me of, the quietest, loneliest time of night, when all is dead and still and there are only stars to greet you, a time to reflect upon life and breathe slower.


Critique and feedback is welcome, I am unsure of this piece so any advice is appreciated.

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First of all, let me just say, WOW! The atmosphere depicted here is visually compelling and blends nicely with the stark black foreground. I must say that the technique used in painting the sky is top-notch, given the plethora of brilliant- but not too clashing- hues littered here and there across the deep blue backdrop. I can almost feel the sense of calm resonating within this piece and can easily relate to your experiences in the description (for in truth, I still wake up to view the starlit skies once in a while).

Concerning the foreground, the shapes are easily recognizable and combine with the background to tell its story, a skill I undoubtedly admire and envy. However, if I were to state my qualms, they would have to be with the shape of the lamps and the tree. The former looks rather short compared to the other components of the foreground such as the fence, house and girl. (NOTE: This point, of course, can be rendered redundant if said lamps were intentionally meant to be short). As for the tree, I find its edges at the top a bit too rounded; it would make more sense giving it jagged edges to illustrate the leaves protruding from their branches. This is a minor point though as I understand that most tree tops are drawn rounded for the sake of simplicity in cartoons. I suppose you could call it my personal preference to have trees looking more like, well, trees.

Please rest assured that in no way do I mean to criticize your artwork or style. If anything, I wish I could draw beautiful skies like yours and tell amazing stories through my art as well.

So in conclusion, your depiction of 2 AM is an amazing near-masterpiece in my eyes. Keep practicing and I'm quite sure your work may even land daily deviations!
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rijuhn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know exactly what you mean. The description is what made me favorite this, because I used to live in a farm house (of sorts) in the county and I cannot tell you how many times I would wander outside and just look up into the night sky. I would take in the serenity of the late night, and all of the sounds of nature.
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Erisiar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Ah thanks, glad it appealed to you, that sounds like a very nice place to live!
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aqua-violet97 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Wow this is so lovely. This reminds me how when I was little my family used to love in a house with a really large yard, and on nice nights we would just lie down on the grass and look at the stars, coming up with stories about what was going on up in the night sky :love:
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Erisiar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014   Digital Artist
That sounds like such a nice memory and a beautiful place to live :) Glad it could recall some good memories for you
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man. You just made me hate being a grown-up. Very well done, both the image and the summary. Thank you. I've nothing constructive for you, sorry. But I really appreciate the piece. It's beautiful.
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Erisiar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014   Digital Artist
Haha, I still prefer being a grown up to being younger, think of all the freedom there is to do what you like without anyone to tell you otherwise ;P Anyway, thank you for your comment, I appreciate it!
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can't really disagree, I like being able to make my own decisions :D Sometimes the responsibility gets a bit overwhelming, though.. egads, I need to clean the house! :lol:
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Erisiar Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Ugh cleaning is the worst haha. Not gonna lie though, such a good feeling looking at a nice clean house and knowing you did it all yourself :D
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
OMG, I know!! I just spend the better chunk of the day washing the kitchen walls. I would say "how sad is that", but I was kinda taking my time and doing other stuff too...
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RenOokami Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist
2AM is the best part of the night. To me, it's always the hour inspiration come, like tonight.
So, finding a beautiful piece like this one just between the time i finished my drawing and the time
I'll allow myself to rest is a good surprise.
Indeed, as we grow up we have less and less time to enjoy simple things like watching the stars,
and with the town's lights of nowdays it's even more difficult, but sometimes the wiew of a picture
is enough to remind good old days..it's the case here, thank you for sharing this picture ^^
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