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David Kawena - Fables De La Fontaine - 02 by davidkawena David Kawena - Fables De La Fontaine - 02 by davidkawena
Kicking off the new week with another illustration from one of my latest projects!

Gotta go now, will be updating this artist comment soon.

:heart: David

David Kawena 2010
"Chantons Les Fables De La Fontaine - Avec Chantal Goya Et Roger Houzel" SONY MUSIC
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Hi David,
I see you posted this awhile back but are requesting a critique and thought I'd put in my two cents. First let me say that the color palette and the warmth you've achieved with the sun and mix of golds and greens is beautiful. You've mixed a very pleasing color harmony that enhances the marshy setting of the image. The image is framed nicely with the vegetation though some of the vegetation on the right is obviously cut and paste. There is a very pleasing depth of field with blurring of detail and lightening of colors as you move back into the picture plane. The characters are rendered with personality and the anatomy of the fellow (water bearer) on the right is well done. Details like the frogs' home and the buckets are well designed and create a "time and place" for your story. A very dreamy image.

The image seems to be composed in two parts though which, for me, kind of breaks up the story telling. The sun and the tall grass falling in the center of the image, while beautifully rendered, act as a kind of divider separating the characters from each other and breaking up the flow of the image. It almost seems like it is a wrap-around image, like for a book cover rather than one scene. Also, I love the frogs but am not sure of the story telling because of the arrangement. It may be revealed in the story you're illustrating but is the frog that is mimicking the big guy doing it to make fun - to say - look how proud and puffed up he is or is he trying to be like the minotaur? Also, it's hard to tell from the other frogs - the one on the left doesn't seem to be paying any attention and the viewer can't read the expressions on the tadpole (very cute) and the frog on the right. On the other hand it piques my interest in knowing what's going on in the story.

In any case, a beautiful image. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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SOORAJexplorer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Superb work :D
Sampixie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the bull man. ( don't know if you consider him a minitor) and i love how the frog is like " puff up"
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
tarnaeffchen Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, nice one :) Beautiful colorration!
the-rant-girl Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I love the detail on the toadstool shaped thing lol I suppose it's like a canopy, and the little stump house is adorable. And well the frod with his puffed out chest trying to be like the big brawny bull totally made me cackle. Another gorgeous piece *nods*
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
MartiMastro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist
Your imagination must be brilliant.
iravgust Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
princeofcs Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
really awesome i like it
Redfauxofenigmas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha this is so cute!
EvitaMeaglin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the light in the picture.
hernanches Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the bull is hot, haha
buddhabear Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
haha! This is wonderful and cool :D
helldragon94 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
i will love all of your animations. they are so well done, and the detail you put into everything is impecible. i also like that there always seems to be a theme. i dont know if you do that on purpose but i love it. great job =)
madly9 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
I love this picture. The coloring is beautiful, and there seems to be such a harmony amoung everyone. Excellent work.
ScarletCharm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The green, brown, and yellow palate choices really add to the swamp appeal. Very good desicion.
KikutaMishieru Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
earth-angel13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
KatelinMR Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There is NOTHING I don't love about this one. The colours, the shades of green and brown, the amount of details, th ewater, the grass, EVERYTHING! <3
Jajna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THis is beautifull and its the first time I think an ox is sweetly made X3

great job!
TeamPossible Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
That is one fine water bearer in the back<3
Servina Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
aww, poor frog. nicely done mate :clap:
JMCaptein Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
that frog just cracks me up =^^=
Shalladdrin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your illustrations are beautiful!
fIOMERA Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh!! froggies, I love froggies !! and the pic is exellent!!
o0ally0o Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student
Wow...seriously...WOW! :)
isadive Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
the light is excellent,... well all ... i love it!!
wendy601 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Waw it's so amazing!!! the bull is (strange to say but) sexy ??? Congrulation Vraiment du bon travail !! :)
pritailsja Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
the bull is so masculine)))
AlissaMT Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahhhh this is so much fun! :D I love it!
miche0207 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
xmeerzx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
mariekexvampire Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
La Grenouille qui veut se faire plus grosse que le boeuf... isn't it?

Anyways; it's beautiful.
Dekoio Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
I really like your characters, "i enjoy looking at this" well i like looking at them, the stories they tell, their very interesting in their own ways. I sit and stare at the frog (for example) for a long time, and imagine things it has done just by looking at its size, shape, expressions. :D Its awesome. Like a tale.
soydannn Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
i really liked all of your La Fontaine collection but i think the most beautiful peace is this one, because it has the bull =D
It's hard for me NOT to love your art style =D
Ze-Platygrapsus-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahaha ! Love it !!!
yapi Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Hahaha I love that bull being all "ohey, I'm machooooo".
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The colour scheme here is so awesome, as are all the details. Just wow! :love:
brissygirl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Another gorgeous piece David. I love the frog showing off and what I'm guessing is a female frog who looks like she couldn't care less about Mr Show off.
The minotaur is fabulous too. He's got a 'don't mess with me' look about him as he goes about his business. I love the little houses around the pond and the little tadpole peeking up out of the water. The setting/rising sun in the background is stunning.:love:
rasenth Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
The ox is so manly. XD Tough stuff!
XNightshadeX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
AWWW!! So adorable! Poor poofy frog, I <3 you :)
KIRKparrish Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
these really are amazing
CyberPhantom Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
hayley66 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
i can see a little bit of indonesia in this art piece, with the buffalo, in the rice fields.
Ichuarraquax Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How are You doing such beautiful things..just great.. maybe some tutorial?:)
horntail7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
*still speechless*
Simply amazing... just the panel tells a story on its own...
Sykila Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
The tones in this are beautiful and the die for! Excellent job! :clap:
YaDirtyLittleSecret Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
These are simply wonderful. They express all I love about fables and fairytales... you're creating a whole new world, and a beautiful one! :clap:
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