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Ivy by SaraRichard

Poison Ivy piece to be my new banner for my 2012 convention run!

Acrylic paint on paper
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This is a very nice drawing. I love how everything blends together perfectly. I love the subject and the pose, it's just beautiful.

What I like:
The girl's pose. If I ever draw a human-like figure, I can never think of a great pose other than just standing.
I also like the... tree is it? Anyways, the colors you used go together perfectly in making it look real. Also, the plants are a good addition to the picture.
Another thing I like are the bubbles. Looks like what I get when I put bubble bath in my water, it's all clumped together. I love it that way. The other great thing on the bubbles is the shading, making each individual bubble look real. (They are bubbles, aren't they? That would be pretty embarrassing.)

What I think you can improve in:
The shading on the human-type figure isn't popping out as much as I was expecting. Then again, if the setting isn't what I think it is and the light isn't coming from the place I thought it was coming from, I could be wrong.

Overall, I think this drawing is great. Keep up the awesome work, and draw more of these type pictures! After I send this, I'm going to go browse your gallery ;P Awesome!
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13 out of 13 deviants thought this was fair.

There's a hallucinatory quality to this that is wonderful. It gives the viewer an idea of Ivy's frame of mind, that there's something askew in how she perceives the world. Even if I didn't know the character, I could tell that something wasn't quite right by the shimmering, dreamlike, and ethereal fauna in the painting.

There are hints of Mary Blair in your style, as well as other artists whose names escape me this late at night. My apologies for not naming them, but I am sure you know your own inspirations.

The use of Ivy's hair color to separate the Batsignal from the rest of the painting -- along with her almost looking at the signal but still seemingly spaced out -- gives the viewer the idea of the signal and what it represents being somewhat important to her -- and yet cut off from her regular world/perceptions. The roses hint at a romantic possibility, although the writers tend to make it more sexual in the comics. It's all very effective, and having some fauna at the bottom be the same color as her hair ties the piece together well.

There's one thing that bothers me about this, though: her left hand. She (and to a degree the limb she's on) are the most solid things in the painting (adding to the hallucinatory effect). However, her left hand seems to be resting on something that isn't there. It's solidity makes it seem (to me) that it should have some sort of a resting place. Or it should be posed differently. Once I saw how awkward it looked to me, I couldn't stop focusing on that.

This is, however, an excellent piece. The only reasons I didn't rate it higher in vision and originality are because it is fan art and someone else's character. However, I rarely review, favorite or even like fan art. This is something special ad worth pausing to appreciate.
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kozispoon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student General Artist
You can't help but think of grittiness and dark when it comes to the characters and aspects of the Batman universe, but you seem to have captured a signature softness and ethereal-ness for Ivy that just fits. Really neat!
Chao-Illustrations Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! I have a thing for anti-gravity hair and wow you have really taken it to the next level!!!
The composition works really well and the oranges and red's you used for Poisen Ivy's hair are very pretty. :heart:

I cant wait to see more stuff like this from you!~
happysorceress Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Good grief; your art is breathtakingly beautiful.
srussatl Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
anshadsf this is gorgeous. thanks to you, now i can't get ivy out of my head!
kudoze Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
love the flow! great job!
Adm-James Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Beautiful style and soft colors here! Lovely!
MoonchildLuiza Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
ok... I really LOVE this one! XD
I always like your art, but this here is just pure awesomeness!
EREX94 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
This is lovely, the colors and textures are amazing!
inkeypenwell Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
great work!
pezet94 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooooh, that's what I call an absolutely badass hair :D I love the creepy and unreal feel of the picture, it totally looks like a narcotic hallucination. Awesome.
CorvenIcenail Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Wooooow, handmade?!??! Beautiful!
beroa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
stunning artwork! it has such a mystical/fantasy feel to it.
kalika430 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just so beautiful. Your elegant lines lend themselves well to plant life and the interesting character of Ivy. I might not understand the roses (is that what those are?) but the final effect is sublime.
CybertronianAllstar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, Sara!!
fuchima Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd turn lesbian for her.
marwil-arts Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
so cool ... treegirl? i love it ... looks so positive.
azraelengel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favorites from you. Great color usage. I feel like this one is much better than the Phoenix piece.
queenwren Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this picture so much, the colors and the movement just make me feel happy. She looks so peaceful, it's nice to see her like this.
abask5 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing and very unusual work! Well done!
misterhope Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
rajasegar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
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bairdduvessa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Ras-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
So pretty. Looks like it smells like spice!
sTiViA Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist
:star: Your amazing work has been featured on my page [link] . :star:
el-e Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
lovely work:>
Kipsworld Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
...very beautiful pic....definitely one of the cleanest designs I've seen of Ivy...=3
ThePhantomComics Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
spselfr Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Beautiful work
Margieart0421 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My fav from batman!
OblivionChained Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Are those bubbles or flowers, they are sort of are to mark out since they are nearly the same color as the background

other then that, a great piece over all
DeepHurting Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Great job! :)
elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty epic. It really captures her essence well.
perletwo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Love the botanical motifs, like the dandelion fluff.
R1V3L Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet Ivy rendition! A+
BlueMaxx86 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Never cease to amaze me.
HMWRX Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Easily some of your best work...:wow:.
Ransolo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice Sara, I really can't critique it. I love the style. It makes for a very unique and personal take on the character. All I can say is bravo.
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
ooh, she's lovely.
yulii Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
that is beautiful.. love it :)
ChrisShields Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant.
Marie--Wulf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
You have such a beautiful style! I love it :love:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
absolutely lovely! :)
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