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Koi by arrioch Koi by arrioch
A project i started, then neglected due to work, then lost due to hard drive failure, and then finally finished, after more than 2 years.
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I'm sorry if you've been waiting years for a critique LOL! I love the symmetry and centrality of the composition. Normally you're told not to do symmetrical compositions but forget that. The balance of cool/light and warm/dark colors here is good, very pleasing. I also love koi fish. These would be very rare in nature, with no marks whatsoever. White koi fish actually have blue skin and transparent layers of scales that make them appear milky white. The circle is thought to be the most perfect, divine geometric shape. I like its use here, the movement of the koi give it a soothing sense of motion. :)
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Amazing! I loved!
Technique: impecable!
But the unexpected impact I had of this art takes me to my main point in this critique: some lack of creativity.
I really loved, but I made one with watercolors some days ago for my drawing class on art college and I sorry to say that, but it really looks like the fishes of the anime/movie of Avatar, the last airbender, that was actually my inspiration for my college work I mentioned. A old idea.

Although it is very beautiful.
Keep pushing your imagination to go further. You have talent. Go for inspiration.
I hope I helped you. Sorry if I disappointed.
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RinYukaita Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
i remember i drew something smilliar to that about some months because i'm pisces ;-;

it's beautiful
Daryl-the-cartoonist Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This appeals to the Pisces in me... since we have a seething dark side too. We just prefer to show our more gentle, docile side to the world ;) This is really well done and stunning.
AnimeWolfKuro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Artist
Fleafly70 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Hi, was wondering if I could have permission to use this image for a Iwidget I designed, the Koi would swim in a circle as the second hand...would like to share on, free of course with credit to you.
GenesisUpanishad Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Thanks a lot
vrtxf Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
for me, being pisces, this picture is really inspiring. i don't know what all the watercolor fuzz is all about, it's as simple as it needs to be for me. if somebody would give me this for my birthday i would totally fall for it. the thing i liked most was the different contrast that reflected the pisces' eyes :)

thanks for this :p
Sleepy-Stardust Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very cool. I always like this concept!Animated Nodding Pink Emote - Yes, I Love This by cupcakekitten20
DPCloud01 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nikolass83gianni Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:toocool: ... :star::star::star::star::star: BEAUTIFUL & AWESOME  :star::star::star::star::star: ... :iconfav3dplz: ... :iconthumbsupplz:
ArtsyVal Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. I love this. Great job!
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:wave: Hey there!
Your wallpaper has been featured in my weekly journal: Wallpaper Wednesday #37!
I'd love if you could come and take a look, also let me and the artist know which is your favourite wallpaper this week! 
SearchProjects Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Nice details And concept
scorpafied Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
i think it would of looked cool for the black fish if you used a color of the water underneath him as a highlight on the edge of the fish itself. if done right it would look like light reflecting off the water and onto the fish.
arrioch Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I agree with you completely. But frankly, i was too tired of it to change anything else. I'm not entirely happy with how it turned out, but after 2 years of waiting it was this or nothing. :)
scorpafied Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
yeah ive had stuff like that. u just get so sick of it that you post it just to get rid of it. 
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October 30, 2013
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