---------------- Ah...Sasuke. My favourite character in Naruto. He's not perfect - he's got his weaknesses, his insecurities...He makes many 'wrong' decisions, and I don't know how many times I have face-palmed at his actions. But it is all these that makes him a perfect character to me.
He's...exciting. He divides the fandom.
The path he will take and his future are not set in stone. And regardless of how many times he frustrates me, the more I see him suffer and the heavier his burden becomes, the more I feel for him. Seriously I just want this boy to be happy dammit.
Sorry Sasuke I be butchering you with a girly pose /shot.
Please if you have any constructive comments on how to improve this piece, I would really appreciate it Personally I think I went a little bit overboard with the red...
---------------- Uchiha Sasuke (c) Kishimoto Masashi 300 gsm HP watercolour paper (lush paper is lush. So sensual to paint on!), pencils, Copic SP multiliner, watercolour Featured: [link]
Wyn, this is my first critique and I chose this piece of yours because I've known your art quite since I got into Naruto a year ago. I needed some time to get used to the hard, rather edgy features you typically lend Sasuke, and also the surreal elements you somethimes include, like the melting pools of colors in this particular picture. But the longer I look at a picture like this one, the more it makes me muse about Sasuke and all his inner conflicts and feelings.
First I asked myself why Sasuke is upside down here. It catches the eye. Second, some kind of red and orange and blue liquid seems to run out of his sleeve and down his clothes. Makes me think of blood in the first instance, but it's open for interpretation. He seems wounded. Yet, his expression is neglecting that, it's like saying "Don't touch me". He looks angry but not really aggressive, rather a little bit like someone has invaded his personal space and seen something he doesn't want the other to see. I always try to twist my head around to take his expression in. Like I said before, the longer I look at this picture, the more I think about every little aspect of his personality, and the picture actually promotes this kind of insight. Given your love for the character, you're basically honoring him by making people process his anger and vulnerability so intensely.
I do think, however, that his facial features seem a little off, especially his eyes, he looks squinting. This is a small thing which I only realized when I kind of made a headstand in front of the screen to really see his expression better. xD The proportions and size of the hand are rendered well, yet it looks a little flat. Last thing that I think you could work on is his hair. In the back of his head, his strands of hair look slightly unnatural, which only caught my attention because the rest of him is drawn in a very naturalistic style. Maybe it's the hair's texture that isn't very consistent on the whole. It seems like you were trying out different ways to paint hair, and couldn't decide. But hair is a pain to draw anyway, I really know - and Sasuke's hair all the more.
Technically, I think this is very well done. The shading of his face and clothing looks very lively and real, and personally, I also like the vivid colors. And no, I don't think you went overboard with the red, it puts life into the picture. The picture is not drawn in a dark way at all, which is a contrast to his character as a 16-year-old. It shows Sasuke's dark side in his expression, his anger, but also tells you that there is some hope for him, too, because in the end, he's a wounded creature who just tries to deal with everything the way he can. And he takes the way that is plausible to him, given everything he has experienced.
(Oh, the hell. And I have to rate it on those stupid categories, too. DA's system is not very encouraging for serious improvement. Reducing a work to some silly points. Impact only rated so low because I needed some time to get into that painting. Please don't give too many fucks about it.)
I have read the latest chapter I have to say I am curious what Sasuke will do next. I don't think he will abandon his goal of destroying Konoha/ killing Naruto all together, as he loves Itachi too much. But I do think he will scale it down a little bit...
Lol sorry for the quick reply - your question took me by surprise!
In all seriousness, I planned for this artwork to be upside down for the 'river' theme - which in my mind signifies 'flow' and 'drowning'. I wanted this artwork to flow, along with the flow of watercolours and Sasuke's hair, and to signify Sasuke's drowning further into darkness; thus 'upside down'
I love Sasuke for all the same reasons. I understand why he's doing things this way, and I feel foe him so much, and I just want to see him happy by the end of the manga. He deserves nothing less.
This is a really beautiful piece. I love your watercolors! I also love the intensity in his eyes, and you did not go overboard with the red - it's just the right amount to highlight, but not dominate the art. Beautiful work!
True- Sasuke deserves nothing less. After living in hate and anger for years, he deserves happiness.
Thank you! I love red and working with lines in paintings - I think you can see it in most of my Naruto artworks The red I used here is very opaque, compared to watercolours which are usually transparent, so I was kinda wondering whether it dominated the art. Glad to know your opinion!
I love watercolours but I still do need to practice my digital colouring OTL
Ah.. I knew this was Sasuke immediately by the thumbnail, I swear It nearly escaped my notice, but then I scrolled back up to do a double-take, and sure enough... Heheh, this is gorgeous and I too have faith in Sasuke. Frankly, I don't care if he even ends up eradicating the entire planet, or just becoming "good" again. He's still a beautiful character to me, and really, I just could never hate him because I love him too much. Excuse him, for not being a "perfect saint" like Naruto. I see benevolence in his "darkness". If he didn't have that darkness, I wouldn't have anyone I could full-out relate to. In my opinion, the "too many" people who do in fact like Sasuke, like him for all the wrong reasons. My opposing reasons can be easily portrayed by this here portrayal. I'm glad.
Yeah, sometimes I just don't understand what people want from Sasuke. Some want Sasuke to return to Konoha, just as Itachi wished. This is frankly, an impossible demand. No one in their own right would return to the very place that betrayed and stomped on him. Some want Sasuke to change to the 'good' side after having a possible chit chat with Itachi (current manga) - if this is what Sasuke wants then, fine, but why do people insist on Sasuke returning to the 'good' side so much? In this manga, what is a 'good' side exactly? Sasuke is doing what he is doing because this is what he wants to, this is what he believes is his right. After having his life thrown around by people around him (Itachi is the main offender here), why cannot people let Sasuke do what he wants?
I just don't know what I want from him, actually. I just want him to be happy.
Like you say, you see benevolence in his darkness. Me too. Sasuke's actions cannot be taken at face value, which a lot of people seem to take them as. But this is what makes people argue over his actions so much. This is what makes Sasuke so interesting. Some Sasuke fans might disagree with my thoughts up there, and I may not be correct with my analysis. Every Sasuke fan has different outlook on him. Sasuke divides the fandom - this quality alone, made him my favourite character in Naruto
Hehe, I'm curious - what do you mean by liking Sasuke for the wrong reasons? because of his looks? XD
Sorry for the rant lol. Sometimes I just loooove ranting about our boy over here
I'm glad you think the colours are ok I seldom paint with this much colours, so was curious what other artists think, and whether my choice of colours enhances, rather than distracts, the viewer's perception of the piece
I agree with your opinions on Sasuke. Partially the reason that characters who 'always the good guy' just don't appeal to me it's because they lack the human like qualities. We all do feel hatred at some points. That's why, I can facepalm at Sasuke's actions and cry at his moments of sorrow, but continue to still love him as a character.
Great job on this! The dripping water color adds good effect
Yeah . Guys that are always on the good side doesn't attract as me much too - for the same reasons as you. In real-life I would hate guys like Sasuke, but as a character, boy does he excite.
Thank you so much for your comment! I have to say I'm having a blast with watercolour, it's so fun and I think it suits my style more than digital painting. Still need to practice digital colouring though...XD
This is great ^_^ I'd write a critique but...I don't want to babble as I usually do when I wrote them ^_^ I think its great as it is, but I don't know about his hair if it's mean to fade like that at the back of his head, if so it looks good it goes well ^_^