Critique needed- Night Cat

  • Hi guys, I am new to this forum and wanted to ask for some critique. I have a small piece of art that I quite like but I feel like it isn't reaching it's full potential. The main focus is, of course, the scenery inside the cat silhouette so I don't want the background to be too crowded. Furthermore, I feel like the cat is constricted by the canvas size, but if I make it larger, it's harder to see the nice details inside it. There's a lot of blank space and frankly I think it looks worse off if the background is just white.
    I thought about using this piece as a print but I don't think it's up to the job. Any thoughts are much appreciated, thankyou!

    Kitty Print.jpg

  • I really love this! The colours, composition and style are all lovely. I think for me however if you want it to exist in the canvas and not just be a spot illustration I think it would be nice to add a shadow below the cat, suggesting where the ground is below the cat. I hope this helps.

  • For me, I love the cat alone, on white canvas, without the color of the background and without the second thick stroke around the cat, only the black one is ok for me.

  • @CukiArtist I never thought about this. That's a good suggestion, I will try it out very soon, thankyou!

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    I agree with @MichaelaH with the white background and just the black stroke. Maybe beef the black stroke up a little.

  • @MichaelaH Thanks! I definitely need to get rid of that stroke. I thought it would make it pop but it just looks too tryhard... White bg just seemed too stark for me.

  • Here is a new version with some suggestions- I will redraw the black stroke by hand but wanted to show you what it looked like anyway. I am still worried that the canvas is constraining the movement of the picture. Maybe it's just something I am going to have to sacrifice in order for people to see the details!
    Kitty Print_test.jpg

  • I have to say, it looks much better, I don't need the shadow, only the cat and than I am concentraiting on the inside landscape.

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    @BetelJio I really love the colours in the piece and the scenery inside the cat! The white is a little harsh, I think the contrast is too high. Have you tried other colours? I don’t think the gradient was working either, because of too little contrast. Maybe something in between?

  • Thanks again wonderful people, for helping me out. I've added a few more details and put in a more subtle background. I think it looks it's best yet, but I would be interested to hear your viewpoints. πŸ™‚
    Kitty Print_2.jpg

  • I think that is looking much better.

  • Thanks, I appreciate everyone's help! πŸ˜ƒ

  • SVS OG

    @BetelJio Like how this turned out with the shadow. But when I first saw this piece (the earlier version), I thought it was meant to be a painting on a canvas or board that was in the shape of a cat. On a white wall, that would look really cool. The overall effect of this piece is really dreamy.

  • @BetelJio Love the colors and the simple shapes! The only thing that i'm trying to figure out is the shape of the cats face. I'm not sure if its just in a specific style or a special breed of cat, but I feel like the chin is not dainty enough.

    Anyhow, great job!

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  • @BetelJio -

    I really love this image and the progress is really wonderful to see between your first post to the most recent!

    For the shadow, I wonder if it might be nice to add a bit more movement or shape corresponding to the cat. I did a quick google search and found this image for reference:


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