The hypothetical play with the title should provoke some thoughts about "what is the "piece of evidence" in the image, or better said if there was a crime, who´s the delinquent?
I wish you a nice time to find that out
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Model: Istockphoto - Cevdet Gokhan Palas
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First of all, I must say that the photomanip technique you've used (if any ) is flawless. I also like the selection of the individual elements, like the spine blades, ribbon, apple, rolled dollar etc.
I love the beautiful color contrast between the girl's figure, the ribbon and the apple, as well as the visual symmetry between the apple and the light bulb, and also the overall color scheme that -for me- flows quite nicely around the whole piece.
I'm guessing that the gift box way right has this particular color as way of standing out? Which is all cool, except that it is very subtly portrayed. It's size is quite similar to the size of the apple and the bulb, so I'm guessing maybe you're trying to link the three items visually - and by extension in meaning? As far as symmetry goes, that works, though I would have liked to see a version with the gift box in color tones similar to the apple, since this could make it stand out more clearly too.
The thing that "bugs" me though is the snake. Even though it's essentially in the center of your composition, framed as such by the girl's legs and the folds of the table-cloth, the fact that it has its own folds and patterns and the orangy color makes it "vanish" within the piece. Which is all cool if you intended it to be a ninja snake to begin with, but maybe it could also work if its body were less saturated and actual contrast were given to the smoking head instead? Since the head seems to be closer to the viewer than the rest of its coils as portrayed by the smoke drifting up between the girl's legs. Which also seems to give the piece a bit less depth than I would have expected. I'm saying this because this particular part of the pic (girl's legs, table-cloth folds, smoking snake) seems to be the most "loud" texture-wise compared to the rest of the pic which is much simpler, so I don't think much would be lost with less color anyway. Um. If that makes any sense to you.
Depth of course, could also be achieved if there was a bit more contrast in your darker areas behind the gift box and in the bgr behind the girl and table. I would also like to see a version with just a bit of a blur in the bgr, but maybe you already have that. The preview is not all that big, so I can't really tell.
Regardless of all the technicalities, it is still beautifully made and I would still congratulate you on your vision.
Well done and I hope this helps?
The snake and the apple bring two things to mind, the Garden of Eden and original sin/temptation.
The smoke coming from the snake is drifting straight to her suggesting to me that she is being influenced by the snake. The gift next to the cocaine lines suggest a sinister motive a wolf in sheep’s clothing so to speak offering a seemingly kind gift when the intention is ultimately to corrupt, which is suggested by the drugs.
The apple on the desk would lead me to believe a teacher or doctor, typically an apple is considered a nice gift to a teacher or an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Either way I think the apple subtly suggest an innocent gift, where the present element is overtly a gift but in opposition to the apple is subtly malign.
So what we see depicted metaphorically is the fully corrupted girl, her innocence taken and the clues to its theft subtly placed as the theft itself was subtle act. The delinquent possibly someone she knew to be an authority type figure – teacher, doctor or the like. God I really hope this isn't like a Rorschach test, but am I close?.
Regardless truly amazing work, the texture, diffused but somehow vibrant color and light work…really compelling composition. Awesome job.
I've been practicing realistic drawing!
Of course I will be linking this in the desciption and credit you!
Looking forward hearing from you!
Also: Have nice holidays and Merry Christmas!