sittle wrote:It is what it is...
Seki draws well, you can see the talent in the drawing...
srsly? you said you're in the graphic design field....so you should know the rules to creating images, then, right? how many of the rules for design did seki follow?
1. proper lighting - candlelight does not create little circles on a pumpkin (is it a glass pumpkin?), shadows on the side by the candle or bright light on the opposite side, or what looks like a small, miniscule shadow of a pumpkin in the background that doesn't include the cat (shouldnt it be larger?)
2. anatomy - what cat's back legs go half way to the head when it's supposed to be hanging down? what cat's arms are so flat that they can just fold over an edge like that (think Woody from Toy Story)? not to mention the eyes have absolutely no depth to them (granted, they are better than her typical eyes, but still).
3. background - it doesn't make sense. when you create a background, it has to fit the image. in this design, it's circles and wavy lines. they have nothing to do with pumpkins or cats or halloween. a pumpkin patch is more rigid than the flowing lines you'd see in an image regarding Cinderella or Barbie or other such princesses. unless you make an excuse for it saying it matches the cute princess of a mischievous cat.
granted, comics and anime and manga are allowed to distort one thing if they can pull it off with all the other rules, but seki can't. when she makes something like this, it's not acceptable like those listed. she has no sense of light (see any of her images that include a source of light, like, oh, her entry for the last derby), no sense of anatomy (which could possibly be excused if she could make an image that fit the misshapen animal), and almost all of her backgrounds have circles and flowy lines even when they shouldn't.
don't come in here and say you're an artist and graphic designer and then praise this design. it's an insult that someone in my same major/profession, who should have similar training and education and design fundamentals, is complimenting a design that would be laughed at by professors and professionals. if you really are studying/have studied graphic design, please, explain to me exactly how you can say she has talent?