Beautiful! The 2010 piece is polished, but the 2012 work is much more nuanced! Isn't it cool to look back at what you've done in the past and "duplicate" a work to see how much you've grown?
I love the 2012 work because of the muted colors and the minimalist background that allows all focus to fall on the subject. His prison remains a mystery--all we see is some contraption that binds his wrists--but we know he is somehow trapped and his expression is somehow tired ... but not resigned.
I also really love the textures of his clothing and the glow from the lights. The overall piece has a very painterly feel.
Critiques: I think it would be cool to see more depth to his face, although the soft work you've done is captivating on its own. You could do a lot with this character's expression--there seems to be a complex story here that is teasingly out of reach. Maybe if you ever have the desire, you could do another close-up like the 2010 version you depicted here and show us even more of the personality that is subtly brought across in the 2012 work.
You've grown so much in just two years. It's inspiring! I hope I'll be able to show something like this for myself ... (:
This is truly an amazing peice of art. The colors fit so well together and the shading and detail of this image is amazing! You capture the emotion in this peice of art the grief the pain and the ever so slight enjoyment of it all. They way the shadow ever slight slightly shows itself opon the wall and the look in the eyes and on there faces leavs me looking at it in awe. You have a rare talent of expressing emotion through art withought completely runining the peice of art itself. I hope you continue to create you're amazing art work!
I truly love both versions of this character! On one hand, the eyes of your version from 2012 are captivating beyond belief. On the other, the emotion that seeps from your 2012 version makes it terribly difficult to not wonder what could be causing such a strong emotions.
Definitely an improvement. And the first one is amazing. The second maybe gets a tad too grayed out for my taste. I like the added realism. Background and overall idea of the second one is definitely greater. First one is too cyan in all other places than the hair. Gotta love blue hair ^^ Another minor thing that the first one does best is the depth feel. The second doesn't have the same distinction between focus/foreground and less important features/background. Really awesome work on those chain glowes ^^