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fish by juutin fish by juutin
i saw something like this some where. honestly i can't remember, it was up at some ones cabin or some thing. but its a style of Indian "native american" art style.
i didn't make a fancy background i just wanted to show a new style im trying out. so hope every one likes it...
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MyLaundryStinks Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This would make an awesome tattoo.
Personally, I don't much care for the red; maybe if it was just black and white.
But that's me, so what do I know!
You keep doin what you do.
XELOTEN-XELET Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
That is Pacific Northwest Coast style, and most of us do not like being called Indians anymore because we are not in India.

Most art like this does not have fancy backgrounds and modern versions ussually have a white back ground or wood if it is a carving.

Do you really want an advance critique of this? because I would be happy to give you one but some people ask for one but then dont like it when I give them one.
juutin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Student Digital Artist
ya i would love to get this critiqued good or bad.
i just started trying this style. an i think it's realy cool style that i like. so i want to be doing it right. i don't want to make a mockery of this art form. so please if you have the time do so.

sry about the indian thing, "i'm from Minnesota and i have a few friends who are native american, and they've always told me to call them indians." so i didn't really know otherwise if it was bad thing.
XELOTEN-XELET Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
First of all this is a ancient art form with many different rules attached to the style which is different from tribe to tribe. One common theme is that images of certain animals/things are owned by certain individuals, families and clans. Many sysmbols are crests and/or have spiritual meaning to those making them. Because of these rules you will find that an outsider trying to learn this style will have very little support from the northwest coast community, these symbols have deep significant meaning to our culture and we do not like to see them misused. I have a friend on here who is not from the culture but has been drawing the style for years but is now taking down her images and not drawing this way again because of all the disapproving people in the northwest coast and the view of outsiders creating this art.

So this should be something that you think about before having this as your new style.

As for the picture , I know that it is your first attempt and that this style is much more difficult then it looks but your pictures seems like it was rushed ?

The dorsal fin is much to large and has an awkward shape, Although sometimes large fins do look good.

Your U shapes should be more matching to each other and that tear drop shape is not very often used and should have been U shapes instead. The u shapes whould have also looked better if they were all attached to each other and not just floating in the middle.

The tail,head and fins also could have looked better with some negative space separating them from the body.

but this all depends on what style you want to do in northwest coast art.
juutin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Student Digital Artist
im not making this my new style. but im trying to show i can also do other forms of art, other then what i've been doing.
and thank you vary much for your critique.
SkyeFlyte Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Wow, that's cool! :wow:
I've always loved those alaskian inuit designs! :D
juutin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
cool, im glad you like it.
i wasn't sure if i was going on a limb with this if ppl would like it or not. i like it and im maken a few more, but im still gonna do what i've been doing too.
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