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Hansel and Gretel by cheerful-cherub Hansel and Gretel by cheerful-cherub
A scene from the children's fairytale 'Hansel and Gretel', about a cannibalistic witch who lures children to her confectionery house in the woods.

I'm not 100% happy with this image, there is something that needs changing that I can't put my finger on. Any ideas?
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Given 2006-02-08
Hansel and Gretel by ~cheerful-cherub "I found it interesting in that it's a drastic contradiction in styles brought together in one piece. The illustration style is also different from most that you encounter in the vector art section of DA" ( Suggested by ser and Featured by zilla774 )
jonkania Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional
fab image :)
AliceSacco Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Always loved that story!
Christine-E Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You are featured hun -> [link]
ScottyRobotty Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006
oh man, something BAD is going to happen in this picture isnt it....
calicokatt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I love it, love it, LOVE IT! It's just really..different. I just love the style it's done in, very different, very unique, and I love how the happy things all stand out and are all bright colours, and yet the viewer KNOWS that they are about to enter something that's bad news! Very cute, I really like what you've done! :D Well done!
bovinefeces Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006
I think its great the way it is. Its true what alot of people have said, about the children in the foreground looking flat/pasted and whatnot, but this isn't a realism piece. I think their awkwardness adds to the quirky, funky surreal style of this piece. I love the expression on their faces and the colour and contrast work really well. :)
MrHellz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
nice work!..

Good Luck!
PokemonBecky505 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
One of the few Faerie Tales I kinda enjoy, but yeah freaky! :O_o: Don't see much artwork about the old stories though...anyway it gives an ironic gesture for there is mixture of evil and good.

Ahh....makes me want to read my old Faerie Tales again! Last, sweet! (Literally!)
comritza Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Haha, I love their fat little faces!
homigl14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
scaryy.. the skulll in the corner is very intimidating too hahaha .

but overall i got the gist. awesome!

diamondmarine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
creepy and fantastic.

maybe not make the cheeks so sleeked/wet looking.
alienhunny Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
I really like the overall image.........It's very charming. The only problem is that the kids do seem as big as the house. Otherwise, though............Wonderful! :blackrose:
modernreligion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
absolutely brilliant.

fantastic work, love. You have an amazing style and your gallery is incredibly inspiring.

neptunalnoc Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
since its kind of switching between 2d and 3d imagery, the kids look a little big cause you cant quite tell theyre in the forground.
awesome anyways though
sweetxdeath Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
I didn't know the witch was cannibalistic. O_O
I like your piece right here though. Nice job. :)
Just-Playin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Yeah there is something out of badass it is! I love it! Don't change a thing! For the sake of its insane originality and style.
Natural20 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
gotta love the upside-down star on the door... amusing touch, that.
CurseOfReverence Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
i think too many of the elements look like they were just slaped on randomly...the house looks as though it is hovering almost closer to us than the children are, though the chiildren themselves are enormous
Shinerai Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm.... I'm not sure, but when i first saw it, i thought they were giants... :/ ... Lol I love how the house is all cute and candy-pink-like and theres a pentagram on the door XD
amoris-defrenatum Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Moving the children foward a bit might work. They seem large. I think the contrast is perfect though.
I think if the children were a closer to the foreground, their size would make more sense.
Beautiful, though!
canis-phantom Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
the foreground should be lighter then the background, by having the ground that hansel and grettle are standing on be darker then the ground the house stands on you're flattening the image. other then that, i see nothing wrong.
RainLioness Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Awesome :D
Shuckleberry-Finn Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
I think there's something about Hansel and Gretel's faces...... Thats about it. Every thing else is AWSOME!! Great Job. =)
darkguru Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
beautiful, but the house is flat. how bout some perspective. It looks like a cardboard cut out. It's got some good aerial perspective though.
LordGawaine Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Too me it looks like the perseption is a little off. It's kind of hard to tell just by looking at it, that the house is off in the distance. What they're standing on kind of blends in with the grass the house is on IMO. If the grass they're standing on was a little darker, and maybe some blades of grass sticking up from their feet would be nice to help in this area. That or maybe some more fog perhaps inbehind the kids on the road, etc.

Congrats on the DD! :)
rachel126 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
I think the kids are too big compared to the house, they seem a little bigger than the body of the house. and I was reading some other comments where some people think it looks like they're floating. The hill they're standing on is almost the same color as her front yard so I can see how they think that, but if you make it darker, would it then become the focus of the piece?
bboystu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Great pic, well done on the DD. Possibly some fog in front of the house for depth?
TiagoBanshee Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
i would remove the pentagram :)
Onagazaru Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Really cool pic, the only thing I can say I think looks a little wierd is the house, not the design but it look a little 2D, but thats maybe your style, i really love the pic overall it's really this scary fairy tail style, impressive really. :)
rocksicle Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
I think most disconcerting is that the children are very far in front of the house, but the way they are looking suggests they are right next to it.
HolyMushroom Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
How did u make that grungy look?? Great pic!
OdessaSawyer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
hehe this is awesome! they actually remind me a little of the kids from the candy land board game..
i like the skull and bone in the foreground and the textures are nice
congrats on the DD :)
demented-bunny Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
the house and children are very flat - they look like they're stuck onto the background. but maybe this was the intended effect? i quite like the flatness. it makes it seem all the more like a storybook illustration.
ozkunzu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006   Photographer
Just different
RedFeatherHusky Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Lovely peice. I love the house especially, the colors are so vibrant! And those children remind me of Germany in a way, namely Hummel figurines. :]

The only thing I could see that would need improvement is the foreground where the children are. I'd suggest bringing up the saturation on the frontmost hill there. Not overly much, but just enough so the children don't look so cut-and-paste in comparison. The contrast between the rest of the background and the house is perfect, though. I especially like how well the forest works with the bright house!

Keep up the great work! And congrats on the DD!

dreamwrite Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
I don't think you need changes! I love how the candy looks. Despite the fact that the picture is not real, the candy looks really real. Great job!
BenjaminCee Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
What? NO! Seriously, this piece is perfect as it is in my eyes...what you've made here could pass in so many dimensions.
If you hadnt mentioned it, i dont think anyone would have said otherwise (not to put anyones observation down)
Contrast makes the world work.


Awesome piece.
Recalcitrance Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
The kids kinda look.... glued in there. It's pretty good, but something just isn't on the mark.
flower-GIRL Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
i think its the proportion f the children to the house and trees... its not obvious enough that they are standing in the foreground and the house and trees are in the middle and background. also the brightly coloured house and children clah with the dark sullen background. but looking at it for longer it becomes normal.
vill Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I see a penis-house... man you need help :)
vill Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I see a penis-house... man you need help :)
ElviraVonNosferatus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
haha that pentagram is cool :) exact exact :D
kazema Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Nice. (^_^)

Too bad the witch is going to eat them... ...actually, I've already forgotten the rest of the story...
Milarky2999 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
deffinatly eye catching and fun to look at..
its the children for me that make it look not 100%.
awsome house and backgound love that contrast, I think maybe the children and the house look like two diffrent styles? and the 3 styles background trees, house, and kids looks wrong, carnt quite say why the children look diffrent, not sure if its size of them, or maybe there less detailed or light on them?
TammySue Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
congratz on the DD. very much deserved!!
pinkandfluffy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006
loving the little details.. like that star thingy on the door, and that little skull... the kids scare me though
I do think SithKittie is right about the contrast... it's not very obvious they're on a hill... they seem to be as tall as the house
enticeme Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006   Digital Artist
I think the background is perfect, it makes the forground stand out more. Perfect, don't change a thing.
TooTwiggy22 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
This is a pretty nifty rendering of the fairy tale. Personally, I like it. The only thing I see that's a little funky is that the house doesn't seem to blend in well with the scenery. I realize that it's supposed to stand out in color, but it seems as if the house is less of a house and more of a propped up picture of one. To be quite honest though, I'm really in no position to talk because nothing I do could come out as nice as that. So don't listen to me.

Good work :)
cheerful-cherub Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
Thanks for the comments.

I think you're right. It looks like a cardboard cut-out! I think the problem is that there's no sense of perspective - we only see the front and none of the sides. I'll have to think about this one. :)
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