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July 20, 2011
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Jul 7, 2011, 4:11:12 AM
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Dwelling: Bird Monolith by SethFitts Dwelling: Bird Monolith by SethFitts

I am unsure about this piece so I thought I would post it to see what sort of feedback I could get. There are things I like and don't like about it.
Graphite pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal and acrylics on watercolor paper.
Approximately 10x15 inches


Seth Fitts, 2011
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
The concept is intriguing.
Is it a bird made into a house, or a house made like a bird? It's very mysterious and makes me think of the story the piece represents. I quite like it.
SethFitts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting! I am glad you like it!
Thank you!
opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I'm finding the shadow iffy...I think it's because of where the light is brightest on the bird if you were standing there looking at it, the light would be coming over your right shoulder...not totally from the right side, which is what the shadow asked :}
SethFitts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, :blush: . I'm making adjustments!
Thank you much for your input. It is appreciated.
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I like the door, the fenceposts, and the unseeing eye. That eye really adds to the monolithic-ness. This comes across with a heavy sense of place, and I relate to things with that sense. I don't like the moon, because it is small up there, and looks indefinite, almost like an afterthought. The colors are just right. Will you be sharing what you like and don't like about this piece?
SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree about the moon. It was purposeful and had significance but it looks out of place in its current state. I think someone else suggested I lighten it and I plan to do that and see if it improves.
I am not liking the color of the monolith. I was going for a sandy-rock type look and could not achieve it. The more I tried to make it happen, the worse it became. I think I will try a different color from the original plan and glaze it on the monolith. I actually wasn't satisfied with the eye either :lol: . Maybe the new glaze of color will help that as well.

Thank you!!!
ursulav Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I find it compelling. Possibly if the shadow on the left side extended farther around the right, on the ground, so that the doorway had a stronger contrast with the ground, it might read a little more as "doorway"---at the moment, it comes across as a notch at first glance. But that's a minor quibble.
SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Your input is appreciated.
Emily-ek Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how there are so many different ways you can look at this work: the bird looks a bit like it's drowning in sand, but also like it's rising out of it. It looks like a fortress, but also like a mountain, and of course like a bird :)
SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing your insight with me.
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