I gazed at the twenty-plus works of art that were in my inbox. Some I just deleted, some I commented on. This piece was different. It wasn't like any of the other pieces in my inbox, so it caught my eye. I loaded the page and I looked down and saw it was open for critique...
My favorite thing about this wonderful work of art is how imaginative it is. The little boy in such a big wide world really creates that "I can do anything" feeling you had as a little kid. It brings back memories, and it makes the art more personal. You can connect to it. The theme adds more meaning than just the image you see.
The way the image was done is really unique. The spots on the picture create a film grain effect, and hints that maybe the art displays something in the past, like a faded photograph or memory. I love the cartoonish style, as it reinforces the fact that this displays a time of childhood. The uneven bench, silhouetted objects, and hand print on the moon, really add to the cartoony feeling.
The way the boy is reaching up, the big city appearing small compared to the boy, and the hand print on the moon, all create the aforementioned "I can do anything" theme. It makes the boy seem bigger than he is; larger than life. But all of this, combined with the art's style, still don't make it over the top. The art is balanced very well, using two main tones to display the art. It works really well. Since everything has been silhouetted, it almost allows to put yourself in the place of the boy, again making the art more personal.
When I look at the piece, I think of Woody's (from Toy Story) saying, "Reach for the sky!". With the boy's arm upward almost touching the moon, and the lights in the sky, it adds to that saying that everyone tells you as a little kid- "You can do anything you put your mind to!".
My complaints- the area at the bottom looks a little too plain compared to the rest of the art. This is a small nitpick, but I'd say that would be the area that could be improved the most upon. Also, I might go a tiny bit less on the film grain.
This is definitely one of my favorite works of art, period. I love the theme of it, as well as the visual. Very well done, zungzwang!