You enter the bustling dinner party hesitantly. Some shady characters have been seen around Jamaa as of late, and being kidnapped by a phantom in disguise is the last thing you'd want to deal with at the moment. Taking a breath, you enter the crowded room, seating yourself at a lonely oak table, located farther away from the rest, upon which two empty teacups sit forlornly. You fiddle with the handle on one of them, and then take to examining the pattern on the floor. Why had you come here in the first place? you wonder. Oh, right... it was that mysterious invite you received a while ago. Perhaps it had been foolish to come; perhaps this was a trap. You remove the invitation from your inventory, turning the glossy cream paper over in your paws. As you tamper with the envelope, a bunch of other, smaller pieces of paper, seemingly slipped in unintentionally and forgotten, fall out of it, settling on the floor in messy pile.
First off, we have a lovely piece of artwork brought to us by Viridescent Future AJ. Done in the AJ art program in Coral Canyons, this couldn't have been an easy feat. I particularly like the teal background, which makes the light tan-and-grey character the first thing you look at.
A piece of art with a message, sent in by Kitkat8529. Interesting imitation of Animal Jam's style to convey a message about a problem that has plagued the site since the end of its beta period. The placement of the wolf in the center, with an innocently confused expression, surrounded by rares, amplifies the feeling of being trapped and lost.
Two pieces created by cloudclaws. The sun's rays and the grass peeping through the melting snow in the first piece contribute to the calm, hopeful atmosphere. Not to mention that I like to see something in the foreground now and again, and that bush, dotted with red berries, does the job. The second piece also has an interesting background, getting darker as it nears the character. The character's expression and soft blue glow bring to mind a feeling of despair.
A flowery piece sent in by Summerflair. The light, pastelly, easteregg-esque colors are the prominent feature of this painting. The white, pink, blue, and green really give a sense of springtime, giving the piece an airy, almost delicate feel.
Quite the dynamic piece, sent in by Pawlemagne. This depiction of an Animal Jam wolf plunging into darkness, yet with a calm and content expression, is quite impressive. Its paws, scarf and tail, flung back with the force of the fall, contribute to the dynamic pose.
Two pieces brought in by AttackOnWholock. I'd have to say the most recognizable aspect of your style is the long, deerlike legs. Your style leans towards the build of more agile and thin creatures. Interesting, how you included a little clip on the spiked collars, clearly diverting from the Animal Jam style of items.
And here we have a traditional piece by HungerTheHetalian. I hope you don't mind that I borrowed this piece from the comments, but, as you all can now post pictures, I decided I'll be taking submissions in both email and comment form! Anyway, this piece is impressive in that it imitates the style of anime quite well, and you seem to have managed the proportions of the anime-styled human face quite well.
An interesting piece sent in by Blingbling Jamaa. Interesting composition, with the character peeping out of the side of the page. Exaggerated features, such as a wide, comical grin, and large chin, make this piece memorable.
Yet another traditional piece, this one sent in by Amhdolphin. I like your inclusion of a background; it's like you've provided a habitat for the central character: the fox. I also like how the shadows of the fox and of the tree fall opposite to the light source.
Last but not least, we have a piece from last week's comments, by PinkiePromise10. What stands out to me is how the dragon's back is turned, making for a more difficult angle. The green and purple coloration is fun and lively!
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Some more notes: There were a LOT of pieces sent in this time around, so I may not have gotten to posting yours this time. Look for it in next week's post. Also, I'll probably be hosting the art contest in the summer, if any of you are wondering about that.