First of all this piece has great movement it do to the street rails naturally drawing the viewer's eyes down them. The well placed contrast between the sky and skyline easily bring the viewer's eyes back up to complete another circuit. The almost monotone yellow/ orange palate is accented beautifully with cool colors opposite the color wheel giving the painting a more animated and vivid feel. The rule of thirds is well applied in this work, with most of the detail and sharp contrast in the upper third while the rest of the canvas holds a more uniform theme. My first impression of the two sparks on the rails bellow was that they were a distraction and not an enhancement to the flow of the piece. I was wrong, for they pull the eyes away from taking to much time to observe the details in the top third and urge them to complete another revolution around the piece.
This piece is well thought out, has great visual flow, and uses and exceptional color pallet.
This is a great interpretation of an every day scene, and I love the little details you added, like the red ribbon on the trees, the buildings at the back and the sparks on the rail (although I'm not sure what it's from)
I also really like how you balanced the top half which was really busy with a more spacious bottom half.
I feel in critiques, one should state aspects that could be improved or more thoroughly be explored, but I'm sort of at a loss for words. The only thing is maybe you could have added more misted buildings fading into the horizon. Oh! And if you added roadkill in the middle of the road it would instantly add an even darker atmosphere and could have raised awareness to animals. Just a suggestion.
Also, I'm not quite sure what that pink ribbon/flower like thing is in front of the bus...
And I see a sort of face in the bus which is really creeping me out, but interesting detail. I'm not sure if it was intentional (or if the voices in my head are making fun of me again), but it gives a surreal feel to this piece.
Oh, and I feel like I may have been a little harsh on you in the totoro critique, I don't like being "mean" but I also don't want to be one of those people who just give five stars for everything... (I mean five stars should be like really rare, not just carelessly thrown around) you did give a very interesting feel to a slightly overdone totoro pose, and it had a lot of details in it
Lucky you that you were blessed with sucky paper. Maybe it's just what you needed. (After all, it DID WIN!) In art school, I did my best work on newsprint. Hand me a $25 sheet of the best W/C paper...and I'll blow it! rcg