I am amazed by the combination of fantasy and reality that is achieved in your photos. Any time I have artists block, I just look through your gallery and get inspired. Great work and keep up the unique style. I find myself taking an idea and running with it. Which is a great credit to your open book style. It is as if a story is being told and the viewer is invited to create, explore, and write the ending to a fantasy novel. I just love ever thing you do and will continue to visit your profile as often I can.
Overall, I have to say this is one of my favorite of the animal pieces along with the reptile ones - simply fantastic. The composition of the pictures draws the eye to all the main points and you make a perfect canvas, so every time you paint on yourself or color yourself, you really draw attention to specific parts of the photos.
Vision: As always, the idea behind the pictures is very clear, yet the definition is open and loose, ready for interpretation. Anthropomorphic? Magic? Or simply representation? And you manage to match with the animal perfectly every time! You add just enough so that you have something in common with the critter, but remain very obviously human. The personality of said critter is captured in your face and particularly in your eyes. And the expression is in not only your face but your body language as well, adding to the overall flavor of the picture. I love that you do these photos with no visible clothing as well yet remain perfectly modest. I think it really connects you and the animals in the photos - they aren't wearing anything either! *Teehee*.
Originality: I have yet to see anyone create photos the way you do with these animals and here with these guinea pigs in particular is a first for me! It's exotic, beautiful, creative, and DEFINITELY original! I can't say I would do any better or differently, that's for sure! It's inspiring to see something so refreshing and unexpected as well.
Technique: Always spot on! The way you over or under saturate makes a big difference too. Some of these photos speak best with less color, and this is definitely not one of them! The warmth of the skin tones really adds to the friendly look of the picture and the definition of the fur with the shadows and contrast really brings out the fluffiness! I am glad you choose to do black backgrounds as well, there's really no reason to do a background unless it was outside with a wild animal theme or a big animal and even then, black could easily be achieved. But having no noise behind the picture really removes that aspect of overwhelming color or activity that could greatly detract from this piece and others like it. A+++++! That said, I would like to see you challenge yourself with other types of animals as well, it would be incredibly interesting to see what you could achieve with something bigger in size.
Impact: I have to admit, every time I see one of your photos in my messages, I know instantly what it is, what's going on, and who it is. You and your work have become very unmistakable, and it's, again, refreshing. When I opened this picture, I was not disappointed! It's attractive, cute, well-composed, clean, and everything is well kept. Creatures like guinea pigs are rather clean and very playful/inquisitive, and this picture does them justice.
The makeup in this is ingenious. I love the whole picture but the way you created a subtle change in feel just with the lipstick is impressive and something I haven't seen done before in this way. The more I look at it the more I see it as a reflection of the G Pigs themselves, but it can stand alone. It adds whimsy and innocence and a little bit of quirk to the entire shot.
I am always amazed by the animals you pose with, the rather original makeup, and the powerful expressions on your face in all of your photos. You seem to have been doing this for several years! I actually look through your self portraits to see different powerful facial expressions before some of my practice shoots.