Very original and dynamic self portrait, the colour scheme and flow of the interacting elements are in particular great. I'd say this was a good experiment in composition, too, as everything comes together nicely with a visible central visual point for the piece.
Thanks, yeah I played around with the symmetrical layout for a bit on this one. I remember that at one point there was even a retro-bamboo design around the outside to frame it but that started to result in a very clunky and cluttered image so I stripped it back to a bit more of an organised jumble of elements. The overall idea was always to arrive at something akin to a polynesian tarot card look in my own illustrative style.
I do see how a bamboo design would work, but I think you made a good decision - this more streamlined version works best. I enjoy seeing modern, individualised versions of interesting classic sources such as the tarot card, so this was very eye-catching.
This piece is really strong - I'd say do more work like this! Tap back into the tiki, he clearly inspires you - your palette and the successful way you're stylizing here, (not just "cartooning") - this is a great direction for you.
Oh wow, thank you very much for the sincere feedback. It gives me some real insight into what people respond to in my gallery which was the whole reason for my joining deviantArt in the first place, to get some real advice. I will be keeping your assessment and sentiments in mind for my next artistic endeavour. Thanks very much jimmyemery, I'm sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you.
You're very welcome - the more we all keep working, the more we evolve as artists. Just when I think I've gotten to some place of competency I'll worry that I'm getting complacent, and that helps me keep trying new things and pushing myself. Plus I look at the work of our fellow artists and get all humbly - there's a lot to learn in looking and trying to analyze and appreciate the disparate styles of other's work and working methods. THat's one f the reasons I like DA too - its an endless source of all kinds of inspiration. Keep working and evolving!