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Looking for serious, detailed, yet fair feedback on your art?  Have your work professionally critiqued!

For examples, my current repertoire of dA critiques can be seen below!

I am a university fine arts student with real-world critique experience, giving and receiving critiques both in oral and written format, schooled in the most constructive and satisfying critique method there is.  I do not give simple constructive criticism--only a part of academic critique--my service is a full review designed not only to help the artist improve their work but also to interpret and analyze the art as it is, focusing on areas such as style, technique, and visual metaphor.  Because my critiques are not based on criticism alone and are written in a professional, impersonal format, they do not end up sounding rude, scathing, or disheartening as others do.  From the Wikipedia article on critique: Critique is based upon an informed opinion, and never upon personal opinion. Informed opinion is accepted as being technical knowledge, personal or professional experience, or specified training.  If receiving a fulfilling review of your work sounds good, read on for details!

Purchase of this commission will accord you a formal critique with these specifications:
  • Written in a professional and academic style (English-language only).
  • At least two substantive paragraphs, up to five as the art dictates.
  • Delivered via the deviantART Critique system.
  • Turn-around time will range from same-day up to two weeks after I officially accept the commission.
  • You may request specific areas to be touched upon (coloring, style, etc.) though I cannot guarantee I will be able to fulfill all such requests.
The following reservations should be noted.  If your order does not meet requirements, it will not be accepted.
  • Applies only to deviantART-hosted art, aka deviations.
  • You must have critiques turned on for the piece you wish to have critiqued.  I will not provide the critique in the comments section.
  • My expertise lies with 2-dimensional art in traditional or digital media, particularly drawings and paintings.  As such, I may decline to critique your work if I don't feel I have the knowledge to do so.
  • I will not accept art that is incomplete or does not have enough substance for me to produce a quality critique.
  • I will strive to provide a fair, full-bodied critique but I will not rewrite, augment, or otherwise change the critique once it has been submitted (excepting technical errors or glitches).  I do not provide a guarantee that you will like your critique, only that it will be expertly written, relevant, detailed, and as objective as possible.
If you've read all that and feel you're ready for some fine arts-style feedback, click the "Request Commission" button and include the following information:
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  2. Any specific areas you'd like me to include or focus on in my critique.
  3. Other information you think is relevant to the commission.
Once I receive your request, I will review the information you provided and if I'm able to accept the request, you will soon have an outstanding critique submitted to your artwork!  I look forward to working with you!


The phoenix's sword by Sunima
by Sunima

My intial reaction to this painting was awe. The brilliant colors and striking detail are powerful and hit the viewer immediately. I co...

The Blood Red Stallion by JayLights

The atmosphere in this piece is very potent. The horse's mane flowing in the wind and the great cold moon casting its light throughout ...

Concept by OryxPixie

This piece works well both as a statement about the original artist and about many artists in general. The pure color flowing from the ...

Gaelic Romantique by Fickta
by Fickta

The color scheme and subsequent atmosphere in this piece is lovely. The warm, light tones in the background and dress give it a calm, i...

Random from Genso Suikoden Fanart

Incredible fan art I've found of this under-appreciated series!


Please buy these prints and things for me :3

Mika Supports Things with Clever Stamps!


Stamp - Not Valid Fan Art by stop-tracingI support Fanart by SquallxZell-LeonhartAnti Art Theft Stamp by ZeiphexSaying it loud and PROUD... by renguellaStorm Stamp by soulshelterfav n run by Bad-BloodI Love Nature 2 by WearwolfaaDon't thank me for.. stamp by wol4ica-stock: Pro-Choice is NOT... : stamp by Tibb-WolfStamp: Love Commenters by Flame-of-the-PhoenixI Love Rats Stamp by NickiStockstamp :: cat lover by octobre-rougeSTAMP: Dog Lover by zungzwangWolf Lover, Stamp by JazzaXStamp - I Heart Goldfish by AnimeGirlMikaClassical music stamp by TollerkaWay of the Gods by RendellineRain Stamp by Stamp221Stamp: I love deviantART by apparateI Love cake stamp by LustfulwishI love Cookies STAMP by CassyDiinloveHoliday Card Project Stamp by HeidiStamp - Happy Holiday by firstfeari :heart: Christmas by huoeme


Godot and Diego Armando Stamp by Princespurple107One Piece Stamp 2 by ChrissyMAlan Rickman Stamp by Aryan-DarkGO is Smexy by beanhuggerOwlery Collection-Gryffindor by DumblyDoorProfessor Layton Stamp_Layton by babo-stampI Have a Dream by Mr-StampDisney Stamp - BatB 015 by hanaktGryphon Fanatic -stamp- by ZenfyreI :heart: the Doctor by redshadow-onlineLone Gunmen Stamp by TheSylverLiningVOCALOID Stamp by MyFebroniaSanji stamp2 by wallabbyThe Triforce by fricken-pimpData's Life Forms Stamp by TaladarkieJJNyan by Blubble-The-BlubsStop Eating the Stamps by EmeraldTokyoWumbo Stamp by KataoiI don't know half ...stamp by kaede-kitSuikoden Stamp by Bahamut50Rune of Life and Death by Bahamut50Dragon Rune by Bahamut50Gate Rune by Bahamut50Night Rune by Bahamut50Rune of Beginning by Bahamut50Black Sword Rune by Bahamut50Bright Shield Rune by Bahamut50Blue Moon Rune by Bahamut50Beast Rune by Bahamut50True Fire Rune by Bahamut50True Water Rune by Bahamut50True Lightning Rune by Bahamut50True Wind Rune by Bahamut50True Earth Rune by Bahamut50Rune of Punishment by Bahamut50Sun Rune by Bahamut50Twilight Rune by Bahamut50Dawn Rune by Bahamut50ne shiteru? by lynseylewQ Stamp by explodingmuffinsGhost Trick Stamp by Pataphyxthe great mouse detective by FlikkunStamp-SH1 by StarkHolmesSherlock by 1stClassStampsThe Mushroom Stamp by BusirisPokemon Games Stamp by KeliAlexCharmander Stamp by Kezzi-RoseWii love nintendo by mxloveWalt Disney. by Snuf-StampsOld Skool Disney fan Stamp by CheesecakeStampsDr Horrible Stamp by TwilightProwlerWonderflonium Stamp by ZimblDr. Horrible stamp by aftersunsets


Welcome to 2014 - The Year of Art

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 2:50 AM


Art Status
FREE Bubbles Status Buttons:Commissions are CLOSED by koffeelamFREE Bubbles Status Buttons: Trades are CLOSED by koffeelamFREE Bubbles Status Buttons: I don't do Requests by koffeelam

Mika says...

Wow, I love this new journal skin!  Thanks again to nikkittie for making it (^^)  Customizing a new skin for a new year of journals is so fun!  Er...that's not what I started this journal to talk about though, ha ha...

2014 has been a fabulous year so far.  Most things for me are going relatively well, which makes it easier to bear those things that aren't.  I think a lot of it is thanks to using HabitRPG.  It has kept me so ridiculously on task and productive, it's really unbelievable.  All I can think is, this app is my spoonful of sugar.  Things I dread and put off for ages as well as things I really want to do but have a hard time remembering, they're all getting done and enthusiastically!  Projects at my I.T. job, chores at home, healthy choices to build a better me, and of course, every aspect of my art life, from daily sketching to weekly inked drawings to full commission pieces, I'm banging away at them all like a dwarf in a mine!

Right now, I have several art goals for 2014.  Some are my self-set New Year's goals and some I picked up from HabitRPG Challenges:

  • Draw something new every day.
  • Complete a fully-inked drawing every week.
  • Complete all standing commissions.
  • Do not take on new commissions (conventions excepted).

Even though my free time is just as limited, my work schedule is just as fucked up, all the things that have plagued me for years are just as present, I'm really feeling 2014 as the year of art.  I want to keep this vibe going as long as possible.  Stay productive, stay creative, keep learning, keep improving, I'm feeling it all!

Hope everyone else's year has been going just as wonderfully.  Do you have some specific art-related goals to reach?  Let me know how you're doing (^^)

Four Favorite Features
In every journal, I showcase four of my recent favorite deviations.
I try to feature art that I think deserves more attention.

Wolf's Rain - Rakuen by wind-boxSilver brocade by Vasylissa
Suikoden-- Happy New year! by thanyawanDr. Horrible by hadesha

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: New Age 4 Magical (Pandora)
  • Reading: The Black Gryphon
  • Watching: Hoozuki no Reitetsu [this anime, pure gold]
  • Playing: HabitRPG
  • Eating: Lunar New Year's feast
  • Drinking: Pumpkin Spice tea


Denise "Mika" Hutchins
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Artist's Statement
"There are two themes that shape the large majority of my art, purity and balance. I'm highly interested in depicting or eliciting pure emotion and utilizing pure, vivid colors. I love creating cute images without conflicting subtext. Balance is present in my work because it's the main principle I live my life by. I don't think relief is as sweet as when it follows intense pain, nor is happiness as strong as when it's accompanied by the memory of hardship. Balance is important to one's quality of life, from emotion to physicality, and that idea spills over and saturates many of my artworks, too."

Current Residence: Idaho, USA
Favorite art style: Anime, Fantasy, Macabre
Personal Quote: You'll never fail if you never give up.

What's your top favorite color group? 

14 deviants said Blue
13 deviants said Purple
9 deviants said Red
8 deviants said Green
4 deviants said Orange
4 deviants said Grey
No deviants said Yellow

Fun Stuff

LilySlim Weight charts

Daisypath Anniversary tickers



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...a very happy birthday to you miss...=3
AnimeGirlMika Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much indeed!
Clamdiggy Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww thanks for the Added to my devWatch! !  Hug 
AnimeGirlMika Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!  I appreciate your commenting on my recent work and would love to be able to return that kindness ^^
Kitsune300 Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the llama!
AnimeGirlMika Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the :+devwatch:
Kitsune300 Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
>//.< Np
puddlefisher Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there! :eyes: Just dropping by.
AnimeGirlMika Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey there, great to hear from ya :la:
beowulf716 Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!

Come back again sometime :thumbsup:!
thanks for the fav :hug:
ChiisaYanagi Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: =D
Syluns Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for the fave~ :D
violbassen Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Llama XD
lielmil Sep 17, 2013
Thank you for the :iconllama1plz:
AnimeGirlMika Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
For me to remember:
isletree Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks for your kindness!
AnimeGirlMika Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
Thank you so much for the fav! :iconoctopusglomp:
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