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Academic-Style Critique
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:
  1. A link to the deviation you want me to critique (vital).
  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...

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!

deviantART and Art in General

My Comment Stamp by magicalmasterpiecefav n run by Bad-BloodStamp: Love Commenters by Flame-of-the-Phoenix
Stamp - MangaStudio User by firstfearStamp - Photoshop User by firstfearStamp - Tablet User by firstfear
Stamp - Pencil+Paper User by firstfearStamp - Camera User by firstfear

Opinions & Likes

Rain Stamp by Stamp221Storm Stamp by soulshelterI Love Nature 2 by Wearwolfaa
Universe Stamp by Kezzi-RoseI Love Rats Stamp by NickiStockstamp :: cat lover by octobre-rouge
STAMP: Dog Lover by zungzwangWolf Lover, Stamp by JazzaXStamp - I Heart Goldfish by AnimeGirlMika
Classical music stamp by TollerkaI Love Rainbows Stamp by ClefairyKidBlack glitter stamp by QueenWerandra
I Love cake stamp by LustfulwishI love Cookies STAMP by CassyDiinloveStamp - Apple Lover by firstfear
Stamp - Milk Lover by firstfearStamp - Cheese Lover by firstfearStamp - Donut lover by firstfear
Tea Stamp by Kezzi-RoseFast Food Stamp by Kezzi-RoseCoffee stamp by Kiiro-sama
Keep Calm Stamp by Kezzi-RoseFairground Stamp by Kezzi-Rosei collect PLUSHIES! stamp by RRRAI
Now Panic Stamp by Kezzi-RoseNice Butt Stamp by Kezzi-RoseBooks Stamp by Kezzi-Rose
Stamp - Love Halloween by firstfearAutumn Stamp by Kezzi-RoseSweater Weather Stamp by Kezzi-Rose
Holiday Card Project Stamp by HeidiStamp - Happy Holiday by firstfeari :heart: Christmas by huoeme


Godot and Diego Armando Stamp by Princespurple107One Piece Stamp 2 by ChrissyMSanji stamp2 by wallabby
The Triforce by fricken-pimpOkami Amaterasu stamp by Stamps-LoverKERMIT ANOM NOM NOM by daigonite
Owlery Collection-Gryffindor by DumblyDoorHarry Potter Stamp by Kezzi-RoseThe best stamp in the world by MithriLady
Professor Layton Stamp_Layton by babo-stampI Have a Dream by Mr-StampGryphon Fanatic -stamp- by Zenfyre
I :heart: the Doctor by redshadow-onlineLone Gunmen Stamp by TheSylverLiningVOCALOID Stamp by MyFebronia
Data's Life Forms Stamp by TaladarkieJJNyan by Blubble-The-BlubsSuikoden Stamp by Bahamut50
Rune of Life and Death by Bahamut50Dragon Rune by Bahamut50Gate Rune by Bahamut50
Night Rune by Bahamut50Rune of Beginning by Bahamut50Black Sword Rune by Bahamut50
Bright Shield Rune by Bahamut50Blue Moon Rune by Bahamut50Beast Rune by Bahamut50
True Fire Rune by Bahamut50True Water Rune by Bahamut50True Lightning Rune by Bahamut50
True Wind Rune by Bahamut50True Earth Rune by Bahamut50Rune of Punishment by Bahamut50
Sun Rune by Bahamut50Twilight Rune by Bahamut50Dawn Rune by Bahamut50
ne shiteru? by lynseylewQ Stamp by explodingmuffinsGhost Trick Stamp by Pataphyx
the great mouse detective by FlikkunStamp-SH1 by StarkHolmesSherlock by 1stClassStamps
Unown Stamp by Kezzi-RosePokemon Games Stamp by KeliAlexCharmander Stamp by Kezzi-Rose
Wii love nintendo by mxloveGankutsuou Stamp by AnimeGirlMika
Walt Disney. by Snuf-StampsOld Skool Disney fan Stamp by CheesecakeStampsDisney Stamp - BatB 015 by hanakt
Dr Horrible Stamp by TwilightProwlerDr. Horrible stamp by aftersunsets
Sailor Moon Crystal: Sailor Moon by AdrianaFilipSailor Moon Crystal: Sailor Mercury by AdrianaFilipSailor Moon Crystal: Sailor Mars by AdrianaFilip
Sailor Moon Crystal: Sailor Jupiter by AdrianaFilipSailor Moon Crystal: Sailor Venus by AdrianaFilip


Artist Alley Update

Sun Jul 12, 2015, 4:24 AM
Hello everyone!  My apologies for being M.I.A. for so long.  My life has been really busy this year--due to both very good (getting engaged) and very bad (my oma's sudden death) events--so I haven't been able to check up on dA like I usually do.  I've still been making art and have several active projects, but today I wanted to stop by and let everyone know what's going on with me and artist alley.

Some of you probably noticed I didn't have an artist alley table at Anime Oasis in May.  The signups back in December were an utter fiasco and I was unable to secure a spot.  Signups for artist alley have become more and more stressful over the years (especially for Anime Oasis), and participation in general has become much more 'work' than 'fun', so I decided I should take a break.

Therefore, while my absence from AO's artist alley was not intentional, I will be purposefully skipping out on Fandemonium's and Tomodachi Fest's artist alleys this year.  I had so much fun at AO as a 'normal' attendee that I really think I needed this break.  I'm not sure now if I even want to try to attend artist alley ever again.  As I mentioned earlier, my life has become really busy and other things are shifting to the fore.

I do intend to continue with my art as usual, striving for improvement and accepting commissions as time permits.  Taking my leave of artist alley actually allows me to pursue art more whole-heartedly, so it really seems to be for the best.

To all my regular artist alley clients, I will be happy to continue working with you on new commission projects.  Just send me an email at if you want to set something up!

Thanks for your time, everyone.  お元気でね!

  • Mood: Hungry
  • Listening to: The Legacy Collection - Toy Story
  • Reading: Ouran High School Host Club
  • Watching: Amon Saga
  • Playing: Pokémon Shuffle
  • Eating: cheese puffs
  • Drinking: water


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.

I plan to make some tutorials in the near future; what would you like to learn from me first? 

3 deviants said Chibi Basics
1 deviant said Anime Basics
1 deviant said Coloring with Markers
1 deviant said Inking in Photoshop
1 deviant said Watercolor Basics
1 deviant said Depicting Animals
No deviants said Inking with Pens
No deviants said Coloring with Colored Pencils
No deviants said Coloring in Photoshop
No deviants said Other (please elaborate in the comments)

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Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave:  Just stopped by to say hello!  I was missing you! :)
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
...a very happy birthday to you miss...hope your special day is filled with joy...=3
puddlefisher Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Beep boop.

This is your friendly neighbourhood puddlefisher here, just announcing my wishes for your new year.
See ya!

Boop beep.
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you~!  I hope you're having a wonderful start to the new year!  :heart:
R4zor3dge Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the llama!
KimuXGemini Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Thanks for the :+fav: :)

If you still haven't visited our cosplay page, this is the perfect time to do it and support us :> Please like our page, it'll mean a lot to us~


Our page:…


Thank you very much and have an awesome day :D 

Andorada Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Hearts In Colour       Hearts In Colour 

                                Nice gallery!

                       Thanks for joining us in 

Hearts In Colour        Hearts In Colour
Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really appreciate your feedback and comments.  It's makes my day!   :hug:  And thank for the fav! 
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D I've made it my goal to comment on all new deviations from people I watch :meow: Having such a goal means I end up comment bombing a lot of the time since I get behind, lol.
Nikzson Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
*hugs llama* Thanks for the badge!! :D :hug:
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
Nikzson Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
-Watches- ._.
pho3nixdown Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for taking time to give me a meaningful critique!  I was doing some color theory studying and agree with the advice given.  I am not 100% how to apply the fixes with all this advice coming in, but I will try!  Thank you :iconsnugplz:  Your gallery is also gorgeous btw!    I'm happy to have bumped into you!
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!  I don't always have time to give big comments so I'm really happy to hear it helped you today!  I'm sure you'll be able to get the result you want from your art with practice :3

And thank you for the compliment~  Always pleased to get praise for my artwork :D
Jibril-Cosplay Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014

Hi ^-^

Thank you very, very much for the :+fav: of my Nefeltari Vivi Cosplay! That means a lot to me! *-*

Vivi Cosplay by Jibril-Cosplay

I also posted progresspictures and more stuff related to this cosplay on my Facebookpage. ^-^ So if you're intrested in more, check out:

Clamdiggy Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave:  Just came by your page to say "HI!"
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hi! Thanks for remembering me :D I have been insanely busy in the past couple months.  So backed up on dA checking and updating!  How have you been carrying on?
Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have been well, I know what you mean about busy I think I've fainted. .  Glad to hear from you! :hug:
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear you're well!  Let's keep trying hard in all our endeavors XD  I'm still catching up on dA; gonna comment on your new stuff sometime, lol.
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mijoe2001 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey just touching base we talked a little bit at Anime Oasis. Hope all is going well with you
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