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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!


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...

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

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...


Please buy these prints and things for me :3

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!

  • 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."


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jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
...a very happy birthday to you miss...=3
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you again :D
Batman-Cools Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Happy birthday!! ^^
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wave:  Just stopped by to say hello!  I was missing you! :)
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Life has been so busy, but this year I'm swinging back toward my art life :3 I am cleaning up here in dA, removing distractions, so maybe I'll have time to interact properly soon XD Thank you for thinking of me!
Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great news!  I look forward to seeing you around and seeing what you have done this past year :D
jamesgunner123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
...a very happy birthday to you miss...hope your special day is filled with joy...=3
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!  It was indeed!
puddlefishie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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:
puddlefishie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Have another happy one in 2017. :giggle:
AnimeGirlMika Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!  I hope your year goes swimmingly, as well!
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: :)

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Thank you very much and have an awesome day :D 

Andorada Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
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                                Nice gallery!

                       Thanks for joining us in 

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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!
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