Gosh! I just woke up and checked dA and saw this wonderful piece. The color-scheme is just wonderful and everything just makes my eyes flow so nicely throughout it all! I hope you don't mind me rambling a wee bit about it in a crit.
Even the water directs my eyes and helps me notice little details I didn't see before like the fish at the bottom and the flower pattern in the back! It can certainly be classified as a 'complete' piece!
My only concern is the child's pose. It seems to disrupt the movement of the piece with that slightly awkward 'hands behind my back and awkwardly looking down at this cute fat bird' pose.
Other than that it's fine, though! considering the child's colors help a little bit in keeping my eyes move and overall lets the colors stay intact as a 'whole' to me.
Pros: Wow... just wow. This is one of the most gorgeous artworks I have seen in a long time. I am just blown away at this beautiful work. The details, the use of colors, the motion of the artwork it just flows so nicely. It feels to me like it's water flowing through the picture (which I think is what you were going for). You have a wonderful style and a nack for details. It's soft looking, it's creative, it has that children's story-book feeling. Honeslty, I can go on all day at just how you used the elements in this piece work so well together.
Cons: So that this critique isn't useless, I'm going to tackle some things. As much as this art piece is beautiful I feel the background is taking the focus away from the the character, who I assume (by the name of the piece) is Jade. It's not the detail in the picture that takes the focus away I feel she just sort of blends in with it. Her clothing sticks out, especially her pants. But going upwards from the neck her focus fades away. I feel she's the emphasis (the main focus) of this piece and I feel everything about this character should be of great importance, in contrast with what's going on around here. The bird next to her and the flower has greater focus than her head and it's as if the three in between are competing for that focus. Also, I feel the dotted flower pattern underneath the dripping water drops are a little unecessary. I think you used it as a way to balance out what's going on in the piece. It just feels like they're just there and serve no purpose.
Suggestions: I can't expressed it enough, considering I went on sentences upon sentences about it, that Jade's face needs to be given great importance. I don't know if it's your style's preference but I feel it's because of how light you made the shading on the face it just lacks importance. Like I said one hundred times, since Jade is the main focus of the piece her face needs to be bolder looking than the other bright objects. Darken the shading, maybe add a little more color to the face (maybe a more bright red, or maybe a tiny pinch of violet or blue if it doesn't interfere with your style), bring out the pupil of her eyes a little more with a darker color. Maybe even saturate her hair or bring out more light values; just something that would make her face pop out but still works with the rest of the image. The dotted flower pattern I think you can get rid of. There are so many things are are going on that are flowing with the piece that is the type of theme you should focus on. The dotted flower pattern actually breaks that feeling and the picture would still look well without them.
Final thoughts:If it wasn't obvious before (and I think I made myself very clear on the fact) this illustration is absolutly wonderful. You have extrodinary talent. Just keep in mind of the focuses and the overall theme of the your piece and I think you should be find. I am definatly looking forward to seeing more of your work. Please, keep up the great work. Hope this critique is useful to you in some way.
I've added many of your images to my favourites but never commented on them! This is great, I love how you've achieved this very personal style, the arabesque and saturated colours, the stylised characters and BEAUTIFUL fish and birds I just love it!