This is a very intricate, very exquisitely detailed and insidiously exuberant masterpiece. The designs are very elaborate and the whole piece looks very realistic and fantastic, it's like the real replica itself. What I like is the ear-phone feature on his hair, it looks sort of intricate and very fine, it must have taken very long hours to construct the earphone feature. The face looks extraordinarily good and realistic. The features are all sophisticated and they really synchronize with the face. I like the way you did the hair, it is a very unique design and shape. Good job there.
Hey, it's a Pepper! I remember seeing this character quite a while ago, and I've been wondering what had happened to the once-famous Pepper. It's nice to see the character back under the limelight again!
First things first, I now fully understand your conviction when you said you were going to break out of your original comfort zone. And for that determination, you did exceptionally well. This piece is something that is far, far removed from your usual fare. And if I may say so, it's very well done. The earphone piece carries your original and unmistakable signature of intricate geometric details encased in a grander scheme of designs. The rest of the character appears almost minimalistic in comparison, which addes to the drastic contrast and the dramatic effect. Putting two and two together and we are looking at a very succesful piece altogether.
If there's any critique I can give to this piece (and believe me, I had to think long and hard on this one), it goes back to what I had mentioned with your earlier pieces - something that has to do with the overall meta-design features of a piece. When we look at this piece, there's a jarring effect on the viewers' right, where the extensions on the earphones literally stabbing towards that border. The reast of the piece has an airy, open feel except for this specific wall. I am a big advocate of using white space to convey a message and I think if we can extend the white space in that side, the whole piece would have something to gain by it. Also, as compared to the rest of the piece, Pepper's hair seems clunky and rooughly-hewn. This feature takes away some of the "soft vs hard" contrast that we see between the character and the futuristic headphone. Perhaps there are other ways the hair can be rendered to further enhance the contrast.
But overall, I stand by what I said in the very beginning. You've done exceptionally well. And you've certainly done-done yourself!