I could use some help with this one. This is a watercolor sketch for a painting. My thought was to use darker values in the distance and higher contrast and detail as the objects come nearer. This goes against how I would normally treat this subject. Any and all advise is welcome. Thanks! #FridayArtCritique
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- My pleasure; I like to talk about other people's paintings... :)Mar 30, 2012
- This is fantastic! I'm trying to get away from saying love in relation to things...but I do love how this is turning out. My take on the light/values.....have you ever looked at something where strong sunlight is hitting the foreground objects fully while the background ones are more shaded and the light not as strong?
Being a photographer; it often happens that the highlights on such a scene are blown you have few details in that area. The turtle is too stark as is, but I would try very faint details with warm colors. And then you would need harsh shadows. Would it work if that first turtle had a bright yellow or orange yellow wash - not too strong though? Then just the slightest suggestion of detail in the shell.
The only problem might be that it currently looks like your shadows are falling in the front, and if that sun is hitting the turtle as proposed the sun would be coming from over your left shoulder, so you would need to rework the shadows somewhat to have darker ones behind/right (if that makes sense).Mar 31, 2012
- Those are excellent suggestions Roberta. Thank you! I have a much clearer idea of how to get what i am looking for now. This was my first post in Google+, It was just the help I needed. Thanks everyone!Mar 31, 2012
- <3 Welcome to G+! (I've been loving reading this thread, btw... thank you and !!)
Mark, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work, and hopefully you'll find a home in the arts community here! (It's the best I've ever found. <3)Mar 31, 2012
- I don't know if it's too late to chime in here, but it is Friday.
Nice drawing! It's really well executed, the reflections and the personality of the turtles are really good.
About the left third, agree with , the highlights look blown out. If it were me, I'd use a wash of opposite color to make that first turtle's shell look less flat. Which is pretty much what she suggested. I'd lean more towards a red/orange than a yellow, though.Apr 6, 2012
- There is something called "atmospheric perspective" and it would work beautifully if you did that with your entire painting. (Meaning as you move closer to the horizon the atmosphere comes between you and the objects so the colors deepen in value, might lose detail and blur a bit more while the foreground is much clearer.) I'd be careful not to lose all the detail in the lighter tones, but I would use some mid-tones and move darker in the turtles as you get closer to the horizon line, like you did for the log actually. I rather like the idea as the change in value would lead your eye through the painting quite nicely. In this case I would NOT worry about balance dark to dark, light to dark is a balance in a different sense, it is more evocative as you present it. That is all I would say.Apr 8, 2012