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    Ugly Painting is Ugly- HALP

    This painting needs help like a car crash victim rapidly exsanguinating.

    This was an experiment, admittedly but I think that when it didn't pan out, I kind of half-assed it and made it worse than before ><

    Foreground: Acrylic
    Background: Watercolor

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    Most striking problem is the tangent tent - horizon - figure. The tent dominates the picture because its to saturated in comparison to the other objects. The elbow is hard to read and should be imo represented in the silhouette.

    That all said, your painting is not as bad as you may think. It's traditional and as such you can not "cheat" with undo funktions. I could imagine children would really like it for bright colours and lots of details to explore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gib View Post
    Most striking problem is the tangent tent - horizon - figure. The tent dominates the picture because its to saturated in comparison to the other objects. The elbow is hard to read and should be imo represented in the silhouette.

    That all said, your painting is not as bad as you may think. It's traditional and as such you can not "cheat" with undo funktions. I could imagine children would really like it for bright colours and lots of details to explore.
    I agree. Children tend to care more for simplicity, this embodies relative simplicity.

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    Hmm...

    Well one thing I am sure of is this. If you label your art as being "ugly" then you have already predetermined the outcome of your critique. Try not to be so negative. If you have mistakes then let others find them and don't beam a spotlight on them. If you are aware of things that are flawed then make them right.

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    I like your otter! He's cute, although I prefer he not be staring at me like that.

    The ferris wheel is odd, that it's obscured by clouds. It sort of makes me think that something is on fire, to have such thick, low lying smoke like that.

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    oops, I guess that means I haven't visually communicated well enough that that's supposed to be trees. Back to the drawing board on those!

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    LOVE the idea!

    Ok, your trees and sky look very similar tonally as well as shape-wise, which is why there's confusion.

    I'm guessing that part of the frustration is that it doesn't look 'right'. No matter what the subject is, nail the forms in pencil before you paint. If something is stiff or wonky in the pencil, paint isn't going to hide it.

    Looks like you did what I do too often - just start without planning out the composition(poor lil guy's tail got cut off). For the next one, do a bunch of rough, teeny sketches until you get one that feels good and balanced.

    Spend more time on the first steps, and the paint part will be much easier.

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