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    Molly Bawn

    Just a bit of something I did for myself. Trying a little bit of a different approach...


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    I have mixed feelings about the style of this picture. I like it, and I don't like it. It's clean and simple and the line work is well done, but I guess it's not as realistic a style as I usually prefer. I like the dim light and subdued colors, and yet I don't like it. I would like to see more like this, but not so much. Keep up the good work... It is good, at least.

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    I love it! Great old storybook feel.

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    Checked your website too. All great work there, but this one has got to be my favorite.. Any hints on how you did it? Feels like quite some traditional techniques went into it..
    Post more of those!

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    Love, love, love it!!! Did I mention that I love it? It's just so classic.
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    Lovely stuff. everything look fine, except the rifle which is a bit flat to me,

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    Very Nice Piece. You're in Flight... coooollll.

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    Very cool. Loving the style. Not so sure about the direction of every person/animal's gaze. It almost seems like the awkward elevator stare where everyone tries to avoid looking at one another. Almost.

    Nice piece, still.

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    Thanks for the kind comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by lewiston View Post
    Any hints on how you did it? Feels like quite some traditional techniques went into it..
    Post more of those!
    All the linework and most of the value work was done with ever-reliable pencil on paper. Then I scanned it in, coloured all that pencil-work a deep brown, and did the rest of the colouring in Ps. I'll post the original scan when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefooted View Post
    Love, love, love it!!! Did I mention that I love it?
    Gee, I wonder why?
    Me too, BTW.

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    i like it a lot. Very classical, great lines and i really like composition, and the colors, WOAH. if i had to nit pick, i would say, to me, the female face doesn't match the rest, style wise.
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    BEAUTIFUL.
    it's the look i've tried so hard to achieve in some of my pictures. ;_;

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    I definitely dig this. I think you did a fairly good job of juxtaposing peaceful serenity with implied malice- especially her face vs. the gun. My only issue is, can a goose neck bend like the one on the right is bending? I don't know one way or the other, but I do know it looks a bit awkward.

    Anyway, great work!
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    i absolutely love this. you also gave me a fantastic idea, next time i'll skip the traditional coloring when working with graphite and just transfer it to photoshop.

    it looks 100% traditionally done!
    fantastic!

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    very arthur Rachham. Lets see more.
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    a smell of Mucha forever, nice one
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    Not a fan of the lady's hand, but everything else is just so great

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    A nice message there. I'd almost say that you could make the wound on mother nature a little more obvious but, that would make it a gore-fest.

    The way the composition is, you're drawn to the mothers red hair pretty quickly, and once you see that gunshot wound, you start to wonder just what is going on here... after that it's just a couple moments for the audience to figure out the story for themselves: and once they reach that "oh!! Ah-ha!" moment, your message gets a more powerful impact.

    Very nice indeed.

    Edit: Just be sure to work on female hands a bit more, the index finger and thumb on mother natures hand there has some abnormalities. It's twice as unfortunate since the hand is resting right on the main crux / hook of the image.

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    I'm a little indifferent to the style,
    but the composition is really good.

    Perhaps it would look nicer if the woman's head was a little higher than the man's?
    I think it would create a nice hierarchy of shapes.
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    Really Beautiful!!
    I think Dan has a great point, it enhances the flow of the composition.
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    love it dude

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    Beautiful shapes, drawing, tone and texture. Not so sure I understand the storytelling, however. The moment doesn't "read"... but the style and draughtsmanship are great.

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    hey tony, great to see you posting here. Beautiful piece sir.

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    I agree with raising the woman's head higher, but seeing as it comes from a pencil scan, the artist would run into difficulties trying to immitate his original pencil work in photoshop as he raises the head.

    I love the style a lot btw, makes me want to try this out right away!

    I want to mention though that the hunter's legs seem a bit tiny, and he is lacking different values, a bit flat compared to all the other characters on the page, especialy the deer.

    I would love to see the original pencil scan though.
    Did you color using the multiply function?

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    It reminds me of Alphonse Mucha's Art Nouveau.
    Simple, yet precise.

    You should check him out if you want to develope this style.

    But I'm probably preaching to the choir.
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    Fantastic! I love it

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    Nice lines, tone and mood!
    About the composition, Dan's idea is interesting... but for me I think there is a delicate balance (a set of steps) in the original that goes from the man's blue shoulder, to lady's mantle, to deer's back and on to swan's wing shoulder.
    And that part is sort of ruined if the lady's head is placed higher. Now, if she hadn't worn that cloth on her head, then I would have gone with Dan's solution.

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