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    Red face Newborn: Birth of Pegasus

    Greek mythology story of the birth of Pegasus that sprang from Medusa's neck as Perseus was beheading her. With a nebula giving birth to Pegasus's constellation. There are eight stars that make up the constellation and in numerology, 8 is the number of building, and in some theories, also the number of destruction. Six snakes coming from Madusa's body to make an evil number. The fire too gives the meaning from death and rebirth refecting Medusa and the rebirth of her in Pegasus.

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    I had started a painting a week ago of a toymaker and today I seen someone post the same idea I had lol. So, I started over with a new idea.

    I wanted to do the Greek mythology story of the birth of Pegasus that sprang from Medusa's neck as Perseus was beheading her.

    These are some sketches I have made this far. I really like number 12. I just hope there is noone that has done the same this time

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    Nice sketches. I agree #12 is probably the best, but 2 could also work if you were to go for a more subdued painting.

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    A good friend and I brainstormed some more ideas and came up with this:

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    Your latest thumb is the best I think. Try to comeout some colour thumbs too at the same time.

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    I like one and two, I think it works better with the medusa snakes rather than the whole head (just my opinion).

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    Color study

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    This is lovely! The nice round doorway and complimenting shape of the neck are my favorite part of the composition.

    However (isn't there always a however) I think that the wings (especially the right wing) Break up the space and look a little awkward. I would bend the right wing so it curves forward with the feathers curling up around the edge of medusas body. i love how you have blood on the tail I think it would make pegasus feel more like hes part of the painting if you put blood on his hooves legs and wingtips too..some more drips maybe...or some blood spatters. He did just burst out of there.

    Are you going to put more snakes around? I see some vague snake shapes and i think the sketch had more it would help to have a few lying around.

    can't wait to see more!

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    You're making very good progress on the color study so far. I like how the composition looks.

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    good luck man, this concept would ahad me stumped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killskerry View Post
    This is lovely! The nice round doorway and complimenting shape of the neck are my favorite part of the composition.

    However (isn't there always a however) I think that the wings (especially the right wing) Break up the space and look a little awkward. I would bend the right wing so it curves forward with the feathers curling up around the edge of medusas body. i love how you have blood on the tail I think it would make pegasus feel more like hes part of the painting if you put blood on his hooves legs and wingtips too..some more drips maybe...or some blood spatters. He did just burst out of there.

    Are you going to put more snakes around? I see some vague snake shapes and i think the sketch had more it would help to have a few lying around.

    can't wait to see more!
    Thank you. I am happy to see you got the idea with the doorway ^^

    I am not sure what to do about the right wing's shape. I dont want to lose the movment. I have wokred it a little now and see what you think and if there is more I need to do with it. As for the bloor..YES there will be blood on the pegasus and some like afterbirth hanging off like in the thumbnail and the snakes will be there everywhere. I just have the things on another layer so I can work out the form and the painting without them blocking some of the form.

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    Ok i'm gonna do this just like I do when i'm critiquing one of my students work so I apologize for marking all over your picture I just am having trouble explaining in words what i'm trying to say and I think the image has so much potential.

    Newborn: Birth of Pegasus

    First off the canvas for this is much too tight and restrictive for the wings. The eye just goes zig zagging everywhere and eveything leads you right off the canvas. As a viewer i'm so distracted by the wings awkwardly breaking the space I don't even notice medusa's body which should be your main focus. even the tail leads you off the canvas.

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    Your wings aren't hanging naturally they look flat and pushed forward like he would flap them forward and back and not up and down. If the picture was more stylized you would get away with it but it has a more realistic look so i would make them look more like real birds wings which curve forward around the body.

    By creating a circle with the wings you lead the viewers eye around and around to take in all the rich lovely detail also bringing the tip of medusas tail back in.

    Hope this helps!

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    That looks a bit too arranged. To much of a circle layout.

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    I would choose another perspective for this scene, something a lot more dramatic. Maybe a cam close to the ground.
    Dont show the gate frontal, frontal is boring, you need some nice perspective.
    Before spending lots of time with color you could do more quick sketches and research.
    Dont pose the wings asymmetrically, google up some nice bird pics and see how real wings look like, i am sure you will find some gorgeous poses.
    Develop some interesting light setting, what you have now looks a bit mashed together. The colors are too strong, the shadows look wrong.
    Work with radiosity, reflection and bouncing lights.

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