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July 9th, 2011 #1
My name is Betty and currently I'm on full time BA course in Leeds College of Art ('digital film, games and animation'). I really want to improve so feel free to comment/critic, I'd really appreciate your help!
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Good studies overall;
However I feel like the still life with the onions and the pear: Those three items specifically could use more contrast. I can see them, but I feel like you should push it a little more. Perhaps make the values on the onions and the pear more dynamic? Add some darks? I think the problem is with those three things - try adding some darks and see where it takes you. Don't worry about the fabric behind the food though, that seems like it's got enough going on for now.
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Very nice studies so far; you appear to be very comfortable with shape and value, which comes through very nicely in your pencil work. Your paintings are less impressive, but I think part of the problem is you're tackling both paint and color at the same time. I would suggest trying out different methods of studying these subjects to avoid tackling them simultaneously. For example you could try doing small color studies with colored pencils which would be much more similar to pencils, a medium that you're confident with. Similarly, you could try practicing painting monochromatically to help you get the hang of producing accurate tonal blending before moving into color. You could also try building the painting up monochromatically (using a medium brown color for example) then layer colors on top with transparent washes. Other than that, I think your work is developing nicely and there isn't much to say beyond keep up the good work
August 10th, 2011 #15
dierat thanks for advice (and checkin my SB), i really struggle with painting since it's something completly new to me - i'm more confident with graphite, color pencils, markers or even watercolours.
anyway, another cartoony guy cravin for some fish n chips
August 10th, 2011 #16
really nice pencils and style
talking about your acrylics foe eg.
you treat color in too apparent way
red is red, green is green and so on. colors are always influenced by surroundings
light, others objects, weather
for example in shadow cast by nectarines and shade on them
this vid might be helpful
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wow you can draw! those pencils are nice, such lovely shapes!
with your paintings I reckon the problem might be that you're not familiar with how light and colour react to one another. unless you're intentionally going for cartoony-stylised that is.
if you're interested, have a look at Jeremy Vickery's "Practical Light and Color", it's a DVD you can get off amazon or gnomon workshop. it's a VERY good introduction to the way light behaves, and therefore how we perceive colours.
the basic idea of light is that it bounces off everything we can see (the lighter an object is, the more light bounces off it). this means that a yellow object, when hit by light, will essentially cast yellow light back onto your scene. These effects can be very subtle, but they tie a scene together through colour. it's fairly complex stuff, but I reckon you'd get a lot out of it!
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