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Hi D'Arcy. Thank you so much for the critique on my work. Beautiful stuff you have going on here. Lots of great attention to detail. Instead of the grid, may I suggest trying 'ErrantCrow's' head rotation excercise sometime ? I've found it really helpful as an alternate way to approaching heads (only problem is that the file size is quite small)
LaCan has encouraged me to try a more forgiving medium like oils instead of my usual obsessional acrylic work, decided to compromise and do some loose acrylic sketches with a lot of medium and retarder to give me more time to blend. Just on sketch pad paper. These are the result; I liked one enough to frame it as you can see. They are supposed to be standing stones, all but the 1st and last I was working from photo reference to see if I could get the colors right. All about 30 min start to finish, about 5x7 inches.
Looking good. Plus points for putting the effort into loosening things up . Compositions are nice and simple. My favorite is #5.
What I especially liked in the framed painting from your wip thread was atmospheric perspective. This last batch shies away from it somewhat. Pronouncing it more would give paintings a sense of spatial depth and a dimension of additional mystery. Simple atmospheric perspective can do miracles. And you can range it from an easy sfumato of a sunny day to a straight on dense fog, depending on a subtle feel you wish to evoke within particular painting.
Last edited by LaCan; April 5th, 2013 at 09:47 AM.
cumquat: thank you, I'll give that a go!
You are quite right, much less atmosphere here, of if any mostly by accident :-)
I'm going to try a few more, perhaps a little bigger and see if I can get the light more realistic - just trying to get the colors reasonably close to the reference was the main goal, next step will be thinking about how I know it *should* look.
I like the delicate lines of the alligator and the drapery, the heads look a little forced. The last of the standing stones I think succeeds well. They have great planes and angles and look really heavy, nice colors. The backgrounds have kind of a flat quality, but maybe that's what you are going for.