EOW 123: A Blasted Heath : Witches SAbbath
Witches Meeting Place.
refered to as "the Blasted Heath, in the opening scenes of Macbeth
feel free to add as many weird/mysterious/creepy elements as you think fitting....
Bring on the storms
cue fog machine and cauldron smoke!
DUE November 1stth 2009
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Last edited by chaosrocks; October 23rd, 2009 at 11:34 AM.
Does it need to be a heath, or is that just an evocative title?
i'm a bit dissapointed at myself for not finishing the gardens Eow, so i think i better finish this one.
rough sketch, just to get things going in the thread... hmm, just noticed this is due on self portrait day...
Here's my first wip:
Comments on it?
New try at keeping a sketchbook!
Pate5-Looking good. I like the look of the sky. Something about it seems really ominous to me. Keeping in mind its a wip I'll keep my crits to a minimum but the tombstones in the foreground feel a lil funny to me. More specifically the perspective on the crosses is off.
Last edited by NPlaxco; October 24th, 2009 at 06:09 PM.
Alright, I went as searched around for the definitions and examples of Heaths and the witches sabbath. It seems like, if the title is followed, this should take place in a very isolated, yet open section of terrain.
However, Chaosrocks, you said to "bring on the caves, tombstones, creepy forests". If I interpreted the definitions correctly, those things really wouldn't be in a historically accurate heath.
What I am trying to get at is how faithful do we need to stay to the topic?
(maybe Im just paranoid after that one COW round...)
I wanted to make mine in a cave.
here's the deal. you all are making it harder than it is. if you read Macbeth (or watch it, or the cliffs notes) the witches refer to the darksome forerst. the wraith they consult comes out of a cave... the moor, the heath scotland if you will but Im offering you the freedom to fantasise it. the witches set the scene..... now you realize it.....grok?
shakespears' was not an historically accurate heath either......loosen up ya'll.. and you would be meaning geographically accurate anyway...
for example ruins on the heath in scotland,, just one possible way to go..... there are literally hundreds of songs about hiwaymen ad brigandes hidiing in caves and among the gorse and heather.....why not witches.....free those imaginations!
Last edited by chaosrocks; October 25th, 2009 at 08:33 PM.
What's the problem?
This represents a "den" in the village where I was born. It looks lovely and tidy in that picture, but it is unkempt and wild, and the "bad lads" used to hang out there, because they were out of sight of people.
There is a church and graveyard on the hill above (to the left of that pic, if you could but see it). There's also John Knox's cave where the Reformer was supposed to have hidden and preached (yeah, go figure) while he was being hunted.
There's also a rock face there that I scared the crap out of myself trying to climb when I was nine.
Take my word for it; a "blasted heath" can be very close to a town (just out of sight).
All it needs is a wind to twist trees into creepy shapes, and places to hide.
Damnit! If I wasn't insanely busy doing "witchy" things this week, I'd hunt down and take some pics to show you.....
thank you alesoun..I knew I could count on your expert experience..with both blasted heaths and witches
Amber, to my eye, the perspective on the building looks too steep for the rest of the picture. The viewer seems to be up a set of stairs that's nearly as high as the building itself; seems the roofline should be more horizontal.
I think both of you are doing great.
Josh, I love your painting technique. So much so, that Im going to try to paint mine is the same kind of style. As for the piece, I am not really bothered by the empty space. Maybe just make the moon a little larger.
Amber, your piece also looks great. Especially the background. The eerie green light with the dark trees is working really well. I might try to do something with the foreground, however. The pumpkin might end up as a distraction.
Update to my picture:
Any better? Critiques?
New try at keeping a sketchbook!
Josh, your image is really nice. I don't even think you need to think that hard over what to add.
If you worked in some subtle, dark and moody mountains in the far background (which you've already started a bit in the middleground); it would have this great wide open, desolate, on the edge of nowhere feel.
Maybe add hints of the cliff face more in the background too, around the upper right side...
Pate5- it looks like maybe you've already started scribbling in some forest and trees in the far background. I'd keep it up. Remember, that far away the individual trees would be lost amongst all the others, so try to just paint masses and shapes. Don't kill yourself on each tree. Highlight the treetops a bit more from the moonlight and bring some of the middle ground values into the background to help with the transition.
Duman- I think your perspective on the cauldron and stand need a bit of reworking. The cave is seen from more of an above view, while the items seem head-on. In the mean time though, you can give more substance to the cave surfaces, etc. by painting in with a larger brush. Detail with a smaller brush after you have better defined your shapes, the way you did with the stairs and stand.
Anyway- here is my WIP.
I still need to fade out the most distant mountains to separate them some from the rest. Finish up the stones and the immediate foreground. Then there is a tree or two in the foreground too, that you can kinda see bits of. Still not sure how I feel about it being there. They might make that corner too busy, clawing their way across the page. I'll find out when i get there.
Duman: I agree with goat27, check the perspective on the stand and cauldron. If you're not sure on how it would look use a mug as reference; by this I mean hold a ordinary coffee mug with the bottom at eye level then see how the top of the mug curves... or the other way around.
Goat27: I really like the look of the fire and the highlights from it. I think the smoke should probably be less opaque. Also be sure to not have your road be all the same color, the area that's to the right going behind the hill should be in shadow.
Here is my WIP4 and the perspective lines for the crypt. I'm still learning perspective myself so please let me know if I did it wrong. I'm still working on the witches and details but any crits are welcome.
Cool great topic.
Jelly Tots x 1,000,000
been quiiiiite some time since I dipped my toe in the CA pond, but thought it would be fitting to do so here! Thanks for keeping this running for so long, chaos. I wouldn't have thought it would ever get to over two years worth of fun.
I work with Ev in the studio now, and he still bugs me for royalties for that banner I made out of his painting!
I couldnt find a burning thread to piss on, so this will have to do. Forgive my inner luddite chaos, you know I always sucked at this formatting stuff -- im sure i got something wrong!
Form my long lost friend!!!!!. I was jus thinking about changing that banner any way...
where you been?
and did you actually mean to post an imagewiththis?
gaius! long time no see ..you in?
final burning will go up about 24 hours before due....with any luck
form: awesome & moody.. nice
Amber: wonderful progress.. lovely details...
goat27 kick ass! I wonder what a huge hulking mountain would look like in the far background??
on a sidenote, it's interesting to see how similar all of our pieces seem.. yes, I realize it's somewhat due to the topic, but our interpretations are strangely the "same"... just an observation
progress.. perhaps finished...