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Colored pencil drawing

Postby gmoulton » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:15 pm

I am new to this, friends and family like my artwork, but I would like comments from other artists.
This is colored pencil medium, aprox. 8x10.
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Postby johnwalkeasy » Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:55 pm

Very good color and details. I would think it would be very hard to draw a Humming bird in motion. Perhaps if you could find a way to make the wings look as though they were moving very fast. And a background would add power to the image.
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Postby Singular » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:40 am

The hummingbird is very well drawn. I think now your challenge would be to reduce the amount of white space in the background. So how will you do it is the question.

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Postby TalaZoe » Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:57 pm

I agree, there is alot of white, which makes the hummingbird look like it is floating in space. I love the detail and color-- perhaps you could apply these skills to incorporate a background of plants or flowers?
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Postby gmoulton » Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:09 pm

Thanks for the input, you are right it would look better with some kind of background. Some food for thought, thankyou ;)
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Postby kime » Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:58 pm

welcome, I am new here too. I like the way you colored the bird.
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Postby Nicoletta » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:35 am

wow I love the softness and blend of colors ... how did you do it? layering? what technique did oyu use Iam curious to know.. i loved colorede pencils and want to learn to do them better and I like what you accomplished... curious also to see what type of backround you use... this reminds me of the old botanical images so a simple backround of the sky and maybe a leaf or flower popping in somwhere would be cool... as far as adding mmotion that would be good.. yet as a image documenting the hummiung bird itself i think the motion thing isnt really a priority... peace and love to you.. sorry about the typos.. part of my art form.. Nicoletta
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Postby gmoulton » Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:55 am

thanks for all the great comments, i dont really have a specific teqnique,just kind of feel my way, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. backgrounds are not my strong suit, so any suggestions would be helpful. thanks again for looking......Gwen
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Postby cottonstompconte » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:48 pm

I love the drawing, colors are great! I think a muted background would add alot and keep the beautiful creature as the focal point.
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Postby gmoulton » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:05 am

Thanks, I am thinking about just a penciled black and white sky to make the image stand out. I will give it a try and re post when done.
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Postby BAReam » Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:58 pm

Very nice drawing... as I'm very partiall to these little feathered jewels makes it all the more satisfying. Many have suggested doing something with the background... ? My suggestion is to keep it simple; very simple. In my humble opinion less is definately more.... BAReam
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Postby BAReam » Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:15 pm

Gwen; went back and looked again. If you would add just a tiny, tiny speck of white at about 10:30 (as you would look at the minute hand of the clock) to indicate your light source would make your bird look absolutely ALIVE :D
Should be placed just inside the edge of the eye is I read the existing shading. Method to test effect: take a piece of transparent mylar with a small white speck and place it over the eye and see if it adds to the drawing before making it perminent; and you can move it around to find the most pleasing effect. Hope this is helpful in some small way... BAReam
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Postby gmoulton » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:45 pm

Looking at this I think you are right, I will give it a try. Thanks,
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