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Sunflower Illustration Critique

Postby DamonDrawings » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:26 pm

Colored Pencil
"Waiting For The Sun"
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Re: Sunflower Illustration Critique

Postby Singular » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:18 pm

Nice drawing. You show very good technical skills. Great contrast in colors. Not sure I am crazy about the background. Lots of negative space, which is ok. But I would prefer some muted color, rather than plain paper.

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Re: Sunflower Illustration Critique

Postby mstan » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:18 pm

I like this piece a lot. I like how vibrant the colors are and how well the flowers are posed. I think I would have liked to see some sort of background, though. I'm not sure what. Perhaps Singular's idea of muted colored paper is what I'm feeling is missing? The veins on the leaves on the right flower seem to stand out a bit more than what I would expect, but I'm not sure sure if that's even a bad thing. I like that you have parts of the flowers stretch outside the piece's boundaries. Also the glow you managed to give the flowers petals and center is, I think, what makes the piece. Very nicely done.
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Re: Sunflower Illustration Critique

Postby pretty1np1nkxoxo » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:23 am

I don't know, I think I like the plain white background. Anything more might be too distracting.
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Re: Sunflower Illustration Critique

Postby sharkbarf » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:22 pm

I can go more in depth about the comments about the background and why it's important.
Think about drawing a figure on white paper with charcoal. The marks you make are black and the rest is white.
Now imagine doing that drawing on a grey piece of paper. The marks you make are black and the rest is grey. So now there is a middle tone.
If you take a white charcoal stick to made highlights or block out a background, your figure will look much more 3D simply because of the middle tone.

Concerning your piece-
The vibrant use of colors and use of white in between those colors gives this piece a feel as if certain parts are glowing. By using only one value darker everywhere else immediately those colors and whites become the brightest thing. They will actually be perceived as brighter even though they've stayed the same. It's a local color/value relationship issue.

I'd love to se something like this done on a black (or very dark) background to really see it shine.

One other thing. The way you've cropped the sunflower looks like a style choice and it works well. But I can't say the same about the leaf below. It feels unsettling how this curving organic form just gets cut off. I'd recommend in the future to make a subtle natural boarder and don't let anything get go off the edge of the canvas.
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