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Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby jnbrownlee » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:34 am

Hi all,
I would like comments on this. I think it is almost done, but I can't decide what it needs to be finished. I like the way the light shines from behind the horses and between their legs. It was something new I was trying. I think it is overpainted. I wanted to do something loose, but I over did it. Will work on being looser on the next one. Thank you!
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby Pinstearn » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:08 am

Hi there, new face here in the forum! :D I like your picture, it has a somewhat innocent feel to it and it is calm and relaxing as well. I also like the idea of the light shining from behind the horses. However, I think that the light on the black horse's back might be a tad too much but maybe that's just me. It just felt a little too distracting when I first had a closer look at it.
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby jnbrownlee » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:35 am

Thank you for you comment. I think your idea of less light on the back is good. Now that I look at it; I think it looks like the light is coming straight down instead of from behind. I will work on it. Thanks again!
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby Pooch » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:52 pm

I would give the ground they are standing on some sort of form. They almost appear to be hovering if it wasn't for the shadows. It seems some sort of flat surface like concrete but I doubt that's what you're going for. Make it grass or dirt. Give the foreground some dimension.
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby Pooch » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:02 pm

Here's a work I did not to long ago. You can see that you don't have to get ridiculously detailed to make it look as if they are standing in grass. The knocked down trees are for added interest. It's good to let the world around your animals look good because it makes them more believable. Without too much more work you can have a nice piece.
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby jnbrownlee » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:03 pm

Thank you for your comments. I am working on them. :)
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby Pinstearn » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:13 am

I agree that there needs to be done something about the grass as well. It doesn't really look like they're standing on grass, it looks way too smooth.
Anyway, I hope you're gonna post your result once you're done! :)
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby jnbrownlee » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:32 am

Hi all,
I am actually working on a series of Mares with colts/fillies. I am attaching them here. Thank you for the comments on my first posting. Let me know what you think of the others.
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby Pinstearn » Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:02 am

I like how you improved your first picture. It's a little darker than the first version but I definitely prefer the second one. Now it actually looks like they're standing on grass :) and the light on the black horse's back isn't distracting anymore, so yeah this is a major improvement :)
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby jnbrownlee » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:06 am

Thank you.
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby CarlOwen » Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:20 pm

You got the idea I was talking about on your other post. Now, push it more. Remember lights next to darks and darks next to lights add more punch thereby creating the illusion of three dimensionality.
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Re: Watercolor Mare with Colt

Postby jnbrownlee » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:33 am

Dear Carl,
Thanks so much for you comments. They are specific and helpful.
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