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« on: January 22, 2007 06:01:44 PM »

so it's been 3 yrs since i've done a still life drawing...so out of practice....anyway, I'd like some critique! [pretty please]  Oh and the picture is slightly bigger than what's shown, all didn't fit on my scanner Smiley..and pastel doesn't scan well, ug.     thanks!


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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2007 06:09:26 PM »

i am really stunned. i really like your use of color, particularly, seeing the colors you wouldn't typically include in a drawing of an orange that really are there. the top peel of the orange seems a tad off. i feel like it should angle in a little more on the right side. also, i think your background would pop a little more against the fruit if you kept your strokes parallel. does that all make sense???

« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2007 07:38:43 PM »

I agree with the above.  the background seems a little rushed.  I LOVE, however, the shading on the bananas at left.  to me, you really captured the spirit of...banananess, I guess.  not perfectly photo-realistic, but the sketchiness of it is compelling.  I especially like the brown spots.  to me they really make this drawing.

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2007 07:39:56 PM »

hahaha woah you guys are good- i totally rushed on the background, anxious to see how it would turn out- i see what you mean about having a bit of contrast with the strokes to make it stand out more.  thanks for the advice Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007 01:07:02 AM »

Hmm, now I'm drooling.  They look so nummy.  I love that loose, sketchy look.

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007 09:54:14 PM »

Problem with the background is that you've got an area that should be in light as dark as the area on the other side that's in shadow.. just work it up with white some more.. If you wanted to make it really pop then add some more warms into the shadow areas (comparatively to the local colour of the thing.. ie ultramarine into the pthalo/cerulean.. orange into the yellow) The reason why this will work is because of lighting.. you've defined your light source as cool  (daylight.. cool.. blue) so as your things (bananas.. awesome for this kinduv thing) turn in space they not only get darker.. but they get warmer in colour temperature too.  I believe "Hawthorne on Painting" goes further into this type of colour theory.

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