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« on: December 05, 2008 04:58:45 PM »

I finally completed my Illustration painting project.  We needed to illustrate the lyrics to a song.

Unfortunately, I was at a bit of a disadvantage as I don't really listen to music. It's not that I don't like it, but when given the chance to choose I usually choose a book on tape over music.  So, needless to say I had to actually do some RESEARCH in order to find something.  I managed to find the lyrics to a song called "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park".  I didn't listen to the song.....I only read the lyrics and decided what I wanted to paint.  It wasn't until I decided to look on youtube to see if the song was on there somewhere and discovered that despite the warped lyrics it's sung in a way that it appears to be a very happy song.  I apparently captured this unknowingly in the bright colors I used and I was pleased that I captured the essence of the song without ever having listened to it.

My models were a guy I know (great beard eh?  I've used him for a couple different things) and a girl who attends college with me.  I chose to not show food on the ground for the pigeons.  I wanted the focus to be on the people and wanted viewers to only notice the dead pigeons once they started looking around the painting.  I also wanted the people to be interesting.  I wanted the viewer to wonder about the story behind the "couple" and so that is why I chose the models I did.  I've heard many different interpretations and I found them all to be interesting......

I like the individual parts of this painting, but I spent so long on those individual parts that I feel like the whole thing is a little disjointed (kind of like an obviously photoshopped photo).  That is a little disappointing, but it was a good experience and I learned a lot of things (for example.......if you paint feathers you have to get them JUST RIGHT or they just look like lumps on a bird, concrete is NO fun to paint and grass isn't much more fun, and the "easiest" parts are never the easiest).
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008 05:56:43 PM »

wow this looks septactular!!!
seriously amazing!
i did notice the people first and thought what a strange couple...
then i saw all the dead pigeons.
i've never heard the song before but...
i really like it...
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008 05:58:52 PM »

I like this a lot. It's weird, but I like it.
Good work and good job on finishing it, too!

« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2008 06:12:27 PM »

Fab Picture, I really like it!!   Smiley Smiley Smiley

You may want to watch the following Utube video by Tom Lehrer


This is the Poisoning Pigeons in the Park song.
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2008 06:14:05 PM »

cool. looks like it belongs in a (dark)humor magazine.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2008 06:49:25 PM »

Your painting is very well done, it captures and holds the interest.

Great work.

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2008 06:58:37 PM »

Well done! I love it even though my parents' nickname for me was "pigeon" growing up.  Tongue  You did a great job capturing all the things you described. It strikes a personal chord with me too, I used to know a kindly pigeon man who looked eerily similar to your friend!
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2008 07:30:21 PM »

personally, i love this

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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2008 08:57:54 PM »

wow! i really love this painting. when i was reading your explanation i felt that was my exact though. My main focus was on the couple and i was just sort of looking at them, as i scrolled down i noticed the pigeons and was surprised (in a good way) i think this came out amazing! you should give yourself more credit. this is absolutely beautiful!

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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2008 01:24:48 PM »

You did a great job with this painting, especially the with the pigeons! I just wish the image was a little larger so I could see the details better. I was wondering what art school you're attending? I'm studying at SCAD and majoring in Industrial Design but I had originally wanted to major in Illustration....Well keep up the good work, I'd love to see more!
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