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« on: March 06, 2009 09:48:47 AM »

I was bullied into taking Art last year and spent a lot of time working on it when I had other subjects to do as well (I work really slowly) so I want to show stuff off. It was for a Scottish Higher: You do two topics, Design and Expressive, with three A2 sheets of work for each. This is some of my Expressive- the theme was 'The Thief'. The first sheet is studies, the second compositions and the final sheet is a full size picture.

Oil pastel study of candlestick


Oil pastel study of eyes- they told me when I'd already stuck everything down that for portraiture you need a bit of face on every sheet!


White paint study of gloves. I kinda wish I'd left out the background on this this; it looked better beforehand.


Pencil study of keys


Coloured pencil study of necklace


Paint study of broken glass



Final Painting (it is a boy, honest)


Sorry for my rubbishness at taking photos and thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009 10:22:22 AM »

ooh!
the painted glass is so ill,
and the painting of a boy, i would hang that on my wall, it's just that rad.

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009 10:24:02 AM »

great job. Agreed about the glass, its great. Also I admire all those who tackle the coloured pencil...it is my nemisis. Im glad you shared!
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2009 11:14:29 AM »

These are just fantastic.

I know it's been said before, but the final painting and the broken glass are just fantastic (clever way of linking to the "thief" theme, btw)
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2009 11:47:00 AM »

Well, I hope you're glad you ended up doing art, because you're very good! All the studies are great, and I'm really impressed with the way the final painting turned out.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009 01:59:29 PM »

The broken glass looks like a photograph, that's amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2009 02:49:31 PM »

Amazing use of colour and paint. I really like this piece. Watch your silhouettes though. The candlestick and pot mush together a bit, and the shiny bag in the foreground is in need  of either smoothing out or toning down. I find it very distracting. But really I think your painting it's very strong.
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2009 03:24:49 PM »

They're all great! Something about that last one really grabs my attention though!
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2009 01:00:07 PM »

Thanks for the kind comments.

Amazing use of colour and paint. I really like this piece. Watch your silhouettes though. The candlestick and pot mush together a bit, and the shiny bag in the foreground is in need  of either smoothing out or toning down. I find it very distracting. But really I think your painting it's very strong.
Yeah, I've never been good at outlines, that's something to work on. And maybe should have thought about how people will look at the piece as a whole rather than just going 'ooo wrinkled cloth must put in lots of details' with the bag.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009 07:37:54 PM »

Yeah, I've never been good at outlines, that's something to work on. And maybe should have thought about how people will look at the piece as a whole rather than just going 'ooo wrinkled cloth must put in lots of details' with the bag.

Outlines wouldn't help, it's the actual shape those objects create as a whole. Because they're very similar in colour they merge into one another looking like a different and strange new object which is hard to recognize at first. It's a factor to consider for making your compositions stronger. You do a check to make sure things "read", like with the cup>candlestick>hair. Nudging the candlestick to the left and toning down the hair would make those things more readily understandable. Similarily watch for edges of shapes which merge together (like the teapot and the boy's arm). If the teapot was left a little or right a little both those things would come across much clearer.  In this case it would work better to move the teapot right a little since that gets its edges away from both the boy's arm and the bag. Like I said before, your work is already very strong, and this is a suggestion to help you make it even stronger. 
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