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« on: July 18, 2009 10:16:59 PM »

I have a couple ideas for it, though I'm not sure if it'll help much. The first is painting the squid (I think he looks WAY too phallic) with a brown stain to make it a little more... uniform? #2 I was thinking of lining the squid, octopus, and the boats in sharpie, to give it a more cartoony feel, I've been working at it for too long and now need a fresh view of it.

Any suggestions/comments appreciated! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009 10:34:23 PM »

yes, the first thing i noticed was how phallic that one squid looks. Shocked lol  can't say i know much about art, but i like the idea of outlining them.

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009 11:12:26 PM »

Great job! I have to say the phallic looking one doesn't bother me. Lots of things in the world that are perfectly innocent are phallic looking. I think it gives the painting character. As for what I think it needs? I think the sharpie idea is a good one. Or maybe some more beads to add some 3-D details to the squids... they're just looking a little flatter than the rest of the painting.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009 08:25:00 AM »

I agree that the squids look a little flat and outlining might help that. I think the tentacles sort of get lost, at this point. However, its really beautiful! Good luck!
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009 09:29:31 AM »

I like it! lots of fun!
I think you should keep the squid purple, and maybe make the brown part match the rest, rather than brownifying him entirely.

I agree that a little more deffinition would help. I wouldn't outline it in sharpie, though, since I like this better than I would a cartoon piece.  I think you should take the paints in the colours you used for the squid/octopus "heads" and do a kind of gradual intensifying toward the edges.  For the boats, I'd do something of the like with a dark brown/black paint.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009 10:54:54 AM »

i really like the beadwork in the water- makes a very interesting pattern!

maybe using some patterned paper to fill in the squids (like you did with the boats) would help them fit better with the rest of the piece,
outlining the squids would definitely help them to stand out more, but i think you could make them stand out with your choice of colours rather than using a heavy black line,
to me, an outline like that would disrupt the nice patterning that you have there.

« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009 03:15:44 PM »

Thanks SO MUCH for all input, guys. It's a piece for my boyfriend, so we read the comments together and decided to incorporate more paper , most likely for the squid's tentacles which I would get some pop-dots and give it a more 3-D feel. Also, I realized the water is very flat behind the purple guy, something I had overlooked, but can easily fix with another stripe of beading. I'll keep updating as I fix it up! Thanks again, and please, I still appreciate any help/ opinions anyone may have. Everyone has such good ideas!
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