What a cool plant, Sheila! (eek! It’s poisonous?? Be careful dissecting the flower.) Love that purple/green gradient in the seed pod! And the way it opens when it dries!! Those soft, little cast shadows are just perfect for the seeds. They look like they are really scattered on the page. Re: leaves, I think the one on the bottom right is fine…[Read more]
Carol, I think this is a really nice study. I especially enjoy the view from the back of the flowers! I think as you finish the flower center and leaves, really pump up that area with some good contrast (darken overlaps and saturate color), so that those blooms really become the stars of the show. I also think you could add a magnified dissection…[Read more]
This is looking very nice. The texture on your orange peel is very well done, and your color matching and saturation are great. I would work a little more on accurate structure and form: Your whole orange could be more rounded, especially along the bottom where it sits on a surface. And I recommend practicing ellipses a bit more. Try cutting a…[Read more]
This looks great, Kumiko! I like how the contour lines in the pattern reinforce the shape of this apple. Your colors are lovely , and the structure here is very nice. I recommend a little more dark tones in the indentation where the stem was, just to make that indent feel a little deeper and more mysterious. Very nice work!! Glad you are enjoying…[Read more]
Nice. Of course, it’s always recommended to use real branches, but this is a nice way to practice. You did get some really nice color saturation and mixing here. And I really enjoy the twirly vine piece. 🙂
What a cool subject!! This is looking great. I agree that the shadow really grounds this and makes it feel realistic. I would just remember to keep that cast shadow really subtle and fade it into the paper so it doesn’t feel like another branch. Really lovely work.
Tracie, I love that there is a little hint of green (Spring!?) on that one branch. 🙂 I think you got some really nice dark tones showing the cylindrical shapes of these branches. I suggest working a little more on the highlights on the top two branches; they feel a little like a straight white line down the center of the branch. The highlight…[Read more]
Tracie, you’ve really captured that shreddy bark here. My suggestion would be to saturate a little more so we feel that deep brown color, and also maybe give us some more dark tones on the shadow side and a sparkly, bright highlight in a few places down the length of the branch, just to enhance the cylindrical shape of this form. Great detail and…[Read more]
Ishbel, these are lovely. I really enjoy the lichen texture on your group of branches. I agree with Pam that you did a nice job following the texture of your single branch. I think you could push your dark tones a little further on the shadow side, just to enhance the 3d/cylinder illusion. Great job!