Sheila, I love all these little pieces and parts on this page! It is very investigative and fun. You did a nice job with the yellows. Good curling petals at the top. I think perhaps you could add some more saturation and variation to these leaves..? Just to give them some more depth and variation so they are not just a flat burnt sienna. I feel…[Read more]
Hey Sheila, Nice color blending and toning here! I know what you mean about wanting some color in the dreary winter. My suggestion here is to give your overall shape some irregularity so it doesn’t read as a perfect circle. It feels SO round, especially at the bottom. Lovely color and shimmery highlight.
Hey Pam, I think the texture on these looks great. What about trying a cast shadow to make these look more like they are sitting on a flat surface? Then they’ll look less like “mounds” and more like flat slivers of bark? I don’t know… maybe try a cast shadow on trace first and see if you like it.
Haha Pam. I think sometimes no matter how true you are to your subject, if it starts as a blob form, it’s going to end up looking a little like that on paper. But I think you are doing a nice job here. With more undulations and light highlights I think you can make this work. I also recommend perhaps searching for another piece of bark that has a…[Read more]
Hi Carol, I know what you mean about the clunky posting. We are working on it!!!! The new and improved Community Posting area is going to be MUCH BETTER. In the meantime, try Pam’s suggestion about using another browser?
Yes! I think this looks much better. When it is less dark like this, it doesn’t stand out as much (has less contrast), and I think that works perfectly. Yes, I do think it has to do with how it’s set up and lit in this photo. Sometimes it’s better to ignore strong shadows like that and render them with a bit more subtlety.