Hey Shelia, love seeing a bit of spring in winter! Perhaps the yellows could still brighten up just a bit. You have become a great observer and documenter of nature! So much fun to see what is going on that is predictable and unpredictable!
Hi Pam, lovely composition on this. Sometimes a failed composition can lead to a much better composition, so great idea to rethink and start over! The process of exploring the power of composition is important and a huge part of the creative journey once you have mastered the basic drawing skills!
Hi Shelia, I agree with Vern’s comment and would also mention that I wish the center of the apple where the stem is attached felt a bit more like a bigger indented cone shape area. It feels as if the stem is squished inside the apple. Does this make sense? Look at a real apple and see if you can understand what I mean. Small difference like this…[Read more]
Hi Shelia, this simple composition is lovely. I really enjoy looking at it and think the perspective and drawing is excellent. The shadows are mostly good but still feel as if the picture plane is tilted and not flat. Interesting, now powerful a slight movement of a shadow can be in creating the surface. Did you take a photo of this set up with…[Read more]
Hi Pam, You have worked very hard on this drawing and done a good job in capturing details but the overall image doesn’t convey the subject. It looks like a chunk of wood to me and not a flat piece of bark . There are a few reasons why this is happening. It is a severe one point perspective, if it was a bit more horizontal we would understand the…[Read more]
Hi Pam, I think you had a set up of the leaf that just had a slightly tricky view. I always evaluate my view by deciding if that characteristic is something I want to be important or not. If it detracts from a composition I would adjust it in the future. I do think you have improved it a lot. Just keep it in mind in the future. It really is an…[Read more]
I am excited to see so much hard work here. You are doing a great job. I want to make some general comments that relate to all of your work:
1. I like your vibrant clean edges and saturated color
2. However I think you are ready to work on your contours of your forms and make them less stylized and more irregular as nature does if you…
I love to do the same kind of flower or similar varieties over and over. It is one of the best ways to learn and progress. I will post a daylily painting that I am currently working on which has 4 dallies thus far, and will have one more added soon!
Beautiful colors and nice neat rendering of the flower. Now I would love you to try another one, as the day lilies keep on blooming. Focus on each petal and try to draw the subtle variation in the petal edges so overall your flower will look less stylized and more realistic. I do love your style , though and your compositions and lettering!
One flower is important to tone correctly. You drawing is lovely , however how about erasing a highlight on the light side and create some variation between the shadow side and the light side to make this flower really pop off and look 3D!
This is a great start! Now, though I want you to think that each flower is a very round tubular shape, and methodically make sure to tone with the correct light source to make each flower look more 3D and less flat. Also shade the flowers on the shadow side a bit darker to make the whole group of flowers look 3D as well. I know you can do it!!!!!
This is lovely. I would consider showing which is your shadow side more by darkening that side a tiny bit and then really the main bright highlights should only be on the opposite side so you are describing one strong light source!