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malibu
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:31 pm     Reply with quote
Help me with this one, I've been staring at it too long.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:42 pm     Reply with quote
I like the details in the wood and her face. I don't like the vertical gradient in the sky though, I think it makes it look a little too fake. I also think the green in the clouds doesn't have enough contrast with the leaves from the trees, perhaps try adding yellow to the green. Just my two cents.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:33 pm     Reply with quote
Iceprism: You're spot on. The gradient was close to what I wanted for a distant rain effect, so I took a short-cut. I'll bust out some hand applied pixels! Also, the green lower clouds ARE over the top. Originally, it was just very blue-grey, and I wanted to connect what was happening to the woman to the sky--but I went too far. I'll bring some of the yellow from the lower sky into it and tone it back.

I see I need to add a lot more detail. Detail to the leaves, her hand (unfinished), and I think more connection between the progression of the bark and her skin--as someone suggested, it looks like she's wearing a bark dress.

Thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:14 pm     Reply with quote
Okay, updated and detailed some stuff...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:58 am     Reply with quote
Hey Malibu, I like where you are going with this but I still feel like the painting is too flat. I would try and work some atmospheric perspective. I'm not 100% clear what you are going for, maybe you want it flat. Maybe work on giving the background more depth.

I think the character is looking nice and I see the color theme you are going for is green...maybe throw some complimentary colors in there like red to really pop the painting.

Just my opinion, I hope this helps and goodluck Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:04 pm     Reply with quote
Gotnospoons: Thanks for the feedback. I think part of my problem with this painting is that I'm looking ahead to the end use (which I did not disclose here--shame on me). This is for a book cover, which I am also doing the graphic layout on. I think subconsciously, part of me is hesitant to put depth and detail that I know I will have to cover up.

Here's a quick mock-up of the cover text. I like the suggestion of using some complimentary color--maybe in the graphic layout?!? Rolling Eyes

Notice the shameless use of Bauhaus font Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:34 pm     Reply with quote
That makes much more sense now that I know where you are going with it Very Happy For a book cover it's looking good once you cropped it and showed us the idea. Awesome stuff, thanks for showing the idea of the book =D
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 6:53 am     Reply with quote
very good Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:38 am     Reply with quote
Gotnospoons wrote:
...maybe throw some complimentary colors in there like red to really pop the painting.



Well, the cover is completed, and I took your advice for adding some red to the cover--just did it in the title font. You guys should consider picking up this anthology, especially if you like science fiction / fantasy. It's being done as a benefit, and a portion of the proceeds are being donated to Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

http://www.meadowhawkpress.com

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