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seaweed4
07-24-2012, 04:24 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-24-2012/1096842_Butterfly.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-24-2012/1096842_UFO.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/07-24-2012/1096842_Greene_squirrel.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Squirell UFO Butterfly: Help with colored pencil!!
Year Created:
Medium: Colored Pencil
Surface: Board
Dimension: 2.5
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
Any advice at all is welcome!

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
I've mostly worked with black and white graphite before, and I'd really appreciate if you could help me with using colored pencil and color. I guess I'm trying to make the colors less muted, flat, and one-tone. I would like to try and make them more realistic too, but I'm open to anything though! :)

Any advice at all is welcome!

DON'T SUGAR COAT IT!

Sasha_M
07-24-2012, 06:46 PM
I think these are all very nice. When I want to bring a colour to life I fade in the next colour in the rainbow, so for purple I'd shade in either magenta or blue.

You have done that with the green squirrel though by fading it to yellow. I'm not sure what more you could do to make these very bright colours sing, short of giving them a black or complementary background.

I really love the squirrel!

Debzy
07-24-2012, 10:03 PM
Hi Seaweed4. I think all these are done from your imagination and if you really want to make them less one-tone, then you would need to study light, shadow and shape of objects much more extensively. You can use the same colours if you wish (which are very pretty) but definitely need to get some photos of objects and animals and do sketches and tone studies of them in order to get anything close to what you are aiming for. I am not sure how old you are and you may be aiming towards doing children's illustrations, but even so, they appear to me very basic with no detail and if you seriously want to improve them, could be helped with further study first. No sugar coating from me, though your colours are pretty but not realistic or believable. If you are very young and a complete beginner, then please excuse my bluntness. I only ever wish to encourage art in whatever form it comes and believe if the passion is there it can be achieved. Study, observe and practice is my suggestion for you. Cheers and hope to see you post again with updates on your further examples as you improve. Debs. =))