View Full Version : Apprehension...

08-04-2012, 01:18 PM
Here is what I'm working on now. This underpainting took about an hour. It will look quite a bit different when finished. Comments welcome.


08-04-2012, 01:21 PM
Forgot to mention: medium is oil and 16 X 20 in.

08-04-2012, 02:38 PM
:) Feeling sorry for the rabbit already but i am worried about the size of the bird.I know it is in the distance therefore smaller but i wonder if it is a bit too small for the size of it's prey.

08-04-2012, 02:50 PM
He's a good sized Jack but the bird is a red tailed hawk, Trumper. The rabbit will be no problem for him. ;)

Distance and composition dictate the size of the bird in this one.

08-04-2012, 10:05 PM
Run rabbit run !!!!

08-05-2012, 08:09 AM
I like it very much already.... poor little bunny =(( Looking forward to the next instalment! Cheers =)) Debs.

08-06-2012, 09:27 AM
I think you have done well with the composition, the position and angle of the bird is nice! Looking forward to seeing next update :-)

08-12-2012, 03:03 PM
Haven't done much more but modified the sky color. I contemplated something more dramatic with surnrise colors and clouds but then decided the drama is what is happening with life and death, not up in the sky. I may add something wispy but not too distracting.


Erica Shipley
08-12-2012, 05:48 PM
I kinda liked the first sky better but that's just me. Was almost like a early evening and supper time. Where I live I only see the rabbits out in the evening and the big birds a circling overhead. Lucky for the rabbits here its mostly buzzards looking for something easier to munch on.

08-12-2012, 06:19 PM
I agree with Erica, the previous sky assisted with the drama and tension of the scene.

08-14-2012, 11:01 PM
As you can see, I've changed it quite a bit. It is still far from done,
so don't be too critical. I'm aware of lots of flaws that I'll try to work out.
The rabbit and bird will get plenty more work. I've lost the edges on the
bird but haven't really touched him since the beginning. What do you think about the tone?


Erica Shipley
08-14-2012, 11:37 PM
LOVE the new sky. He has a my pellets don't stink glare which makes me think ooo if you only knew what was coming! Sorry I just narrated your piece..

I used to raise rabbits so it just made me smile. I look forward to seeing more.

08-15-2012, 03:06 PM
The rabbit looks ready to hop away. Interesting concept Revilo.

08-15-2012, 11:49 PM
Thanks Erica. Thanks Ozi. I like that there is a tension in that you don't know if the rabbit will escape or not. I've been seeing plenty of colorful Monsoon sunrises in the last fiew weeks, so I guess that is partly where this is coming from. Also, my yard is full of rabbits! The hawks and coyotes aren't doing their jobs. I'll post another photo of the latest work, soon.

08-17-2012, 02:27 AM
I like this more now, I know you are not finished so wont pass too many comments, but the tension is great and the hawk still looks good to me! I think the rabbit knows now and he will get away!!! =)) cheers. Debs

08-18-2012, 11:09 AM
Trying to work out the problems...one at a time. Still lots to do. What bothers you the most?


08-18-2012, 02:14 PM
It's an interesting picture. I wonder that a rabbit would be in an area that appears to have so little vegetation for food OR cover.
What bothers me most is the lighting. Apparently the sun is at the back, so seems to me the bird at least should be a sillohuette, and the rabbit should be darker over much of his body. The light might be illuminating the edges of his form, but seems to me the values on the side facing US should be darker, since they are in shadow. I'd like to see something that would provide cover or escape for the rabbit.
Hope this helps.

08-18-2012, 07:49 PM
Thanks for looking, Ella. Yes, I've already noticed the lighting issues and have tried to address them so they jibe with the light source. I've completely re-worked the bird, which my wife described as a "bird-man descending in Dickie work-pants." I laughed uproariously at that one! She was right. It looks more natural now.

But, I'm sorry to say, there is no escape for this rabbit!...unless he can outrun the hawk and make it to cover not in the frame.

I'll post the latest image tomorrow morning.

08-18-2012, 08:35 PM
Here are the changes. Is this getting close to finished? I know there is more I can do but I think I'm getting close.


08-19-2012, 04:28 AM
It is looking very nice! I would soften and blur the distant mountains a little to give some depth. Nice work so far. =)) Cheers Debs.

08-19-2012, 04:17 PM
Run rabbit run !!!!


08-19-2012, 08:53 PM
Duck Rabbit
I sense the rabbit might catch the bird

08-19-2012, 08:55 PM
They are rodents, aren'tthey?

08-19-2012, 09:28 PM
No, rabbits are not rodents they are Lagomorphs, quite different to rats or mice.


08-20-2012, 09:46 AM
No, rabbits are not rodents they are Lagomorphs, quite different to rats or mice.


:evil: LMAO ! Andrew strikes again with that encyclopaedic mind!!! :clap: I learn so much from this forum, not just about art!! :D Thanks Andrew! :thumbsup:

08-20-2012, 12:44 PM
"Lagomorphs practice "coprophagy" -- i.e. they eat their own feces. "First pass", rabbit pellets are greenish in color and are collected right from the animal's own anus. These rabbit pellets are then re-chewed in order to absorb all the nutrients in hard-to-digest plant material, much as a cow chews its cud.

By engaging in coprophagy, rabbits and hares are able to spend relatively little time exposed to predators in the field while feeding."

...an excerpt from http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com

08-20-2012, 07:53 PM
Well Revilo as my old Granny always said 'Never Kiss a Rabbit'

08-20-2012, 09:28 PM
Well Revilo as my old Granny always said 'Never Kiss a Rabbit :lol: :lol: :lol: :clap: :clap: :clap:

08-20-2012, 09:30 PM
Revilo, hah, definitely more than I ever really wanted to know!!! LMAO :D :D

08-22-2012, 12:04 AM
I'm very close to finished. There is some "clean up" left to do from where I smudged because of not using a maul stick. Any suggestions before I throw in the towel on this one?


And some detail photos...


...that pesky wabbit!


08-22-2012, 12:09 AM
Excellent transformation
Well done

08-22-2012, 01:03 AM
coming in way late and liking the overall piece
perhaps a bit of space between his bottom feet would be appropriate


08-22-2012, 12:12 PM
Nicely done! RUN, Wabbit!

08-22-2012, 02:28 PM
I think you have done a great job on this one.:thumbsup: I like the unusual colour combinations and the details you have added! :clap: Nice work! :D Poor little bunny :eek: Cheers =)) Debs

08-31-2012, 10:02 PM
I had to touch it some more because there were/are parts I'm not 100% satisfied with. I changed the sky to jibe with the backlight/highliting and I widened the hindfoot stance per LA's suggestion and it does look better. Do you think I should add some more shadow on the left side and on the plant on the left in the foreground? Are these Improvements or retrograde developements?


and here is a detail on the hawk: