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11-04-2015, 08:54 PM


Title: Cow Study
Year Created:
Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 12x12
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is a study from a photo taken earlier this year while visiting patients. The photo was poorly focused and had some color shift, which I liked.

I have been looking at this trying to decide if I need to use a micron to pull out any finer features or define the cow from the background better.

11-05-2015, 02:06 AM
perhaps to darken the inner ear and maybe the nostril too
perhaps to lighten the front side of that ear to show the 3d of it more
perhaps to shrink/alter the shape of the back of the large bone/bump on the top of the head
i separates nicely, calmly from the background so i think you're okay there
and the eye is kind, appropriately

what is a 'micron'?


11-05-2015, 07:36 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2015/1976944-image.jpeg A micron is really just a brand of pen- but I guess I just use that brand so much that I sub it for any generic fine art pen.

I woke up early this morning, read your comments and then added a few touches.

Dana Design
11-05-2015, 11:14 AM
I like the darks you've put into this latest version. It helps enormously but I do think the nostril needs a bit of work as it looks to flat presently. The eye is good!

11-05-2015, 05:37 PM
The second shows much improvement. The dark area in the nostril in the photo cuts straight across at the bottom. In your painting you have brought the dark down too far where a highlight should actually be. Fix that and you should have a winner.

11-05-2015, 07:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2015/1976944-image.jpeg I tried to play up the highlight and if I play anymore I'll start scrubbing the paper. So here she is- for better or worse.

11-06-2015, 03:02 AM
good study
Fantastic eye



11-06-2015, 04:46 PM
The ear immediately arrests my attention because of the sharp line that is created by the dark inner part of the ear contrasted with the light hitting it around the perimeter. You have exaggerated this a little too much on the side of the ear opposite the face. I would round the tip of the ear out as well. This will make it look more like a cow ear. Great job on the eye, as already stated. I look forward to seeing more of your work :)

11-06-2015, 04:55 PM
Im sorry, I just thought I should clarify my above comment.

It's the highlight on the outer edge of the ear on the side opposite the face that appears too prominent to me. I don't think it appears this way because of the sharp contrast between the dark inner ear and this highlight, because it reads much the same way in the reference image. I think this area appears overly prominent because this highlight contrasts too much with the area of the cows fur directly behind it. In the reference image this transition is much less harsh.

I'm sorry if that was overly confusing.

11-06-2015, 08:16 PM
Oh! I see exactly what your talking about. How did I miss that?

11-08-2015, 01:55 AM
Wonderful advise and excellent corrections and improvements. I happen to love cattle mainly because of their care of eachother and family structure. And whether you know about this or not, in this portrait there is a definite sense of character.You will never get that nostril right by looking at the photo but it is the last thing that needs work I think. It is a hole, a cavity which has a flattish floor so the light hits the floor and cavity it self is dark as the ace of spade as is the lower inside of the ear. Anyway - top work!