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01-31-2017, 11:01 PM
Hi everyone:wave: It's February already.
The challenge this month is to change at least one thing to suite your painting. Look at color, value and composition when doing any changes and mostly - have fun!
Tiger from crias
Protea from Perel
Shirakawa, Japan from surob
Portrait from Leman, ril
01-31-2017, 11:08 PM
A flower from my garden
It's time to bale and I took this photo yesterday after watching how these bales get wrapped up to protect against the weather.
Feel free to add any more references that you'd like to paint:)
01-31-2017, 11:23 PM
And a flapping Mallard by DraigAthar
02-01-2017, 10:56 AM
Great Photos! I will try one or two. Don't know if I will make anything worth posting but the challenge is interesting.
02-01-2017, 07:57 PM
Nice, I think those hay bails are calling me.
02-01-2017, 11:17 PM
Looking forward to seeing your versions:wave:
02-02-2017, 11:03 PM
My protea, A4 on gold card with a different upright view
02-03-2017, 01:24 PM
Oh thanks for the pictures and challenge! I think I'll try my hand at the tiger :)
02-03-2017, 11:17 PM
Looking forward to your tiger, Virginie.
02-04-2017, 12:21 PM
Ooh, nice take on the flower Christel. I like the background color.
02-07-2017, 04:56 PM
Great detail on all the skinny stalks in the middle. Really good job!
02-07-2017, 10:57 PM
Thanks Ruby and Ratchet.
02-10-2017, 12:59 PM
My tiger decided to go to Skizzy's black bamboo plantation. A3.
02-10-2017, 10:27 PM
Christel, Outstanding! The bamboo and the ground texture are very well done. The Tiger is the usual Christel beautiful.
02-10-2017, 11:08 PM
02-12-2017, 12:30 PM
Walmart Colored Paper (slick) Homemade OP's
First Landscape. I have avoided landscapes as deciding which details to include was problematic. This challenge was ideal because I simplified the drawing, started in the lower left corner and kept going.
02-12-2017, 01:13 PM
Well done, Ratchet. I like the shape of the house and the brilliant white blossoms. The only critique I have is to watch your values. Make a greyscale copy to look at your values.
02-12-2017, 02:37 PM
Gray scale, I need to be bolder in contrast definitely.
Now I understand why Van Gogh loved yellow and blue. I had a hard time with all those greens just blending together visually.
02-13-2017, 01:29 PM
Wow Christel, I love your tiger in front of the bamboo, it looks so lively. And your flower is also really beautiful.
Ratchet, I really like your landscape, I like how all the shapes are soft :)
02-13-2017, 01:30 PM
And here is my entry for this month. I did the tiger but I decided to crop it and only do a portrait instead of the whole tiger. It's in a variety of oil pastels (Mungyo, Cray-pas Expressionist, Pentel) on Canson Mi-Teintes paper 9x12 inches.
02-13-2017, 02:15 PM
Way Kewl Tiger! I thought he was cuddly until I looked in his eyes!
Thanks for the comment about the landscape. It was a first attempt, learning experience and now I have the courage to do more.
02-13-2017, 11:33 PM
A lovely portrait of the tiger. I like the crop. Great color choice.
To get more texture for the fur, very lightly add oil pastel with no blending. Dermatograph or Staetdler markers, cp and even wax crayons are helpful. A light graphite pencil may be used for gray shading or fine lines(whiskers).
02-16-2017, 02:07 PM
Thank you Ratchet and Christel for the nice comments and thanks Christel for the tips :)
02-20-2017, 04:05 PM
So this is a common folly of mine. Trying to add too many details.
02-20-2017, 10:42 PM
Lovely! I particularly like the mountains, the colors and shapes.
02-20-2017, 11:06 PM
Jlombardi - lovely! I like your details. What size is it?
02-21-2017, 08:36 AM
Thank you Rachet and Tuscanny!
12 * 16 Dalery and Rowney pastel paper
02-22-2017, 01:06 PM
Georgia Pacific Printer Paper. Practice piece, the perspective lines are visible and I used several different techniques, scratch back, different blending. I thought, when I figured out all the ellipses and blending I would put this on better paper, with lighter set up lines but I am out of time.
02-22-2017, 10:10 PM
Cool! Working on that thin paper isn't easy. Great work on the detailing.
02-24-2017, 11:45 AM
Leslie mentions "french tissue paper" in his book. I assumed that was a very thin paper but not as slick as copier paper. It is the surface, I suppose although ac and polyurethane are slick and yet hold Oil Pastels.
02-25-2017, 09:22 PM
I like the look of your bails. They have a nice warm quality to them. :)
02-26-2017, 03:55 PM
Thanks jlombardi. The bales were very difficult. I used scratch back on the first ones. Then I went "van gogh" using strokes of layered colors on the front ones.
Either technique works. It was fun learning.
And boxing up all the ellipses. I couldn't detail the ellipses while maintaining the angle and degree. The wheels kept wobbling out of round.
Have to work on detail.
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