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08-04-2001, 11:35 PM
Since I don't have the proper paper right now, nor enough pencils to do much, I thought I'd do a white horse--on white! (It's not finished.) Was wondering what color the background should be when all of a sudden I kinda liked it as is! What do you think, can this stand alone, with maybe a med blue or gray (smaller) oval mat? BTW, you've created a monster here...
08-05-2001, 12:52 AM
Hummm. I think it's kinda getting lost in all the white. Maybe if you beefed up the shadows a bit more?.
What you gotta try is some coloured Canson paper. You get a colour thats the mid tones in the horse and then the shadowa and the highlights just pop out. It's so cool. I'll have to post a couple I did this way.
08-05-2001, 02:29 AM
hee hee hee!!!
graphite or color .......... graphite or color........ graphite or color.....
:D :D :D :D :D !!!!!!!!!!!
Seems to be getting lost a bit in this scan? i agree beefing up the shadows a bit -
i can't tell, but have you added the reflective colors from the sky etc.? They may help pull your white horse from your white background.
yes, try colored papers - but you normally use smooth bristol??? you may not like the texture of the Canson Mi Tientes papers, look at them real close before hand
coming along great!!!!
08-05-2001, 02:48 AM
Thanks Twyla and TJ. I have beefed it up quite a bit, almost too much for a white horse. You know, can't keep the hands off when you should :). I'm not going to do a left outline of the horse's face either.
The Mi Tientes paper--everyone seems to love or hate it! I think I like smooth so I can blend a little.
TJ--ya kill me! I just sit at my drawing table and wonder -- should I use graphite now or CPs!!:):):) Yes, the horse is full of browns, blues and grays (that's all I have LOL). I think the photo is bad because of the mat picking up most of the color.
08-05-2001, 08:29 AM
What a lovely looking horse. In some ways I like it how it is... sort of left in a sketchy/unfinished style, but I also agree that he is lost on all that white paper. I would have suggested leaving the horse as is, and adding a slight background - almost not there... (with the same colours or very similar colours) just behind his head on the left... Of course I don't really know that much about this sort of thing, I tend to never put backgrounds on anything I draw if I can help it :D
At the moment I am trying out some Stonehenge paper - before now I've never used anthing but Windsor and Newton paper that comes in a sketch pad... Let me tell you, that Stonehenge is pretty damned good :D
Let us know how you finish this picture :)
08-05-2001, 12:35 PM
Even 'white' subjects have lots of color variations to them, and it looks like you are capturing that quite well! I like it on the white background, I think if you deepen the shawdows on it more it will look just awesome that way :)
Keep up the good work!
08-05-2001, 03:21 PM
I only know that chant because I say that too!!!!! Here is a new one for you:
need more pencils........need more pencils.......need more pencils!!!
I prefer a smoother paper too - I seldom "burnish" my cp's anymore, because I prefer the saturation of many layers of color instead. ( I have a very light hand ) And i don't like the texture of the paper to distract from that in the finished pic - graphite or cp.
pretty much you'll just have to experiment and find what you like ;)
looking for the final post soon ( because you seem to work so fast!)!!!
08-05-2001, 07:18 PM
I love it, "Less is More" it is lovely with the white background. (I am hopeless at backgrounds.) Leave as is I reckon. It's gorgeous.
08-05-2001, 08:50 PM
I vot for less is more, of course, by now you may have already done a bit more! The horse is beautiful, very romantic, I think!
Thanks for letting us see it, do more, want to see more!!!!
Helen :clap: :cat:
08-06-2001, 05:30 PM
yes less is more in your case you have captrured the essence
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