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CM Neidhofer
08-09-2005, 05:50 AM
I've been slowly working on this. I have several butterfly pics from the butterfly conservatory on Mackinaw Island in Michigan. If this works, I'm going to do a series. This is on Sennelier pastel card, 12 x 16. I will use Wallis belgian mist for the final pieces. C&C always welcome. Thanks.

Christine

Pat Isaac
08-09-2005, 08:48 AM
This is a really nice start and good composition. Is this a Monarch?

Pat

CM Neidhofer
08-09-2005, 10:13 AM
Is this a Monarch?

You know, I'm not sure. The conservatory has butterflies from all over the world. They receive 400 butterflies a week from May through October. What I didn't know is how short their little lives are! Most only live 3-10 days!!

CarlyHardy
08-09-2005, 07:28 PM
Christy,
as Pat said, you have a really nice start with this one. The composition is nice with those larger leaves supporting the butterfly. I don't think this is a Monarch...not the typical colors but I could be wrong. :)
carly

CM Neidhofer
08-10-2005, 12:16 PM
I've done a little more on this. I hope I haven't gone too dark with that patch at the bottom. May have to take a good look at that before too long! But this is a study, so I guess I have a little lee way. C&C's greatly appreciated.

Christine

CM Neidhofer
08-10-2005, 12:29 PM
Have a question...How do you add a pic side by side with another? I wanted to post the second WIP along side the first one, but don't know how. Help, please? :confused:

CM Neidhofer
08-10-2005, 12:34 PM
LOL...never mind...figured it out!! Apparently the "edit" button disappears after a while? :p

CarlyHardy
08-10-2005, 10:57 PM
One thing I'd suggest is laying in the first layer overall before you finish any one area. This way you can do some comparison with the values and not have to lighten if that dark at the bottom becomes too dark in comparison to the rest of the painting.

If it is too dark, you could just try scraping across it which would lighten it a bit without changing your colors. Or try some abstract lines scratched thru it (after you finish more of the overall colors) to break up the solid surface.

It's coming along nicely :)
carly

stonewhiteclown
08-11-2005, 06:30 AM
Hi Christine! I like this last image! Good photo can make a difference. I would stick to wat Carly said. If that dark patch is firm you can use it as an underpainting and build colour on top.

I usually place the colours in every area lightly and then go for detail and finish.

I noticed the images are placed side by side as far as they fit into browser window. Otherwise vertically.

Pat Isaac
08-11-2005, 08:20 AM
Coming along nicely. Good advice fronm Carly. I do that also, put in the color all over first and then start to build it up. That way everything is related to each other.

Pat

CM Neidhofer
08-11-2005, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll use them when I do a final piece. :)

sundiver
08-11-2005, 05:11 PM
Interesting comp- I'm looking forward to watching this develop!