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Bibi Belle
11-29-2008, 11:55 AM

Title: Red Hibiscus
Year Created:
Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 11 x 17
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

I have no confidence placing shadows, I work from imaginary drawing - no photo reference

Any critiques are welcome!

Dana Design
11-29-2008, 12:16 PM
Can you resize this to a maximum of 700 pixels tall?

11-29-2008, 02:55 PM
It would be great if you could post a larger picture, but you can see it's great! I think your leaves are very realistic. If you haven't found it already, there is a Floral/Botanical forum. They are great at offering advice for florals! :)

11-29-2008, 03:36 PM
Bibibell, I enlarged the image so we could see it. Doing that it loses focus somewhat, but it does enable me to make some suggestions. The flowers are nicely understood and depicted as are the leaves. The painting looks quite flat though. This is largely from not softening edges in appropriate spots. Where one petal or leaf slides under another, the color/value must be diminished on the leaf or petal that goes under. This visually pushes it down or back and it seems to be so! Also a variation in your green, from cool to warm, edges both soft and crisp. You have done this to a degree but doing it to accomplish depth will make your painting more realistic. I was excited to see the joining of the petal to the central part of the bloom in the center flower. Being a hard edged affair, I thought at first it was a bug of some sort, soften and cool it, observe its shape more thoroughly... it is a neat touch. I have put a white dot where I have 'slid' one edge under another and/or darkened value and color. Hope this is useful.

Do you not understand how to enlarge your posts? I could 'walk you through it' if you like...


Bibi Belle
11-29-2008, 10:51 PM
Thanks for the comments, here I post foto of my painting with bigger pixel.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2008/131798-HibiscusBunch.jpg

Bibi Belle
11-29-2008, 11:05 PM
Thanks for the comments, I will try it.