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johnstires
12-27-2008, 04:27 PM
MY IMAGE(S):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/12-27-2008/164653_frog-close.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/upload_spool/12-27-2008/164653_dennis.jpg


GENERAL INFORMATION:
Title: Frogspawn Coral Study
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 8x10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

MY COMMENTS:
I was just doing a study of a frogspawn coral. This is an 8x10 and I plan on doing a 24x48 frogspawn with 2 clowns in them. The size of the tentacles in the study is the same size that they will be in the final piece. I attached a pic of a frogspawn coral for those of you who don't know what one looks like.

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUP:
My questions for the group is if you thing the quality colors and values are good enought to translate to a larger piece. The 24x48 will mostly be this with a couple of pops of orange from the clowns (who will be mostly hidden in the coral.

tgsloth
12-27-2008, 04:31 PM
Ahah, there's Nemo! I was looking everywhere.

I do think the problem with your draft is that the light tips of the coral seem flat, pasted on graphically. Looking at the reference photo, I can appreciate that because of the phosphorescent nature of the actual corals, they will be a challenge to paint without seeming flat.

johnstires
12-27-2008, 04:42 PM
yeah one of the weird things about painting corals and anemones is that the flourescence does unusual stuff to shapes. The concentration of zooanthalae algae in the corals forms darker colors while the absence creates a lighter color. This cause there to be a halo around any sort of bulbous shape since at the edges there is less algae. That makes things look flat. I may just take a little more artistic license and create some sharper contrasts.