View Full Version : Egret in Mangroves

08-12-2002, 02:08 AM
This is an image from a series I'm working on for a local gallery that sells artwork of indigenous subjects. It's based on a few refs I took of Sanibel Island and a bird I nabbed from the web. I always appreciate brutal crits, especially since this will be for sale. Thanks for looking. Photoshop & Wacom Intuos2


08-12-2002, 05:59 AM
I like your work! The detail is great! Just a word of advice, be careful what images you nab from the web then try to sell. If the photo is used for reference and you sketch that is one thing but if you use the photo in your work, copyright issues may come into play. Yes even though it states "free" images and their policy states you can use the images for whatever, they may have obtained the images in a not so legal way, like right click save and then put them on their site as freebies. Not saying this is the case, just passing on some info I found researching the legal ok and not so ok's of the dig world. Again I love the detail here and it looks wonderful!:D :clap:

08-12-2002, 11:25 AM
crazy-cat, no worries, I sketched from the ref. I never do photo-manipulation. It's all painted as though onto a canvas. In fact I just responded to a similar post in which the artist had used a photo in the image and I suggested he was cheating himself out of learning anything by doing so. The bird sketch itself took less than a minute and was by far the easiest thing to paint, and it's quite different from the ref I got. Thanks for the concern.

08-13-2002, 05:26 AM
I like it just fine, except for the size, wish it were larger. I know you can get it bigger. 500X600 here. It's hard to keep track, as I post in 3 of these forums and each is different. One has a 100k limit, one this..........
I love these birds, they are rare and illusive, and oh so graceful to watch. Where is this supposed to be, Florida?

08-13-2002, 11:22 AM
This should be a little larger. The original image is huge and I thought I had scaled it down enough, but the uploader still resized it for me. Not sure why but the uploader also dulled the colors of the first one. This one looks a little better.

Yes the setting is Sanibel Florida an Island near me.


08-13-2002, 12:09 PM
Oh yes, much betta. I really like this one. The bird is great. I'm jealous that you live there. How's your mosqito problem? Are these swamps scary or just a nice place to go. Those of us who have never been near one, want to know. What size is the canvas? Would love to see a detail of the bird, but only if it's no trouble. So far, I can't see anything negative, but it is a relatively small pic on the screen. I posted one last nite, and a lot of the original texture is gone.
Beauty is Beauty.

08-13-2002, 02:02 PM
This area isn't quite a swamp; just a composition of little inlets near the Gulf of Mexico. Just around the corner you may find a white, sandy beach. The only thing dangerous you might find in this area would be an alligator, but they pretty much leave you alone. Dolphins and manatees and Germans are also quite common around an area like this (lol we have a lot of german tourism). I'll post a detail of the bird after I tweak the beak and feathers a bit.

08-13-2002, 05:23 PM
You're right about the colors being dull on the first one. But the second looks beautiful. Wonderful painting...........Isie

Rose Queen
08-13-2002, 07:34 PM
I love this composition, but the light on the bird seems different (in intensity and direction) from the light on the rest of the scene. That may have been the effect you intended, but it's a wee bit disconcerting, in my opinion.

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08-13-2002, 07:40 PM
Thanks Rose Queen, I think you're right. I'm going to add a layer and play around with it.

08-14-2002, 05:08 PM
Guy this is fantastic. How long have you been working with Photoshop? And how long have you been using the tablet (and what size tablet do you use)?

Even in the small size the detail is incredible - I still haven't reached that point.

(green with envy)

08-14-2002, 06:27 PM
Thanks CG, you are too kind. I have a long way to go before I'll be content with my paintings. Nothing that a little (or a lot of) time won't fix;) . I got PS in January of this year and ordered my Wacom in Feb I think after I realized the mouse wouldn't do at all! The Wacom is a 9x12 but after using it a while I can see that a size smaller would have been just fine. Thanks again.

08-14-2002, 07:58 PM
:D Aloha Guy!
This is really beautiful! Love the bird and the water! I can see this painting on a wall in the lobby of a tropical Florida hotel!
jana:D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: