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05-06-2009, 01:40 PM

Title: Red Shoe
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 12x10
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

I started out trying shoes, but alas I did not do well. However, shoes and especially shoes and socks keep beckoning me. So here goes. I am not at all satisfied with the background, especially.

C&Cs please.<br><br>Totsy

05-06-2009, 05:26 PM
Hi Totsy and welcome. I think the modeling of the legs and shoe form are fine. I think the background is very distracting from the subject. Think I would prefer all white to match the buttons on the shoes. See what others say...........Lenore

05-06-2009, 05:33 PM
Totsy, would a darker background make this look more dramatic? Here's a crude expample:


05-06-2009, 05:39 PM
oooo yes.....now how about some shadow.....?
.....sorry...no program for illustration..................
these feet are just too much fun......love the socks......ydhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2009/182771-shoosmiley.gif

05-06-2009, 05:45 PM
A couple of things...

Positives - you have good, strong, likable image. Everything is well proportioned and you have excellent eye for the flow of lines. Those are all big things to be happy about :).

Here is what I would do to improve it...

If it were mine, I would look to put a brighter highlight on the leather of shoes, darken the underside and sides, and I would look to put a hint of a dark line around sharper curves on the interior of the shoe, just to illustrate that the foot and shoe are distinct and separate. As you do this, you might arrive at the conclusion that the backs of the legs need a little shading as well - depends on your light source. Basically you need to build in a light-source and give a little stronger sense of depth by using some shadowing.

Just friendly, vaguely informed suggestions ;)


05-06-2009, 05:58 PM
Shoes are always interesting...even the shoes out of Tutankhamens tomb, some 3000 plus years old, were interesting. These sophisticated models have need of some pizazz. Instead of 'red shoes', think of them as 'Fiery Heels'. The overall image is flat, without a sense of three dimension. You also want that red to catch fire, so put a cool green/red mixture in the background. In the foreground put a warm green/red mixture. This will give a sense of depth to the picture plane. It will also set the red afire, green being the compliment of red. By mixing red with the green you cut the color so it has some relationship to the red and is not bright and garish.
The next thing is to make those ruby heels glow with three dimensional highlights. Use hot orange to model the highlights. This will further increase the 'heat' of the shoes and kill their visual flatness. This direction could be taken even further but this is enough to show you where I visualize it going....perhaps this will fire your imagination...

(The foregoing four excellent posts were not present when I began this,it is not in any way meant to be a contradiction, just another view)



05-06-2009, 07:01 PM
absolutely Corby.....better & better...same thought..better colors.......
and such a dab makes the shoes shine so...type that 3 times fast....
did I happen to type that I love the socks....hahahaaha...yd

05-07-2009, 12:20 AM
MRSBB, yep, that was not a very good background at all...thanks.
cbc, you are so right on. It definitely needed a darker background.
Top, thanks. And Yarddog, I love those pink shoes and may just paint some next time.
Corby, love that greeenish red in the forefront. These shoes are rocking now! As a certain Hollywood 'infamous' blonde socialite likes to say 'it's hot.'

Corby do you mind if I adopt the apt name 'Fiery Heels'..now that's a hot name.

Mucho thanks y'all.


05-07-2009, 03:57 AM
Hi Linnette :wave: ....great work here .....lovely legs ...... it reminds me on one of Bizkit's paintings of a stiletto (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=523912&highlight=stiletto) ....I do love what Corby has done with it!!

05-07-2009, 01:40 PM
The background is soooo important. Good painting with poor background.

05-07-2009, 03:05 PM
Hi Mooz, thanks. I am going to try and do justice to these shoes per the suggestions.
Maqbool, I agree!!


05-07-2009, 09:51 PM
How neat is this. I love the darker background. Those socks are special!