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IanArt
02-16-2010, 03:49 PM
Hi everyone. I just finished this piece and thought I would share it. I really like this piece mainly because of the way the colors work together. It seems to tell a story as well. It features a cougar which has just spotted some dinner.

16" x 20" acrylic

Ian

mtibo
02-16-2010, 03:56 PM
Your work is stunning Ian

sveldstra
02-16-2010, 03:56 PM
oh Ian, absolutely stunning. I love all the colours in the eyes, and the intense focus in that stare. The lighting is terrific.

IanArt
02-16-2010, 04:52 PM
Thanks so much. I always try to get as much colour in the eyes as possible. I find they usually end up being the center of interest.

Ian

Red 9
02-16-2010, 04:56 PM
Excellent work as usual, Ian. Love the eyes!

vmrs
02-16-2010, 05:15 PM
Wow! Love it.

gaykir
02-16-2010, 07:14 PM
Exquisite!!

RPut
02-16-2010, 07:49 PM
Absolutely Eye Catching and superior work.

Danimal316
02-16-2010, 08:04 PM
Wow, that is intense. I love it.

barb8j
02-16-2010, 08:16 PM
Just fantastic!

texana6
02-16-2010, 09:35 PM
Oh, my YES. The intensity of the stare is the same when my Pierre Contraire fixates on the birds in our palm trees. Love the drama of the backlighting and the sharp contrast between the foreground and the background. Do you use airbrush for your background?

pigtales
02-16-2010, 09:46 PM
Stunning. I am amazed. Please do say how you manage to get the detail and the contrast. What paints do you use. Really great work.

~~Kathleen
02-16-2010, 11:49 PM
It has all been said.
I agree with everyone.

susme48
02-17-2010, 01:30 AM
What they said...and amen!! Your work is a treat to look forward to!! Wow!

nithya_swamy
02-17-2010, 06:28 AM
OMG! I think this is my most favorite among your work. Absolutely stunning, outstanding!

JStoltz
02-17-2010, 07:09 AM
This is amazing work. You really captured the intense gaze. Seriously, when this pic popped up, I just said...Wow.

Jeff

VENKAT
02-17-2010, 07:41 AM
Marvelous piece . A real treat to the eyes.
Venkat

purplepansey
02-17-2010, 07:52 AM
Fantastic, it looks so realistic, love it.

arl
02-17-2010, 08:16 AM
Incredible work and detail.

PattiLou
02-17-2010, 09:54 AM
Excellent as always. I look forward to seeing your paintings, they are so amazing.

LavenderFrost
02-17-2010, 11:46 AM
Wonderful as always!

lopezlago
02-17-2010, 02:06 PM
love it. do you use an airbrush for the pelage efecct?

IanArt
02-17-2010, 03:09 PM
Thanks everyone. I am glad that you like it. I use Liquitex acrylic artist grade paints for all my paintings. I use a combination of airbrush and traditional brush #1 round for the background to get the soft focus. I don't use the Gaussian effect very often, but wanted the attention to be completely on the foreground. This is a very effective way to do that.
I also use colour temperature to establish depth as well. That is why I used purple in the background in areas. This helped to cool and push back the background.

Ian

Nilesh
02-17-2010, 03:38 PM
Hi everyone. I just finished this piece and thought I would share it. I really like this piece mainly because of the way the colors work together. It seems to tell a story as well. It features a cougar which has just spotted some dinner.

16" x 20" acrylic

Ian
Very beautiful. Thank you.

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If you are interested in some C&C, there are some minor points that come up. I think it is a successful painting, but here are some areas that *might* be worth a look: The foreground-to-middleground shift of focus in the vegetation is a bit 'digital' (as opposed to analog). There are three distinct 'steps' or planes in the painting, when there could be a more natural-looking series, or a gradation of effects.

Also, some of the foreground highlighting could be more varied. And there could be more variety in the weed heads, in some way (whether in toward-away angles, shapes, highlighting, irregularities of shape, or other aspects). They seem just a bit too regular, uniform, or repetitive. Same with the middleground weed heads.

I love the colors in the cougar's fur. Cougars seem to vary quite a bit in color; you've caught some of the best coloration I've seen.

Some of the whiskers could taper a bit more, and the colors could be more varied.

The left eye could be improved a bit.

Not that any of this is highly noticeable or distracting -- just that it might be worth a look.

Taddybigs
02-17-2010, 04:12 PM
Absolutely beautiful!