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03-21-2001, 01:08 AM
alrighty lets hope this works http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif.. anyways.. this is umm.. acrylic paints on canvas board.. 12 x 16.. and yeah.. i just want to know what people think basicly.. thanks

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[This message has been edited by Zaphonia (edited March 21, 2001).]

03-21-2001, 02:57 AM
welcome to wet canvas...iam also a new and dont know much about painting animals....but i like it... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

03-21-2001, 08:01 AM
I'm not a chameleon expert by any means, as an artist though I can speak of visual impact.

The values are so similar...that it as an image overall lacks "punch." You need to widen your range of darks to lights, and introduce perhaps some strong warm light to take advantage of creating solidity in form or that "3-D" look. Ninety percent of the time an image is lacking something somewhere, it will come down to beefing up or achieving better contrast.

I can't tell if the foilage in the background is further away than the foilage in the lower part of the painting, but it leaves the eye with tension to figure out why one thing appears detailed, and the other blurred out...if one was so much farther away than another, that would no doubt work. For example...I blurred the background trees out in Greg Miller's buck that you can check out I think in the "Landscape" forum. I posted it there for the sake of a discussion we were having on that very thing. But...those trees are roughly 150 yards away.

Finally...get in the habit of signing your name higher away from edges that could get framed. Pick a muted complementary color for the name, or a color that falls in line with the overall color theme of your work. If this piece were a 16" x 20" for example, I'd raise the name at least 2 inches up and the end 1-1/2-2" over. Your intention may be to hide it...but, the closer it gets to the frame, the more it actually will standout and be distractive.


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03-22-2001, 06:50 PM
I agree with Larry. I especially like the texture on the head of the larger chameleon. <IMG SRC="http://www.radiks.net/~ghb/UhHuh.gif" border=0>

03-25-2001, 04:15 PM
I agree. Something in this needs more punch but I don't know how to do it as
he does blend into his surroundings and isn't that what they are supposed to do?
He is definitely hiding.

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