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03-13-2003, 08:42 PM
Ok, here is my problem. A family member wanted me to paint a hand-saw for them with a bear on it. I have a sketch I would like to use but I don't know what kind of background to use.
I have attached a copy of the sketch with the outline of part of the saw. If anyone could give me suggestions, examples, drawings, etc. I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you in advance,
03-13-2003, 09:06 PM
You might want to post this in the wildlife forum where they have more experience with what would work with a bear.
03-13-2003, 10:29 PM
Check out some scenery from Colorado...Yellowstone National Park...those areas where you would find bears! I can imagine some evergreen trees, a stream flowing across a meadow (where the bear catches his trout!) and maybe mountains in the distance!
03-14-2003, 03:22 AM
I would search for a reference pic of the background unless you are experienced in painting landscape/wildlife (in which case you may be able to invent the background from scratch). If I were to do that, it would not be interesting enough, sort of stereotyped.
03-14-2003, 11:01 AM
What you have here is a good start, but you're only using about half of the available space on the 'saw'.
Unless you are going to have more stuff (sky, forest, etc.) in the background, make that bear bigger. You should have no more room above the bear, than you do below.
Bigger is more dramatic, and you can add more detail, with more room in which to work.
03-14-2003, 10:59 PM
I thank you all for your input. I think I will look for some scenery patterns and will also consider making the bear bigger.
03-19-2003, 06:53 PM
I used to paint these things when I was in Alaska. I would paint saws,gold-pans, mailboxes, anything I could sell to tourist. I usually paint snow covered mountains - blue skies, a cloud or two. Trees are a must. They were so easy to paint sometimes I would do twenty a day. Water was my biggest problem. It's hard to paint.(at least for me). Sometimes I would paint a log cabin in the back ground. Hope this gives you some Ideas.
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