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Old 03-30-2012, 12:46 PM
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Tawny owl

Dr. Martin's Bombay colored inks, dip pen, wash. 9x12 BristolName:  owl.jpg
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Re: Tawny owl

The owl is lovely. I like your attention to detail and it resulted in a gorgeous painting. You should finish it. Rather than finishing what you were doing, would covering what background you have with white gouache work? Since I mostly do botanical illustration, plain white backgrounds are what I'm used to and this painting has s subject that could hold its own without a background.

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Old 03-30-2012, 03:57 PM
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Re: Tawny owl

Thanks Doug. I have never used gouache. Still kicking myself for messing up the background. Would acrylic/gesso work as well?
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:46 PM
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They might work. Acrylic could be a bit glossy. I don't use either so someone who does use them would be a better source. Gouache is opaque watercolor and can look like paper when dry. I would experiment with them on a separate paper and see if they cover and look right.

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Lovely painting! If covering up the background doesn't work, you could always develop it into something more substantial and give it a bit more colour and shade.
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Re: Tawny owl

This is a lovely piece! I agree about the leaves and think brushing white gouache over that area would help or any of the others' suggestions.
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Re: Tawny owl

Excellent job!!
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Wow, it's so detailled! Great job!
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Re: Tawny owl

Looks good! I love owls! The feet-or talons, I guess- could use a bit more detail as could the background, but that was already suggested.

Otherwise, it's solid!
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He's magnificent; great job on all those feathers! Nice work.
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