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Old 05-07-2012, 11:37 AM
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WIP Swan

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C+C welcome. I plan on working more on the foreground grass. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:24 PM
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Re: WIP Swan

I like the light in this - nicely done.
It depends how much detail you want and/or how loose you want it to stay
I like the way the water and reflections are painted - and yes, the foreground grass needs a bit of attention - taller grasses rather than the short strokes? I think maybe you could get a little more definition into the reeds at the back too, without losing the looseness.

Little nit-pick .. the beak is stopping on the reed line - perhaps the beak could be a tad longer.

Nice work though
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:52 AM
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Re: WIP Swan

what do you mean about the background? What do you think would work with it?
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Re: WIP Swan

Love the light on the bird, violet shadows and your 'white' palette. Agree with Charlie's Mum except I might come back to foreground grasses after background is further developed. Reeds are creating a wall the eye can't travel past; and at the water line form a horizontal line. Letting water creep in and around them here and there might add some depth and break up that line and verticalness (?) of reeds. Adding water to the reeds just in front of the swan's beak might further bring the bird forward and separate beak from background.

It's coming along beautifully. Will watch for your finish.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:12 AM
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Re: WIP Swan

Came back to view this - I think what you've done is a great improvement keith- or maybe just natural development!

Nell's comment ran along the same thoughts I was having.

You've improved the colours and form of the back reeds and the foreground bullrushes are good.
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very nice work so far !
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Looking good!
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