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Old 03-05-2018, 03:27 PM
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Help with Lapwing

Here's another attempt to enter an upcoming "Luck of the Irish" exhibit here in Georgia, USA. The lapwing is the national bird of Ireland, and I need some help to finish this one off.

I will make the head a bit larger and add the "plume" as a final step, but before that, I'm looking for how to put this coastal bird in a better context. I thought about some taller reeds behind the bird's back, off to the left in the distance, some rocks protruding from the water..... I can't get a "next step" into my vision. Thanks for your suggestions!



Roughly 8x10 on Arches 140CP. Here is a photo I leaned on as a reference for coloring:



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Old 03-05-2018, 08:20 PM
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Re: Help with Lapwing

Since your focal point is the bird, I'm thinking you don't really need very much in the background. Maybe just whatever will give the impression that he's very near water. Maybe just a misty suggestion of a horizon very faintly?
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Re: Help with Lapwing

Looking good so far, maybe its eye is a little small.

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Re: Help with Lapwing

Maybe lose some of those hard edges and shadow his belly a little. Good work.
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Re: Help with Lapwing

I’ll try to help with what I see. The best part of your painting is the bird feathers. Superb!!!! Areas where I think you need change are the head/neck area of the bird. Compare the reference to your painting and really examine how yours differs from the reference. One example is the beak. Yours is longer, rounder, thinner, and a different color. If you are painting a specific bird, it must have the characteristics of the bird. The judges might know the difference.

As for the grasses, you might want to merge some of them using water and drop in a touch of green while wet. Good luck!
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Re: Help with Lapwing

I would add a horizon line something to define the water area and some high lights to make the lower part of the background look like water.
The belly of the bird needs a shadow. I added it on the edited image below. It is not the perfect editing, I did it with my mouse on gimp but you can't get and idea of what I'm talking about.

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Re: Help with Lapwing

Thanks for the wisdom, all. Here's the current version after applying the suggestions above.



Will evaluate any additional adjustments and then post a final in the gallery once complete.

I'm grateful for all your help, my friends!
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Re: Help with Lapwing

I think its great. You did a good job on the feathers. Very delicate work to get those right.
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Re: Help with Lapwing

This is really nice now. You've done a wonderful job. I especially like the wispy feathers on the bird's head. They look a great deal like the photo you painted from. Overall, I think it's beautifully done.
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It looks great. Well done! Bravo!
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Good job on a difficult subject.
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He turned out great!
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