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Old 10-11-2018, 09:20 PM
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Comforter (enamel and crayon)





Title: Comforter
Year Created: 2018
Medium: enamel and crayon
Surface: masonite
Dimension: 18x24 inch
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The whites are a touch pinker than IRL, and some of the Biederlack blanket's texture doesn't come through. I took a photo of my hand holding someone else's for reference, and one of the blanket in question for the color and nap, but the placement of design and folds is from my head.

I like the boldness of enamels and the slightly slower working time as opposed to acrylics, and mixing colors with oils is intimidating. The crayons were just Crayolas. I did this in layers, improvising to see what I'd get. The aim was to try to get away from the stricter realism of my drawings.

The arms feel awkward, but their placement and that of the hands is what I had in mind as is the overall image.

As I was painting the red coat sleeve I made several slips, and to cover them I widened the sleeve. As a result, my hand looks like that of a child, which is not inappropriate to the image.

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Old 10-11-2018, 09:45 PM
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Re: Comforter (enamel and crayon)

Looking at the image, the hands take on a 3-D quality. The hearts on the blanket speak of the innocense and love shared. A really nice composition.

The color on the sleeve of the other person looks bluish which seems out of place and gets attention drawn to that area. And it could be a bit fuller too in comparison to the red sleeve.

Would love to see the textures!
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:26 AM
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Re: Comforter (enamel and crayon)

Thank you for the feedback, Carly! Yes, the blue does clash a bit. I was hoping the white and the shading of my skin would help with that. It's a memory, it was important for me to have the sleeve that color, so the answer would be to reflect it better elsewhere. About it not looking full enough compared to the other sleeve - man, you're so right, I hadn't noticed that at all. My own sleeve really got away from me!

The photo does capture most of the texture, though it comes across better in the white than the splotchier red.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:33 AM
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Re: Comforter (enamel and crayon)

Welcome to the MM forum at WetCanvas

Like Carly said, the hands are wonderful and they pop right off the page. I had to do a double take! I wouldn't worry too much about the sleeves...the sentiment behind your image is waaaay strong enough to overpower any problems. I've never worked with enamels. Interesting effects!
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I dont think the blue is too bad, but you could maybe green it up a little. When I first glanced at it I thought it was strange that you photographed your artwork with your hands in front of it. LOL! Very good job. 😊
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Fabulous work! I love everything about it...agree if you added a slight yellow to the pale blue you'd get a subtle green that would complement and compliment the reds.
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