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Old 05-02-2019, 02:02 AM
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Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?




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Hi there everyone

Rank beginner here who has been lurking for about a month while messing about with pen and watercolour sketches. This is the first time Iím trying to work without the pen, and I feel like itís missing something. Is it deeper shadows? More layers of colour? It just doesnít look complete to me and any tips or suggestions would be gratefully received.

The photo actually makes it look better than in real life. Thereís not really as much delineation of the petals, especially the inner edges of the two main petals.

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Paint: koi pocket sketching box (Iím not sure of the quality but for the price Iím assuming itís on the school/student side)
Paper: Derivan cold press 350gsm
Size: 20x14 cm

Obviously Iíve not followed the colours on the reference photo 100%.

Many thanks for looking.

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Old 05-02-2019, 03:07 AM
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

I think that' wonderful for a rank beginner! It's got that lovely light quality that watercolour offers (except in my hands!) and the blending is very good. Can't way to see the mouse!
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:27 AM
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

Thatís really kind of you. Thanks for the encouragement. (And I donít know about your watercolour but I looked at your portraits and they are lovely - really expressive faces and the shading looks great.)

Going to work on the mouse today so weíll see where he ends up.
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

This is actually quite good!

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Old 05-02-2019, 06:40 AM
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

Thank you, Thomas. Perhaps Iím too used to the strong outlines from the ink and I just need to appreciate that this is a different style.

Of course I couldnít let well enough alone and I tried to add some detail lines that were a bit of a mistake, plus the mouse came out a bit... cartoony?Any suggestions for next time very welcome.


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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

I don't think the mouse is cartoony at all. In fact, I quite like him. I would have liked a dark background of some sort. The green in the photo really gave that yellow tulip something to contrast against. Your painting is lovely, but the white background does not let it shine.
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Old 05-04-2019, 03:20 AM
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

Thatís a good idea, thank you! I see what you mean with the contrast.
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

This is very good. I would not do a dark background, but add a few very small dark area. (either base of the flower, in the chipmunk, etc). Remember, your darkest dark against your lightest light is the focal interest point. You have to decide, which is more important, the tulip or the chipmunk? I would say the tulip, adding a small very dark value at its base.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:58 AM
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Re: Beginnerís tulip WIP - whatís missing?

Jan, thank you so much for looking and for your advice.

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Remember, your darkest dark against your lightest light is the focal interest point.
This is a new idea to me. Does that mean that the area of highest contrast is where the eye goes, so thatís the part of the composition that will look like itís the main subject? (Just checking if Iím understanding correctly.)
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