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Old 06-12-2019, 11:54 PM
snowsilk snowsilk is offline
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Toucans - what's missing?

First watercolor painting in nearly 5 years!

Would love feedback on how to improve on this. I think it's too flat right now and am thinking of
- adding more shadows on the beak
- adding more colors / values contrast in the background

Thank you!

(These are TWO paintings! I like working on two versions of a painting side by side so I can 'correct' any mistakes and experiment in real time - and don't have to wait for paint to dry :P)
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:32 PM
KiwiKate KiwiKate is offline
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Re: Toucans - what's missing?

I like the RH version best. The bird is plumper. Your black is very "flat" and I'd suggest lifting some of the paint to make the black to make the feathers shine.

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Old 06-14-2019, 05:27 PM
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Re: Toucans - what's missing?

I'm certainly no expert - I've been at this for such a short time. So take my advice with a grain of salt. But here's what I see...

Did you use tube black, or mix your own? Using your own mix also helps prevent that flatness. I might also add a bit of complementary color wash to the parts of the beak so it's not so clean.

I'd also probably add some dark purple to the eye...not the whole thing...just a small bit to give it some depth.

Do you have white gouache? I'd add a tiny dot to his eye to show a bit of reflected light.

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