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Old 02-03-2010, 11:33 AM
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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

Thanks TJ for your nice comment!!

Just another small update. I have started on the other macaw, the mate and I have to say the feathering technique is really difficult.



Close up (much larger than life)




Am not too sure about the tongue, might still do it over. It might look better after I have added colour.

Those wrinkle were a nightmare but it is quite strange how even though these two macaws are the same species, the green winged macaw, the mate did not have red face feathers all the way down its face.

Colours in this update are closer to real life. Oh and this is not the whole board.

All C&Cs are welcome and I hope you like it.

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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

Irfan, what a beautiful job you are doing. Your color work is excellent. A couple of opinions on color if I may. You said you didn't think you could mix the red color again for the male bird. I don't think that you have to mix it exactly the same for both birds. A close but slightly different red would help create added interest for the eye and it's probably not exactly the same in nature anyway. The inks can be diluted with water and slowly built up by layering them. Rescratching between color layers helps to add depth to a piece. What you've done so far shows me that you know coloring very well and don't need much interference. One thing about the black boards is that they require more scratching to bring out more of the white to get the colors to be more intense. Hope this helps some. You do such excellent work.
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Wonderful work...the coloring is fantastic! Looking forward to see then next update!
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Well that was a surprise! I didn't expect the second bird so this is going to be doubly interesting!!
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Looking very nice. I agree with Harold the colors don't need to be exactly the same it makes the piece more interesting.
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Irfan, this is looking so good!
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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!!! Most appreciated.

Thanks on the information about colour Harold, I thought about adding concentrated colour but chickened out and started to dilute and then build them up.

I tried to make the other macaws colour different I even made the colour from scratch, but to me it still looks the same colour. It does not really bother me because that is what it is like in the ref pic anyway.

Another update ( for once my updates are coming fast and quick)

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Close up of the mate ( still got red facial feathers to do, putting them off )



All C&C welcome and I hope you like it.

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Irfan, this is looking beautiful and the red heads are perfect the way they are and I really like the blue feather color. Well done...don't stop, 'cause I want to see the grand finale
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Oooh, this is looking so good! I know there's more to come, but I'm loving the triangular compostion created by the two heads and tail.

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This is so impressive!! Wonderful color work.

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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

Thanks for your wonderful comments everyone!!

I forgot to mention that this reference photo was taken by Corinne at flickr.

I have just got one question to ask though. Does anyone know how you would go about getting a light blue with inks without watering them down too much??
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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

Why don't you want to add a lot of water?

You can do a normal dilution of blue and rescratch it lightly. Or, get a base of pale blue ink and add water...
I tested adding white ink and that doesn't work well.
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Hi Irfan,

You could try diluting the Ampersand ink with water to see just how light a blue you can make, but there is a limit to just how far you can push the dilution before it affects the colour's intensity.

In art materials (paint, ink, etc.) the colours we see are affected by three attributes: hue, value, and saturation.
Hue: what we commonly refer to as colour: red, yellow, green, blue, purple.
Value: the amount of white or black mixed with the colour; mixing white with a colour will create tints, while mixing black with a colour will create shades.
Saturation: the level of pigment in relationship to the amount of binder or diluting agent (intensity); more pigment equals more intense colours, while less pigment equals less intense colours.

When you dilute paint you force the pigment particles apart. Force the particles too far and you start to see a shift in the intensity of that colour, which can make colours look dull. Because you are trying to mimic the real-life brilliance of Macaw feathers, which are anything but dull, diluting Ampersand’s blue ink to make a very light blue may not be the way to go. I would definitely try it on a scrap board before I tried it on an actual piece.

If you're not opposed to buying more art supplies you might want to buy another colour/hue of blue. Several manufacturers create inks in a wide variety of colours: Daler-Rowney, Dr. Ph. Martin, Speedball, etc. A nice place to look up potential art supplies (even if you buy your supplies from your local art store) is the DickBlick website: http://www.dickblick.com/categories/inks/

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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

Thanks for your helpful advice.

Maxime, the reason I don't like watering down too much is because I feel it makes the board soggy and it takes ages to dry, I hate leaving bits I have started unfinished. I have to complete each bit I start to where I like it, yes I know lol bit of a weirdo.

Tania that was really helpful, I did not really have a good idea about hue, value and saturation as I am completely self taught ( well does online tutoring, such as wetcanvas count? lol ). I have tried watering the ink down to the point where it still keeps its vibrancy, so I am applying that colour. I would order online but shipping is so expensive especially for just inks. Thanks again.

Why do macaws have to have such brilliant colours? lol
Hopefully I can get this finished before I turn 19.

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Re: Macaw-Wip (First coloured piece)

O3....This is looking FANTASTIC!
I like the reds....but I'm partial to the Blues which are looking Awesome as well!
I'll be watching and taking notes
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