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Old 02-22-2017, 09:43 PM
cwboswell cwboswell is offline
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Use to denote nudity/mature subject matter Mary and Jason


Title: Mary and Jason
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Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 36x48
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Any critique on individual proportions is appreciated however, the overall proportions of the figures in relation to each other are intentional.

Any advice regarding composition, color, brushwork, contrast. Any criticisms and advice are greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:04 PM
August West August West is offline
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Re: Mary and Jason

What I see immediately when looking at this piece is that most of the picture plane is covered in similar values. Pay particular attention to the fact that the figures and the background are mostly very similar in value. This creates a lot of competition for attention. Closely related to that is very similar chroma throughout the picture plane, and again this creates a lot of competition for attention.

I would like to see more variations of the yellow/blue and red/green interplay like in the top right and bottom left. Those passages are stronger than other parts of the background.

Strong points of the work:

*nice warm/cool contrast
*nice complementary color contrasts in previously mentioned areas
*nice psychological hook
*reminds you of a Gauguin/Picasso hybrid

When I first posted my comments, I was looking at this on my phone.

After looking again on a big screen, the value issue that I mentioned isn't what I thought it was initially. Having said that, I would still push for as close to a full range of value as possible. Some lighter lights would really give this piece a boost. More dark darks would also.

Last edited by August West : 09-16-2017 at 10:17 PM. Reason: A second look
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:28 PM
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Re: Mary and Jason

This is a powerful subject and I think the style is interesting. What strikes me is the masculinity of the female. Was that intentional to have such a large face and strong jaw? The man having long hair is also interesting.

I really like the background but agree that some way to set the figures apart with contrast or lines would be good...

Oh! Just noticed the man's left arm. It seems to be separate from him. I think if you made his left shoulder larger and moved her hand more to the right, it would help.
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