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Old 07-12-2003, 02:54 AM
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Hey All,
Started this last night . . .it's from a photo in the Ref Library taken by Bevsbigsis. Never thought of sparrows as particularly beautiful but this photo took me. The colours in the original background and the pine needles are not the same as I have used here . .using artistic licence by incorporating more greens and oranges which are somewhat complimentary and they do seem to "pop" a bit more. Also maximising the backlighting effect by ensuring the background around the sparrows head is quite dark giving greater contrast and thus greater impact from the focal area. having a lot of fun with this one.
All comments welcome as I'm learning more and more about colour and composition here. Slowly developing an "artists eye" but still a long way to go (the more I learn, the more I realise I don't know much)

First the ref pic

Where I'm up to

and a close up

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Old 07-12-2003, 07:44 AM
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I so look forward to viewing your work! And this one is no exception.
COming along fine...looking forward to the update!

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Old 07-12-2003, 07:49 AM
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Old 07-12-2003, 08:41 AM
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It's gonna be another stunner
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Old 07-12-2003, 08:55 AM
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This is completely awesome, Can't wait to see the finished painting

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Old 07-12-2003, 09:05 AM
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Well Crumby, I can see that this is gonna be another GREAT picture!!! I love seeing your work !!

Look forward to seeing this progress.

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Old 07-12-2003, 10:02 AM
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Wow, this is just fabulous. I have a soft spot for sparrows myself, as that was the nickname of a kitty I very recently lost to breast cancer ... this just tugged at my heartstrings. A true honor to the little birds who posed for the piccie.

Might I ask for a brief explanation of your methods for such gorgeous detail?

Marvelous, congrats. Hope to see some of the updates as the painting progresses.

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Old 07-12-2003, 10:09 AM
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This man's work just amazes me. WOW What talent
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Old 07-12-2003, 11:26 AM
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dreamy background. The birds are coming along well too...I like seeing someone else work from the top down...I tend to drag stuff through the finished work if I don't work that way...going to be a stunner...most important is that you're feeling the energy as you go!
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:10 PM
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As always, the jaw is already on the floor........... Your work is amazing. I wish I had your patience and eye for detail...

How do you stay so focused? I have immense trouble with detail, because my attention gets pulled to different parts all the time. This makes it impossible to get anywhere near the detail I would like...

Looking forward to seeing your progress !

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Old 07-12-2003, 03:30 PM
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Hi Sir! I had that pic earmarked too... but will leave it to your better skills... I'm really glad you've chosen to do the humble sparrow... they are such beautiful little birds.....did you know that they are becoming an endangered species? Although we have loads of them in our garden, noisy little beggars they are too... we have five nest boxes in the garden and each one has been taken by the sparrows, now on their third brood. LOL

Keep going sir... it's going to be a cracker.!

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Wonderful work as always! Your detail is amazing.
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Old 07-13-2003, 09:39 AM
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Hi Everyone,
Thanks for looking and the supportive comments.

Gayze: Well yes they were kind to pose for the photo, unfortunately I can't take the credit there . . Bevsbigsis deserves all that. As for an explanation of my method, the best thing I can do is point you to Gaka's Article on the right side of the pastels forum page. Although we differ slightly nowadays in our technique (not much) that's a great start . .and there's no-one better to learn off than Gaka if you want detail.

Dyin: I don't always work top down but am trying to on this one. Usually go al over the place.

katrem: Normally I'll try and do the background first . . . but I've got to admit I need a lift every now and then through the painting . .so I do a bit of boring bit (Background) then some more interesting bit (sparrow) . .that way it keeps my interest up . . even to the point when I get to tedious bits on the sparrow, I'll digress and do the eye for a bit of a pick-me-up. Little things like that keep me going.

Mo: Sorry mate . .beat ya to it!! he he . . seriously you should still do it . . it IS a nice pic. Endangered?? ..the sparrow . .well I never!!

OK a bit of a WIP update. After about 6-8 more hours. Sorry about the quality of the photos, the colour is wrong due to the fact that it was taken under a flouro at 11:40pm . . plus my tripod is broken so it's hand held . . hard to get clear macro photos hand held.

This first pic is just the bird (I've done a little more background off to the left but ya don't wanna see that).

Next is the close up . .I measured it and this is about 1.5 times actual size. Bit blurry so the detail doesn't show up as well . . but you can see for a supposedly boring bird there's oranges, creams, greens and blues in there as well as the browns. I kinda like sparrows now

OK will keep you all posted
Gonna be a long one this . . .and it's Monday in about 15 minutes!! WHAAAAAAAAHHH
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Old 07-13-2003, 10:25 AM
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whoa... it is so hard to imagine this is done in pastel. The detail is amazing. Fantastic work

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Old 07-13-2003, 11:04 AM
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I'm speechless. Every time I see your work, I'm in awe. Lovely subject matter and the detail, as always, astounds me.

You really have done an exceptionally fine job on the feathers. Thanks for sharing the close up.

Crumby, Enjoy the fun of painting this!!! Keep us posted - we're all very interested.

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