Originally posted by Fairgrove:
Wonderful to see more dolphins from you, Tess!
I would go for the lower line for the right dolphin. I think it feels closer than the left one, and then it would be natural that it came from a closer point in the water.
Ok, maybe it's a bit early, but let me come with some opinions right away. I would like to see some more light/highlight on the right dolphin and I would like to see a little bit more of the island in the background.
Looking forward to your progress postings!
These guys are really easy to paint. You should give it a shot. And its fun too!
It makes sense on the lower as to it being closer so I think I'll go with that. I still have a lot more to do but have to let the paint dry before going over it in some spots. The right dolphin is finished and I won't mess with that one but only to sharpen the lower edges.
The right dolphin is in its very rough stages with only suggestions (or markers for me) of where the lights will be to define those strong tail and body muscles.
As for the water I still have some details to work in for movement and so on but this is only the first three layers and most of that water is still pretty wet since I used thinner paint in a glaze type form.
Until I get the baseline or exit lines I couldn't get a feel for motion direction for the bottom part. Then I'll add in the ripple things and foam etc to bring it all together.
As for the Island in the back thats still iffy. I may drag it out with a hint white beach and a bit of greenery. Just haven't really decided on that. I sure don't want to take away from the subject but I do want to move the viewer gracefully to the right.
OH well.. blah blah blah. I will keep you posted on the final version.