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Old 02-28-2017, 12:43 PM
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March Oil gusher Chat &Challenge

It's March already and here we are heading for Autumn. Instead of the usual brown and orange colors, I decided to base my choice of references on bright colored objects. Please feel free to add any photos that you might like to include in the challenge.
Pomegranate from faafil

Blue and gold from pazza

Telephone booth from McCloud

Pantherkey from Sillybean
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Old man of the jungle by Jerri Rose

Poppy from Luv2shoot

I'm looking forward to seeing your versions and have fun!
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Nice selection. I will try one but I am not certain which. The poppy is intriguing.
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Oh wow gorgeous photos, I think I'll have to do 2 of them because I just cannot choose between them
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My version of the pomegranate 12x14cm
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Nice job with the red shades. The brown shading around the bottom most edge is very realistic. The simplification of the piece with only a few leaves focuses the fruit.
I am very impressed with the background.
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Thanks Ratchet.
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A4 My version of the sunset.
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Lovely, nice blend of colors
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Thanks Ratchet!
My macaw, 10x12
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The shading, textures and general art work is excellent
That said, I would venture a guess there are perspective problems with the eye, beak and head. Those are ellipses. Might help to box it up to see if the vanishing points, degrees and angles of the circles and ellipses are aligned correctly. The eye would be the focal point of that endeavor, in my humble and not very educated opinion
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A very interesting point, Ratchet. I used gimp and superimposed an edge detect outline of the reference over my painting.
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The upper beak, perhaps the angle is wrong. It should point more to the left

The outline looks good but the illusion of distance across the eye area is flat and recedes. The distance I am speaking of is the circular distance if you were looking down at the bird at the top of his head, eye to eye. The side that is visible is flat rather than being on a ball.

It looks as if the beak is twisted.

It interests me because I believe it has more to do with shading circles and ellipses than with outline.

Outstanding Job, I am nitpicking a bit but ellipses interest me very much.

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Thanks Ratchet. I'll fix the beak and repost as soon as I can.
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It may be the slight crookedness of the beak is causing the indented look between the beak and the eye. At first I thought the ellipse of the eye was incorrect and was causing the break in the line.

The angle of the photo causes some distortion. When the image is flattened to two dimensions, there seems to be a definite indented "corner" rather than smooth edged elliptical curve. I worked on a fish for a while that was head on with the tail to the side. The distortion was evident in that photo also, losing the smooth transition from body curving to base of tail

I downloaded Gimp. I tried many times and finally succeeded. I am glad I took your successful use of the program as encouragement and finally obtained a copy. Great Tool!
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