I originally posted this on the critique forum but they must all be busy being creative so I've been a bit cheeky and wacked it on here too!(I need to finish it so I can start another one!)
Hi, I hope I am getting this right I am a bit of a Virgin at posting messages on this Forum.
I am finishing this picture of a Squirrel off and have a couple of issues.
1) The Photo I copied from is in a book so I dont have copyright so how do I stand with ownership of copyright etc ?
2) I am currently working on Pads of A4 paper and as I am teaching myself by reading books I am a bit unsure about other types of paper I should try. I have read lots of the forums but am a bit drowned in information so if I have started with Ingres what should I try next?
3) and finally... I have a habit of getting to this point in a picture and then spoiling it so where should I go from here. My main problem is that from the photo the little chap is sitting on an uprooted tree and I am guessing at what it looks and feels like from the photo. If I make the background trees as dark as they are in the photo then I will lose the contrast especially on the Left hand side so I have decided to try and keep the Squirrell and tree in the foreground by blurring the background trees. How else could I send the trees back and keep the Squirrel sharp and the Focus of my picture?