Yaaay! The second drawing i finished this week. But dont let yourself get distracted by my speed, i've spend loads of time onto it.
As you can see, i drew a Bird and some flowers. The bird is an Australian Bird "Superpb fairy-wren" (Malurus coronatus), and the flowers are just purple / pink Violins!. Yes yes i tried hard to impress.
-> Full view for details.
*** Special comment requested / critism and tips
However, there are some things i like to request your judgement and skills. As some people know, flowers are NOT my comfort zone at all. I have no feeling whether they look realistic or not. Yes its strange, you draw something fantastic but my own opinion is neutral. Plus the fact i've used a lot Different colours on this drawing too. ->I would like to know whether i did a good job with the colour composition, the contrast i tried to archieve.
Then a last thing, the bottom leaves, im insecure about them. I did not want them to steal the show and draw them too sharp (i've made that mistake already) but i did not want to draw them un-detailed, or too simple. -> Did i do a good job with the back, background? (the green leaves for example?)
As for the Superb Wren (the bird), yes its body shape is balloon alike. I took the photo when it had its shoulders shrugged and its body rounded to keep warm. But i might have overdone that part. (?)
Resources Pose: I used two stocks (bird and flower), OWN photographs. Tutorials: None used Effects: Only blur used, no texture used Brushes: A simple, dotted brush for the flower leaves and the background. The remaining is made with standard Photoshop brushes.
Time: er.. 28 hours?
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First off I would like to commend you for your speed in making this. I couldn't pull something this detail off in a day. Ha ha, only speed paints. Now on to the rest of the critique.
Your shading is done exceptionally well on the flower petals. And I really like the yellow and gold in the middle. (I forget what part of the plant that is... lol where the pollen resides.) Although I would have liked the highlights to blend a bit more like the shading, they still work. Perhaps using a smaller and solid tipped brush for the outlining with the white. But I am still very impressed with the 'veins' as you called them.
As for the composition, I think this piece would have had more impact if the placement of the bird was on the other side and looking in on the flowers rather than looking away from them. It's distracting to the eyes, and pulls the viewer in to wonder what the subject is looking at. The same goes in regards to his feet. Since they seem to be cut off, it makes the viewer want to see more. The rule of thumb in photography (which can also be applied to painting since it has to do with composition), is to never cut off tops of heads & feet. For a more in depth look into this subject, visit this page [link] . Further more on the bird, I think you could have used more shading with a larger softer brush or added more darker shades. Although I will say that the white highlights on his chest, really caught my eye.
Lastly, remember to keep consistent with your light source. The shades and highlights should correspond with each other. Although I do recognize that you were basing all of this from your own stock photos, sometimes in order to bring the whole piece together in harmony, you will have to establish a universal light source that doesn't conflict with each other. As it stands, I am unsure of where the main light source is coming from, for this reason- it might have been difficult or hard on your end to decipher where shadows and highlights should be.
And to answer your question in regards to the 'roundness' of the bird, I think it's just his belly/chest that is a bit over done. His shoulders seem on point to me. Then again I haven't taken a look at the photo- at least you recognized this once you were finished. It means you are more away of proportions, and that's a good thing.
Overall, this piece is very original- especially here on . It's refreshing and nice to see something with a more classical approach in mind.
Awwr thank you dear. And yes i liked to make a strong colour variation and try to combine something like a bird and a flower together and see how i go. Thank you for the comment, it makes so much difference if people would only leave a comment and some love.
Yea you're right, i should write down FULL VIEW or something like that. I mostly draw in detail, but you cannot see that really from far away. (dunno why you cant see it.. tips might help if you have any).
Either way, i thank you a lot for the lovely comment, i really appreciate it. Plus i thank you again for Full viewing as well and telling people they should. Since.. of course they should view my work full view in stead of just hopping by.
love it, the flowers are so bright they could brighten up anyone's mood lol, and the birdie is A.dorable
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