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...was initially for pieces done on a computer, but has since become a free-for-all. Here you'll find process work (digital and otherwise), sketch pages and studies, sometimes with commentary.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Color E

I'm unsatisfied with this color glaze, but I can't tell why.  That's the most unsettling thing about this exercise so far : going wrong, and not knowing what went wrong.


Fail theory : I went off-reference in an effort to "free up my color choices."  Emu's eyes are orange-y, and that's about the only thing I kept. Background color choice may have been poor as well.  Maybe less improv and more planning next time...a color thumbnail.  I've seen people do those.

It could also be my values are still too nebulous.  *shrugs*  It looked good to me in grayscale.  Fucking color...


adam.fiju said...

my guess would be, since eyes are glossy, they reflect lights of enviroment. You have used bright orange to make that reflection, that suggest, let say... sunset light.
Rest of the picture, incluging feathers, seem not to be influenced by that source of light.

Once ill get home I'll try to recolorize your picture slightly, to check that idea.

PS. sorry for my english - I'm not native english speaker

Ethan Karnopp said...

I think the easiest part of messing up a glaze is not remembering to adjust certain values to correspond to lighter chroma of the reference.

"Tonal realist painters do systematically judge the brightness and colour intensity of the light coming to their eyes from their subjects, but in general they do not think in terms of absolute measures of these parameters, but only with relationships of these parameters between the different components of their subject. They typically (and often unconsciously) think of these relationships of brightness and "colorfulness" in terms of the value and chroma of the paint mixtures that they will use, sometimes in relation to an absolute framework such as the Munsell System."

Vince Aparo said...

the way you carved that eye using tonal planes is super great! are you using just one brush?

I'm having the same prob with choosing colors. :(