Uncle Carl Has a Chicken on His Head.



  • Working on painting the first page. This might be a practice round. I'm afraid to ask for critiques but ...feel free to comment if you want to :-) This is my own project that I have been working on for months....time to finish it and move on.

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  • @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen i love the cow:)



  • That cow is wonderful and funny,i cant really see the first painting I think it is your photo(or my eyes).



  • Hi Marsha!

    I think you are doing good work here. Are you creating this for a book? I ask because it LOOKS (if it isn't, please feel free to correct me) like a spread. I think if you are creating a spread for a book you don't want to cut it in half in this way because it makes it harder to line up in the finished book. Instead, create it as a full image. Be mindful where the gutter will be, but you don't need to make it in two images.

    I really like the cow and her expression. I don't think you are far along enough for anyone to fairly critique you when it comes to the rest of the image. I can't wait to see how you proceed!



  • @JeaneBean Yes, it is a project. I have done a couple of books and did them in halves like this. The printers know how to handle it :-) I just make sure they line up as I draw them. I don't know if it's the correct way but so far it has been fine. I do a lot of learning as I go :-) I make books and self publish them. Still have a lot to learn. This is my third book so far.......it's taken me a long time to get to the point of painting! It won't be perfect but it will be finished! I'm going to be taking a 2D design class at the local CC in the fall and it will be a digital/traditional combo. I do not know a lot about digital art yet, half the time I can't even get my scanner to work so, hopefully I will be more knowledgeable about some of these things. I'm one of those older ones who grew up without technology. It seems to come more naturally to younger people who have been dinging around with devices for years :-)



  • @DOTTYP Thank you :-) I think the first one is the back of the cow and it has some unfinished parts so it's probably hard to decipher Ha!



  • I get it now,it is the back end of the cow,it looks really good,sorry about that.


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    looking good!

    You do not (and probably should not) do your spreads on two pages.

    There are a number of reasons for this. One of the main ones is that your marks, values, and colors are extremely hard to match perfectly. So either this creates more post production work to get them looking smooth or there may be differences where the paintings come together.

    The other reason is that you want to work on a painting and get into the "flow" of it to do your best work. Cutting it in half will be an unnecessary step and stop your speed and flow in creating good paintings.

    The last reason is that you have now created more scans that you need to do which will introduce yet another variable to the work.

    Just paint it on one piece and you will be happier, you will work quicker, and the work will be better.



  • @Lee-White Okay, I'll do it! I did finish my two halves though :-) It's just a practice painting so now I can get some feedback and do it on one page. BTW, I'm wondering about working on the pages simultaneously...if that is even possible so that I can be sure I don't run out of paint and have a hard time matching the colors throughout. Do you do that? Or do you do all the books digitally and your other art traditionally? Thanks.

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    @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen I do a lot of books traditionally. As long as you are close to matching color and value on each page, you should be fine. The only time it would be a problem is if the images are on the same spread and don't match.

    I only use around 5 colors total so it's easy for me to hit colors over and over.


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    One other thing, make sure you are adding enough bleed to the image (at least .25" all the way around). Otherwise it will cut into the image farther than you might want.



  • @Lee-White So, are you saying that what I have here will be cut off .25 inches all around? I defintiely need bigger paper :-) Also, I know that my pictures are sometimes flat, especially looking at the cows face. If I made a cylinder first and then try to work around that mayeb I can get a rounder look? I have watched the classes on perspective and posing images, etc.....Does the face look too flat to you? Thank you so much for taking the time to critique my work.


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    @Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen the face does look flat. It's because there is no lighting or shadow on it. Think about that shape as a three dimensional form. Light would hit one side and the other side would be in shadow.



  • @Lee-White Thank you. Have a nice week end. I'll keep working on these cows :- tomorrow or Monday :-)



  • I love this. The cow is incredible.Love the eyes. :)



  • @Peter-Jarvis Thank you, Peter :-)



  • I like the thinner legs as this is a cute cow, I wonder if the tail is a little too thin, and a possible more creative shape to the end of the tail could be a place for a second layer of cute to the image. I might suggest moving the fly that is behind the two characters to in front of the cow, I'm wondering if there is a depreciation in the cuteness of the scene having the fly back where the poop really is, this might be a little over critical. I appreciate you thinking with practicing the painting before you paint the actual, not enough are willing to go through that work to get things right, keep up the good work!



  • @WhiteboardJim Thanks, Jim. I think your right. The tail does look thin! The fly in back of the cow is supposed to be counting the chicken on Uncle Carl's head, more chickens will be added wiht each page but, I think I could easily move the position :-) Thanks again!



  • @Lee-White Oh, that's good to know! I am also trying to keep a limited palette. I am actually wearing myself out doing a 30 day watercolor challenge. I thin I'm going to have to take a vacation and tehn work on the book again! :-)


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