@teju-abiola@smceccarelli Thank you both! a lot to think about - I'm trying to not stray too far from the proportions of the Wizard while still making a believable appealing character that is not too idealized - the Wizard in my case has a very large head, short neck, and narrow shoulders...not the most ideal proportions for a lovely lady but I think it is possible....unless it just looks wrongly drawn, which I'm hearing it does - the breasts are low for sure - I see now that the shadow I added where the arms rest against them has really accentuated them and that fact which was not my intention - i think I am happy with the wing location - they are described as "growing from her shoulders" so I tried to draw them radiating from her shoulders - I'm imagining that there are straps around her shoulders (which you can see under her top) that hold the fake wings on - I hope I don't sound defensive of the flaws in the piece - I feel like I'm talking out my thoughts with my studio mates really - I'll work more on the shoulder to head ratio and sort out the breast area - Thanks again!
@laurie Thank you so much Laurie! - i really appreciate the feedback and kind words! @Jason-Bowen Thank you for the feedback and draw over Jason! - i see your point - i do tend to go too dark (i think i'll need to send most of my Oz images through "curves" before i call them done :)
@eric-castleman Hey Eric - I'm pretty sure I live just a couple of miles from Lee so I am most likely one of the first to have gotten the book - I would not worry - you will probably get it in a few days :)
@Sarah-LuAnn Thank you Sarah LuAnn! I'm hoping i can have some degree of success when i get to painting it :) @smceccarelli Thank you Simona! I will look at Frazetta as you suggest - - in my posted reply to Chip i mention the books that i used to collect...they were nearly all Frazetta covers. Have not looked at him in years though (maybe he can help me break away from my blue/orange color scheme i seem to go to) The fish are really place holders at the moment but you and Olivia both mention them as distracting so i did a quick edit until i can sort them out - they are still just place holders but maybe less distractingly wrong :) Thanks again for the feedback! @WhiteboardJim Thank you Jim! I thought the flipper legs might be off putting - my idea is that he was human once - there is another mermaid piece on my portfolio site ....i am wondering if this merman may once have been the diver in that scene. Not sure - i really appreciate your honest feedback and thoughtful perspective!
We are going to have the content for purchased classes be downloadable, so there is no issue there.
@Charlie-Eve-Ryan you don't have to memorize what you had. You guys just need to email aaron and let him know what your login email was and if you paid with stripe or paypal. We can look up the purchases that way.
@Chip-Valecek Hey Chip.. i'm not very knowledgeable about layers but i think i remember in Jim Madsen video (which is awesome) that he mentions using an "overlay " layer sometimes to preserve the lighter tones in the painting when adding color and or texture.... i could be way off but maybe give it a try if you have not yet... i just did a little experiment myself and it does not seem as murky as the color layer in the darker tones. @natiwata Thank you Nat!
@smceccarelli Thank you Simona - i really appreciate your feedback! - "mysterious and unsettling without being overly aggressive" is such a great thing to hear! - i've been working on spike alternatives yesterday and today - i think i will have to come back to it later though - i am hearing you and Matt for sure and see your point - there is a foreshadowing in the spikes but i think you are right and it might be too much - in the book a young girl is sent (presumably to her doom) by a deceitful old man through dangerous lands to kill a powerful and evil witch - so i have this feeling that the Emerald City holds great danger for the travelers - i think i am too attached to the spikes mostly for this reasoning (kinda funny really) so i will take a break on it for a bit and come back to it when i feel more objective minded - once again I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback!!
Haha, it's definitely a good trick, I know I've seen it before too. Silly of me never to use it. But I think I'll start following in your footsteps now. (While still calling you the cutout man. It's catchy.)
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