Help with my WIP

  • Hello Everyone! I've had quite a workload to finish so It's been quite sometime since I've been on the forums, but it's nice to be back! My slowvember project took a halt because of it, but I'd like to see this one finished and make a portfolio piece. My biggest trouble right now is what to go with the leaves. Should i paint each one in, should I make the highly detailed then blur the area? Not sure how to tackle it. Can I get some advice on how to make this image the best it can be?

    I'm only in my 3rd step of putting the image together, so look at it as a WIP.

    Thanks so much in advance 🙂

    ![0_1519308333079_slowvember.jpg](Uploading 100%)

  • Somehow I can't get my image uploaded so here's a link to it instead!

  • SVS OG

    Looks great! Do you need that large area of leaves? Or could you crop some of it out? Then you could jut put a few leaves in? Just a thought.

  • Hello, your image looks nice, I would darken the values of the foreground branch and bird to create some framing elements. On another note if you are using Microsoft edge your images will stall at a 100% loading this happened to me until I learned about it.

  • @christina-brown said in Help with my WIP:

    I'd be apprehensive about painting all those leaves (but that's because I'm lazy) 🙂

    I might consider painting another branch with a cluster of birds, (squirrel maybe?) to break up the leaves. My gut says not to crop since this wants to be a tall painting if you get what I mean.


    Forgot to say I really like the piece as it is so far. I'll be interested to see how it turns out!

  • SVS OG

    I like the framing on this, and what a sweet moment! I say paint in all the leaves, maybe some acorns to break the shapes up. It is your Slowvember piece after all. Then later you can play around with the blur to see if it adds a nice effect or not. You could make the foreground in shadow and throw some dappled sunlight around the characters to add light to the focal point. With a frame like that though, you don't really need it. As long as the characters are brighter than the foreground people will naturally focus on the characters. Are you familiar with Marco Bucci? He has some excellent painting tutorials that may help. Look for him on you tube or facebook for his videos. He also did a class for SVS.

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