WIP superstition


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    Hi SVS ers In Irish legend magpies bring sorrow unless you tell them the time then it wards of that sorrow, my idea is a forest with a cemetery in the back, the boy dressed in black telling the bird the time from the grandfather clock, (ie his grandfather has just died) Do you get that story from these elements? Thanks super2.JPG super.jpg forestmeadow3.JPG



  • I think it's a nice concept to do a painting on, but I don't think your sketch conveys those ideas. Imagine that no-one knows of the superstition and try and explain it as well as you can without words. If I were to look at this as it is I would say that the bird is about to attack a sleepy boy on a chair, maybe because the bird doesn't like clocks? or maybe wants to protect it's clock.

    I would explore a variety of ideas, but it sounds like a tough one to illustrate.



  • This is a tough one, and I'm not familiar with this superstition. I do really like the idea and the visuals you're describing and showing but, I do think the narrative could be stronger. Maybe try rearranging the elements you have. Like play with where the magpie is. Maybe it just landed on the chair or clock?


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    It sounds like a sad story! But maybe the boy could be pointing to the clock and you could have another character that is warding off the bird, this type of gesture
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    @holleywilliamson @Gary-Wilkinson @Norman-Morana Thank you for all your replies, I am so grateful for you all taking a look. I played around with changing the composition, pointing moving the bird and I have decided this image is going to need a little text, to help it along, like it is a page out of a story book-thanks!



  • This is a really cool idea. There are so many variations on Magpies bringing bad luck. Im pretty sure i'm going to head down the Magpie route for my entry. The poem I always heard was to do with how many you had seen: "One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy". And, the version for warding off the bad luck, involved saluting and saying "Hello Mr Magpie" three times.

    I've not actually heard the telling time version before. Maybe you could go down a more conceptual route with your character cowering behind the clock, using it as protection from the magpie.


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    I wanted to share my piece I completed, I hated it, so I went back to the drawing board and I am much happier with the second. I have learned this about myself; if I am struggling best to ditch it and start againsuperstition.jpg magpies.jpg


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