Slowvember, slow start.

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    @xin-li I really love your concept and style in this piece (as usual), but I think the read is not quite as clear as before and because of that I don't see the girl right away. Some of it, no doubt, is that you're still at the sketch stage for this new composition. But part of it may be that in the first versions, the taller building highlighted her as the focal point. In theory, I totally get why putting her against the moon would provide a clearer silhouette. But the building itself could still do some of the work of directing our focus: Maybe her building should still be taller, have a spire, or some such thing? She's about the same size as some of the other spires and chimneys. Just thinking aloud...

    Can't wait to see how this turns out! And great that you can do this and take care of your child/children too 😊. It takes a lot of determination!

  • @LauraA Thank you so much for the critic. I see what you mean. I will try to make the building she stands on a bit higher, and maybe work on the silhouette of her a bit more.

  • @xin-li Nice! The silhouette of the girl is certainly clearer now. As to the flippiness of the image, I could take it either way. Depends on whether your audience to go 'oh a girl - what's she pointing at? - oh neat majestic smoke creatures' or 'neat majestic smoke creatures - what are they looking at? - oh a little girl'.

    WHether you finish it for slowvember or not this is gonna be beautiful!

  • @xin-li I hope you get to finish and enter. The new composition is wonderful.

  • Did some adjustments on composition. Thanks to @LauraA 's critique. I think I am getting really close to start painting :-).

    @Braden-Hallett It is really interesting about what you said about flipping the image. As you said, it changes the perspective of the story a bit, very sable. It gets me to think.

    @JoannaH thank you for the encouragement.


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    @xin-li Yesss!!!! Really clear now. You've got it!

  • @LauraA thank you, Laura 🙂

  • Ready to paint tomorrow.

  • @xin-li it's going to be BEAUTIFUL!

  • WIP: I have no clue how much color I need to mix to cover an area. So I always mixed too little. Right now, the color is all over the place, due to I keep mixing color when it is run out, and every time I mix it ends up slightly different.
    Am I frustrated? yes. Is this fun? also yes.
    Is there a way to harmonize the color at this stage? would glaze on top work?

  • @xin-li I like the variations! It is fun to watch what happens with watercolor 😊

    You may already be doing this, but sometimes it helps to mix your colors (more than you think you need) in clear glass jars at the deepest shade, then use your palette (or smaller containers) to lighten the values of that mix.

    If you really want to unify an area, a transparent glaze of one hue (I would not mix for glazing) can work, but I would not glaze over the darks at the bottom. You could glaze one area in a cool transparent hue, the focal point in a warm version of that hue, for example. But I would test the glazing on scraps first to see if it's an effect you like.

    Glad you are having fun!

  • Progress so far. The color is way off compared to the color study. I might try to a glaze of green tone tomorrow to bring the color closer to the color study.
    @BichonBistro thank you for the watercolor tip.

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    @xin-li You said: "Am I frustrated? yes. Is this fun? also yes." Love it! This sums up why we make art!

    Also, I like your warm windows. And I think the purplish-blue has enough harmony.

    Do you do watercolors frequently? I thought maybe you did digital more, but I'm not sure.

  • @xin-li I think this is working well! Blue is complementary color of orange and purple complementary of yellow, so unless this goes against your vision for the piece, I wouldn’t worry about matching to your original color study.

  • @LauraA I normally work digitally. But I learned a lot of working with wet media during this year's inktober. Color is tricky for me with watercolor. It helped a lot by followed SVS watercolor courses by Vesper Stamper and Lee. @BichonBistro also gave me lots of useful watercolor tips.

  • @xin-li said in Slowvember, slow start.:

    The color is way off compared to the color study

    The colour may not be the same as the study, but it still works really well. Blue and orange is always a winning combo 😃

  • @xin-li looks great so far!

  • Thank you, everyone, for tips, supports, critiques, and encouragement. I finished the painting. The result is posted at the contest thread.

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