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Untitled by VanadiumTaintedBeryl Untitled by VanadiumTaintedBeryl
"Untitled" 24" x 30"
Emerald Barkley 2012
Acrylic and oil on canvas
For sale...Note me if you are interested.

Referenced this lovely bit from :iconbuzillo-stock:
[link]
Many thanks.

It's really unfortunate that the photo of this piece doesn't translate the rainbow of color that I put into this work. You can't see any of the blues or purples unfortunately, no matter how much I fiddle with it. Hopefully I will get a pic with better lighting before too long. :)
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BenGoodspeed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
good work n_n
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry that the colors weren't captured properly when you uploaded it! Even so, I love the range that is shown here and how the colors melt together and drip in places. My only question would be, how realistic was the body supposed to be? I think it looks very interesting right now, but there are some places in the back where the muscle grouping looks off.
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This picture makes the piece look a lot warmer than it really is - there are plenty of blues and purple pushing some of the shadows back. Having a few of my larger pieces re-photographed is on the bucket list.
As far as the back goes, I used this stock reference: [link] specifically because I loved the tension that the model has in her body. I'm a big fan of back muscles, particularly in women. :) If I were to go back and work on it, I'd like emphasize the shadows a bit more. So far only the creases in the muscles are really emphasized. I'd also like to make the vertebrae smaller.

All of that is a really long winded way of asking you to elaborate what you find off about the muscle grouping. I meant to just ask, and then I got all in to chatting about what I find wrong with the piece. :) If you get a second, do let me know what you think.
And have a great day!
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For sure! I wouldn't mind elaborating. It's nice to see it with the reference as well, I hadn't checked it out before and it definitely clarifies somethings.

Firstly, I think that the color ranges in the reference compared to yours are very different. Yours is much warmer, which again I understand is a fault of the scanner/photo and that there should be more purples in it to make it darker. But, the reference is more of a white/pale skin with black/very dark skin contrast, which I think really makes it easier to see how the muscles are grouped and how the model is twisting.
In yours, it might be good to emphasize the shadow on the right shoulder blade. In the original there is a small patch of light on the right side of the spine and I think yours is too bright and that there should be more dark shading in that area. I do agree that the vertebrae should be smaller, and I think that was one thing that was throwing me off a little. Also, yours go pretty straight up her back, where in the reference there seems to be more curve to the vertebrae, which leads to the main crease of the spine. There's also a very deep shadow on the right side of her body, which branches off from the spine, which is much lighter in your painting.The darkest shading in your image is on the left, where the torso shadows the leg. If that deep shade was present in other places in the in the painting, such as the right forearm, crease in the back, lower back, etc., I think that more tension would be shown.
I think overall, the contrast between the lightest shade and the darkest is much more extreme in the reference than your painting. This isn't really a bad thing, it just means that some of the deepest shading in the back is lost, which without, means that some of the muscle groups blend into each other, or don't seem as strained as they are in the reference.
Let me know if that makes any sense at all!
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are making perfect sense, and whatmore, you and I are totally on the same page. And for the record, I am not trying to blame any visual faults on the poor photograph or whatever. I hate it when people do that.
Mostly, a lot of my problem is for whatever reason I tend to wuss out when it comes to true darks. I build up my layers really slowly, and I think it's a combination of thinking that my shadows are already shadowy enough, and being afraid of overshadowing. If that makes any sense. I think I just need to put on my big girl pants and get my shade on, you know? :)

Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate you taking the time to give it.
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad we're on the same page : ) And that totally makes sense, I have a hard time pushing my shadows too most of the time. I do a lot of stippling with black ink and so I sometimes shy away from going too too dark, because once you go there, you can't come back. It might be a good idea to just fool around with shading on a sketch or a piece that you could bear to ruin, just to get comfortable with the idea of going that dark without really losing anything. I get really antsy with shading when I've spent hours on a piece and get really attached to it, because then I get terrified of messing up!
And no problem, I'm glad it was useful!
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, ink is a little intimidating when is come to over shadowing. Oil and acrylic aren't so bad - you can always correct stuff. That been a great lesson for me to learn, that I don't have to try to do everything perfectly the first time through. I've seen a huge improvement in my work as I learned to relax and kind of go with the flow, you know?
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely : )
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Blacleria Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have featured your work in my journal, hope you don't mind :aww: :blowkiss: --> [link]
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's a lovely journal, thanks for featuring me. :)
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Blacleria Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You are very welcome, and thanks a lot :blowkiss:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional
nice job
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Why thank you. :)
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stardust30 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
nice work
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, that is really kind of you to say. :)
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zabani Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice way to show certain feeling to the pic by making it "tear" down :D It's pretty awesome work :thumbsup:
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is nice of you to say thank you. :)
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JadasArtVision Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Suggested title: "wasted away/washed away" or "distorted". Really nice work. :)
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! Distorted was actually one of the working titles, but it didn't quite fit the emotion that went into the piece. :)
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KIOSMA-0-0 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Writer
Enthralling. I love how this piece leaves me with more questions than answers. There's an undeniable primal quality to it, connoted to the dark red tones and precipitating skin. I say precipitating because the hands seem to be raining. This being, this piece, exudes a twisted morbidity that arouses "the id", as Freud would have called it. It makes me feel.
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What wonderful feedback, thank you. You've done a great job of using words to convey what I was trying to say with colors and shapes. :)
Thanks for responding to my work. It's always nice to hear that my art makes people feel.
And have a wonderful day. :)
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KIOSMA-0-0 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Writer
You as well. :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   General Artist
I like this piece.

Those colors look great with each other. Really brings out the intense mood and deep emotions within.

The pose is well done, and the composition is quite interesting.

I'd soften some lines slightly, particularlly the muscles in the back.

The shading and lighting are wonderful
:clap: Consistent.
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the lovely comment, as well as the favorite! Hope you are well, and have a wonderful day!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
:heart: You too!
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very compelling piece!
The dark, slightly bloody colors are morbid and wonderful!
not sure how I could put those two words in the same sentence...
I really like the pose, it's expressive and dynamic, and I like how the bottom of the frame is blurred!

All i'd suggest is to make the back a bit smoother. Yes, there are ribs in the reference, but I feel as if they're emphasized a bit much.
But other than that, this piece is just fantastic! Well done! :clap:
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the nice comment and the suggestion! It is much appreciated. :)
Hope you are well, and have a great day!
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem, and you too! :hug:
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erumaren-ainulindale Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Gorgeous!
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! have a great day!
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Paleosonic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow O.O
It looks so dark and intense - I love it! The colours you used are great.
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks much! I am going to have to hire a professional to photograph my art next time; the colors didn't come out as well as they could have. I hope you are well, and have a great day!
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Paleosonic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :blush:
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Superb work!! :)
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! That is kind of you to say. :)
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mac2010 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome!! :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured :heart:

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this and I saw the stock some time ago and remembered it for the pose being just inspiring. Good job!
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Vorpalcom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This makes my head spin. I could easily come up with a hundred or more titles that would fit for this painting. But perhaps it is better left untitled, for the mental and emotional workout it provides.
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anitadunkl Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
I totally love this work :heart:!
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You are so kind to say so! :D
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
:iconburningplz:
:iconicameplz::iconicametooplz:
:icondressplz::icontuxedoplz:SEXY!
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Amazing work very talented you are! :)
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you Mona! You are so kind!!!
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Alizadeh-Art Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
omfg i miss alot of your stuff lately,,damn i love this piece,perfectly done!
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I just uploaded a bunch of stuff for a show I am in. :)
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Alizadeh-Art Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
show?where? what?
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I won award at my college, so they are hanging my work in the student center for the fall semester. It's really exciting - I've never been in a show before, and I am hand making all of my frames. :) A lot of work!!!!
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Alizadeh-Art Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah love thats great,congrats to you,you deserve it my dear!want to see some pics as soon as you can:D
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