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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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