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November 11, 2012
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Winter is Coming by VanadiumTaintedBeryl Winter is Coming by VanadiumTaintedBeryl
Watercolor, gel pen, ink and acrylic on watercolor paper.

I'm cold.

Stock used: [link]
Thank you!!!

ŠEmerald Barkley 2012
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I love the blues and purples in this piece and how the red around the eye stands out. I also really like the tints of gold in the background, it's a very beautiful background and looks almost otherworldly.
I do think thought that the gold sort of splashes onto the top goose, which takes away from the darkness of it's beak and head.
I think you did a really good job using the reference photograph to create a very realistic portrait. The only differences I saw was that the reference's nose had a deeper bridge and under the lip the chin dipped further back.
I think one thing you could have pushed here was the shading of the skin. I like that you've combined the reds, purples, and blues into the color of the skin, but it just seemed way too pale. I think the shading in the neck region was good, but I think even that could have been darker. I think the cheek could definitely be shaded more.
I don't know if the choice to elongate the neck was stylistic or to match the bird's, but it did look a little strange to me. Beyond being abnormally long, it's also very very skinny. I would picture at that length that you could catch a glimpse of it on the other side of the bottom bird's neck, but you don't.
Overall though, I think that this is a very original, beautiful piece and love the coloring.
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KangTengri Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   Photographer
Your work featured here
ArtAgainstSociety Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Hello! I would like to notify you that I've featured you on my surreal and abstract art blog over on Tumblr. Your work really fits the theme, and you can see it on Of course, I have given you credit and linked to your page. If for any reason you don't want it published any longer, just send me a message and I'll delete it pronto. Thanks, and congratulations! Your art is beautiful. Please note: If you don't see your art right away on my blog, it is probably still in the queue and has yet to be posted.

VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I went ahead and followed you; I"m

Thanks again!  I appreciate the support!
Bongwater-bandit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's really freaking gorgeous.

I'm at a loss for words here.
VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, that's really nice of you to say!  Thanks! :heart:
derHaase Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
<3 We're going to be friends. :3
VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like friends!
derHaase Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, but in all seriousness! This piece is gorgeous. :)
VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you so much, that's terribly kind of you to say. :)
bear48 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional
sweet job
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