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sketches - golden lion tamarin, sea otter, red panda [Feb. 1st, 2009|11:58 pm]
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hey folks! sorry for being late with sketches!
i've been noodling with composition and am a real sucker for having the critters fill the space for the most part. hope its not too simple-

if you guys have any ideas shoot em my way!

otherwise my biggest question was coloring and style. i know a few of you are definitely sticking with your own style that may not necessarily be super realistic and i was debating between two styles -
-my usual solid color brown paper style [example 1, example 2, example 3] where i would use brush pen.
-or watercolors [example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4] which would go on a white paper base.

i wasn't sure how well the usual would fit and whether a more illustration-y watercolor might be more appropriate. there's always the issue of color palette as well...i landed too hearts [brights!] and a club [blues]! do you think the brown would subdue them too much?
i could always use both styles on separate images, but perhaps that'd be too inconsistent? i kind of like this idea but if its not something you think would work please say so!

thank you!

[User Picture]From: hibbary
2009-02-02 02:37 pm (UTC)
Hello thar, Luve :3

I find the sketches you've done are beautiful and look highly realistic to me! I like the compositions of all three and think they work really well, especially the panda.

As for coloring, it's true that brown paper has a tendency to soak up watercolor. But there's no reason to do any differently what you already do now. Treat the watercolor work like an under painting, and then go in and bring it up further (brighter) with an opaque paint like acrylic ink, acrylic, or oil. Or digitally, if you like digital.

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[User Picture]From: synnabar
2009-02-02 02:51 pm (UTC)
Color-wise I'm not the greatest, so I'm afraid to give an opinion about that, but I wanted to say I love your sketches! I love how they look realistic yet very "you", if you know what I mean. :)
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[User Picture]From: foxfeather
2009-02-02 03:34 pm (UTC)
Your sketches are wonderful. :)
As for coloring, I don't think there is any problem with the brown paper and I like either of your styles- brush pen or watercolor. I like Hibbary's suggestion - you can always up the saturation either digitally or with acrylics or even watercolor if you're using the tube type.
You do really well in the more subdued color tones but with the brights, I think it's just a matter of pulling out the bright reds/lighting in the panda and maybe with bright green in the background, golden/yellow lighting, and the same in the tamarin - contrasty green and gold. I was tempted to move these cards into the neutral tones but then you wouldn't be able to do the green in the forest - the bamboo, leaves, etc, and both of these critters lend themselves to a bright color palette really well. :)
I wouldn't worry about the inconsistency of the media - all of the cards are utilizing different methods and styles from super realistic to quite stylized and your style shines through in whatever media you choose. :)
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[User Picture]From: trufflehog
2009-02-02 03:45 pm (UTC)
did some fiddling in photoshop and i do like the idea of the usual brown paper coloring with the saturation beefed up digitally! thank you!!
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[User Picture]From: dark_natasha
2009-02-02 03:48 pm (UTC)
So Cute!!! I think both coloring styles would work and perhaps you could do half one way and half the other. ;)I would do the cool tones on the normal paper and the brights on the color paper. You can always tweek it a bit with the contrast in photoshop if they do not stand out as much as you like.
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