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post #1 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
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Acrylic Painting :D

Today I sat down and did a painting of a beautiful bay horse. The reference picture I used was from a horse book I have. This would be my 4th acrylic painting now but I really hope to get some more done over the holidays. I would love for anyone to give me any critique/help
Note: sorry that the photos are so horrible I took them at night time under a light haha so please note it looks a lot better in real life.

Heres a WIP

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 11:34 AM
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I really like what you've done.

I think the biggest point to improve on would be the crispness of your "outline." The edge of the horse is very "wavy." One of the artists around here came up with a method to "mask" your subject and paint the background. Sketch your "line art" onto the paper (acrylic painting paper, etc.), and then use masking tape to cover it. Use a box cutter (or similar artist knife) and cut off the excess tape so the tape covers your subject. Paint the background, then carefully remove the tape an paint the subject.

It's really a neat trick and I've only played with it. Regardless, you have amazing shading skills and I love how you blended colors (you didn't use just brown, gray, black, etc.). The muted background also draws focus to the horse. Great job!

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oh its lovely!!

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 12:31 PM
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Amazing! Omg i love this!
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-04-2011, 02:16 PM
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Hi Caitlin,

That is a very nice piece you have made. I , too, like the mottled background. There's a lot of freedom and activity in the background, which almost draws my eye more to it than the horse. Also, if you were to take a black and white picture of this, the entire horse and the upper part of the background would be pretty close to the same level of dark gray. so, if you have the willingness to go back to it, I would suggest adding a few more lighter areas to the horse, maybe some more variation in light/color to give it more "shine" and to make it more interesting than the background. Maybe put more work into the area around the eye? And maybe make a few of the forelock hairs more distinct.
Small areas of increased focus and detail help the viewer "move" through the painting as they look at each area of increased interest and let the background support the foreground, not compete with it.

This is a bit heavy critisism, but I think you want to know what to do to improve, right? I would perhaps let this painting stay as it, and do another and as you go along you can compare the newer to the older and see your growth as an artist.
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CreamPuff- I have heard about doing that but never actually bothered to do it haha thankyoou so much I will defintly do it with my next painting which should hopefully be today

Tinyliny-Don't worry I love heavy criticism it's the only way I'm goping to get better now that I look at it I completley agree I am hoping to do another painting today so check back here reguarly and I will post updates

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