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Dooty by MyelinSheath Dooty by MyelinSheath
Hello friend, I hadn't seen you in a while
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AthanArt Featured By Owner Edited May 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I like that you used the brush in a hatching manner to turn the little forms, well done!
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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it looks like a really nice!  The colours used compliment each other really well and I especially like the brushwork in the owls body - it almost looks like a traditional piece.  The range of tones and different marks seem subtle enough that the picture has a lovely consistent style but varied enough to keep it interesting.  I think a bit of the brush work in the neck seems less carefully placed than elsewhere though and does stand out a little.

I also like the idea of the minimalist composition, with the choice of colours and lack of background drawing attention to the owl.  I can see why you went for the branch the way it is and it certainly doesn't look terrible, but I'm not sure if it was the best option.  I think if it was me I'd have tried to build up a simplified branch (although with a degree of depth) using lighter and darker tones of the background.  I'm certainly not claiming that would have been the right way to do it, just maybe something to think about!

But overall a really cool and striking picture!  Comment on behalf of ProjectComment
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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it! :D

I think the general consensus seems to be that the branch wasn't the best choice here, so I'll figure out better ways to do backgrounds and compositions. I also do need to work on brushwork in general, but I suppose it's the kind of thing that I'll iron out as I practice.

Thanks once again :)
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, and I certainly think the brushwork is coming along just fine!
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you did more with the branch and background.
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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! I kind of was going for a sort of minimalist thing, but it probably doesn't read like that, I'll be sure to keep that in mind.
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legendaryicebreaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I applaud your technique, the background is simple but the Owl draws attention to itself, having more cooler tones in front of a warm coloured surface. Heart 
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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! That's very kind of you :)
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legendaryicebreaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
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Sweet-heartwork Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hello :3

First of all, I think you did the owl's face extremely well. It is well defined and the strokes are placed with immense dexterity. The Coloring is very nice as well, the blue/purple goes well with it's complement orange/yellow. You did the contour and highlights almost perfectly on the face. It's eyes sparkle along with it's beak, and the eye is drawn to it. However, as soon as my eye dips to the neck, the dexterity is lost and the paint seems a bit rushed. The amazing face is let down by the body. I also think that the feet could have been given a similar treatment that the beak and eyes got. It would balance out the image and make it pop! Overall, I think you could improve on the longer strokes. I noticed that you do very well with smaller strokes. The longer strokes could be practiced a bit more c:

(P.S. Maybe a soft tone to the branch would keep the focus on the owl as well. Right now, the bright white is stealing the thunder. It's all about directing the eye. Try looking at your image 50x smaller, to see what pops. <3)

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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I struggled so much with the body, I have yet to figure out better painting technique, but I'll be sure to focus my attempts at polishing that. :D

As for the branch, I was trying to go for a little bit of minimalism, but I'm going to play around with some soft tones for it. Thanks for the tip!
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Sweet-heartwork Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well, a technique is just your way of drawing something from life. For example, you did some nice strokes on the face, with good patterns with light and dark. Especially the feathers on the neck. There was a pattern. Look at these references for the body: www.cjcphoto.net/misc/090504-1…
shotphotos.com/wp-content/uplo…
cdn1.arkive.org/media/67/676B8…

See? You can make stroke patterns with light and dark feathers, like a wave, s curves, or even triangles. I hope this helps.

I like the branch outline, but maybe try making it just grey or dark green, so it doesnt detract from the owl. <3
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MyelinSheath Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did work with reference for the body but definitely not as patiently as I should have haha! I feel like the biggest takeaway here for me is to be more patient in the rendering process and not lose my chill with the strokes like I clearly did :D
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Sweet-heartwork Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
-Nod- Yes. Never get sloppy. I learned that the hard way. Quality of art is worth all the time in the world. <3
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