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Fruit study in oil
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Marcus Bäckström
Going back to the basics and painting fruit to try and learn more about how color works. I feel like i have a basic understanding of color theory but there's still so much more to learn. I realise a lot of colors gets lost in photos so it's not gonna be 100% accurate to the irl painting but any thoughts on the pear are welcomed
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Christina Steele
I think this is a lovely piece overall! Your color choices are very enjoyable. There is a calming warmth to the colors you used. You also have some great textures represented in the pear. The left side of the pear seems to fade into the same value range as your background in a couple of areas, causing it to lose a bit of the illusion of space. There is not a clear definition of the space that the pear is existing in. The shadow under the pear is beautifully portrayed, but them it fades out ambiguously. This makes the background feel like a curved surface. If there were a bit more clarification to the background, and a little more contrast in your value ranges to the left side of the pear, it would strengthen this piece.
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Tim Dosé
The pear is lovely! Very nice work. I have more comments about the background than the pear itself. Resolving some issues with the background would really tie the whole thing together as a piece. - It's a little hard to tell where the pear is sitting. The background kind of flattens out. What's the difference between the ground plane and the background plane? I assume that's purple fabric—is it curving from the ground to the bg plane? If so, I'd expect more a value change between the two major planes. - Is the light source very diffuse? Or is it more focused? The cast shadow of the pear is a little confusing. The sharpness of the cast shadow edge close to the pear is pretty sharp, implying a fairly focused light (with a very nicely done penumbra!). But then a little further away the cast shadow gets super soft. It's also very nicely executed, but it implies a more diffuse light source than the other part of the shadow. Although penumbra does get softer further from the casting object, this is more extreme than I've seen. I'd expect it to either be a little softer near the object, or a little sharper further away. Either way is fine! Just be consistent and make sure you're telling the story you want to tell. - If the fabric is curving from ground to bg, I might expect to see the shadow following that curve—depending on how close to the pear the bg plane is. Seems like you implied this a bit, but hard to tell. - The purple color seems to be getting a little dirty near the pear. I actually don't mind this as there is probably some faint reflected light from the pear hitting the purple fabric. But at some point it abruptly stops and there's just clean purple. There's a tiny value’ change that corresponds to this point, which makes it more noticeable. Just cropping in a bit seems to resolve this. As for the pear: - I like those soft edges on the left side! Really nicely executed. I understand why you made the edges sharper on the right side—optically there's more contrast. But, it also draws more attention to that part of the pear. Is that what you want? You could try treating those edges a little softer, which will give more of a sense of atmosphere to the whole piece, and bring the focus more to the part of the pear in the light. Or you could try sharpening the edges a bit on the light side. - There are a lot of really nice hue and chroma changes. That's tough stuff. Nice work :) - Check your chroma on the brown spots. It *might* be a little high in the light areas. - Is the light source directly from the side, or is it also a little bit above? I kind of lose the terminator in the bottom part of the pear, and can't quite figure out where the light is. Make sure you and the viewer know right where the terminator is—all the way from end to end across the form. You may need to clarify the terminator at the very top as well, near the stem. - The brown spot at our bottom left has almost no value change. It must have some if it's on a curved pear. Exactly what depends on the story you're telling about the light source. Hope this helps!
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James Doane
Looks good!
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