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Illumination by ActsofArt Illumination by ActsofArt
The scanner washed out some of the color but I did the best I could with Gimp and I think it came out alright.
Colored Pencil.
Time: around an hour and twenty minutes
So I made my own 100 theme project list and apple was my first subject.
I wanted to make it interesting.
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Juho-Lee Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice. I kind of get your vision. 
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ActsofArt Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why thank you!
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xLossen Jul 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

This is a critique from :icongimmefeedback: like you requested.

 

Hello! This idea is quite fetching. I like how you included fire on the apple, it is interesting and maybe conceptual? I assume you have used coloured pencil by the looks of things. I have been using traditional mediums for some time (expecially coloured pencil) and have learned a lot. I will give you some tips on how to improve this picture and some things that can help you when colouring in the future.

 

The colouring on the apple appears well coloured but at times i can see strokes that go up and down. I may be wrong but if you have coloured in a up down motion then that doesn't give a solid colour foundation. Instead it will create lines and marks you don't want. Try colouring in small circular motions to give even colour that hasn't got darker or lighter marks. (i hope this makes sense)

 

Where you coloured the fre. It seems like you have coloured quite hard. This is also a fualt when colouring in up and down motions, you tend to use more pressure on the pencil than what is needed. Colouring fire is touch because there are so many detailes, shapes and colours in a simple flame. I have tried colouring fire before and i had to use a photograph reference to get the shapes and colours right. I don't know if you did this on here but if not it will help you understand fire a lot more! Some shading around the apple would make it look more 3d but don't forget the fire is a light source and will cast a orange/ yellow light across the apple thaat will blend wth the red.

 

I hope this makes sense. If you need me to explain anything don't be afraid to ask~

 

~Lossen

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ActsofArt Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is indeed meant to be a conceptual piece.

 I think what you are seeing is the trouble I had blending two colored pencils of different brands, I keep meaning to buy a new set but it feels like a waste not to use what I have(which is several different kinds of colored pencils all mixed together) maybe I should try separating them out by brand and replacing what I don't have with a new set of the best ones.

I do not believe I pressed down particularly hard for the fire, what you might be seeing is a less than clear scan(really it looks much better in person but what can I do) Also: That damn fire...being the only artist in the family(and also the one who drew it) I seem to be the only one who noticed it was off. it's because I mixed up the color order. since yellow is when the fire burns brightest, there should've been some towards the edges. and red should've been less apparent. ugh. but knowing what I did wrong won't help me now, since it's pretty well set. I might try to fix it when I finally break down and buy a tablet.  it really bugs me too because I've practiced a lot with fire and I was even once told I was good at it and how cool that was because it is hard to master. But it's been a while I guess and I should've taken more time to get back into practice.

creating a light source didn't seem that important to me and I thought the shape of the apple itself helped to establish it's shape and dynamic. I guess I was wrong?
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xLossen Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

You have done exceptonally well on the fire. The details you have included prove accurate but i believe you are right about the colours. And the brand of pencil isn't a priority. See, i use WHSmith watercolour pencils for my colouring (and i use them as normal coloured pencils not watercolour) and i havn't had problems with them. I have had problems with paper though, as in order to create a good coloured picture many layers of pencil has to be used and some paper is rubbish when layering colours. I was very picky when i picked my sketchbook for that exact reason x) Try testing the paper you currently have. Colour with one colour then colour over it with another and see how far you get before it becomes shiny and hard to colour anymore. I use about 5-6 layers on my colourings. Usually i start with a lighter colour to the original colour it is meant to be. (so if i was drawing a red apple i would start colouring it pink) Then i would add 2 different shades of red. (a light red then a medium red <-- the colour you want most of the apple to be) but make sure to keep the lighter areas by restricting where you colour and leaving some of the pink and the light red. After that i start to shade the apple with a dark red in the areas that gain the least light. Then i add purple to colour the darkest shading. Overall that would be 5 layers of colour.

 

Well it is your choice. There is no right or wrong so what i'm saying never means that what you chose was wrong. A little shading would of helped to round the apple and make it 3d instead of 2d. This is entirely your choice though.

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Meekochan Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this suppose to be like an apply on fire or an fire turning into an apple or an apply containing a fire inside or... *starts confusing herself*
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ActsofArt Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the apple is on fire. or maybe the apple is reflecting a fire.
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unicornomics Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
Nice shading and fire
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ActsofArt Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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unicornomics Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
Welcome
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