Hi Lauren! Your work is incredible, your details are amazing & so is your ability to position animals & other elements naturally in a composition. If you're looking for critique I don't really have much -- I don't think that working on wood is doing you any favors (though perhaps just because the wood grain is too prominent, maybe a softer wood with a more subtle grain would work great, but in the ones in your gallery it becomes a bit distracting & also seems to interfere with your line quality). I also think that your linework & watercolor get a bit flat in some areas & would hold more weight if you embraced some larger areas of solid black, and larger areas of more vibrant color -- too much white can deaden things that way. Maybe even just working on an ivory or cream colored paper rather than bright white would resolve that. But seriously these are just nitpicky technical things, you are doing amazing things and working with incredibly moving imagery -- just keep doing what you're doing and I'm sure you'll come to any discoveries you need to make on your own :]
LaurenMarxArtworkFeatured By OwnerFeb 18, 2013Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I appreciate it! I might try either softer, lighter woods or ebony woods. The grain does come off very bright. Especially in the painting..urgh. I agree that I really need to add more contrast and brighter colors. I might need to start using watered down acrylic with my ink since ink is just too dull no matter how many layers I put on. I saw in some of your images that you use gouache. Is gouache more vibrant? I have yet to try it. Thanks again!