is it dark in here, or is it just me?

Well.  Let’s just say I’m learning lots.

It’s not finished, so no critique for now… though I will say I’m beginning to get concerned about my seeming obsession with dark backgrounds. Egad.

Time to tack it to the judgement wall, and back away for awhile.

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10 Responses to is it dark in here, or is it just me?

  1. jenniesisler says:

    Actually, I think the dark background works. I’ve been studying macro photography a little to get a better handle on the pictures I love to take (mostly flowers) and one of the tips is to increase the negative exposure when you’re taking a photo of a light colored flower. Negative exposure darkens the back ground and the dark background makes the flower stand out more. I can’t imagine why that wouldn’t be the case in drawing, as well, although I’m not a graphic artist by any means.

  2. Jan says:

    I look at this and envision a rose bush under a shady tree with a strong shaft of light hitting two roses. That’s what my imagination says and I’m sticking to it… 😉 You could draw a rock and I’d marvel at it’s beauty.

  3. Erica says:

    I knew there’d be things to learn from this piece – even if you’re not entirely sure of the lessons just yet.

    I’m still struggling to identify what is hitting the wrong note with me on this piece. I do love it (I love all your work, naturally), but there’s something about the rose petals that is bugging me – maybe the lines are too wavy? There’s a sense of motion almost that’s too much of a contrast to the background? I’m not sure. Something is off, but I can’t put my finger on it.

    Still, it’s lovely. Wish I could draw more than dreadful looking stick people! 🙂

    • Erica, I’m wondering if the technique (contour lines) is jarring to you because the smoothness of the rose petals doesn’t seem to be coming through? It’s one of the issues I have with using this technique. Just a guess! Thanks for the feedback!!

  4. Wanda says:

    personally.. I LOVE IT!!

  5. Galhenat says:

    Why the concern? The dark background makes the roses come forward and pushes the background into the -uh- background. (Sorry!). It works well depthwise, if it was all the same value it wouldn’t look good. Flat or boring or something.

    But psychologically speaking, Freud & Co. would probably find something to say… 😉

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