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Hawaiian Coral Reef by BogusRed Hawaiian Coral Reef by BogusRed
This was my final piece for my illustration class done in Acrylic paint. The assignment was to choose an area such as a tide pool, coral reef, kelp forest and do an illustration of 30 species in that environment. It was finished enough for the class but still needs some work to make it portfolio ready. I think mainly I have to just spend more time on a small area at a time to get the edges painted right. By edges, I mean where the lighted area of the forms ends and the shadow parts begin with the core shadows. My edges right now, especially on the coral, are not as good as they could be. All critiques welcome.
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LadyBloodFlower Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
*impressed and speechless* I love the perspective
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BogusRed Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
Thank you LadyBloodFlower for the comments. :D
(sorry for the late response. I don't use my DA account as often as I should ^.^)
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Son-Neko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Wow thats bleepin' beautiful!
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chrislea Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
It's a beatiful, serene painting. I wish I could offer a better critique, but I have never made a grade higher than a 10 in a college painting class. ^^; I do love all the soft colors and the way the animals all seem to "move" at their own paces.
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FLO99 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005
WONDERFULL PICTURE :heart:
you are a so great artist ^_^
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ssdEternity Featured By Owner May 27, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
someone said that the colours were 'dull' but I like them that way =) A beautiful image
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koolbeans19 Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
Oh, how beautiful. I really like the composition.. I'm looking forward to 113B. XD Must be nice to have that finished (or at least near finished). It sounds like a lot of students have trouble finishing their paintings in time. :/
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 29, 2005
Just come to class every day and work on it in class each time. Maybe spend a few hours here and there out of class and you'll have it done. I think the reason most people don't get it done is because the class is so laid back. There is too much freedom to jerk around. If you just do your work and don't fall behind in the begining, you'll do fine. You did really well on the rendering in 113A so you wont struggle as much in 113B. You have nothing to worry about :)
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koolbeans19 Featured By Owner May 30, 2005
That's a relief. I've heard that the class is a lot of work. I'm thinking of taking it with 114 next semester. Do you think it would be a bad idea to take an additional studio class with 113B and 114? I was thinking either Watercolor or Sheldon's...
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vmwpoc Featured By Owner May 25, 2005   Filmographer
Oh wow, isn't that amazing ^_^
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
thank you :)
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PunkassMunki Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
this is pretty good. you could work on the texture of the reefs, i don't really know about in hawaii but here, the rock is sharp, like... it has little ridges on it (hard to explain lol) like pockmarks in the surface. also, there'd be some kind of algae growing on it, like a scruffy looking greenish brown, with a bit of red in it. also, pacific fish are extremely brightly coloured, like promenant stripes. like, the fish with the yellow dorsal and abdominal fins looks like a surgeon fish, so its scalpel should be pretty promenant. also, i don't recognise the stick-like thing on the bottom... what is it? sea rod or something? (im not so good with my pacific species d: )
hmm... the brain coral, if that's what it is, could have more texture, unless its a sponge or something (the yellow coral in the middle ground)
and the underwater look thingy *Coolflm was talking about... yeah.
its really, really awesome looking tho
im just nitpicking, since u asked for critique ^_^ (trying to be helpful or something O_o)
~meow
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
Yes I think you are right about needing to work on the texture. The brain coral you were refering to is actually califlour coral but yes that area DEFINATELY needs work. As for the rocks, I think I need to gather some more reference to paint it. The rocks were kind of painted blindly. In response to your comment about the brightly colored fish. I intended only the forground fish to be bright because of atmospheric perspective, color loses contrast as space recedes. THe fish that is bright yellow needs to be desaturated a bit because it's too bright. It's supposed to be a yellow tang. It's blue in shadow though so that may be why it's not recognizable. The bright yellow doesn't match with the blue shadowed area. The stick thing is "wire coral" there are usually just one or two long wires that reach up. I have it surrounded by antler coral.
Thank you for your nitpicking :)
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Amelious Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
oops, sry its punkassmunki, my sister left herself signed on T_T
~Meow
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Amelious Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
ur welcome lol. yellow tang? makes sense, it reminded me of blue tang (which we have here)
ok cool, they dont have wire or antler coral in the atlantic, so i was at a bit of a loss... :) thanx
~meow
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Coolflm Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
30 species ???? That is crazy...specially for an illustration class....( Did he count them?)

I looks pretty good, nice lighting, well balance (the coral in the middle looks sweet.)

The main problem I see is that it is missing something like a particle effect more creating the underwater effect, because right now it looks kind of plain. And the fish with yellow fins, that is in the middle, jumps too much...but everything else looks sweet :D

The perspective is really well work :D Nice job.
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
Oh yeah I forgot to answer your question about the 30 species. Actually I started off with 50 because she kept saying in class "50" "50" "50" but it turned out the assignment sheet said 30 so I just hid 20 of them in shadow. She did count when we handed in our species list before we painted but not when we turned in the final painting. She knew whether we had enough or not by looking at the painting.
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
particle effect. I'll look into that. Do you mean like bits of dirt that are catching the light? Your right, that might help it to feel more like it's underwater. I'll also desaturate that yellow fish a bit. Thank you for the critique.
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ChasingEchoes Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
wow, that's really freakin good
like really good
the coloring is a little dull, but the lighting is spot on
the overall focus of the picture is great, and is well composed

there's so much detail that its almost crowded
keyword is almost

amazing, i love it
its definately a fav
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
Thank you for your comments. Could you be a little more specific about the color? You said it looked dull. Which area specifically?
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ChasingEchoes Featured By Owner May 25, 2005
the yellows are a little dull in the fish in the middle ground and some of the lines get lost on the left foreground also (like left side of picture, not left bottom)
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BogusRed Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
OK I'll sharpen up that left area. However, the fish are supposed to be dull because of atmospheric perspective. Color and Tone of objects lose contrast the further away objects get. I don't plan to change those fish too much. Thank you for your comments and for your reply :)
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ChasingEchoes Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
don't feel obligated to change it! I'm just a jerk with an opinion, lol. Its not like my opinion has any validity
on the whole, i like it a lot!
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