Queen of Birds



I have a five year goal of being able to do work like Edward Binkley or Alexey Egorov.

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I love the woman and the bird on her head :slight_smile: Your shading on this is better than on some of the others.
I think your work is very Brom like - the beautifully weird or dark. Brom in turn owes much to Beardsley.

I do think the castle and figure on the left is a little distracting though, even though I love the textures. Something simpler there would really bring out the main figure. :pray:

Thanks Sharon, I’m already deep into the next one but I think you are right. I added the tree at the last moment so I will chop that puppy down and put the revision in my grey scale gallery. The bird started out being a scrub Jay and ended up being a “bird”. I’m still trying to learn to be calm when I paint since I have only been doing this for a few months and to say I am self taught is a misnomer…

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Wow, considering that you’re self taught and not been going long this is great!

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@Sineater Great update :slight_smile:

Her profile is far more arresting now and it’s a more compelling image in general.

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That’s a pro illustration to my eyes.

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Thanks Sharon, I left them both up so people could see your correction. Thanks for taking the time. We went to Edinburgh a few years ago. We saw some “Hairy Coos”.

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Thanks djwateman for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it. I ‘sold’ one drawing about forty years ago, a guy gave me a 15th row ticket to see Bob Dylan and The Band play. YIKES!

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That us a gorgeous painting full of compelling emotions and depth. I agree with @djwaterman…it looks like a pro painting to me.

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Thanks naloe, uh, I’m trying and that is very kind of you. By the way, and this is true, I got very discouraged about have way through , as I always do, and looking at your bravery to paint that Knight with a Dragon picture gave me confidence to just do it.

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Thanks @Sineater…I totally get and understand the frustrations especially learning something new, but I am really glad you found the inspiration and motivation or we may never have seen this beautiful painting.:wink:

I’m a bit torn between the two versions. The revision is technically better from a composition perspective, but I find the original more interesting - more surreal. There’s a sense of some kind of narrative which has been lost. The two elements do look a bit disconnected though - like she’s staring off into space rather than interacting with the other character.

The headdress is cool - bit of a Dune vibe about it! :sunglasses:

Nice work! :+1:

Thanks Mythmaker, I actually always have a little story for the pictures I do. My own little world.

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That is very interesting. The face is well done. I’m not to crazy about dark artwork. But this one caught my eye. Keep up the great work. You definitely have a future in art. Although I prefer the top one with the empty space. It makes a person imagine more.

Thank you Loni_Dove for taking the time to comment and the appreciation of my sketch. Knocking on my 70’s I think I will just enjoy what I do instead of looking for like my 3’rd career but that’s still a very nice compliment.

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