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Painting Prep: Bird and Serpent at War by Turtle-Arts Painting Prep: Bird and Serpent at War by Turtle-Arts
Another digital comp for a water color painting I'll be doing this week. The assignment this time around was to do a set of three images (one large, two small) with the same subject matter, but with a different compositional scheme. The top left is a circle composition. The lower left is an X composition. And the right image is technically a Steelyard composition, but with some S and circle elements mixed in. As per usual, I do a rough digital comp of the piece before I move to the full sized paintings, just so I have a reference to work from as far as colors and such. Also, in case any of you are wondering, I don't use watercolor paint to do my blacks in these. I use waterproof ink as it's much more practical. Similarly, all the line work is painted ink in the final pieces as well, after all the actual color gets painted. Not surprisingly, I always have some of the darkest value paintings in my class each week, since most watercolor people seem to favor lighter, more pastel colors. But I hate pastels so... yeah. XD When these are done, they'll have a more "stained-glassy" type line work all over, but I couldn't be bothered to draw it all in the sketch. lol! So, hopefully you enjoy this little comp for now. :> Also, if you're interested, you can see the sketch without colors over on my tumblr- [link]

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:iconziblie:
ziblie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Guhhh I love all of these. *__* The snake wins my creepy little heart.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like. :>
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ziblie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Do you think you'll post the finished paintings?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, this looks great! First of all, I love the palette you've chosen to work with; I'm a total sucker for gold/yellow and red and orange so this piece is totally after my heart. Secondly, like others said, that stained glass look is gorgeous and works very well (for the background) here. The different types of compositions are great, I love that idea of having two small head-on paintings and then one big one to show all the action. Dat birdy is gorgeous :> My only tip would be to have the feet of the bird in the x-compo painting be in the same position. I think having one up and one hanging down kind of 'ruins' the symmetry of the X-shape, y'know what I mean? Can't wait to see this finished! :love:
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it so far! Though, I'll have to admit, I did the feet in different positions purely so that the image wouldn't be totally symmetrical, since I think that would have been a bit boring. XD But thank you for your opinion on it! ^^
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, totally symmetrical might be a bit boring - it just seemed so out of place when the rest of the bird was XD
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fair enough. XD
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Captonick Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Reminds me of stained glass!
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
down with pastel colors!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, agreed. XD
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True-InTha-Blue Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student
MOSAIC ART WORK!!!!!! This would be a awesome stained glass window! I mean imagine sunlight illuminating this thing! And the fact that this is made out of water color and ink... wow...
Thank you for showing off this awesomeness.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it's not watercolor yet. XD This is a digital sketch of what I'm going to be painting this weekend. I just transferred the linework onto the full sized paper earlier this morning and I'll be painting it later.
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True-InTha-Blue Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student
Ah I guess I read wrong... My mistake. But still its brilliant!
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Escaron Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Why do you always have to blow my brains out of my head early in the morning like this when I have no whatsoever defences established? WHY!? Thats a question I always ask myself... XD

Ps: pastel colors should be forbidden! XD ;P
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, early morning mind blasting is great for the body. XD
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Escaron Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well YEAH! If you are on the other side of the blasting. XDDD
Btw Huston we´ve got a problem. My comp!!! Its so bad that I cant upload stuff. >____< I tried just now since Im all done with the pictures and all, but noooooo! Though dont fret! I will travel to another comp! I think tomorrow, or the day after at least. On a heroic quest to fullfill my destiny!!! :dummy: XD
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mmmmmrrrrrrrr, I want to see the pics so badly. >_< You're purposefully making me wait till the last day of the contest aren't you? XD
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Escaron Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
How did you find out my secret?! And I just saw that you lenghtened the deadline wich means I can wait even longer! :icongrin--plz: XD Though my comp might cost a couple of hundred $ to fix an its just a year old. :dead: I hate technology!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dang girl. D: Sounds like you got a crappy comp
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Sabakakrazny Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
my natural BURD! bias demands I point out the inherent coolness of this!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, I know you love them. XD
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Inkshadow Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Whoa Turtle, these all look great!

I'm really in love with the orange and yellows with the darker colour scheme. I'm trying to imagine this in watercolours and like you said, I always want to picture the pastels and light colours. xD;

The stained glass detail looks really cool, kinda like it's a temple window telling some kind of myth. c':

Also can't help but really, really love the way you drew the serpent's coils and the the distinct shape of the face. Also fluff. It looks super unique and more interesting than just a plain snake. ovo
( and those glowy eyes! )

I'm sure this will look great when it's done. ouo
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I tend to mix my watercolors really dark, since I treat them about the same as I treat acrylic paints. XD I'm not much for the "loose flow" that usually goes with watercolor, so I treat mine more like a dry medium (only using the minimum amount of water needed). The upside of that is that I can get dark, highly saturated colors without much trouble, which a lot of other students in the class seem to be struggling with. Granted, I can't get exactly the same kind of colors like what I'd get on a computer, but it's close enough. :thumbsup: The downside is, my paintings tend to not really look much like "watercolor." XD
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Inkshadow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Honestly, Turtle-watercolours sound more appealing to me than the traditional ones, but I think I'm biased because I really love vibrant colours. |D
It's funny though, it seems like that approach to watercolours hasn't occurred to anyone I know, ever. You are a genius! :b
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, I have magical powers over water color paints. XD
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ThisLittleBluebird Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do love the stained glass look you've got going on here, Turtle ^^
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :>
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ThisLittleBluebird Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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ThisLittleBluebird Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D: I had no idea compositions had names. I thought composition was "Don't put that in the center!" XD
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, well there are named compositional devices, but they're just kind of general descriptions of different types of setups you can use for a picture. And most are pretty self-explanatory in their names. XD Usually, composing a picture is more of an intuitive sort of thing. I don't usually go into an image with a specific format-composition in mind, but that was the prompt for this project, so it was a little different than usual.
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ThisLittleBluebird Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, that makes sense! Thanks for explaining that C:
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem! ^^
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOOooooOoOOOo! Can't wait to see it painted!
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :>
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