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With regard to your earlier comment on sculpy versus GS, I really think that's worked in your favour here. I addition to all the other delicious brain-candy going on with line and colour, there's a very nice (IMO) fluid movement from less defined to more defined as your eye travels from the "ground" up through the base, and a quiet firecracker of crisp, layered texture at the ranger and the leaves.

 

That seems to me to echo the art you posted earlier as inspiration, with the smooth, neutral plain interrupted with hyper-real shapes, only you've made it much more dynamic. This trades the unsettling lack of focal point of the painting (presumably deliberate!) for a sense of coalescing, of movement from formless or imaginary to concrete and real. Broad to narrow, surreal to real, weirdly inorganic to living, and blunted, shadowy forms to crisp detail.The ground shifts and writhes in slow swirls and eddies, the plant is quicker, its leaves flutter; but the ranger, he dances from place to place, at once the most concrete and the most elusive thing in the dreamscape.

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I absolutely love the subdued color pallate, it makes it look very unreal and other-worldly, though not unrealistic (important distinction.)

 

I was going to comment on how the leaves stand out when I realized they were unpainted. ::): What are you going to paint them?

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Y'all are making me all misty-eyed! Normally I'm not really a surrealist- I always identified more with the expressionists, because I usually try to convey some emotion with my work. But something about those infinite spaces in Tanguy's paintings really work for me!

 

I was thinking about the leaves last night- I'm tempted to paint them yellowish. But I could also do purple with yellow highlights. Or green to echo the vegetation segments. My top choice is yellowish. Any thoughts? I still will probably sculpt a few more, so I've got time. And I can always paint over them if I don't like the color!

 

I put some larger pics on my photobucket here if you want! The first 3 are big.

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Corporea, you are a true artist in every sense of the word. I'm always on the lookout for your WIP/show-off threads to see what amazing stuff you come up with next. Truly inspiring and truly amazing to look at, in no time you'll be mentioned with some of the best painters and sculptors out there, I really believe it.

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I like yellowish myself. you want to keep your pallete limited to the major colors you already have. A different blend of the yellow you already have I think.

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I agree it needs something.  I'm just not sure where to go with it.  I like the greenish cast to the yellow leaves that is a really nice touch to differentiate it from the other yellow bits.  Maybe just one super vibrant splash of saturated color somewhere?  preferably on the ranger.  The colors are pretty cool thus far.  a point of bright red or orange would make a statement and provide a focal point.

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The first thing that came to my mind was it needed something bright red too. Not sure where, but something as DF says to draw the eye. The ranger gets a little lost, but at the same time he IS trying to blend in so in not positive that the color should go on him... Wish I had more to add, but you are way above my simple skill level.

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For me, the tree's leaves are more...vibrant? saturated? than anything else, so my eye is being immediately drawn to them. I'm really hesitant to give any sort of advice, since you're far beyond my skill level, but I can ask hopefully helpful questions!

 

Do you want the focal point to be on the ranger, or elsewhere? Would a bit of warmth in that area help make it the focal point? Do you want the ranger to completely blend in, or stand out slightly? He's doing an absolutely fantastic job blending into his surroundings, to the point that he nearly looks like part of the scenery himself! Is that what you're going for, or did you want him to be the first thing the viewer's eye sees?

 

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful than that, I'm still struggling with color theory and saturation/desaturation at a fairly basic level.  ^_^

 

Huzzah!

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