Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Grrrrr....

Yes, that's me growling and muttering things under my breath, because for some reason this giraffe is one of the most difficult things I've ever drawn / painted. Believe me, I spent hours on this today. I think it is the three dimensional feel in the center of his long face. That's where I'm really stuck. And I've tried to incorporate some greens in the shadows but that didn't work and got lost anyway. Well, sorry about the whining. I'll get it one way or the other.

6 comments:

Serena said...

He's looking pretty good from where I'm sitting, Deborah. One thing I have found that can help when it comes to those tricky areas is to turn the piece and reference image upside down. Then work that way for a bit....this stops the left brain interference which is often the reason we run into problems. I learned this trick from Betty Edwards' book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. She explained that our analytical, left brain tries to tell us just how a piece should look rather than us just 'painting what we see'. I actually used this method once when, try as I might, I just couldn't get a petal at a awkward angle to look right.....worked like a charm.

Helen Read said...

Hey Deborah, hang in there! I think its coming along and you'll get it figured out! I know I go through the same thing :) I love the colors you've used. Serena's tip is a good one... I do that often, too.

Odd Chick said...

He's perfectly lovely and I love giraffes. They are the most gentle souls and you caught that.

Sylvia Jenstad said...

I agree... this is lookins pretty good... love your colours...

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Hey there Beautiful, What a fabulous painting! I think you did a wonderful job on this. It's done in your wonderful style. I can tell you enjoyed it. It come through the screen at me. I love your colors and line. it's perfect to me. Keep doing what you are doing cause it's working my dear. Take care and I will be back and I'm watching you.

Kendra Joyner said...

Hi! Just stopping by! Your giraffe looks great! Keep it up!!!