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Title: Zebra
Post by: Louisa Rautenbach on July 05, 2015, 11:33:49 AM
WIP.
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: ncwren on July 05, 2015, 12:04:34 PM
Look great so far! :clap:
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Post by: Danielle123 on July 05, 2015, 01:03:01 PM
:Awsome Louisa.  :yippee:
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Post by: nolan on July 05, 2015, 01:14:13 PM
Looking great so far Louisa :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

The background is just a bit dull, so add some more colour in. It should not be super bright colours, but it does need so colour as there zebra itself is pretty mono tone O0
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: Happychappy on July 05, 2015, 01:23:54 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Fantastic Louisa.  I tried the Zebra too. It was the first time I had ever painted with acrylics and I am still busy but my background is way too bright and I struggled with the paintbrushes and acrylic paint. It is just so very different from watercolour. Anyway, when I have finished it, I will post it but am having a break before attacking it again. Just hope it doesn't end up in the garbage bin lol!!!


Patricia
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 05, 2015, 02:30:53 PM
Great work on the zebra, Louisa.  The stripes/fur look so realistic.

Agree with Nolan on the background.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: Marsha (Pita) on July 05, 2015, 08:49:00 PM
Louisa - friggin' fantastic!  I know the stupid thing is watching me - way cool!
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Post by: sally13 on July 06, 2015, 02:55:24 PM
Lovely work Louisa. I think i am going to give this one a try soon.
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Post by: Bellarina on July 07, 2015, 01:41:00 AM
Looking great so far Louisa.  :clap:
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Post by: Bhavna on July 07, 2015, 02:39:11 AM
Welldone  :clap:
Title: Zebra - critique please
Post by: labsimmons on July 17, 2016, 01:27:42 PM
Hi! 

I am looking for feedback on my zebra painting.  It's my second painting, so I know I still have a lot to learn.  I am looking forward to suggestions :-).  FYI - I paint a hidden heart in my paintings (my Teddy Bear painting in my gallery has one, too).

Thanks!  April

Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 17, 2016, 03:10:49 PM
April,

Lovely zebra.  Love his nice fluffy ears.  Great depth in those beautiful brown eyes.

The shadow cast by the ears appears to be too straight in your painting - maybe try to blur the edges a bit.  The nose (snout??) looks too solidly one color

Think I see the heart(faintly)  in the upper left corner.  Cute idea.

Keep painting and posting!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: Happychappy on July 17, 2016, 05:06:14 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  April, you did a fantastic job on the Zebra.  However, I would agree with Mea about the snout being too solid.  I initially tried it in acrylics without knowing anything about the medium (and I still don't know anything about it) so it remains unfinished at this point. I did one in pastels which turned out nicely and pleased me tremendously as I painted it for my daughter and she loved it too. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.  O0


Patricia
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Post by: Annie. on July 17, 2016, 05:55:33 PM
Nope... clearly in one of the black stripe.

Beautiful zebra  :clap:  How ingenious to hide a little heart in your painting  O0
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 17, 2016, 08:28:20 PM
 :clap: Such a handsome zebra, April. I love the full thick neck. You did a beautiful job on the hair of the mane and ears. The stripes are lovely. I also feel the snout is a bit heavy looking. I like the hidden heart signature. I've been looking for it but I think Annie may be right. I believe I see it in the black stripe too. ❤️💜💚
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: labsimmons on July 18, 2016, 10:12:56 AM
Thanks to all of you for your pointers and encouragement!

I see what you're saying about his snout.  I  have some ideas on how to soften it and vary its darkness/fullness look.  I also see the sharpness I've given the ear shadows and will play with them.

I will work on the updates today and will repost the new and (hopefully) improved Mr. Zebra soon.

As far as the hidden heart, black stripe has it :-).


April
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 18, 2016, 11:15:29 AM
Check the upper left corner as there is a faint heart in the background, too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: labsimmons on July 18, 2016, 07:56:15 PM
Fun day - I made several changes, including the ear shadows and snout details.  I also added 'fur' to the stripes and some other minor changes.  Does this look better? 

Mea - I do see it!  Subliminal heart - didn't even do it on purpose :-). 

Thanks for your feedback.  April

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Post by: Gita on July 19, 2016, 02:15:24 AM
April, this Zebra-painting looks so real!. :clap: :clap: The fur, the eyes, also the ears. The shadow of the ears on the face gives a good impression of sun shining behind the Zebra.

Actually after reading the comments of the others about the nose, I scrutinized  another Zebra photograph (which I have´nt done before). Maybe the nose would look less "heavier", if the entry of the nostrils showed more greyish/whitish colour. Maybe this would bring in more contrast and make the middle part less solid.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 19, 2016, 07:11:46 AM
April,

I like Gita's suggestion for the nose.  Otherwise, you have done a great job.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: Happychappy on July 19, 2016, 08:05:44 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  April, I agree with what Gita has suggested about the nostrils showing more grey/white colouring which especially the right side which doesn't seem to show the nostril too clearly.  It could be the photograph but just lightening it a little will make all the difference. Anyway, you did a wonderful job.


Patricia
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Post by: dennis on July 19, 2016, 11:39:17 AM
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Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: labsimmons on July 20, 2016, 07:57:58 PM
Here's my latest zebra.  I changed the right nostril's shape/shading slightly and added grey to both nostrils (hopefully, enough).  I also widened the blue shading to the left and right areas, directly above his snout, to try and make it look stronger, to support a larger snout - not sure if I accomplished that one :-).  Thanks for your feedback - he has been fun to try and paint.  April

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Post by: Kathysutterlin on July 20, 2016, 08:35:30 PM
 O0 your Zebra looks great. I think the changes to the snout make all the difference.  :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 20, 2016, 08:55:25 PM
Yes, Abhi, it looks so much more natural now.  Good work.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Gita on July 20, 2016, 09:31:08 PM
I can feel and hear the Zebra breathing better through those widened nostrils now,  April.  LoL. The Zebra looks simply great!  I suggest you call him Snouty after all that double work you did, April .  ;) O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: Happychappy on July 21, 2016, 03:03:03 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: April, you have nailed the zebra.  The lightening of the nostrils have made all the difference. A great job indeed.    Patricia
Title: Re: Zebra
Post by: Val on July 21, 2016, 04:37:03 AM
I have been watching.....  :detective:    Much improved! Great job April  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: labsimmons on July 21, 2016, 10:50:40 AM
Thanks, everyone!  Now, to pick my next painting challenge on the site :-).
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Post by: nolan on July 26, 2016, 02:11:40 AM
your zebra is fabulous April, especially the sunlight effect :congrats:
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Post by: Tousabella on July 26, 2016, 10:20:56 AM
April, sorry I missed this!  You did an awesome job and the color, shading, and especially the eyes, are great.  Good job.
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Post by: Win on July 26, 2016, 03:05:06 PM
Great painting April. his eyes are gorgeous so warm and golden
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Post by: lynn p. on July 26, 2016, 05:13:04 PM
I adore this!!! What silky coat and great light.  Beautiful.
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Post by: Steve Weatherwax on July 28, 2016, 04:26:06 AM
A wonderfully detailed painting, April! It's beautiful. :smitten:
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Post by: KathyKuz on August 02, 2016, 06:09:34 PM
Louisa and April:  Your zebras are beautiful.  I like the sunlight on his head. :clap: :clap:
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Post by: TeresaM on September 03, 2016, 04:55:16 PM
Great  :painting: April  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Aniz Oniro on October 29, 2016, 11:35:23 AM
Girls your zebra is fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: JayJ on October 29, 2016, 08:26:45 PM
Great detail work! :clap: :clap: :clap: