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Caribou on tundra

Postby Laurene » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:47 pm

I started this drawing months ago. It's been progressing very slowly but there's an end in sight now. I combined 5 different photo references for this one, and I used photos of a frozen river near my home after a snow storm with very strong winds to simulate the tundra. The upper right hand corner isn't completed yet. All comments and critiques are welcome.

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Bob1298 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:54 am

Looking good Laurene, can feel the cold & the wind...one thing I noticed do you plan on adding more contrast between the Caribou? All in all looking forward to the finish, and as usual the work is first class.

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Laurene » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:43 pm

Thank you Bob. As to the contrast, looking at the image now on another monitor I can see how washed out it looks. My scan appeared much clearer on my home computer. When I update I'll try to get a better scan.

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby KrissyNZ » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:44 am

Lovely work so far Laurene! Looking forward to seeing the progress.

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Bev » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Looking great Laurene, has your stamp all over it. Full of atmosphere.
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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Laurene » Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:14 pm

Thanks Krissy and Bev! This one has been progressing very very slowly over the past few months. I hope to find time this weekend to work in the upper right hand corner and then go back and balance the values throughout.

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Laurene » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:06 am

I think this is done now. I'll leave it for a couple of days to see if I want to adjust anything. Thanks for following along.
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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Bob1298 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:30 am

Laurene, smooth, cold and beautifully done, thanks for sharing

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Laurene » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:04 pm

Thanks Bob. It was difficult to capture all of the subtle tones of grey in a scan but in real life the caribou stand out much more strongly than they do here, especially their heads antlers and legs.

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Re: Caribou on tundra

Postby Laurene » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:03 pm

Well, I decided that the values needed tweaking so here is a revised version. I enjoyed playing with light in the composition to guide the eye throughout. I'm thinking of a title like "Tundra encounter" or "Under cover of light". I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks again for following along.
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