Monday, February 28, 2011

Work in progress - call for feedback


Hi Everyone...

I'm posting this because I desperately need some feedback - I am not too crazy about how this is turning out and want to know what you all think.
Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome!

This is still very much in the beginning stages, but it just keeps bugging me...not sure why - too much color maybe?

Love to hear your thoughts if you have any!

Smiles

14 comments:

Ces said...

Oh girl! I know what you mean by "not too crazy about." Incidentally several of my drawings start with this feeling. Well, I have to tell you, she is one exciting woman! Look at her hair! She is wild and free. Let her be, Julia dear. Let her be. She looks fantastic. Let her be the unrestrained, wild, passionate and not afraid to be herself kind of woman. She does not give a damn! Make her background all black with specs of white! She is beautiful!

Julia Christie said...

Yeah! I would not have thought of doing that dear ces- thank you so much for the feedback!!! I just appreciate it soooo much!!!

WrightStuff said...

She's very beautiful and I love the colour palette you have chosen. If you're not sure, put her aside for a day or so then come back to her and see what she says to you! It's good to scan her in at this stage too (like you've obviously done), then if you don't like what you do, you can always start again with a printed version!
Also, I think her left shoulder is not quite where it should be, so her arm is 'out' and too short. I think it needs to come more to the left so the elbow is touching the bit of hair with the green background and pattern. Do you see what I mean?
Hope this helps! I think once you move lengthen her arm she'll be just perfect! The way you have drawn her, it should be an easy fix.

Rebecca Anthony said...

I love the colors! Maybe if you use black for background patterns like you did on the ones on the sidebar. I think it's gorgeous!

Diane said...

OMG--she's awesome--That hair is wild--I love it!! Just step back and let her tell you what to do. I know that sounds crazy, but most times it really works!

EVA said...

I think she's beautiful!

If there was anything I could pick out it was a feeling that her eyes were slightly off or asymmetrical. But I only get that feeling some of the time I look at her. All of the time, I think she is another wonderful creation!

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

What if you changed the saturation levels of the hues being used? I don't think the problem is with the colors themselves but with their level of intensity. They are all the same. Compositionally it is very powerful, as always and I love the movement you generate in the hair.

Heather said...

I agree with Ces, Julia, she is free and beautiful....let her be. I actually love the hair blowing that way.....we all have those days where we don't like something....put her on the side for a bit and come back, and she'll probably tell you what she needs. All of these girls here on the side bar Julia, look amazing!!!!!!! hope you are enjoying your day.
thanks for your continued friendship and supportive comments, too! I am glad to know you!
xo
heather

Julia Christie said...

Thank you everyone for the feedback! I was about to give up on this one, but now I have tons of ideas to go ahead with, so I am going to let her rest for a bit, and then give her another go.
Lisa, thanks for the idea about the arm - you are exactly right! Jennifer, I wish I knew how to manipulate colors and their intensity - but I dont currently do anything digitally aside from scanning my work! I need to change that!
Eva, I will have to check out her eyes - I am thinking they are too large, but I will look at their symmetry as well. Thank you.
Rebecca and Diane - you are both such great cheerleaders and I so appreciate your thoughts and positive comments!

Thank you everyone so much - we'll see where this wild lady takes me!

Smiles

Julia Christie said...

Thanks Heather - I think she does need a bit of a rest :-)
And thank you too for such a great friendship! I so look forward to visiting all of my bloggy friends and seeing the wonderful art they are producing, hearing about their lives, families, joys, sorrows, hopes and smiley things!

Marlene said...

I love her, as far as I am concerned you can't have too much color. Maybe it is the hue for you. I also like the idea of a black background or possibly a dark gray. The idea of using a print to try out different ideas is a great one.

Julia Christie said...

thanks Marlene! Maybe I am just intimidated by her because she is a bit of a departure from what I have been doing lately...

Jenny Blair said...

I completely agree with Marlene..you cannever have too much colour:) She is stunning Julia! So strong and vibrant...if you keep going I'm sure she'll win you over :)x

outdoor.mom said...

well, she's kind of a rainbow hippie type? i can tell something is missing too but i don't know what..... freckles? pysychedellic background? a headband? music i don't know. you will figure it out. ALL your work is so inspiring :-)