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Bay of Harmony by Elandain Bay of Harmony by Elandain
This is another illustration project. The assignment was to choose the name of a lunar feature (ex. Sea of Tranquility) and use it as a conceptual springboard for a painting. It must be wet media and include at least three figures. I chose the Bay of Harmony.

It's my first watercolor painting! I'm glad it turned out.

17x12" watercolor on cold press
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Yey, you posted it!!! I really like the realistic look of the characters in this piece and the great perspective used here. The colors are very warm, happy, and islandy, very harmonious as denoted by the Bay of Harmony lol.

As for critique, although we already discussed this piece in class, of course, as already mentioned the values could be punched up even more. I used to have a big problem with this; I was terrified of using extreme values even in digital art. Even though you wanted to experiment in using pure watercolor, you can still take leaps with experimentation. After all, Ed Briant respects the exploration more if it's more risky. And since most of us were taking risks with using a new medium, we have to take it a step further to stand out.

To make the painting more interesting, character design is also another element. Right now, the merfolk look like normal human beings above the surface of the water. You could adorn them with more; jewelry from their culture, an unusual skin color adapted from their environment, gills, spots, you can go crazy with it! Same with the island folk, they could also have more unique jewelery or crazy hairstyles.

You have a good handle on watercolor from what I can see, so don't be scared to experiment with other media. Also from class, you can use crazy lightsources to promote more interest.

I hope you find this helpful, and I'll see you on Monday!!
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Caharvey Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had a dream or a vision of this one time when I was in Hawaii. This was like this in ancient Hawaii.
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pytko3 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Where's this place located?  I wanna go there.;) (Wink) 
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Filmographer
This is a beautiful painting. :) Well done on this! :) :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very beautiful!
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011   General Artist
Is this supposed to be in Papau New Guinea?
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is lovely! But, if I may, it looks like the woman with the pineapple has a mustache. ^_^;
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Elandain Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
It sort of does! Unfortunate lighting + mediocre watercolor skills. :)
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I'm glad I didn't offend you! ^_^ And other than that little thing, the picture is great, so don't be too hard on yourself.
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amazingtoast Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
i love this.
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ilfie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty awesome. They look quite real!
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Elandain Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Thank you!
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Greybird007 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
With part of the charm of this lovely scene coming from how direct and uncluttered it is ... I just cannot agree with that 24 October critique, and I think it's missing part of the point.

You were clearly playing on its being a "Bay of Harmony." Too much ornamentation or elaboration would have distracted from that. Making a "close-up" to add such personal adornments would have lost the peaceful quality of its larger setting.

At least to me, part of the idea is that the merfolk are within the same world as the landfolk, variations on a human theme. That's what came across here.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thanks for the compliments. :) I think you're right for the most part. The person who posted the critique here was also in the class critique with me, so she's just repeating what was said there. It's not perfect, by any means, but I think the critique was a bit harsh.
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DrinkingInk Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your first watercolor? O_o
I'd be sick if I wasn't so pleased for you lol
It's quite beautiful :)

It may be weird, but I think my favorite part is the sail in the background :D
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Thank you much! I like the sail, too. It's a nice little compositional element that I'm quite proud of.
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J-Humphries Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is impossible. Mermaids existed millions of years before humans.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Ha! Yeah.....
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ChakotayDgryphon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I almost get a sort of "Never-never Land" feeling with viewing this.

As far as critiques though, I totally stink when it comes to watercolor paints so I don't know how much input my two cents would actually be worth. ( It's that "pot calling the kettle 'black' thin" ya know?) :x

One thing I could see being done though to balance out the over all view is to deepen some of your shadows... maybe put some of the colors/reflections of the boats 'n people so that the eye travels all over the canvas and not just the brown of the horizon line.

Anyway, those were my thoughts... ^^;
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Thank you. I agree that the biggest problem is that the shadows aren't deep enough, in the water especially. Thanks for the crit!
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Cassius-balljoint Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Oh, well done! :)
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Thank you!
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keljoy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I love the underwater effects! This is a really neat painting!
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Thank you. :)
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angelus-regina Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
I love the concept behind it all, ^_^
And I have to agree with the critique about the contrast and might add my two cents that the merman's tail looks a little short, makes him look stocky, but that might just be me, :P
Great job overall!
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
You might be right. I have no idea how long his tail would look with the water distorting it... I had to kind of make that part up. Thanks for the compliments though. :)
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angelus-regina Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Anytime, ^_^
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britt-- Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The things that are underwater look really good and like theyre actually under water, though I feel like your image lacks some contrast and could use some more darks in a few places.
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Thanks! You should have seen it before this version... it was really washed-out looking. I'm just not sure how to darken more it without losing my highlights.
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britt-- Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know how it goes with watercolors and contrast (or lack there-of). I like to layer the paint a lot as well as use a little less water when mixing for the darker areas. That usually works well for getting darker areas, and obviously you wouldn't paint dark over EVERYTHING. lol.

And if you do lose your highlights, you could go back in with either white colored pencil or some opaque white paint (is this allowed to be multi-media?). You could also take some of the paint off by putting water on it and lifting it off with paper towel if you want more subtle highlights. I would suggest practicing these things before applying them to the final though. :P
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Yeah, I know how to lift watercolor. But it isn't 100% effective. It didn't have to be strictly one medium, but I wanted to learn watercolors well before using gauche or colored pencil for the highlights.
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britt-- Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Makes sense. Yeah, like I said, I just layer the hell out of the dark parts and leave everything else light until I get the darks I want. I love watercolor. :3
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Amisgaudi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Thanks.
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Amisgaudi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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Vueiy-Visarelli Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very nice; I like it a lot! :D
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Elandain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
Thanks much!
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Vueiy-Visarelli Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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