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11-27-2009, 11:00 AM
This is from one of my charcoal drawings on cartridge paper. I had deliberately focused on the geometrical shapes of the plant and when I'd finished it reminded me of fire.

So I loaded it into ArtRage as a tracing and then converted it to a paint layer and worked on it from there.

Do you think the idea works?



11-27-2009, 12:24 PM
Love the colors. :):):):):)

11-27-2009, 01:37 PM

11-27-2009, 04:22 PM
Thanks Doc Smith and Raybrite.

It's always good to have other eyes look.

It's a preliminary sketch to see what worked and what problems I could paint myself into :) I think with your encouragement I'll break out the oil pastels and see what happens!

11-27-2009, 05:03 PM
There are a number of common houseplants that should produce dramatic results if given the full ArtRage treatment. The possibilities are. . .:eek:

11-27-2009, 05:19 PM
I like it, but before I can really offer critique I need to know what your end goal is:

If you want to make it look like a plant with brightly colored leaves,

Or, if you want to make it look like it's literally on fire.

You have some great shapes and colors laid down here, and I enjoy fires and such. (you have no idea. I made thermite in highschool, I had to steal FeO3 from the school's science cupboard... Actually a teacher knew I was in there. I just want to sound like a terrorist) But at any rate, I've figured out some nice methods for drawing flame that I can go into more detail about if you want to hear them. I have less advice on the plant front. You would have to ask someone else about those. Khalid_ipda has some great vegetation scenes, looking at his work could help, and coops has some really great flowers if you want to look at how other AR users did those =D

11-27-2009, 09:43 PM
Thanks Gray. Some useful thoughts.

You raise a good point, I realised that I had not decided where I was going with this. That's a mistake :)

Like you I am in love with fire and always have been. The colours of fire especially the blues in it are interesting. Now I sound like an arsonist!

I like the idea of a fire plant. Not a burning bush, although that's another idea.

Hmmm ... time to think more before I paint.

Thanks everyone.

Mike Severoff
11-28-2009, 07:27 AM
If I may..
-The dark background would be more beneficial, in my opinion.
And, of course - the right(i.e. correct) light & shadow.
I could be wrong..

11-28-2009, 09:00 AM
Thanks McKlay ...

No you are not wrong! I'll rework it in artrage and see where I get.

12-02-2009, 12:43 AM
I agree, a dark background would enhance your beautiful flower.:)

12-02-2009, 12:59 AM
This looks great. Nice work :)