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Thread: Near sapa

  1. #1
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    Near sapa

    Hi all.
    I frankly admire all those pieces of art blooming from all the parts of world on this forum.
    My attempt is much more basic but i'm still on training with AR software ( which has apparently endless possibilities) and tablet.

    This watercolor is done from a photo I have taken, two years ago, in the north Vietnam ( in the SAPA area) near from the chinese border. People from ethnical minorities are living there the old traditional way, far from the big cities crowded of people and motorcycles.

    I used mostly : water colors, airbrush, ink pen and the knife blender.

    As I'm not familiar at all with watercolor, guidance, advices, critiques, would be very welcome.
    Chris
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    Chris, I really like this ,the colours, the scene and the painting looks like you have a good handle on wc

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    I like it Chris, you have created an interesting scene.
    Geoff

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    Chris,
    your technique seems very fitting to the subject matter and Asian style. You've got a good start on mastering the AR watercolor tool. Keep exploring! You also might like to try Auryn Ink app...it has a very close to real watercolor effect and you can start your WC painting there, save it, and continue the work in Artrage, to great advantage. Keep going! You're doing great!

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    Lovely ink and watercolor

    I have always liked that combination. I also like that the subject is silhouetted against the sky. Very nice scene.

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    Looks very nice.

    As far as a critique: I can't speak to getting the watercolor looking more like the kind seen customarily in these kinds of ink and wash pictures because I'm not all that familiar with the style although I have seen them long ago.

    But if I were to suggest anything, you might want to consider your horizontal bands of dark as being a little repetitive and you might want to consider a little less high contrast dark and light banding. Not sure if it could be improved by darkening the ground or going a little more spare with that line work or forcing the perspective aspect a little more. Wouldn't know that without playing around with it. It's not a big problem though as it is. Just that you asked.

    Overall I think it's very successful though, and certainly that you went there to Sapa and took the pic gives you a unique voice. You have a personal rapport with the subject. And that shows. Well done. All that middle ground stuff is superb.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    Ah, l'Indochine! Marvellous watercolor indeed!
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Pleasant picture. I like this style also but am not good at it.Very nice.

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    Thank you all

    Jean, Geoff, Lindae, Marylin Anne, D AKEY, Caesar, AT-TA : thank you for your kind words. It is a real encouragement to me.


    Lindae : I followed your advice, and downloaded Aury Ink on my android tablet. Effectively it is close to real WC and it will replace my old sketch book. Thank you again for this good advice.


    D AKEY : You have probably put the finger where my WC can be ameliorated. I was not totally satisfied but I did not know why. Fortunately with numeric painting it is easy to rework. Thank you for your sound advice.


    Caesar : Merci beaucoup ! Pls keep enjoying us with your caricatures. Iím pretty sure BERLUSCONI and others will feed your inspiration in the coming months

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    This is such a gentle and refreshing painting. Well done
    Sometimes...I remember better with my eyes closed

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