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Old 03-28-2006, 06:01 PM
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Yippee. more fun photos to play with. Thanks Photomaster.

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Old 03-29-2006, 01:18 AM
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Thanks Craig,I wasnt a hundred percent sure that it is a japanese maple, but there are over 300 cultivars. My garden isnt quite that big though

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Old 03-30-2006, 06:01 PM
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I did this sketch of a red fox in Photoshop, resized and added it to the painting. I also did some overall color adjustments.
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:51 PM
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ok, technically, the only thing out here is that you didnt correct the clone marks at the top.

preferentially, i'm prone to louder colors, brighter. so, i did your original up myself and i realized in doing so that it's not the colors of the tree that are making for a bit of a lack of 'pop', but that it's the greens in the foreground and background. they are kind of muddy, duller greens than i'd prefer. so, ok, that's just a preference thing.

also on the preferential side, i'd have loved to see the fox a bit more prominent. i'd have placed him about 15 foot closer up, but in the exact same relative horizontal.... maybe in front of that dark green patch of ground. and again, just a preference. as is, i think it's a marvelous addition and does make sense that he might be a bit camera shy and more into the background. so, ok. either way, it's a great addition.

i think your brush strokes are perfect. i wouldnt change a thing there.

the nice thing about digital is, you could post such an image for sale and offer preferences: a red tree, brighter grass, duller grass, smaller tree, larger tree, etc. i've actually never seen this offered any where, but i dont see why you couldnt. in fact, if one really knew web site creation, you could even create a little app that would allow folks to make their own changes, save, and order their own renditions. how's that for an idea

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Old 04-01-2006, 07:50 AM
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PM - overall very nice composition. Good vibrant subject and nice brush work. I would have taken some of the green out of the trunk and make it a little starker, to set the tree off more. Also I read a good tip for texture, which I have yet to try. After applying texture in either Painter or PS, add a see through mask and then with varying opacity, remove from some sections to give the effect of thicker paint in certain areas. I like the fox where it is - subtle but an added interest. Very nice!
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Old 04-01-2006, 11:46 PM
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Craig, Margaret,

Followed most of your suggestions. Click HERE Definitely an improvement. Thanks.
Fox stays where he is. To shy to come closer.
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Old 04-02-2006, 11:26 AM
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I like!
Only thing I'm wondering is if the fox has any texture? Almost looks like it was added after texture - but I could be wrong.
Craig was right on with the green suggestion. Looks good.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:23 PM
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Fox wandered into painting after texture was applied. Wouldn't let me get close enough to apply texture. Took a nip out of my brush.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:39 PM
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Oh - that explains it. Confucious say - "Watch out for wandering foxes".
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