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  01 January 2013
Royal Scythe, (2D)

Title: Royal Scythe
Country: USA
Software: Photoshop

CGHub Competition image. The prompt was a "Royal Scythe" or a bird with a single-colored beak, colorful, and elegant body.
  01 January 2013

such nice colors
really like the feel and nice composition

how long did it take you roughly

thanks for sharing
  01 January 2013
Thumbs up

Ah, I was originally thinking of the scythe as a weapon (didn't realize it was also a bird). Nice work with the colorful plummage. I like how you spread out the feathers and gave them layers of vibrant colors without making it look garish. Your background could have used some more dimension and color variations (particularly in the back). It's too uniformally green and there's very little pattern variation in the foliage (so it starts to blend together into one indistinct mass). I'd recommend breaking it up with some flowers and different plants (like different colored plants and shrubs, all with different textures and patterns). I do like the long curve beak on the birds (it's both cool looking and kind of dangerous looking; I wouldn't want to be poked in the eye with that). Overall, you have many strong elements to this piece. Keep it up. Nice job.
  02 February 2013
Thank you!

misslovebug - Thank you! It took... Hmm... probably too long as I'm trying to get the hang of painting concept art like this. I would say the better part of 8-9 hours? That seems entirely too long, but I'm learning as I go.

linainverse23 - Thank you so much for the constructive criticism. Your comments are very informative, complimentary, and utilize great tone. I completely agree with your thoughts, and actually didn't even consider that the background was a huge blobby green mess. It wouldn't have taken too much longer to add color variation and additional foliage, but the advantage would have been huge for the image. Thank you again!
  02 February 2013
I'm glad you appreciated my comments. This one was fun to study and critique. I'm better with animals and people than I am with landscapes, so I recognized the signs. Looking forward to your next piece.
  02 February 2013
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