Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Illustration Friday - Camouflage



I'm often impressed by the lovely camouflage nature creates. As an artist, I find myself doing things to decrease the effectiveness of nature's camouflage, so that the image shows up better. For example, in this painting of a bobwhite, I added a touch of green to the background to make the bird stand out better.

Acrylics, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

15 comments:

Emila Yusof said...

Great painting!

Tina Vaziri said...

Beautiful detail!

kdhamel said...

Very nice! Great choice for the topic!

Brine Blank said...

Nice handling of the medium...very nice pic...I remember seeing an Audobon artist having the same issue with a shore bird...in real life, the type of shore bird he was painting had eyes that couldn't be seen because they blended in to the head feathers...he debated a long time about 'adding' eyes after finishing the work...he did a couple of tests and was shocked at how 'unnatural' the eyes made the birds appear and took them out...when you looked at the finished product you say to yourself 'that isn't right'...but after seeing it with eyes you realize how the eyeless version was the only workable solution (even as uncomforatable as it made you feel initially)...

md said...

great work on the birds feathers and face, nicely done

md said...

opps! thanks for the correction on my rejection piece. hopefully i can correct it.

Focus_ret said...

Thanks folks, for the complements. :-)

I love painting birds and animals. They are my favorites.

Interesting story, Brine Blank. I can see how he'd want to put the eyes in - people kind of expect eyes.

timafli said...

Beautiful concept and nicely done. If you can make the shape pop up better, it will be great.

aynaku said...

both your "camouflage" paintings are very good...I agree w' your point of view, art can't be true imitation...

Focus_ret said...

Aynaku, you are correct. If it were simply imitation, why bother? Just snap a photo, and be done with it.

Nancy Bea said...

Very subtle and lovely.

platitudinal said...

I love to see the bold strokes in your painting. It tells the tales where your brush had traveled. This is a lovely painting of the Bobwhite.

Jana Bouc said...

WOW! Your animal paintings are fantastic! Are these all acrylic? You are a master of the medium!

Jana Bouc said...

WOW! Your animal paintings are fantastic! Are these all acrylic? You are a master of the medium!

Focus_ret said...

Thanks. :-)

Yes, Jana, these are acrylics. That's my favorite medium, though I'm gradually becoming more versatile.