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February 1, 2012
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Ancient Hometown by Gwendolyn12 Ancient Hometown by Gwendolyn12
A gift to my mom. She wanted a painting of food so we could hang on our kitchen, and I did this. :meow:
Following the line of 'realistic' works I have been doing (with for example), I wanted to do a still life. This is my first time doing them^^; I always thought these were boring but this turned out being more fun to do than I had the right to expect.:lol:

I hope you like it! Thanks for looking:blowkiss:

:bulletred: Reference: [link] by *flowerpowerstock :heart:
:bulletgreen: Tools: Coffee, Faber-Castell and Pentel watercolors, done in A3 Canson paper, 140g/mē + retouch with Gato Preto acrylics, Faber-Castell colorpencils and white gel pen.
:bulletblue: Time: about 12 hours.
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Wow! What can I say? This is stunning and when it wasn't in full view, I though it was a photograph! I really like the techniques you used here too!
I really like the peppers as you've made them look plump and shiny like what peppers should be like.
Furthermore, I really like the wired fruit basket as you have used good tonal scale but not in just the basket - in everything! In the basket though, you can see where the light is hitting off at the different parts and that is great!
Finally, I really like the wood as you have made the lines very visible and you can see the different shades and shapes on the wood like what you would do on an actual table.
Like I said, I really love this piece and the techniques used here such as tonal scale, texture, colour etc. Great job and keep up the good work! :)
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Everytime I see this picture...I laugh. :lol:

It's splendid technique (as always) and it's best in the coloring! I love the textures too. That's one of the things of this picture that impresses me the most.

First, the wall looks like it's fraying, and you've done it splendidly. I feel like I can peel the paper off. Second, the innards of the peppers are so...Slimy looking. In a good way. The wood is also quite detailed, and I can't believe how well you added the circles and all of that! And last of all, the peppers are very nice and shiny. Add to it, they are also oblong, and they have variety in their shape.

I also like how you stacked up the peppers in here. I think they're trying to escape the kitchen. :ninja:

The way you did the colors is another thing. You only used four colors, basically: yellow, green, red, and brown. But you made it still seem colorful! It doesn't seem to be lacking in any color at all.

The table is tapering weirdly, however. I mean, it's getting smaller to the left (our left). I think the line was born crooked. And while we're on the table...The dents in the wood that start in the left seem to disappear when it goes past the red pepper in fron of the basket. Also, the pepper that's yellow to our utmost left...I think it looks too rounded near the top. These peppers usually have a bit of puckering up in that area, no matter what. Near where the yellow pepper is making its escape route, right underneath it, the black seems a bit scribbled; I can kind of see individual strokes in it. The black haze above that pepper looks like you're purposely trying to emphasize it.

In short, it's a very textured piece, and has nice colors. And also, I'd watch the yellow guy. :c. He's running.
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SolemnWishMaster Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
okay the subject is particular, but is still awesome!
I mean the colours, the details(the seeds of the pepper) are perfect *-*
You're really talented *A*
Keep it up!!! :heart:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:love:
how do you mean, particular?:o

I'll try:D
SolemnWishMaster Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome *-*
I mean I've seen a few works with this subject :blush:
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I see.:D well, you're right... Still life is like one of the most overused subjects ever for traditional art.:o
SolemnWishMaster Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it's true :D
whitty-boo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful! I love peppers so much this is so magical! <3
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!:love:
Miyappun Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
..First time? o___o
But this looks way too good for a first time :3
Well, you're talented~

I tried doing an oil painting by drawing food once, but it didn't look realistic at all >.<
Sometimes I see well-drawn food pictures, but they look kind of like plastic because of the coloring..
You're pretty good at coloring, I think what this drawing looks so real is mostly because of your coloring skills ^^
Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah:blush: thank you<3

I can understand that...I've seen those kind of pictures before, but to me it's a lot harder to do non-plastic looking still life with digital media:B I am so bad at it. I can do fairly well with it using any traditional media, though I'm not a fan of using oils much.
that's good to hear<3 thanks again!:heart:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
This is really nice, it's got a very colourful and authentic look to it, i think you should do more food theme pieces :love:
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