Lazy afternoon in a tropical beach!

by Oeendree
(Rotherham, South Yorkshire)

Lazy afternoon in a tropical beach!

Lazy afternoon in a tropical beach!

Hi there,

I been to different tropical beaches. I tried to assimilate those experiences here. It is my first time to work with a beach. I'm not so pleased with it 'coz I failed to give the 3D effect in those stone & waves.

I did it on watercolour paper(19in x 14in).
Can any kind heart help me to suggest how could I do those 3D effects better later on.
Thank you very much.

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Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Thank you Gail,
I find it really very helpful. Thank you so much.

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Looking Very Tropical
by: Anonymous



Hi Oeendree,

You have painted a very pleasing beach scene..

I also find painting palm trees and sand difficult too..

I will suggest a few things for improvement for next time.

First, make sure your horizon line is dead straight.. Use a ruler if you need to.

Your water looks good, very tropical. Your two figures are great and perspectively the correct size.

Your shadow from the palm should go up toward the water at the bend in the trunk; not down the beach.


You have a good variety of shapes in your rocks. I really like that small group in the lower right.. From what I am seeing on my monitor, they are pretty much all the same colour... so next time, save some light areas and don't forget that the rocks will also cast a shadow on the sand.. Lights and shadows are what create the 3D effect. Also remember the less is more rule... so fewer rocks will add more interest then a huge number of them.

Hope this helps a bit....

LOoking forward to seeing any changes you may make to this painting.

Cheers,

Gail








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Thank you very much!
by: oeendree

Thank you so much everybody for your positive and very very helpful comments.

Thank you all once again.

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Great Picture from your mind!
by: Karla

It is beautiful in color. The rocks just need more shadowing & Shading. And maybe straighten up the shadow of your tree. I think the water is fine. Great Job! Keep it up! Karla USA

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composition
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I liked the general theme of you painting but could I just make a little suggestion if you were perhaps going to do it again. I would leave out the ships and the birds as in my opinion they are drawing the eye away from the focal point of the picture and the palm leaf, birds and boats are all fighting for position.

As a general rule it is best not to put details too near the edge of the painting.

Keep painting you are doing well.

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3d effects
by: Anonymous

3d effects arise from a few factors such as perspective of form and the perspective of light on the form which creates shadows. Look online for a basic tutorial (check this site). For the artist (not the physicist) light falls on an object in straight lines. Look at your tree - The only way the shadow would be bent is if the shadow was following the contour of the beach, otherwise it would be more linear, representing the light blocked by the tree. As for the rocks, take a ball, a cube, and a pebble outside in strong light and practice drawing them. Note the highlight (strongest light), cast shadow (from the object), and form shadow (shadow on the object). Start by learning to tell the difference in tone in these three areas. Place your objects in different arrangements to see how from one light source (the sun for instance), the nature of the form in light changes depending on its position relative to the light source. From your painting, you have more than one source which you can tell by the shadow of the tree falling in one direction while the cast shadow of some of the rocks suggests light coming from the opposite direction. Good Luck.

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lazy afternoon in a tropical beach
by: betty

A lovely painting. Your waves are okay, the stones just need more light and dark shadows to make them look 3d.

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tropical beach scene
by: Anonymous

The shadows for the palms are seen but need the same on the rocks plus you can scrub the bottom of the rock so it seems to be in the sand and not just laying on top. Also might try lighter effects on that distant rock/island formation so it pushes it into the background. Keep painting!

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