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Seafarer's Log by Andantonius Seafarer's Log by Andantonius
Here's a still life done for painting class, with the main goal being to understand light and color, and how every object will have a range of colors in it no matter what it's local color is, and getting those subtle variations will add to the illusion of light.

This was really fun to do, and quite refreshing to get a pretty finished image done after all the technical exercises and faster paintings we've been doing in other classes, and the knowledge you can gain from stuff like this is great. The understanding of light will apply to every representational painting you do, and painting different surfaces from observation adds to your ever-growing visual library. Things like this can be the key to doing realistic work from imagination, be it shells and flowers, dragons and wizards, or spaceships and aliens. :)

Hope ya like it, and if you want you can see some closeups here and some of the process on my blog here.

Have a good one, and thanks for looking!


Painter 11, Cintiq, 10 hours
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Ellofayne Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is SUPER awesome! I think you achieved the light very well, and the placement of the objects are interesting as well :aww:
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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la-Structure-du-Ciel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist
It looks like a traditional still life painting. It's absolutely amazing and beautiful! I really admire your talent.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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GoldensandDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice.
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SophysIsabella Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Very realistic ;) Love it
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Crocofielius Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those reflections are phenomenal, and everything is so spot on! And I agree with your statements about painting/drawing still life such as this can be extremely helpful, even when drawing fantasy/imaginative subjects.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! And yeah, it's super helpful, I don't think it's possible to paint well without doing life studies.
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SimonBoxer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So pro!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Box-drawer!
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Vimes-DA Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Very nice work! I'd be interested in hearing what those "technical exercises" consist of though, wouldn't mind trying some myself.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!

And just the usual arty exercises, figure drawings & turnarounds, paintings and drawings from life, composition studies, portrait studies, things of that nature. Most of it's up on my blog if you want to peruse it for more specifics.
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Lancerey Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Wowweeee, Andan! What are they teaching you at that art school? This is amazing! It's so soft and beautiful!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bundle, Lace-to-the-rey! I appreciate it! And yeah, lots of hard work and learnings going on at school, haha.
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burtt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
oh my god that's effing beautiful
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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burtt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
MHM
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ReiSif Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconasianfaceplz::iconsaysplz: BUURTIFUL!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:iconcrosseyedplz::iconsaysplz: OH THANX
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ReiSif Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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UnusualSpectra Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist
I love really realistic paintings that still have emotion to them. This one is amazingly done technically, and it's pretty to boot :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! And I totally agree; though there's not a lot of narrative you can get out of objects on a table, you can certainly try and capture a mood and allude to a story. :)
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Thyname Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
It looks fantastic jon. I can really only offer two bits of critique. The hole of the conch doesn't read too well. I don't get the illusion that the spiral is turning in. Know what I mean? also some of the cloth in the bg has some iffy directionality to it. above the conch and around some of the flowers in the vase. but seriously. it looks great. the colors are nice and vibrant and the shell has fantastic luminosity.

keep up the great work!!!!!!!!

-evan

ps. i really love some of the soft edges
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Evan! 'tis much appreciated!

And yeah, I totally agree with your crits, got some space and form things that could be solved on the conchs. And the background is kind of a mess, mostly due to lack of reference, I'll try and get something set up to observe if I've got time before the deadline. We shall seeeeee. Thanks, mang!
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calicocouture Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Very pretty. I like the reflection on the table and the soft quality of the fabric.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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CrowbarTK-Hullo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What, no Star Trek parody? Here I was, ready to read the comments in Patrick Steward's voice... or maybe Shatner. w/e. :lol:

Gorgeous work, as always! The intensity of your studies is really paying off.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You have to read the log for the parodies. In entry 001 they encounter a beautiful mermaid on a desolate island that they later discover to be a horrific sea squid that sucks the salt right out of unsuspecting sailors' bodies. It was horrifying.

And thanks muchly! Always good to know that the arse-busting is making a difference. :B
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