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It is so hard to take a picture of a painting that curls... I don't even understand why this one curled so much on the sides... I didn't use that much water. So this picture doesn't really do the painting justice. This took me forever and a lot of patience, so please be nice, but CC is welcomed =)

Edit: New photo with the airbrushed area to add more depth!

15 by 20"
Watercolor

WIP

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Hi Heather.

First of all, I think this is a great picture. I really enjoyed it and the colours just feel *so* good. Your picture makes me feel happy.

The trees in the foreground are fantastic! You have a strong focus on the pagoda (?no idea if that is the correct term?) Focus pulls out in the foreground and the background. Did you paint this from a photograph, or did you decide to just build that into the picture as you went along? Either way, it makes an interesting picture.

There are some things that could possibly be improved. There's a small degree of "wonkiness" around a lot of the buildings, and in particular the pagoda "tiers" appear to me to be leaning left side down with respect to the supporting column. (It may be that they actually do that, but to my eyes it appears a little off.) Many of the buildings also appear to be leaning very slightly to the left. I'm not at all sure that detracts fromth evalue of the picture.

The biggest thing you could improve, as far as I can see, is the far background, in particular the top right of the picture. The darker colours are a little dark and a little strong to carry the feeling of distant haze. They appear further in the foreground than the lower buildings in front of them. On the left hand side, you have some lower buildings in the background which are excellent, and convey general shape without having strong insistent lines.

I actually love it, and I'm gonna fave it. I hope you can find something useful from this, and I hope I haven't offended in any way.
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Blaumohn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
thanks for the feature!
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TPol Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wpw beutifull
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DownedSystem Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Student General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
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sahyeh Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010   General Artist
I rally like the subtle tones you used here!
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
thank you =)
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weida34 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist
very nice work! i love it :)
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
Thank you very much for the fav! =)
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weida34 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist
hey, my pleasure :)
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whitestarflower Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Lovely painting! I thought this was a photo at first, until I looked at it more closely. I like all the detail you have put in. I especially like the mist in the background and the way the building in the foreground stands out clearly.
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Thank you so much =D I really appreciate the comments! I'm glad you like it =)
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Amelie-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
This piece is so nice!! And you have very good watercolour skills!!:heart:
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
awwe, thanks =) not as good as yours!
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Amelie-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!:hug:
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Mudkipy Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Thats one beautiful painting ,you really did the background well.
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H-Heather Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Thank you =)
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justinsdrawings Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
I meant to comment and :+fav: this a long time ago. It has such a great depth of field and the way it fades off in the distance is a real achievement and artistic improvement over the original reference.

I don't know how anybody paints a straight line, much less an entire cityscape!
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Ah, thank you so much =D It has a little more depth now too cause my teacher airbrushed the background a bit to fade it out better =) I won't get a picture of it till I get my painting back though, haha.

Haha, I still need to work on straight lines =P Thanks!
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fixart Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
I love the trees :)
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:iconh-heather:
H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
thanks! =D
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White-Sephira Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Wow you did a good job on that. I really love how you did the trees. I think that you could have added a bit more depth to the background but I can tell that you made an effort. I think you should be really proud of yourself :)
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Oh, more depth will be added, my teacher is going over it with some airbrush things =) it'll be good! Thank you very much!
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White-Sephira Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
You are very welcome :)I cant wait to see it when it is done.
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VanEckPhreaking Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really good work. You've captured the tonal values well, the foreground having deeper shades, probably because of lots of smog... The perspectives are off in places, but the project was ambitious... You can be proud all around... ;-)
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Thank you very much =D Yea, there a quite a few really off areas, but I don't realize these things till after I paint them in, haha.
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Snapbackcomics Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
awesome job :)
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
thanks =D
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Snapbackcomics Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
welcome :D
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Nightrose64 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
awesome! better then the original =P

(i think you did a good enough job with the curls ;))
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
haha, thanks! and thanks so much for the feature :hug:
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Nightrose64 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Student Photographer
aww :D your welcome :D
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stuaato Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Wow Heather! That's a great rendition. I was just thinking that the trees must have been the hardest part and then I read your comment. Really well done. Taking the photo was much easier than what you've done!

Stu
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Thanks =D no the details on the buildings were the hardest part. And I could have done a much better job (a always think that when I finished a painting =P), but I tried my hardest =) But without the photo this would not exist. Thank you very much :heart:
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TheGun5how Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
oh wow heather your art as really improved. i love the details of the trees! awesome work!!!
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Thank you very much =D The trees were by far the easiest and the funnest part, haha. =)
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TheGun5how Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
:1
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Masasasaki Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
This is great! Kyoto, right? I used to live there.
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H-Heather Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
yep it is! thanks! =D
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Masasasaki Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
You are welcome!
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