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A home on the waves by lu--24 A home on the waves by lu--24
Just in time, as always, here is my entry for the One day artbook :iconaday-artbook:
I really wanted to make it in time for this, because the concept is very nice and I've had this idea in mind from the very first time I read about it. I've seen many people has made artworks with more intangible dreams, but mine is more literal, even if it has a lot of meaning for me. 
I'm very happy with how this turned out, expecially for the perspective and shades/colours. I've made a lot of sketches to understand how to make the perspective of the wooden piers credible, and I figure that reading comics all the holidays helped a lot with the orange/violet contrast for the sunset light. Still, I'll have to work a lot on the ocean waves in the future (and buy a decent flat brush)...


Here goes the general description for the contest:
Title: A home on the waves
Dream: One day, I will live on the waves of the sea
(For now, I've uploaded the rgb version in a smaller size, but I've the 300dpi cmyk file ready. It's a bit bigger than the requested size, so it can be trimmed for any necessity)


ink pen and watercolour on Canson Montval watercolour paper
artwork and concept © lu--24
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SilviaGalasso Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
nice ^^
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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SilviaGalasso Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
you are welcome :-)
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HeardDdragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Realy calming t
the colors are supreme
and all the shades are nice
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot! ^^
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HeardDdragon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome
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RaraLiMin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really pretty- The colours just make me feel overwhelmed. I really like the warm colour of the wood and how the colours of the sun are reflected onto the surroundings. It makes me feel warm. It's weird but this makes me feel kind of emotional ( maybe because of the sun and the nice colours? ) 
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It's wonderful to hear that something I drew can make people feel emotion ^^
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starlake9625 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is sooooooooo beautifulLove
i wish i could do backgrounds and landscapes like this.....SUPERBClap +fav 
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
Landscapes are fun, but indeed they become more difficult the more you add architecture ^^
Thanks for the watch too! :hug:
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never done much with watercolors, so I wouldn't be qualified to give much technical advice on that front. With that said, the colors mostly look vibrant and engaging, and I like the two-color scheme you've chosen - I cringe when I hear advice to young artists that all pieces have to be spare in color palette, but here it really makes sense; there isn't much need for more diversity. However, I do think the sky could incorporate more diverse colors within the general red/blue dynamic, such as purples, lighter hues around the sun (which itself should be lighter than anything around it - I often use white suns simply surrounded by orange/red sky), and darker hues near the horizon.

I would also like to suggest a few things about shading. One: be more scrupulous with your angles - we can see where the sun is, but the placement of the shadows of the boardwalk just underneath them suggests the sun is instead overhead. I would think the shaded area should be around the bottom of the page. Also, the lack of shade coming from the awning of the house makes it difficult to tell where the awning ends and the wall begins - likewise, the posts in some areas seem to blend into the floor. You mostly have a good command of the principles of shade, though, so I'll stop there.

Couple more small things - I'm not sure quite how I'd fix it, but the clouds look a little spotty, especially around their edges. And I mean that literally - those little patches of white detract from the feeling of a smooth, serene surface clouds normally have. (Maybe color them less carefully so the strokes are more even?) Also, you sort of do this, but try to make the waves get closer and closer together the closer you get to the horizon - that will increase the sense of distance. Your sense of distance is mostly there, as evidenced by the skillful use of the one-point perspective; that's just one way to further it.

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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this comment!
I'm glad that you think the limited palette works here... I don't like when people suggests to use only two colours either, but being a sunset scene I thought it was needed. But you're right, the sky deserved at least a couple more colours.

Honestly, I'm really a beginning with shading, and understanding how and where shades fall down. This is the first painting of mune where I really put a lot of effort in figuring that out. It's nice to hear they're more or less there, but maybe do you know of resources to learn that "once and for all"?  It would make me very happy! ^^

Ah, yes, both the waves and clouds suffered of a bad choice of brushes. The one I used for the clouds was too rough... I should use something more soft, but the only very big brush I have is that one. For the waves it was maybe too big, and I didn't manage to make the further waves as small as I wanted.

Thanks a lot again! ^^
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful, thank you!
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Jooleya Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm here via :iconprojectcomment:

You've created a very beautiful piece of art here. The cool blues and the warm orange-pink-browns work great together and the picture radiates calm, peace and harmony. 

From a technical point of view, you have demonstrated a very good grasp of perspective and the light/shadow interactions caused by the setting sun. Very beautiful. The work that you put into making the sketches really paid off, as there are some tricky bits there, perspective wise, with the pier and the house that extends above the horizon line and vanishing point. The only suggestion for improvement I can offer here is that the horizon line is a bit slanted. It might not even be for real, just a result of the photo or scan, but it pays off to be very careful here because the eye intuitively picks up on a slanted horizon and it makes the world "tilt" a bit. 

I really like how you painted the clouds, and the gorgeous reflections of the sunlight on the water. The technique you chose here works very well and creates the illusion of little waves rippling the surface of the sea. The only area where I think it gets a bit tricky is around the seagulls. With watercolours being watercolours, it shows that you needed to be careful not to accidentally colour the seagulls with sea colours, so you stayed away from them - which in turn gives them a little light "halo". The halo effect (around the standing person, too), is the only thing that I feel you could work on. I know from experience how hard it is to prevent that from happening, so not being even half as skilled as you with watercolours, I cannot offer much advice on *how* to avoid the halos, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. :) 

The planks of the pier worked out splendidly, I love all the detail there. You even thought of the shadows the poles cast and found just the right shade for them. Your shadows in general are very well executed. The only shadow I feel could be darker is the one on the little house on the side that faces the viewer. That side is pointing away from the sun altogether, and feels quite light considering that. I'd expect a bit more of the darker blue you used on the pole structure below the house up there, too. 

Other than those suggestions, there is nothing I could add. I admire your picture a lot. It's one of those pieces of art that you wish you could visit. A deck chair, a nice drink and then just sitting and watching the sun set - beautiful! Heart 
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this long and thoughtful comment! :D And sorry if I took a lot to reply...
I'm very glad that the perspective looks right, but it's true that after being scanned I looked it and felt something was a bit "tilted", as you said. Sometimes it's difficult to notice these things on paper, I guess. I remember I rotated the frame in photoshop to adjust it but now I'm wondering if I did it right. The orizon line and the pier in the foreground do look a bit angled.
I'm very glad the reflections came out well. I was a bit lost when I made them, since it was the first time and tutorials around are much more realistic and make it look so easy, when it's not XD I was really too afraid wit the seagulls there... I know that people uses masking fluid to keep such details white, but I haven't tried it yet (they also say it's pretty expensive) even if it would have been of great help here.
I'm glad you noticed the detail of the shadows! You're right about the side of the house. I tried to count the atmospherical lightand supposed it shuld be less shaded than below, but it doesn't make too much sense since there are all the reflections. I'll be more careful next time!

Oh, yes, that's why I drew it! I'd really like to be there too ^^
Thanks again for the lovely comment! :)
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Jooleya Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you found the comment helpful. :) 

Masking fluid is an excellent tool and I think it would have worked great on the seagulls and the woman standing on the pier. But I know about making art on a budget and not immediately getting expensive tools. If you make more watercolour art, it might be worth investing in, though, to get rid of the halo issues. 

And I see what you mean about counting the atmospheric light. That's a very good thing to keep in mind - I just honestly don't think that with the sun so low, there is much light reflecting back from the waves onto the side of the house that faces the viewer. But those are all just minor issues. It's a gorgeous picture. 
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theFuryHearted13118 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks great! I like all the detail you put into each plank! The sky is really pretty too!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I spent a lot of time on the planks so I'm glad it's appreciated! ^^
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theFuryHearted13118 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do! your welcome!
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Jack-Binary Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'm going to be blunt, this is amazing! The watercolor-like medium makes it look like something I'd see in a children's book, and that's awesome! I mean I can imagine on the sky a font saying 'The End' 
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, really? That's an awesome compliment, thank you so much! ^^
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh pretty!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^^
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thatpinktee Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Looking at this... It's so calming. The use of colours is absolutely beautiful and warm, and great job with the composition. The sense of balance in here def adds to the atmosphere of peacefulness.

I want to go there for vacation!!!

What kind of watercolors are you using?
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad it manages to convey that kind of peaceful feeling ^^
I want to live in a place like that... or on a boat, so that I can change places all the time!

I'm mostly using my Windsor and Newton pans, but for the blue here I used a set of watercolour tubes I bought in a discount supermarket. They're pretty good for me (and the colours are very vivid) but it's not like I've ever tried top-quality tube watercolours, so who knows? :)
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thatpinktee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
You're very welcome! OMG yes, I so understand the feeling, I'd love to live by the sea :D Something so calming about it. 

Oh, I see, but anyway, you're certainly making the watercolors work for you :) They look good quality on paper, and that's all that matters! I'm struggling with the watercolor pencils I've just bought, but I think it's the cheapass watercolor paper lol. It's got 0 resistance to water... Oh well, will try to buy a new good quality one.
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rawrdoodles Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! This is so beautiful and with such attention to detail.
You did an amazing job with this!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it! ^^
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rawrdoodles Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Beautiful :la: I love the illustrative style you've used here :heart:
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad the style is appreciated! :D
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Student General Artist
<3
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
Such a amazing shot. Good job on this piece. :)
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad to hear that :D
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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jurggonnaloveit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
beautiful colors! 
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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