Here's my Michigan Duck Stamp painting for this year! The first of three duck stamps total this year. The judging was yesterday and I didn't place (as I expected). Richard Clifton won with his lovely painting. However, I did make it through to the second round (a first for me in this particular contest), but that's where it stopped. I guess they didn't like the fact that the bg was so dark--something to note for future contests. Anyways, enjoy!
This is about 9 3/4" X 7" acrylic on masonite. Also my first piece using my airbrush. Refs thanks to Lesley off of WetCanvas.
For Sale: Matted with a white mat. Note me if interested.
Thank you! Yes, it's called a specullum here. I don't think they were too strict, as it was all local people and not professional "judges", but regardless, I still like being strict with my anatomy--I find that very important. Ah yes, the wing! I've never painted an outstretched duck wing before, so I was definitely rusty in that area! I'm super glad you're pointing that out, though, because I want my anatomy to be spot on, and I knew the wing wasn't looking as good as it could be. It was hard painting this particular wing of this species because most of the feathers are very similar in color. And I think I put the alula in there, but it clearly wasn't well defined as it should be or was somehow "merged" into the lesser coverts somehow. I really do need to practice my duck wings! It's funny, because I seem to be able to draw them just fine, but painting them becomes difficult. That's probably why I've steered clear of painting flying ducks (or ducks with visibly outstretched wings) until now. Practice makes perfect! And thanks again for pointing all that out. I love it when people point out what can improve and it's legit.
Ya I kinda agree with how you are using yours. I use it for little things like that too. I've kind of found that if you paint it to as close as you can with a brush first and then add a bit of it over the top, it makes it a bit easier on yourself.. Thats a good goal to have. That is kind of my minimum goal too. Or at least I'll be a happy camper if I do make it through to round two!!
Exactly! That's what I've been doing and it really saves you a bunch of hassle later. I also used it today to darken my bg a bit to highlight some contrast on the duck. It's nice because it doesn't get rid of the detail in the bg, only darkens it. I'm assuming they're showing the contest live again this year--at least, I sure hope so! I like to know how I do right then and there, haha.
I like your teal painting!
And thank you!
For OK, the year that I entered, they had the general public vote for their favorites at a state fair, and then the second round was open to the entire internet for voting, which had me very surprised! Especially since the poll was not secure and if one was so inclined they could skew the results. Ack!