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The Comfort of Hypothermia by jettjunker The Comfort of Hypothermia by jettjunker
Watercolor, on 16x20 Arches hot press art board. ~30 hours.

As usual, I don't much care for the background, but I'm happy with how she came out. I took more time than I usually do for this one, but learned more too. For one, I doubt I'll ever bother with masking fluid again. More importantly, I'm paying more attention to edges (blurring them), so she didn't come out as flat as subject in my other paintings. Also, I find that wetting the paper and dabbing off pigment is often a better strategy than going to the white paint when I want a part lighter.

A big thank you to Laura Kok for the lovely reference photo. :)
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smartisgirl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
EverIris Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I really love how you painted her hand. I just did hands in my last watercolor and I wish I could have gotten the smoothness that you achieved here. Nice work!
forsakensoul26 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the figure in the picture, she looks wonderful. The colours are great, and her hair is fantastic.
I can see why you don't like the background though--it looks like you didn't put a fraction of the effort into the background that you did the figure. Put as much effort into the background as you do the figure and you'll have a more coherent, pleasing painting. Try tying more colours from the figure into the background. I understand wanting her to "pop" against what is evidently meant to be a snowy background, but you can achieve that without the background looking like something from a completely different painting.
I apologize if you weren't looking for (what I hope is) a helpful critique, feel free to ignore if it is unwanted/unwarranted. It just looks like you have such potential, I'd love to see you get even better :)
jettjunker Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, the comment is greatly appreciated :)

I just paint as a hobby to relax, so I've been disinclined to expend much effort on backgrounds since I don't enjoy painting them. Then again, considering your comment, I see that it does look rather silly. I suppose I should either just suck it up and put some time into the backgrounds, or just not paint backgrounds at all (sticking with washes, or abstract shapes). Painting crappy backgrounds is not the way to go, anyway :)

At least it's pretty light, so maybe down the road I can fix it up... after I get some practice with scenery. I don't want to practice on /this/, since I'll probably just make it worse.
forsakensoul26 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh definitely, down the road if you feel up to it it's fixable. :)
Washes are a nice alternative to backgrounds, but using them all the time is boring. Hopefully you'll get practice with backgrounds and maybe come to enjoy them! (No worries, I hate them too haha)
JoseHerb Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice.
Sissyke Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work *-*
jitterbuglove Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I l0ve the skin! the colours on her face :D great work
jettjunker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like it, especially seeing as your work is so good :)
De-Xtreme Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow i love the skin it looks very realistic. every thing is so awesome!
jettjunker Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you much :D
Peepholee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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