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So ok, I did it for a band's poster but I'm turning it into a personal piece now. I wanted to experiment with tromp l'oeil. Obviously it's not there yet and still have some ways to go but I'd like to hear comments on.. whatever.
The painting is about two rivals fighting and a god (of dreams) interfering, so they both magically teleport away to safety - red guy through magic cloak and blue guy through shapeshift-teleporting. The background is more complicated - fantastic war scenes and broken landscapes and a giant medieval porcelain baby doll wreaking havok about to fight a blue sentient forest. I'm weird, get off me.
Acrylic on canvas 30x40"
Picture taken at an angle to better show the tromp l'oeil.
Well, interesting...my main feedback is it doesn't fall under the definition of tromp l'oeil - at least not as it is generally understood. But ok - you have that blue butterfly pinned on there - just need to push it so the butterfly doesn't look painted at all - it's blue and it is connected to the blue arm and blue shadow - I would change it to a monarch or something - orange and black - some color you don't have anywhere else in the composition. Just my two cents - good luck with it!
Ah thanks! And you're right, it's not traditional tromp l'oeil. I guess I should have taken a better picture, or at least one not in angle, would have made a little more sense then. But yes I will definitely take your advice. I recently got a little too inspired by the modern style of bright colors but I should just go back to where I'm comfortable at - more calm classical colors.
And not sure about a monarch but I do have some other lepidoptera in mind. Thanks for the feedback.
By the way the only parts that were supposed to be tromp l'oeil were the hands and the butterfly, not the whole picture, although if things turned out that way I wouldn't mind either way. But so far it was supposed to be just the two hands and the butterfly - which is supposed to be the face of the god.