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Ink and tea with graphite and acrylic gouache on 535gsm bockingford watercolour paper, I have left the paper tape used to stretch the piece whilst working and may keep this border on when framed - what do you think? should I keep the brown border or tear it off?
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Overall I enjoy this piece; it's a beautiful subject. I'm envious of the graceful rendering on the face. However I think there's a composition error. The large, white, negative space on the upper left is far too dominating. It keeps demanding my attention while I'm looking at the rest of the composition. A blue or magenta blotch (that is the same value with the rest of the face) added there would balance out the picture. Clyfford Still would be a good artist to look up for additional help. Okey, I need to write a few more words... keep up with the fantastic work!
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SaffyOtter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student
I rather like the brown borders, especially because they themselves are not perfectly even and the tearing in the two corners balance each other out really well. Also, very intrigued by the pattern-like detail at the sides of the face.
mac2010 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning work!!!!
IllusionaryPsychosis Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Photographer
How do you do this!!! I am so jealous!!! I don't understand how to get this whole multi-layered effect to my work. This is so amazing, I can't even deal with it. Keep the brown border, it adds to the work at least I think...
myself2508 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't take it off, it gives the professional illustration a sort of busy-art-atmosphere, which I like a lot. It also differentiates it from your other works

And to comment the illustration: In my opinion it's a work where the combination between natural drawed face, colours and abstract forms is in the top of a scale of your illustrations! I like it very much :) :)
LuxLoupeLune Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm I'd say take it off, the sharp lines ending would hopefully give the piece a disjointed feel. Almost like being trapped in a glass box which is a problem people face today. I also think he contrast of the dark brown kind of detracts from her face and doesn't fit in ell with the colours used.
Anna-Mariaa Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
You could mayme keep the border but incorporate it a little more. So that it's part of the whole painting. Because right now it really just looks like a brown paper to throw away later. Anyways, whatever you decide, this is magnificent already! :heart:
TiphVideoArt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
rip the brown border off. There is something rebellious, cultured, and patriotic about the woman in this image (the colors red blue and white are sustained in this painting), she doesn't need a boxed frame.
NynjaKat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I always like the tape boarders and I'm sad when I take them off. It looks nice with it so maybe keep it. Perhaps trim it a bit?
Selenada Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think you know the answer to your question :D there gonna be people who gonna love it and who not gonna like it, the most important if you like it or not ;)
MAADpotato Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are getting , better and better (:
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