I just noticed it looks like the rear right wheel is missing, damnit.
I think some shadows on the ground might add a sense of weight and keep it from floating. What do you think?
This is a strong piece, D. I'd like to see a little more rounding out in the front cylinder to distinguish its form from the circles which face us (wheels and that big turbiney thing). Also theres a few places where you might have worked with a little more water to avoid brushiness which disturbs our sense of form a little (the blue box in front of the big back wheel for example). I really like the solidity of the thing and the weight of the massive iron object comes across clearly. Its a very solid looking vehicle. I'd like to know more about the connection between the front axle and the engine. Is there a little more structure there?
I like this piece a lot Diana! The axle on the right has a lot of depth, nice use with the darks. I agree with Caleb, shadows would add weight and ground. How long did this take you?
Oooo good feedback. I'm going to work on all of the things mentioned. I painted on cold press... I'm thinking of trying a 1930 Mercedes Benz SSK on hot press next to see if I can fine tune things more than I have with this one. I didn't spend more than 4 hours drawing and painting the steam engine... Think that's too long or too quick?Do you guys think it needs a full background or will just a shadow do? I was thinking of using paintings like this for notecards, stationary, mugs, etc.
NO BACKGROUND! (sorry I know its rude to shout)
Definitely no background. Shadows would be nice though. I think I would like to see more separation between the back wheel and the round part on top of it. I really like this piece. I think it's wonderful.