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Dwelling: Bird Monolith by SethFitts Dwelling: Bird Monolith by SethFitts

I am unsure about this piece so I thought I would post it to see what sort of feedback I could get. There are things I like and don't like about it.
Graphite pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal and acrylics on watercolor paper.
Approximately 10x15 inches

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Seth Fitts, 2011
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ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
The concept is intriguing.
Is it a bird made into a house, or a house made like a bird? It's very mysterious and makes me think of the story the piece represents. I quite like it.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting! I am glad you like it!
Thank you!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I'm finding the shadow iffy...I think it's because of where the light is brightest on the bird dwelling...like if you were standing there looking at it, the light would be coming over your right shoulder...not totally from the right side, which is what the shadow suggests...you asked :}
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, :blush: . I'm making adjustments!
Thank you much for your input. It is appreciated.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
I like the door, the fenceposts, and the unseeing eye. That eye really adds to the monolithic-ness. This comes across with a heavy sense of place, and I relate to things with that sense. I don't like the moon, because it is small up there, and looks indefinite, almost like an afterthought. The colors are just right. Will you be sharing what you like and don't like about this piece?
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree about the moon. It was purposeful and had significance but it looks out of place in its current state. I think someone else suggested I lighten it and I plan to do that and see if it improves.
I am not liking the color of the monolith. I was going for a sandy-rock type look and could not achieve it. The more I tried to make it happen, the worse it became. I think I will try a different color from the original plan and glaze it on the monolith. I actually wasn't satisfied with the eye either :lol: . Maybe the new glaze of color will help that as well.

Thank you!!!
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ursulav Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I find it compelling. Possibly if the shadow on the left side extended farther around the right, on the ground, so that the doorway had a stronger contrast with the ground, it might read a little more as "doorway"---at the moment, it comes across as a notch at first glance. But that's a minor quibble.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Your input is appreciated.
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Emily-ek Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how there are so many different ways you can look at this work: the bird looks a bit like it's drowning in sand, but also like it's rising out of it. It looks like a fortress, but also like a mountain, and of course like a bird :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing your insight with me.
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teh-wend Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
What could you conceivably not like about this piece?
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not completely satisfied with the bird's surface. I was trying to get it to look more sand-like or earth-like but the more I tried the less I could achieve the effect. I guess it was meant to look like this.
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Anima-Lux-Artifex Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
simple and stunning. Great work :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you much!
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
oops. I meant this:
[link]
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the link!
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Do you know this movie (fantastic planet, overlaid here with music)?

Look at 1:58 :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not familiar with this film.

I checked out the link and the film has fascinating imagery. I think many of us have had the idea of an ancient structure being buried in the earth.
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I got bored before I got to the end of the film. But I noticed the "lighting" especially looked like some of your spirit house stuff
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I watched it all but I was not sure if I followed the "story". Yes, I can see what you mean with some of the Spirit House stuff and lighting. Also, I had some other ideas while watching the film.
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
ideas are always good :)
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CheCats Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
In my opinion its very good. To me its your usual abstract and fun style. I guess if i rally had to find something OFF about(i cant say its bad at all) is the moon doesnt seem to fit, the lines seem really defined on it unlike est of it. Only i could see. Very good! :D
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I appreciate the input.
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CheCats Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
No problem, i love your work. :D
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aspired2inspire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
I wanna go inside! :eager:
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:iconkanatsanat:
KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
it's a trap. You will be eated by monsters ;)
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aspired2inspire Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
:nuu: NOOOOOOOOOOOO
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think it is a great concept and you did a great job with the pallette (the warms at the bottom-inside and the cooler hues on top, relating to the moon -great one!)

Maybe the composition is a little off, but not a big deal. Maybe just adding more detail to the moon and/or something on the right would balance it more. That's just my humble opinion...
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Your opinion matters. While reading you comment I thought a light post might be good.
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kparks Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
I like the concept, but the execution seems a bit "soft".

The background is rather indistinct (maybe a bit rushed?) compared to, say... this one [link] or this one [link]
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I wanted the image to be "soft". I guess I didn't make it look purposeful. For the background I was thinking of "no place, no time".

Thank you! Your feedback is much appreciated.
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fire2kitty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this, the composition is genius and of course the bird is so cute as always. Your pictures always have such life, or movement about them. Very well executed.

I think that this is wonderful.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!!
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fire2kitty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so very welcome.
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
It's great :)

I have a feeling, although I can see the point about moving the weight of the bird more to the right, I kind of think it might make it more birdy and less monolithic for that shift
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. I think I may add something somewhere on the right to balance things out.
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James-the-Desert Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been thinking about this. It may be too late, but maybe if your paper was longer, you could simply use empty space on the right to balance out the weight of the bird on the left. But it's still great! I love your work.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, nice idea! If I make another I think I will try it with horizontally longer paper. Thanks!
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KanatSanat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I mean I like it this way. I'm a big fan of monoliths :)
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love it. Have a drawing I did last semester, giant fish house floating in the clouds, concepts like this are so fun!
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Very cool.
Thank you!!
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James-the-Desert Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like it. The composition seems well balanced, but maybe just slightly heavy on the left side. You did a great job with the sense of scale. It really feels like the bird is enormous.
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the feedback. I will look to see what might bring balance to the piece.
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ooosvn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wonder what it'll be like to enter through that door :D So awesome :meow:
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I wonder that too. You are too kind! Thank you!!!
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ooosvn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:meow: :iconluvluvplz:
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carlosgarijo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
the bird hills
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SethFitts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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