Wednesday, March 18, 2009

chickadee face-off



I wasn't satisfied with my first attempt at a 4" x 4" chickadee drawing so I tried again. Now I'm really confused. I only need to send one to the exhibition. Which would you choose? (Reminder: drawings on black paper don't scan or photograph well ~ they really are sharper and more vibrant in person.) If you play along I'll tell you (eventually) which one I plan to send, and why.

21 Comments:

Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

My preference is the first one... Composition is wonderful for both, but for me, the first is truer to the real thing.

Of course, that is purely my *own* opinion and others may differ. :-)

18/3/09 3:50 PM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

I like the top one best. Something about the roundness of it.

18/3/09 4:23 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I like the first one. It has more impact in my esteem.

18/3/09 4:30 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hmmm. If I had to pick, I prefer the second one. Softer, quieter.

18/3/09 5:23 PM  
Blogger onclejohann said...

I think the second one is subtly stronger in both line and color in that the lines support each other better. That's the technical assessment. For personal preference, I like the posing of the second chickadee better.

18/3/09 6:44 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm for the first one, it's roundness and I like the border better.

18/3/09 11:30 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Whichever looks more like the bird you know as the Chickadee is the one to send... looks a lot like a tit to me ;-)

19/3/09 3:21 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Ah, I am voting for the second one, I like the colors and the lines. Also the expression on the bird is a bit more whimsical.

19/3/09 5:41 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I prefer the first one. I like the way the bird stands out against that lovely blue background.

19/3/09 7:08 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

The first one has a sense of nervous tension about it, as the chickadee seems to be in a separate space or layer than the sharp focus frame and again from the violet background, and there's something about its stance that makes it appear both the head and tail are angled toward the viewer - as though it's flittering a bit before it launches itself off that stiff perch.

In the second work, your colour choices, the stance of the wee creature, the angle and shape of the perch, the softer look to the border - they all come together to create an overall sense of calm and of the chickadee being an integrated part of the image.

If I was to purchase one, I'd go for the second one - my household needs the sense of calm.

19/3/09 10:31 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

there both great but I am totally drawn to the first one.

19/3/09 2:09 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I don't know chickadees, but the lower one seems to have better definition in the neck area. But, as I said, I don't know these little chaps.
Always helpful, that's me :-)

19/3/09 3:36 PM  
Blogger Costescu said...

I like both for different reasons, the first one the bird seems strong and confident. But I would say my fav is the second one. The bird looks so sweet and fragile and the crookedness of the branch echos a nervousness of the bird to me. I think when you add up all the comments it is going to be 50-50 ;)

20/3/09 8:50 AM  
Blogger Angela Wales Rockett said...

It's probably too late to help with this, but I would choose number 1. It's bolder, and really catches the character of the chickadee.

20/3/09 4:43 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

I like the first one better also - I really like the intensely colored, darker background behind the chickadee - makes him pop more. (In the second one, I am bothered a bit by his left (our right) foot and leg).

Both are very appealing however.

20/3/09 9:01 PM  
Blogger Deborah Ross said...

My favorite is the purple one, but only because I'm always attracted to purple. I think I would send the green one because the colors blend together and it looks more like you would see in the real situation. Not that that's a reason.

21/3/09 3:57 PM  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

I like the top one for the energy and for the way you combined the colour on the sides of the breast, and also for the pose.

21/3/09 5:37 PM  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

Numbero 2.
It just has a little more Naturey feel to it for moi...although I am always drawn to your gold cross-hatching which makes such a nice background for my little chicadee.

Actually I'd like the fluffed up bird in the first one with the second bkgd...that's a big help eh?

But I also love the prurple..nope I still prefer the greenery of number 2. I'd pick 2.

21/3/09 11:16 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I love your style on the birds! I need to go look at more!

22/3/09 10:05 AM  
Blogger San said...

I'll chime in retroactively, since I'm getting to your post after you've made your decision. I'd go with the top, since the background is beautifully vivid.

1/4/09 8:40 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Andrea,
seeing yor progress as an artist makes me really happy for you -
it was so wonderful to once again take a stroll through your blog.
I miss being able to visit my old blog friends more frequently. Unfortunately, most of the time it is either putting my own posts up or surfing other blogs.
Spring greetings from V.,
M.

2/4/09 2:29 AM  

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