Flamingos

This is a design I am working on. It’s from a photograph of a flamingo that I took a couple of years ago.

I duplicated the flamingo and placed it behind the original and then added the ripples to give the effect of it standing in water. I made the image a few days ago and haven’t looked at it since.

I like repetition in design, so the idea still grabs me but now that I look at it, the image itself seems a bit heavy handed. The black outline, the violent (yes, violent) colours – I feel like I should tone it back. What do you think? What would you do?

Heads Apart

heads-apart-flamingos

11 thoughts on “Flamingos

  1. I like them. I think it would be interesting to tone the pink back in just selected areas, either part of the heads or the bodies, maybe. Not sure. But the thing that I’m more aware of myself is the very close proximity of the heads, which gives tension where there’s such a narrow gap. That bothers me more than the colour! What do you think?

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      1. Ah! I like that better! Of course now we have something potentially problematical about the legs, but that matters a lot less and I think I like the rather more tangled overlap there. Interesting. Yes, I prefer it. Do you?

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  2. I like the softer colors in the head in the second version. Maybe the legs should be a paler brown? I find it odd that only one set of legs has ripples. Also, I think there needs to be some hint of wings – the body is too blank. All that said, I like them… 🙂

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  3. While I agree the colour is a tad intense in Version 1, their legs seem less confusing to me than in V2. Might it help if the bird in front were either slightly darker or lighter than the other? Perhaps give an illusion of depth and help differentiate between the two?
    Just a thought; )

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