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Okay I want to combine my two favorite things in the world: drawing/painting and tortoises. Just wondering...do tortoises sit still enough for you to draw them? I would really love to start painting a new tortoise I'm getting soon. (No, I'm not going to paint the tortoise, I'm going to paint an image of the tortoise. I've been getting that a lot when I say I want to paint something)
 

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I think you could get one to sit long enough if you aren't too slow of a painter. Just give him his favorite thing to eat and make sure it is big enough to keep him busy until your done. If not, they don't move that fast, that you couldn't do it while he is on the run
 

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Or you can take several snapshots, then use the pose to get the overall placement, postioning, etc. and the photos to add details as the tortoise moves away.

In my experience, they will always move the most when you want them to sit the most still... kind of like kids!
 

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I regularly use pictures for the basis of my paintings. Pics stay very very still!
 

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kanalomele said:
I regularly use pictures for the basis of my paintings. Pics stay very very still!

:D I wish I could even draw stick figure tortoises. :D
 

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Yes, a photo of the tortoise is the best way to go. When I paint live animals, I take a photo in natural lighting; near a window, or out of doors. You have to have the light bathing the tortoise so that you can see shadow and light, to give the tortoise a 3 dimensional look in the photo. NEVER use the flash. You may need to take a few photos; however, this is the way to do it. A photo with a flash maybe a beautiful photo, but it will not translate into a beautiful painting. Do the work and you will be happy with your painting. If you want to send me a photo of the picture, I may be able to help you pick the best shot that will work as a painting.

I will post one of the painting so that you can see what I am talking about.

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Light and shadow on some of my paintings. Remember that body shadow is warm. Cast shadow is warm. Background is cool. Good luck. ~C
 
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Yes, a photo of the tortoise is the best way to go. When I paint live animals, I take a photo in natural lighting; near a window, or out of doors. You have to have the light bathing the tortoise so that you can see shadow and light, to give the tortoise a 3 dimensional look in the photo. NEVER use the flash. You may need to take a few photos; however, this is the way to do it. A photo with a flash maybe a beautiful photo, but it will not translate into a beautiful painting. Do the work and you will be happy with your painting. If you want to send me a photo of the picture, I may be able to help you pick the best shot that will work as a painting.

I will post one of the painting so that you can see what I am talking about.



Light and shadow on some of my paintings. Remember that body shadow is warm. Cast shadow is warm. Background is cool. Good luck. ~C



those paintings are brilliant , wish i had a talent like that ,well done
 

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Funny you should ask! I took a Life Drawing class several years ago, in which we sketched not only nude human models, but also other animals and plants. I asked the instructor if I could bring my redfoot tortoise in, and she enthusiastically said, "Yes!"

So, I brought little Chama in, who was about 6" long at that time. For creatures that are supposed to be slow, you would be amazed how much she darted around that classroom. It was actually quite challenging to draw her for that reason. I had to use a technique in in which I would just glance at her, remember what I saw, and draw it. It worked, but it's harder to get lots of detail that way.

At home, however, it was much easier, because she was comfortable in her own pen and did not walk around very much at all. That made it much easier. Of course, then it's harder to draw the limbs and neck, since they are not extended. Pros and cons. :)
 

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netc said:
CLMoss said:
Yes, a photo of the tortoise is the best way to go. When I paint live animals, I take a photo in natural lighting; near a window, or out of doors. You have to have the light bathing the tortoise so that you can see shadow and light, to give the tortoise a 3 dimensional look in the photo. NEVER use the flash. You may need to take a few photos; however, this is the way to do it. A photo with a flash maybe a beautiful photo, but it will not translate into a beautiful painting. Do the work and you will be happy with your painting. If you want to send me a photo of the picture, I may be able to help you pick the best shot that will work as a painting.

I will post one of the painting so that you can see what I am talking about.



Light and shadow on some of my paintings. Remember that body shadow is warm. Cast shadow is warm. Background is cool. Good luck. ~C



those paintings are brilliant , wish i had a talent like that ,well done



Thank you so much! I have worked so hard that this, it was a mission and my passion. I am self taught, but sometimes l feel like a trained monkey...~C
 

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CLMoss said:
netc said:
CLMoss said:
Yes, a photo of the tortoise is the best way to go. When I paint live animals, I take a photo in natural lighting; near a window, or out of doors. You have to have the light bathing the tortoise so that you can see shadow and light, to give the tortoise a 3 dimensional look in the photo. NEVER use the flash. You may need to take a few photos; however, this is the way to do it. A photo with a flash maybe a beautiful photo, but it will not translate into a beautiful painting. Do the work and you will be happy with your painting. If you want to send me a photo of the picture, I may be able to help you pick the best shot that will work as a painting.

I will post one of the painting so that you can see what I am talking about.



Light and shadow on some of my paintings. Remember that body shadow is warm. Cast shadow is warm. Background is cool. Good luck. ~C



those paintings are brilliant , wish i had a talent like that ,well done



Thank you so much! I have worked so hard that this, it was a mission and my passion. I am self taught, but sometimes l feel like a trained monkey...~C





I love your paintings! I am self taught too haha. :D Maybe I'll upload some of my paintings sometime & when I'm done with the tortoise painting, I'll upload that too. Thanks for all the great advice everyone!
 

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Anna, Another tip is to take a photo out side. I don't know what type of paint you are using... Oils? I take photo on the north side of my house where the light is bright, however, there is no direct sun light. Please send some photo of your other painting. I would love to see them. ~C
 

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CLMoss said:
Yes, a photo of the tortoise is the best way to go. When I paint live animals, I take a photo in natural lighting; near a window, or out of doors. You have to have the light bathing the tortoise so that you can see shadow and light, to give the tortoise a 3 dimensional look in the photo. NEVER use the flash. You may need to take a few photos; however, this is the way to do it. A photo with a flash maybe a beautiful photo, but it will not translate into a beautiful painting. Do the work and you will be happy with your painting. If you want to send me a photo of the picture, I may be able to help you pick the best shot that will work as a painting.

I will post one of the painting so that you can see what I am talking about.



Light and shadow on some of my paintings. Remember that body shadow is warm. Cast shadow is warm. Background is cool. Good luck. ~C



Wow...Impressive talent!
 

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WOW!!! CLMoss, your paintings are WONDERFUL!!! You truly have a Gift!:)
 

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I'm a teenager so I cant draw really good but this is what I drew

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I'm a teenager so I cant draw really good but this is what I drew

Nothing compared to clmoss
 

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CLMoss said:
Anna, Another tip is to take a photo out side. I don't know what type of paint you are using... Oils? I take photo on the north side of my house where the light is bright, however, there is no direct sun light. Please send some photo of your other painting. I would love to see them. ~C

Here are some of the AP pieces I did this year (I'm still in HS). It's not that good, but I'm still learning and practicing. The paintings I've done are rather colorful and impressionistic. I'm going to start painting in a more realistic style with oils soon!
 

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WOW!!! Anna, they are BEAUIFUL!!! I love the colors! Keep up the good work! Also, let me know when you are ready to buy you first set of oils. I can help you with this. ~C
 
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