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« on: 05 February 2011, 17:29:56 »

Edited to make the first post contain the most recent version.  Can I assume this is now good to go up, after critique, response, and due praise?  ;)



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« Reply #1 on: 05 February 2011, 17:32:17 »

Note beneath the picture as posted to Facebook: "Krakalimari - a crusty, chewy, salty seafood dish from a Santharian kitchen. Of course, this should be prepared from regular Kraken (the smaller, the tenderer), not the monstrous Giant Kraken, which are capable of eating entire ships'worths of sailors, let alone you..."

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« Reply #2 on: 05 February 2011, 22:54:52 »

Wow, looks delightful Judy! There's even crumbs ^^

Some small details that flagged up after a thorough look (thus they're not all that important for the main purpose of the entry):

1. The Kraken Rings look a tad flat, like someone's sat on them, then hurriedly and apologetically put the plate on the table instead of the chair they found it on, and ran out of the room ^^ Just a little more puffy-ness would really bring out the crisp fry on these tasty treats.
2. Looking at the bottom of the pots, I can see white lines emanating out from the centre, crossing the 'rings' of the material. This seemed confusingly reminiscent of what wood looks like? I think it'd be the wrong material that's portrayed there
3. The vase, though it has some shading, still looks a bit flat. Maybe a bit more shade around the edges would give it that roundness it deserves. I see that given the bright atmosphere of the painting it might be risky to go too dark, but still, worth a try I think

All in all a delightful picture. Having lived in Greece for 10 years I've become a huge fan of calamari, so that's a mouth watering 'great job' from me ^^
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« Reply #3 on: 06 February 2011, 00:32:56 »

Wow, looks delightful Judy! There's even crumbs ^^

Some small details that flagged up after a thorough look (thus they're not all that important for the main purpose of the entry):

1. The Kraken Rings look a tad flat, like someone's sat on them, then hurriedly and apologetically put the plate on the table instead of the chair they found it on, and ran out of the room ^^ Just a little more puffy-ness would really bring out the crisp fry on these tasty treats.
2. Looking at the bottom of the pots, I can see white lines emanating out from the centre, crossing the 'rings' of the material. This seemed confusingly reminiscent of what wood looks like? I think it'd be the wrong material that's portrayed there
3. The vase, though it has some shading, still looks a bit flat. Maybe a bit more shade around the edges would give it that roundness it deserves. I see that given the bright atmosphere of the painting it might be risky to go too dark, but still, worth a try I think

All in all a delightful picture. Having lived in Greece for 10 years I've become a huge fan of calamari, so that's a mouth watering 'great job' from me ^^

1. I don't think they were sat on. The edges just look extremely pinched (like a sewed seam) and it stops the middle from looking puffed.
2. There needs to be more radiation. The sides of the pots look like they have a sheen. The bottom needs more blurring, I s'pose.
3. The handle is the problem. The handly actually looks like it's painted on... not sculpted on. It stops that whole area of the painting from having any depth.

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« Reply #4 on: 06 February 2011, 10:23:56 »

GREAT!  (And fast too, (Judy knows what I mean)) Well looks like you already got a small handful of suggestions.  I really like the idea of having the receipt book in the background.  It really ties this together and makes the picture perfect for the Bestiary as well as the food entries.  Also the blue pottery brings in great color and makes the whole composition interesting.  Wonderful.

Looks tasty!  thumbup  Aura bump
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« Reply #5 on: 07 February 2011, 00:21:56 »

Mmm! Hungry!

*eats the whole plate and dashes off happily*

I love the little recipe books and pots and pans.  grin
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« Reply #6 on: 07 February 2011, 22:39:36 »

Thank you all, darlin's, for the comments and critique.  They DO look rather sewn together around the edges, don't they?  I think I see what I did wrong there and can fix it, though, without wrecking that nice browned crumbly exterior...   And I was quite happy with that 'old etching' of the Kraken, even if it doesn't exactly depict it in its natural environment....   
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« Reply #7 on: 08 February 2011, 05:22:06 »

Another aura +1 for this one, Judy! Looks like our food section gets another entry to be added to our overviews!

Well, ok, the larger a picture you post, the easier it is to spot some smaller deficiencies, like the flat rings. Or sharpness problems - look at the book, where the kraken is perfectly sharp and the receipt right next to it looks blurry. But while one can spot these things they are rather minor as the picture works as a whole :) If you can fix things a bit here and there, we'll take it nevertheless!
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« Reply #8 on: 08 February 2011, 20:45:13 »

Aaaaaaaand.... the edges of the rings have been cleaned up, contrast increased with more dodging and shading, the copper pots given more of a shine (and yes, they do get a purplish patina with use, if you cook with copper, and the radiating lines resulting from heat!), and the receipt brought back into focus.   Hope you can all enjoy these morsels of seafoody goodness!

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« Reply #9 on: 09 February 2011, 03:17:02 »

looks delicious, Bard!

Now, to go and find myself a kraken to kill in order to make myself some Krakalimar using that receipt.

Aura from me :)

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« Reply #10 on: 09 February 2011, 03:57:39 »

Yep, very good improvements all over as far as the lighting is concerned, great work, Judy!  thumbup
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« Reply #11 on: 10 February 2011, 21:21:28 »

Awesome!  I've edited the first post with the most recent version, which I assume is now good to go up on the site and be used for the various unethical purposes to which you wish to put it (wink wink).....
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« Reply #12 on: 05 June 2011, 02:14:45 »

Looks like this pic has escaped integration, despite the fact that it actually is marked as such... I'll see to add it to the Kraken entry, and to the Meat Overview!
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