View Full Version : HELP- start of portrait

Nathan Reed
05-19-2001, 04:22 PM
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36"-36" Oil-Canvas
I know, I'm too predictable. If it's not a picture of me or my wife or our son, it's a combination of us... Until I get good, I feel comfortable practicing on the family.

Can some of you pros give me some tips on how to finish this one? How best to start? What am I doing wrong here?

05-19-2001, 07:06 PM
Your not doing anything wrong, what your
doing is what all of us should do. Paint,
draw, sculpt or what ever it is that we do
everyday, anyway!

Keep it up!


cleo - To promote fine art where ever in the world I find it!

05-19-2001, 07:37 PM
I see nothing wrong. Nice composition and colours. How many times did Rembrandt paint himself? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/evilgrin.gif Keep up the good work.

ART by TeAnne (http://www.ipec.net.au/teanne/TeAnneArt.html)
I must make a piece of art everyday for my own well being.

05-19-2001, 07:39 PM
i like the angle of the chair very much
as it relates to the picture edge as well as to you

the line of the chair back is even with the head
i like this bold approach if it is intended
but if you do that, it would be more satisfactory if you line up other things too,
like the chair arm and a figure part
i am afraid you already have everything set well,
so the line of the chair top even with the head stands unsupported, is probably too noticed, and should be changed

05-19-2001, 07:45 PM
This is good, I'd just lose those hard edges on your arm bringing it into line with the rest of the painting, then I would perhaps consider it finished http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

05-19-2001, 07:51 PM
It really is very good. Unlike the bold pros, I'd like to see eyes and lips (at least) before I think you're done. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Whatever can find room in the human heart, as emotion, idea, and purpose, whatever it is able to frame into a deed ... can constitute the many-colored content of painting. Hegel.

Nathan Reed
05-20-2001, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the comments. I agree with the top of the chair comment, I'll lower the chair.
So far I've had frustration with this painting and had to rework my head to get proportions right. Hopefully I'll get it going good on the next session.
More critiques are welcome....