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06-12-2012, 10:14 PM
Not sure if this counts as a still life or as a portrait, but at least it's definitely a WIP.

This is a piece I'm working on, based on a photo of a statue I took at my last trip to the ROM. They had it lit so gorgeously I couldn't resist trying to paint it. I'm looking for anything that needs fixing now before it becomes too much work. The left side isn't quite that light in person - I don't have access to a tripod so I had to use the flash.

Here's my version:

And here's the photo:

Jonathan Brice Lyman
06-13-2012, 12:36 AM
Nice Choice!

You definitely have your work CUT out for you ;-1

3 steps to consider in order to streamline the process, are to first get
all the mid-tones done before you, second fill in the darkest darks, and
finally bring the furthest points outward with highlights.

Food for thought: The darkest and the lightest areas will attract the
eyes first, and a highlight will always look brighter right next to a shadow.

Enjoy the process :)

06-14-2012, 10:52 AM
Thanks for the tips! I'm still fairly new to painting with real media, so I'm using this mainly as a practice piece, since it lends itself well to a limited palette. I don't have a photo yet, but I spent most of my last session sketching out the rest of the details in the hair. I'll take your suggestion and work on the darks next.

06-17-2012, 11:06 PM
As in all things, seeing is the most important thing, look at your reference and then look at your work, observe the relative placement of features. Take some measurements, height of the head and the width, the neck - especially where the lines of the neck meet the face
I would be more concerned about the drafting rather than the lighting at this stage