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07-19-2012, 06:34 PM


Title: girl from india
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 20 in
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

its really bad...

Eyes/skin color

07-20-2012, 03:15 AM
Hi Laura, I don't think your colours are too bad, you have got a good eye for the colours in my opinion. It's more a problem with proportion and position of facial features. I think it would be wise for you to study faces and the correct dimensions of features relating to other features. Facial features have specific measurements relating to each other and unless you get these fairly close, it is almost impossible to get a likeness. There are loads of tutorials on you tube to help you understand this, I have studied it myself but have only ever done two portraits, a pencil drawing of my daughter and an old oil painting with impasto style of my son. Getting the features in the correct place and line is the most difficult part, and even if one of them is out of sinc it throws the whole painting off. Practice drawing faces with proportion first, then attempt a painting. The drawings don't have to be detailed, just sketches, but it's a good idea to follow the rules. Don't give up, you can do it. Good luck and cheers Debs. =))

07-23-2012, 02:08 PM
Debzoy is absolutely right on. Unless you are willing to learn to be very exact, you had best move to landscape painting. Portraits are very demanding of size, proportions and placement of each feature. Look at your source photo and be critical when you compare what you have done and the source photo. Don't give up if portrait painting is what you want.

07-27-2012, 08:43 AM
I bet her beautiful eyes are what inspired you. I personally marvel at painters who can use acrylics for portraits because of the limits of blending and drying time. Working out your color formula mixes ahead of time may help, and keeping a mister handy helps keep the canvas moist. It is hard to determine what style you wish to develop, but since there are remarks here about proportion, you may like to download these domain free books by Loomis http://escapefromillustrationisland.com/2010/01/07/free-andrew-loomis-art-intstruction-downloads/ to add to your library. Welcome to wetcanvas :)