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DebbieO
10-03-2012, 02:28 AM
This is a portrait of a friend, acrylic on canvas board, 18x24"

Block in:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2012/1121592-IMG_3114.JPG

DebbieO
10-03-2012, 02:29 AM
I worked on the face a bit here:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2012/1121592-IMG_3116.JPG

DebbieO
10-03-2012, 02:32 AM
Here I toned down some of the shadows on the face and darkened the winking eye and tried to unmuddy the skintones a bit. I think that still needs some fixing though. I also darkened the shirt but it is still a block in.

I want the background to be computer screens and devices but I'm worried if I make it too neon and electric it will kill the composition.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2012/1121592-IMG_3120.JPG

Andrewcody
10-03-2012, 02:41 AM
I would work on the hand before you go much further
You may find you have a foreshortening problem
Andrew

DebbieO
10-03-2012, 02:47 AM
That is what I want to work on next and that problem is why I didn't do it already and I'm worried about messing it up :)

DebbieO
10-03-2012, 02:49 AM
I'm hoping if I get the skintones right, the depth will be there and remove any confusion...but I'm not fully confident I can pull that off! But I chose this composition for the challenge so I'll see what happens.

Andrewcody
10-03-2012, 03:02 AM
As they say....Just Do It

:)

Andrew

levanty
10-04-2012, 03:11 AM
I am liking the fabric detail (stripes) and the raised eyebrow... blocks of blue...light on the forehead and fingertips...excellent so far. His lips are sensual, his expression-wordless... I think that you are on the right track.

DebbieO
10-05-2012, 01:50 AM
Thanks Levanty! I hope I didn't kill the parts you liked! It's still very rough. I decided to darken everything after mucking with the hand a bit, then I worked on the hand though it's still a sketch and I think there is an issue with the middle finger I need to work out.

1 of 2 for tonight:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2012/1121592-IMG_3122.JPG

DebbieO
10-05-2012, 01:50 AM
2 of 2:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2012/1121592-IMG_3128.JPG

DebbieO
10-05-2012, 01:52 AM
Also, I want to eventually give him a blueish cast being lit by his computer screen and I'll have to match some highlights and provide some more detail in the background.

levanty
10-05-2012, 01:56 AM
yes, this is working out well...keep us the good work!

DebbieO
10-05-2012, 01:59 AM
:cat: I'm glad to hear that! I'm a bit afraid of that hand going awry!

Debzy
10-05-2012, 05:57 AM
Hi Debbie, as Yvie says, you are certainly on the right track! This is a very confronting pose, not an easy one especially with the added difficulty of a close up hand! Foreshortening is really tricky and so far so good! I give you high credit for attempting it, and urge you to keep going! Top job so far and don't give up, you are well on the way! I think a slight blue hint from the computer would give added interest and colour to the face! Cheers =)) Debs.

Trumper
10-05-2012, 09:58 AM
I think you should keep the hand loose and out of focus.We can see it's a hand but i still look at the face which the arm leads to.:)

DebbieO
10-05-2012, 09:24 PM
Thanks Debs! I left it out this morning and it startled my husband :lol:

Trumper, I love that suggestion and I'm going to do just that, thank you!

DebbieO
10-06-2012, 03:30 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2012/1121592-yanni_painting_sm.jpg

I think I'm finished. I tried to get a blue glow but it was muddying up so I thought I'd leave it. I added some colour to his hand and face and tried to get the tones to be close and I gave some more detail to his eyes and glasses and finished the shirt off. I also refined the background a bit.

I showed my friend and he was pretty pleased :)

crafor
10-08-2012, 12:02 PM
This is nice so far. You've picked a challenge, for sure. It looks to me as if the index finger needs straightened to point directly at the viewer.
Ella

Andrewcody
10-08-2012, 08:47 PM
Debbie, if you intend leaving the extended hand as it currently is why did you decide to paint this image in the first place? My opinion for what it is worth is that you need to complete the painting. this is not a photograph.
Would it be as acceptable to have the hand in focus and the face blurred?
At least in any case follow Crafor's suggestion and have the hand contributing to the over all work
Regards
Andrew

arnieb
10-09-2012, 07:29 AM
Coming along nicely. Yes - very confronting pose - lots of attitude. It great when art promotes an emotional response. Arnie

DebbieO
10-11-2012, 01:59 AM
Thanks Arnie!

Sorry Andrew but you've been out voted....I've been back and forth about the hand but both my husband and friend like it the way it is and my friend wants to buy it so I guess it stays.

I'm okay with that. The hand is my favourite part of the painting and it's not the first time I've purposely blurred a piece of a painting to either show motion or force the eye around something or to just distort and it's not only in photos where you find blurs and out of focus objects. Right now Simon on the x-factor is in my periphery and is quite out of focus :)

geometro
11-05-2012, 04:13 PM
Hi, Very chalenging work. My eyes keep going to the face...might be the glasses that attracts the eye.

Andrewcody
11-06-2012, 03:08 PM
Deb, I bow to your preference
Even if I disagree
:)
Andrew

DebbieO
11-16-2012, 03:48 AM
Deb, I bow to your preference
Even if I disagree
:)
Andrew

That's ok, I agreed with you too but I was overruled and let it stay :)