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01-28-2013, 08:47 AM
oil on 16 x 20 canvas

This one was done in oil, the previous in acrylic. I had trouble with the light, since the main light was coming from above and behind but there was a lot of weaker reflected light too which makes it look like the light was coming from multiple directions. The features are also flat because that is how I saw them in the photograph. I also had trouble with making a good likeness since not only do I not normally do portraits but I've never done one from this angle on the face. Despite the flaws of the photograph for painting from, it is still a nice scene in my opinion. How can I make this better, but not necessarily photo-realistic?

D.W. Flint
01-28-2013, 12:59 PM
If you squint your eyes you can really see the difference in the lighting between the picture and your painting. Nice likeness though...

01-28-2013, 01:30 PM
In my opinion, the light falling on the mother's hand needs to be slightly more lighter and blended slightly in the wrist area, so that it does not look like a patch. If you like, you can also paint the shadow area of the mother's dress a little more darker, but that's up to you. When I look at the photograph, I also see that the hair covers more area of the mother's forehead on the right side. So the forehead looks more bigger in your painting. Everything else looks fine to me. Overall this is a good one. :)

01-28-2013, 11:52 PM
I think your drawing is really good, and the more stylized depiction is crisp, fun. I'd just like to see a more mottled background. A faded marble of way more lights with darks placement mimicking those of the photo's background. Color doesn't matter. The change in value would soften and brighten the figures and tie it all together. This is heading toward really, really nice.

01-29-2013, 01:58 PM
Thank you everyone for your critiques. Here is the current version.