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crafor
03-01-2013, 03:33 PM
HI, Presenting James for critique. I have the beard stubble to add. I'm beginning to understand how hard it is to comment with such photos. It DOES look better in real life. Still, I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Comments welcomed.
Thanks for looking.
Ella

Ellahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2013/978289-P3010217.JPG

Trumper
03-02-2013, 05:20 AM
:) Hi Ella ,how far into the painting are you? for me it looks like he is in a bright light situation which would mean darker shadows.Keep posting the WIP 's :)

crafor
03-02-2013, 10:56 AM
Hi, Trumper, It was a bright light situation, but there was also strong light reflection from a nearby building that grealy diminished what might ordinarily be dark shadows. It might go a little darker, and I think adding the beard stubble will help with that.
Yesterday I thought it was about finished. That light strip on his neck, just above his right (V left) collar needs adjusted. I will raise his lower lip at the teeth a tiny bit. I think I may try to add a few chest hairs, work on his hair a bit, and add darks to the greenery.
Many people upload good photos of their work, but mine aren't for coloring. It's probably camera settings or operator lack of knowledge, rather than or combined with computer / monitor display problems.
Ella

crafor
03-02-2013, 08:53 PM
The face color on the painting is stronger red than what is shown above. It could go a bit darker in places. Any suggestions?
Ella

crafor
03-03-2013, 08:33 AM
The base color is titanium white (Permalba white) with a bit of terra rosa. The terra rosa is an earth red that is probably between a red and an orange, but more toward red. That has a glaze of Transparent Iron Oxide--the company called it the true transparent for Venetian Red, which is an almost neutral red. I need such a tiny bit. I may try two more glazes: burnt umber first, then another Iron Oxide. On that neck area too.
Ella

crafor
03-03-2013, 07:17 PM
James is finished, I think. I was able to darken the shadow side a bit. The beard stubble made a difference, too. Comments appreciated.
Ella

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/978289-P3030219.JPG

levanty
03-05-2013, 09:10 AM
You've captured a twinkle in his eyes. Bravo! What do you think about defining the teeth just a tad by darkening the inbetween lines?

crafor
03-05-2013, 10:53 AM
Yvie, this man has a wonderful, open smile, and sadly, I'm afraid I didn't get it completely. Your suggestion was right on, though, and I did, and strengthened the laugh lines at the eyes and enlarged his right eye. I also added an umber glaze on the shadow side, and may add a transparent earth red glaze in a day or two.
Well, I see his eyelid needs a touch, lol. The line IS under his teeth. Is it dark enough?
What do you think now?
Ella
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2013/978289-P3050230.JPG

levanty
03-06-2013, 09:30 AM
That's great! The teeth are perfect. I especially love the effect of the sun across his neck and the place you chose to sign. Very original. Perhaps a little work on the shirt (left shoulder). The creases don't seem realistic enough in comparison to the details everywhere else. IMHO. Great job so far!

crafor
03-06-2013, 07:09 PM
The finished JAMES!
You were right about the light on the shoulder, too. Another good catch!
Thanks!:clap: Here he is. Comments and crits appreciated.
Ella
I don't know why this photo is showing brown dribbles on his rifht side. I do not see them in the painting.

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