View Full Version : The Pianist -- WIP

03-20-2013, 05:21 PM
This is a pastel piece, on 18" x 24" Colorfix, based on a great reference photo by Ewa Brzozowska: http://bubble-gum-heart.deviantart.com/art/september-light-22505751. I would appreciate a frank critique. What do you think of the likeness? Colors? Proportions of the figure? I'd appreciate your input as I continue to make adjustments.

I've included the preliminary, black and white sketch.



03-20-2013, 06:00 PM
It's beautiful and hard for a novice like me to offer much advice. The only things I see are probably things you have yet to finish - left breast looks a little different from sketch and piano keys not "in line". Love the "mood" of the painting. Face, body etc all look perfect to me. Pam

03-20-2013, 06:00 PM
Love the colours and the expression on her face, regarding the proportions on the body, her right wrist looks too wide to me

03-20-2013, 11:27 PM
The sketch and the painting is a slightly different pose. I agree about her wrist and her left leg looks odd. I am not sure what it is doing. Otherwise it is looking good. I am sure you will work it out.

pastel lover
03-21-2013, 01:56 AM
This is a beautifully loose painting. Love the feeling & color palette. You have a very fine likeness. I agree with the wrist being too wide & the left leg. Perhaps you could fade out the bottom of the leg or just continue it off the page - either would probably remove the amputee look. One more tiny nit pic, I find the design on the piano to be a little distracting from her face. Softening that a tad should fix that right up. Great piece.


03-23-2013, 05:10 PM
Here's the latest version. I tried to address everyone's comments.

Tanja -- thanks! I cropped the bottom in a way that should alleviate the amputee look. I also played with the background throughout to get a better sense of depth. I'd love your further thoughts. Thanks!

Turpentine -- thanks! I'd love your further thoughts.

Robbie -- I reworked the wrist and hand -- would love to hear your reaction to the current version.

Pam -- thanks for the compliments. I made some adjustments to the chest area and also to the piano keys. What do you think?

Thanks, everybody!!


03-24-2013, 08:43 AM
bravo, outstanding work