View Full Version : The Kidnapping of Esmeralda

05-15-2013, 07:44 AM
Acrylic on canvas 100cmX100cm

http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/billycourty/Photo1_zpsf8480209.jpg (http://s442.photobucket.com/user/billycourty/media/Photo1_zpsf8480209.jpg.html)

http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/billycourty/closeface2_zpsbdb5c533.png (http://s442.photobucket.com/user/billycourty/media/closeface2_zpsbdb5c533.png.html)

All critiques welcome, personally would like feedback on the woman's face (is it to masculine, not vivid enough).

Also does the fire shadow read correctly? I am not totally sure how to paint a fire shadow.

In general does the foreground need more details even though it is a painterly style.

I tried to upload this pic to the open critique section but it would not accept the file no matter what I did.

SO hoping my fellow acrylic artists can offer their thoughts.


05-15-2013, 08:17 AM
Jaymee, the crit forum doesn't like my pics, either.
They don't know what they're missing :lol:

The baby's face is pale (a good thing), moreso than the woman's, her's needs a bit of light (reflected from the fire). The shadows would be dark since the fire is the primary source of illumination.
The shadows on the face follow the bone structure & contrast strongly against the glow on the skin facing the fire.


The trees would also have shadows

Lots of action in this one! Keep going!

05-15-2013, 02:40 PM
Generally speaking, a woman's face has a smaller chin than a man . Because of the shadow you have on her face, her chin looks broad and square and that is what is giving a masculine look . If you narrow the chin on the viewer's left , that would help.

05-16-2013, 12:14 PM
Thank you very much for your comments She1122 and Apriljoy.

I have made some changes to the painting and will be uploading the new photos as soon as my hubby is home with the camera.


05-16-2013, 02:07 PM
Ok so these are some of the changes I have done, mainly on the woman, and I have started to put some texture in the midground. I am sorry for the quality of the photos, it was evening here and the light was bad.

http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/billycourty/closecrop1_zps07897b23.png (http://s442.photobucket.com/user/billycourty/media/closecrop1_zps07897b23.png.html)

http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/billycourty/goodnew_zps4a1128f2.png (http://s442.photobucket.com/user/billycourty/media/goodnew_zps4a1128f2.png.html)

This last photo is an over painting i have done of the original, wondering if i should go here (below) with the painting or not.

http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/qq150/billycourty/littleredridinghood_zps3e5bafa8.jpeg (http://s442.photobucket.com/user/billycourty/media/littleredridinghood_zps3e5bafa8.jpeg.html)

would love to know which paintings you prefer and what overall changes need to be done to inprove the painting as a whole.


05-16-2013, 08:50 PM
Oh, what a difference ! Her face is lovely !

Dana Design
05-17-2013, 12:08 PM
Mysterious and slightly scary. Beautiful face!