View Full Version : Stirling Silver Portrait

10-15-2013, 07:22 AM
Please share your thoughts on this portrait of a character from the TV show, Mad Men. It's pastels on 24" x 18".

I realize that I am getting much more from you guys than giving back!! I must rectify that imbalance!


10-15-2013, 07:03 PM
Well, I don't know the actor so I can't comment on the likeness, but it sure looks like a well done portrait! My only comment (minor) is that you might want to tone down or soften the wrinkles on the neck. That's all!


10-16-2013, 07:56 AM
I don't watch that show, and like Don, I don't know that actor's face.. but I think the portrait is really good. I like the lighting in it, I also love the way you can get the effect of hair with a few strokes. That is something I have failed at every time I have tried! Nice work!

10-17-2013, 01:33 PM
"cool light/warm shadow"?

In which case, the cool light on the neck and side of face could, I think, be improved with the use of a slightly lighter tone.

Also, I think the hard edge of the neck contrasting so strongly with the background is bringing it too far forward...might be an idea to soften off that edge.

Good work on the guy's left eye. Not so sure about the right eye, might be turned in a bit too much.

Have a look at the work of Alicia Sotherland. She often uses cool light/warm shadow. Take a look at her skin tones tho.

10-17-2013, 03:53 PM
I dont know the show, nor the actor, but as a portrait I'm going to say well done. I haven't done any portraits, am going to wait for those.

10-17-2013, 06:14 PM
Knew the actor right away. Sounds like you already received some suggestions and I have no talent with faces so I am impressed. Pam:wave:

10-18-2013, 07:22 AM
Thanks for all your comments. Here is the latest version. I'd love your thoughts! Here's a link to the reference: http://bostonherald.com/sites/default/files/media/2012/02/04/8a672e_020212madmen2.jpg. Please double click to enlarge the photo.


Pastel65 -- Thanks!

ElleZ -- Thanks!

Jackie -- I made the most recent changes without focusing on your comments about temperature; will consider as I develop the piece further. Alicia's work is excellent. She seems to use lots of different colors of the same value over each other.

Fae -- Thanks!

Don -- Thanks! I tried to soften the wrinkles on the neck a bit.