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07-14-2004, 06:26 PM



Title: Dance
Year Created: 2004
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 22*18
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is my first ever try in doing a human face. I got the reference image from
image library.Changed the chin and nose a bit. I tried transferring the pic by grid method and did this quick study mainly to learn how to paint the shadows and highlights on human face.

I did the same type of background as the dress she wears(like in the reference picture).
Is the rule ;) of a dark background on a light subject or light background on a dark subject need not be necessarily applied always?

Any comments and criticisms most welcome.

07-14-2004, 07:28 PM
You've made a good start because you understand the 3 dimensional structure of the head. The eyes can be difficult. I do suggest using richer colours in the flesh tones. Some highlights in the hair would improve the painting. You could well try looking at paintings by some of the great painters like Hals.

You never have to slavishly follow a photograph and it's usually best not to. What makes for a good photo doesn't always make a good painting. The background and colours generally will help establish the mood of a painting, and that's something to think about before beginning. I don't think a light background would suit this painting at all.

Portraits are not easy and there's more than enough to learn, but think about it, when you come back to buildings they'll seem dead easy peasy. This first is promising so be encouraged.


07-15-2004, 10:46 AM
The contrast of the pattern on the arm seems too great-- it's a little confusing... Perhaps tone it down a bit.

I like the face and eyes. I think it could be darker and blend in to the background just a touch...

07-17-2004, 04:38 AM
Thanks Mikey and Futurebird for writing and sorry for the late reply.
Futurebird I'll do the arm. I too felt it was bright.But it looked like it was bright in the photo. Then I thought that the light source must be coming somewhere from before the hand and that's why it must be v bright.Will make the changes you mentioned.
Mikey I do agree with you that the rules for a good photo need not be the same for a good painting.I feel a lot encouraged by your words for trying another human face. Will keep in mind about hightlights in hair and flesh tones.
Thank you v much guys.Appreciate you for writing your feedback. :)