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Kandiman
06-12-2001, 04:14 PM
Okay, I really hate to post this as my first piece, but this is the one that is screaming HELP! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif
I wanted to do a portrait of a friend and her new husband, but I've made her look like a chipmunk, and he looks rather evil http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/evilgrin.gif
There is no way I can let her see this until I get some help. Any and all suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!
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It's not nearly as red as it looks.
Here are the photos I'm working from.
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TMoore
06-12-2001, 10:54 PM
Here is a quicky fix that is do-able without a restart:

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Bring in the cheek, and if you keep your shadows lighter than in the reference, add catch-lights to the eyes. What give the 'evil' look is that the whites of the eyes are so white that they appear to be glowing. Eyes are not actually perfectly white when they are in the shadow of the eyebrows. If you choose to darken those eyes, the catchlights might not be there so check your photo reference! Don't use gray or black anywhere on the face. Not even to make shadows. Instead add just a hint of blue there. Your skin tones will look much fresher. It takes some practice to learn how much but it is worth it.

Tammy

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olika
06-13-2001, 08:12 AM
If you want to have more control over the shapes of your faces, have a look at the book "The New Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. You might find it in your library. It helped me alot with the perspective in the faces http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Why do I make it so hard?
Gerri

olika
06-13-2001, 08:14 AM
Oh and You have made a start and that is the biggest step of all... You will have so much encouragement in here and if you work away at it you will soon begin to like the way your work will come along. But you had to start first ! Great going !

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Why do I make it so hard?
Gerri

MissMouse
06-13-2001, 10:19 PM
I think the dark spots on his face make him look sinister and a few eye lashes might help. But, I am not an expert far from it. I think your piece is a fun picture he looks like he is giving her a little tickle and she is really enjoying their little secret.

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Kandiman
06-14-2001, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the ideas and encouragement, Gerri & Tammy (the light in the eyes is a definite improvement.)
Any other suggestions/ critiques are most welcome. I've spent quite a bit of time on this already, and almost thrown it away several times, but I'm determined to get it right. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif
I haven't even started to work on the flowers, because they're "easy" http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif once I've got the faces down! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif

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Rod
06-14-2001, 06:11 AM
You've already have been given good advice.
I agree to lighten the shadows on his face, also take his hairline slightly higher and straighten,
Rod.


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Kandiman
06-14-2001, 01:34 PM
I'm just itching to try out some of your great suggestions!

I'm hoping to have time this wekend after I finish the paper mache parrots and fish I need to make!!!

Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions and encouragement!
Have I mentioned recently that I love WetCanvas?? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

MinneMark
06-15-2001, 01:44 PM
Nice job on their hair, the hair flowers and and the veil.
As for this painting: Make the pupils larger and adjust his to look in the same direction (that can sometimes be tricky because we can notice very small differences). People seem friendlier and more at ease with larger pupils. The pupils can reach almost across from lower lid to upper lid (you could add some "fold" for eye lids).
Overall, it looks like it was painted "area by area" which gives it a flat look. Try to sculpt the image, getting the major forms in place first. Think FORM. You are trying to create a 3D illusion on a 2D surface. Highlights and shadows help create the illusion and rarely have hard edges. Practice by painting simple 3D shapes. Practice on different pieces of the face, paying attention to anatomical details.
There are good books available for painting faces and figures. Try to find one that focuses on the medium (watercolors) of interest.