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Robert
03-17-2001, 11:46 PM
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This is someting I did in the drawing forum. Hope you dn't mind it taking up space here. I'm new to trying portraits. I'd appreciate any comments.

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Cherie
03-18-2001, 12:03 AM
Nice drawing, Robert!

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bbbilly1326
03-18-2001, 05:07 AM
I like it Robert. Very strong face, very strong drawing.
Bill

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Ruth
03-18-2001, 09:58 AM
Lovely as it is. Some really dark darks would make it sing.

Ruth

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Robert
03-18-2001, 11:53 AM
Thanks Cherie, Bill and Ruth! You have no idea what an exercise in patience this was for me (see Drawing forum for some idea).

Thanks again!

Linda Ciallelo
03-19-2001, 11:58 AM
I like it Robert. I particularly notice the texture in the shadows. It is similiar to your oil paintings. I think that it's a good thing. Keep that texture.
Linda C.

Robert
03-19-2001, 03:24 PM
Thank you, Linda. Let me know, please, what looks weak. I noted what Ruth said about the darks (thanks again, Ruth!) and I'm not too happy about the ear and mouth - but it's a recognizeable likeness and I think her mother will like it for Mother's Day.

animal
03-24-2001, 04:20 PM
Originally posted by Ruth:
Lovely as it is. Some really dark darks would make it sing.

Ruth




I agree with adding some more darks, but I think It`s Great as it is. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

tammy
03-25-2001, 04:42 PM
Wow! wonderful expresssion. I love it!

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Leopoldo1
03-25-2001, 06:01 PM
Nice beginning! One thing I noticed is the eye closes to the viewer or the left eye has an unusual high light above her pupil and appears too light! Remember the upper eye lid in most cases cast a shadow part way over the eye and that area is darker than the lower part of the eye ball. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gifL

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Suz
03-26-2001, 12:16 AM
I like it too.


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Robert
03-26-2001, 04:53 AM
Animal, Suz, Leo... thanks for looking! Leo, I appreciate your comments about the eye; I may dicker around with this a little more and repost it.
Thanks again, everyone!

4vincent
03-26-2001, 06:35 AM
I liked the drawing structure of the face; the thing that caught my eye was the size and position of the ear. I may be wrong, but it may be too low in relationship to the bottom of the nose and the eyebrows. Ken

Lind
03-27-2001, 05:45 PM
Your portrait of Julia is very expressive.
I believe the ear may be set too low. I've
heard a rule of thumb is to draw a line between the inner and outer corners of the
eye; the line should cross the upper third
of the ear.

Robert
03-27-2001, 06:27 PM
Thanks for all of your comments!

I noticed that the ear, though not that out of place, was a little large relative to the reference photo, which I took of Julia several years ago (and posted above).

I'm not used to working from photos. I'm also not used to working in a more graphic, illustrative style. I tried this one to get a feel for what it's like and obviously didn't carry it either as far or as WELL as those who do this sort of work day in and day out.

I may try another sometime... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif!

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campsart
03-28-2001, 03:46 AM
Intense expression. Nice.

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Robert
03-28-2001, 05:14 AM
Doug, thanks for looking! This was inspired by you and Bruce, BTW, who do such incredible illustrative work! I worked nearly three hours on this and I used an ERASER!

4vincent
03-28-2001, 06:07 AM
Well, heck, Robert; that's where the ear is!
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A nice drawing.

Robert
03-28-2001, 06:54 AM
Too big, though. Ears too big, eyes too big, LINES too big. I wish I could figure out how to get the surface looking smooth as glass like Darrell, Bruce and Doug do. I wonder if it's the paper or the pencils or what. I might try smudging it around more with my fingers and erasing next time.


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