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01-08-2001, 05:58 AM
Hi there,

I saw this very cute picture of a little girl while surfing the Net and I was inspired to draw a portrait of it in a style that I have never done before. This is the first time I used hard pastel completely. I would really appreciate some critique.



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01-08-2001, 06:09 AM
It is a lovely portrait. My personal preference wiould be to have a little more contrast, Especially in the face, to draw attention to that focal point.
Thanks for sharing it.

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01-08-2001, 10:24 AM
Good choice of background paper color for your subject. And good job for the first attempt with the pastel sticks you used.

The handling of the hair is wonderfully executed. The background has some nice color work, but because it has a patchy feel, takes attention away from the figure. I suggest pulling these spotted areas together better or softening their strength to make all a bit more cohesive.

Good attempt at the face/hands. I can see a little stiffness and distortion on the right side including the nose. Check the work by looking backwards through a mirror against the original picture and adjust this side of the face. It's almost there!

The whole figure is in the same state of "doneness". Again, to bring more attention to the face/head, vignette out the bottom of the arms/torso a bit using lost/found edging. Also, since this is a child the line work in the torso and arms could be a bit more delicate.

Great choice of subject, a very thoughtful piece.

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01-08-2001, 02:04 PM
I like it very much the way it is.


01-08-2001, 08:35 PM
Too cute. IMHO, "cute" does not make for good art.

Barry Katz

01-10-2001, 12:06 AM
thanks for the comments guys...really appreciate it....

barry ---> hehe.....maybe you're right....but I'm just a sucker (pardon the word) for kids....they are what inspired me to get into art anyway....and portraits...because I wanted to capture those expressions, moods, personalities and what-have-you's....but yes, you;re right, "cute" is not a criteria....thanks for the input.