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07-19-2009, 10:25 PM
Thoughts, please! This is pastel on sanded paper, 18" x 28". Please be honest with your CC.


07-20-2009, 06:36 AM
I think your portrait is very well done, and I knew immediately who it was. I am distracted, however, by those streaks all over. They don't seem to serve any purpose.

07-20-2009, 07:15 AM
Certainly captured a good likeness - well done :thumbsup:

07-20-2009, 08:13 AM
to be able to give constructive help I would like to see the reference

Looks to me as tho you have managed the eyes very well, I totally understand the anatomy and have been enjoying the steely gaze!

I have some concerns however about the colour under the apples of the cheeks, and what are those darkish lines either side, and below, the mouth? I do realise that they might be simple indentations casting shadows in the face caused by muscle activity but to my eye they look more like gashes in the skin...they bother me.

07-20-2009, 10:49 AM
I think it needs some more darks at the bottom to balance the darks at the top, less streaks as someone else pointed out, and a shadow under the necklace.

Beyond that good job, likeness very well captured.

07-21-2009, 07:47 AM
A good likeness! A nice variety of soft and harder edges with the emphasis on the face. I like it!


07-23-2009, 04:11 PM
Good likeness and recognized immediately who it is. Maybe ease the background a little and make it more flat without the stripes. I would also do a little more modelling in the neck and shoulder area including the clothes. But hey, I am no expert :-) regards, Walter

07-24-2009, 08:39 PM
A very good likeness, well done.

07-24-2009, 09:05 PM
Well done portrait when everybody instantly recognizes both the person and the expression on the face! Nice work.

07-24-2009, 09:45 PM
very well done.

07-27-2009, 09:55 AM
Thanks everyone for your great comments. I've made some adjustments, particularly to the background and blazer. What do you think now?

07-27-2009, 12:12 PM
I like the changes! Very nice!


07-27-2009, 01:18 PM
There is no question have a likeness here! I'd make sure you don't let her neck get too "white" like a paste skin.

Notice how you changed her complexion color when you changed the background.... It really cooled her off all over!