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04-13-2011, 09:53 PM
This is from an old photo of my Mom that I am doing for her for Mother's Day (photo from late 50s). This is my first try on a portrait (skin). It is an 8x10. Question - what if I were to add color only to eyes and lips? Or all sepia (how do I get that)? Or leave as is? Critiques welcome and appreciated.

04-13-2011, 10:25 PM
Oh Lynn, she's beautiful, I don't know what to tell you.

Harry Seymour
04-13-2011, 11:11 PM
Lynn-this is so very nice. Coloring only parts can be tricky. It may work but is risky. You might explore it on the computer with programs such as photoshop or print it out and apply color with pencil. Anyway, the work is exceptional and can stand alone without color, but your vision should prevail.

04-13-2011, 11:25 PM
Thank you Karen; that is nice of you to say. Thanks Harry. I don't want to risk this picture, so I think I'll pass on the coloring. I just noticed that I forgot to put highlights in the eyes. Will do that now.

04-13-2011, 11:46 PM
Lovely work Lynn. Your mom is going to love this. If you want to put a sepia wash over it, there is a sepia ink in the Ampersand ink set that would do the trick. But it looks lovely in black and white too. Black and white was very popular in the 50s and the sepia moreso for the earliers years I think.

04-13-2011, 11:50 PM
Ok Lesley, that seals it - black and white it stays. Thank you.

04-14-2011, 01:13 AM
I'm glad you decided not to risk the changes for the reasons already mentioned....you did such a nice job on this! Your mom is going to love it!

04-14-2011, 04:03 AM
Well, your mom was a hottie!!! You've done a beautiful and sensitive portrait and I'm betting she'll love it.

04-14-2011, 07:40 AM
Thank you so much Lorna and Patrick!

Diane Cutter
04-14-2011, 09:08 AM
It's a lovely portrait and your mom is sure to love it... I agree that coloring is tricky, having just noodled around with it myself and wishing I hadn't. This is striking enough without color...


04-14-2011, 10:21 AM
Lynn, it looks great as is. What a wonderful surprise for your Mom. Couldn't think of a better way to say, "I love you, Mom."

04-14-2011, 11:14 AM
Art from the Heart... always a winner.

04-14-2011, 06:06 PM
Love the style and highlights, Lynn. I say spray it as is. She'll love it for sure. :thumbsup:

04-14-2011, 06:43 PM
Wonderful work!

04-15-2011, 11:30 PM
I did a few minor tweeks and hopefully took a better scan. I'm calling this one finished. Thank you Diane, Sammy, Rodman, Brett, and Irfan for your kind words.

04-16-2011, 12:25 AM
It's stunning Lynn. What a lovely story. And man - look at those eyes!!! They have so much soul. She looks very beautiful and kind.

Diane Cutter
04-16-2011, 08:25 AM
What a difference in the eyes with your tweaking... Lovely finish for a wonderfully thoughtful gift.


04-16-2011, 08:58 AM
Lovely finish, a really nice portrait!!