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08-16-2011, 03:03 AM
After my first portrait yesterday... I decided to do one that actually meant something to me. This is my niece.... I think she's finished. Maybe a bit more detail on the shadows of her dress.... C&C totally welcome, in fact, I'd love anything you can throw my way! I'm still so new to painting. So, any advice and feedback is greatly appreciated!


Kathrin G.
08-16-2011, 06:26 AM
it is a sweet little painting of an even cuter baby :thumbsup:

08-16-2011, 01:57 PM
awe,, how darling!

Ms Nan
08-16-2011, 06:57 PM
Very sweet baby. You "done good".

08-17-2011, 12:10 AM
Cutie pie. Such a baby! You painted well, Melissa :)

08-17-2011, 03:30 AM
I think the cheeks could use some highlights and the eyebrows don't have the same shape as those in the ref photo. The painted eyebrows look too "manicured" and not natural. Other than that, you have a good likeness.

chammi kaiser
08-17-2011, 04:31 AM
What a beautiful little girl -wonderful eyes. I think you have made a pretty good attempt. I agree with Wassie that the eyebrows are too defined. They should be feathered a little and lightened. They are a little too dark. Other than that, there is a good likeness. Well done.

08-17-2011, 10:44 PM
Adorable, great likeness!!
Fabulous work for your second portrait
I think some darker darks would make her mouth and eyes pop.
like darker blues around her iris of eye esp along upper edge under lid in shadow and
darker grays around the whites under the upper lid and inner corner,
in the line of her mouth under upper lip and a tad bit darker un nares(Nose holes).
maybe some brighter highlights on her cheeks,
bright highlights and darker darks give a little more depth.

08-17-2011, 11:46 PM
You guys are so wonderful. Thank you! I'll hopefully get a chance to tweak it a bit tonight and I'll post an updated one, soon!

I appreciate all the help. I started it in the morning and had it finished before bedtime, so by the end of the night, I think I was a bit too close to it to see everything that needed tweaking. You guys are a great help! :)

08-18-2011, 03:45 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2011/973572-VioletRevamp.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2011/973572-Violet.jpg

So, this is what I have now. I fixed the brows a bit, but I think I may try to square them off a bit more. Lightened and thickened them up. And thinned them out, if you know what I mean. More skin, wider brow.

I played with the shadows in her eyes a bit and around her mouth. Her left side was a bit off, in the cheek, thinned that out. I also softened the edges of her dress and her arm, and the shadows around it. And I lightened up the flowers and thinned the dark ring of her eyes to make it more pronounced.

And lastly, I added more highlights to a few places.

Also, I had to digitally mess with the colors and this is almost exactly what it looks like, where the other is too dark, but it's the best my camera can do. It may be a tad bit more red, in real life. But, this is super close.

How does she look now? :crossfingers:

08-18-2011, 10:00 AM
This is a lovely portrait . im also new to painting so dont really have any advice to give on that side but i do a lot of portraits myself and noticed a couple of things that may help improve your painting further .

The first thing i noticed was the eyes , the eyes for me are the most important part of a portrait. So much of the likness is in the eyes because i think the eyes show you the personality of the person you are painting.

I noticed on your painting the eye to our right is a different shape to the one in the photo. Also the eyebrow in your painting is shorter and not quiet the same angle. Notice the shape and angle of the eye lid in the photo and compare it to your portrait. The eyelid in the photo is much more contured and the top outside part of the eyelash comes down in a sharper curve.

Extend the eyebrow out further and paint the the shadow from the eye to the outside of the eyebrow for more definition. Repeat this on the other eye and really think you will achive an even better likness.

Hope this helps !

08-18-2011, 10:03 AM
Sorry , i ment to say also to make the pupils larger like they are in the photo. There placement makes a big difference to.

08-19-2011, 04:04 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2011/973572-Violet.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2011/973572-Optimized-VioletRedone01.jpg

The color is a bit off... but, what can you do. Stinkin' camera.

I fixed the eyebrows... and redid basically everything about her eyes. I had a rough time just fixing it from where it was. The angles are much better, but not perfect. And I addressed everything that was brought to my attention thus far. I do believe I'm finished with this one. :clap: Any thoughts?

08-19-2011, 09:48 AM
Love it! even more than before!

08-19-2011, 09:49 AM
nicely done , great fix on the eyes !

Charlie's Mum
08-19-2011, 02:36 PM
Melissa, for someone so new to painting and for only a second attempt at a portrait you have done a remarkable job with this - added to the fact that young children are notoriously difficult to draw/paint without aging them.
A really good piece of work this! :)

I don't want to crit. the colour because if the camera isn't capturing the tones right, then any crit is unfair! ....... just watch the shape of the brush strokes on the hair next time - make sure the highlights and textural strokes follow the form of the head (those highlights here tend just to go slightly concave and make a slight hollow shape - can you see it?).
But in all honesty, I think you've produced a remarkable painting here .. well done!

08-20-2011, 01:17 AM
You guys are all so sweet. I never would have been able to do it if you guys weren't such a helpful team. :heart:

I totally see what you mean about the hair, Maureen! Thank you! I just bought some stuff to help with the flow of the paint, so I'm going to try it out while I fix that! This has been so much fun! I already have my next picture picked out! I will post this one when I fix the hair! Thanks, guys!

08-20-2011, 04:41 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Aug-2011/973572-Optimized-SAM_0290.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Aug-2011/973572-Violet.jpg

I think I have her all finished up! I got her hair tweaked and her lip was a smidge too thick... so I thinned it out just a hair.

08-20-2011, 12:18 PM
Wonderful updates, she has really come to life.
I know you say you have her finished up and its up to you, but i'd suggest blending come flesh tones in to the edges of her hair up at the hairline, like pinkish skintones into the hair, just like hair, fine lines and a little into the outer top eyebrows to thin them a tad.
Only other thing she needs is a tad bit darker crease in the eyelids just above the eyelashes
her hair is slightly darker on the sides and center top, and highlights on the outer top edges of her head. might give it a more rounded shape
Great work

08-20-2011, 12:50 PM
I thought I was done when I posted that. And then 3 minutes later I noticed that her right eye isn't right and I think I could probably fix it pretty ready. It's too round in the bottom right corner.

So I will be editing a bit more anyhow! Thank you for the extra set of eyes! :thumbsup:

08-20-2011, 02:00 PM
I love this.

I notice the hair curls to the right are more defined in the photo though, lending to the sweetness.

Maybe just one or two more brush strocks of colour is needed to accent the ones you have painted.


08-21-2011, 02:51 AM

Whew. I got some of those dark pieces already toned down... but.... I have not the energy to take another shot tonight lol... Long day it was today! 10 hours at work, off to go swimming, and home to paint! Tired me.

08-23-2011, 08:53 AM
You have done a great job and I am glad you lightened those beautiful eyes

Ms Nan
08-24-2011, 04:41 PM
Very very nice.