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Old 02-18-2012, 10:51 AM
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Portraits that "look" at you?

My post got lost last night so I'm posting it again.
I have started a big painting of 2 crazy pirates with big mischievous eyes looking right at the viewer. I thought it would be fun but I am wondering if people are unnerved by paintings that stare back. Is there rules about "eyes" in painting?
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:17 AM
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Re: Portraits that "look" at you?

the 'starier' the better
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:38 AM
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Re: Portraits that "look" at you?

To me, the portrait which looks back at you invites the viewer into a personal relationship with the subject. Portraits which stare off into the distance, put a boundary up and create a voyeristic experience for the viewer. Portraits in which the subject is gazing at something else within the painting, tend to let us in on a secret. Just MHO.

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Old 03-07-2012, 01:34 AM
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Re: Portraits that "look" at you?

it creeps out some people
others love it

of yours i'd make one looking at me, one looking at him or something else that's engaging, adds to the story

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