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Old 04-02-2012, 07:51 AM
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Hi All,

Trying to finish this portrait of my mother, but not satisfied with it - any suggestions would be appreciated! I know I need to bring her hairline down a bit.

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Old 04-03-2012, 06:37 AM
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Re: Your help is appreciated!

It would help to comment if we could have more details about what you are not happy about- and a ref photo will help most of all.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:55 AM
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Re: Your help is appreciated!

It looks like you are almost there. Look at the placement of the eyes, and try to show that the eye sockets are on a curved face. Is her mouth crooked?

She looks like a kind woman.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:59 AM
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Re: Your help is appreciated!

Laura, I like some of the searching qualities of your colors here - well done. What I might suggest you take another look at - just from standard proportions ( e.g., I am flying bling) are:

1.Her right iris is a bit large
2. Her nose is a bit long - maybe just a few millimeters ( a typical challenge with developing portraitists is the nose length)
3. the shape of her upper eye-lids - take a very close look at each one - they will flatten a bit over the iris most often and their shapes will be less ... "almond-y" ( more like irregular parallelograms ).
4. eye brows are not sharp turns but more like core shadows/terminators with fuzz.. her right eyebrow is too sharp a turn toward the eye-socket.
5. light - you might organize the light here a bit better going from where every the light is brightest to darkest. Where are your key highlights ? If you squint, is the chin darker (underneath) than that ?

Ok that's enough things to think about!

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Old 04-04-2012, 07:41 AM
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Re: Your help is appreciated!

Hi Beth - I had my subject come sit for me so no reference - I need her to come sit again!
Hi Mary - thank you - I agree re: the eyes and mouth.
Hi Kevin - as always, thank you for taking the time to provide specifics in your critique! I will review all these points and keep working at it! I need my mom to come and sit for me again. Re: the light, I had her sit near a north window at mid-day, and there was a light overhead.
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