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Old 04-28-2012, 02:47 PM
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baby for mothers day

This is a mothers day present that someone asked me to paint for their wife... I didn't think it was going to be as difficult as it was. Almost done, just wanted to post here so I could get some feedback from you guys, 'cuz some of you are awesome... I think I'm going to leave the perimeter unfinished so it puts the baby more in focus. love some critiques to help me improve... thank you
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:08 PM
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Re: baby for mothers day

Well it certainly is colorful and vibrant with lots of energy! One thing I would do is to tone down the yellowness of the arms so that they match the more pinkish skin tones of the face. Also, his tongue looks yellow -- should be reddish pink (unless it's my new monitor). And, then really check and double check that the head to body proportions are correct. Hope this helps!
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Re: baby for mothers day

Babies are all about softness and a transparent-pin-ish skin... maybe you could soften those dark lines along both sides of the nose-mouth. The head looks longer in height than it should be...I know very litle about colors, but it is my educated guess that you need to make some drawing`s corrections ( proportions) and maybe a low chroma pink could benefit your work, not sure here because I have not seen your image of reference....

here you can see a great example on little kids `skin tone and softness...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1095682


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Re: baby for mothers day

I'm having trouble with the baby's orange tongue. I think the sofa/chair the baby is sitting on is too vibrant, fighting for attention. It would be nice to see a ref photo.
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Re: baby for mothers day

Think the dome of the head is too high. The eyes would sit half-way between the top of the head and the chin. And agree that the skin tones would be much lighter, pinker. A baby that age would probably have a rounder belly, as well.

Perhaps tone down the colors in the sofa?
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Re: baby for mothers day

Thank you everybody... I will tone down the skin and soften up the face... here is the reference photo...


did a little more. gotta change the tounge still...
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Re: baby for mothers day

thank you for all your help. Toned it down. fixed the eyes , mouth and a couple other things. Here is what i got so far...
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Re: baby for mothers day

did more to the back ground, the mouth, eyes, overall the whole face... now gotta do the left hand... here is what I got. almost mothers day so I'm going to give it to him Monday I think...
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:20 PM
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Re: baby for mothers day

I still think the head is too high. Again, the eyes should be approx midway between top of head and chin. But I like the color a whole lot better!
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Re: baby for mothers day

maybe i can take a little off the top. I'll give it a try
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Re: baby for mothers day

did what you said and cut off a little of the head. working on the hand, and toned down the couch a little...
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Better, better, better!!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:41 AM
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Re: baby for mothers day

did the hand and a couple other details... gunna give it to him Friday so he can give it to her on mothers day. hope they like it.
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Re: baby for mothers day

finished. it sure came a long way... I'm going to give it to him today so he can give it to his wife on mothers day. thank you for the help. next I'm going to do something that doesn't have to be so exact. maybe a nice relaxing beach scene... here is the finished product...
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