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Old 12-03-2017, 01:22 AM
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Portrait of a Woman

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Title: Portrait of a Woman
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Hi, have never posted work in critique before, but I've recently finished a portrait from life and I'd like to know what people think of it from a fine art standpoint.

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Any thoughts? I like a lot about it, but I struggled a bit with the eyes. Not sure they look quite right.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:41 AM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

The nose & the ear seem not quite done to me..
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:27 AM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

I like it.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:20 AM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

Without a photo it's difficult to assess. I see nothing wrong with the eyes, or anything else for that matter, but have nothing to compare it with. I may have varied the background value a bit more to enhance the contrast of the figure, but that's all I can see. Looks like a fine piece of work to me!
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:28 PM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

As others have pointed out, the ear needs a little bit more work. Other than that a highly accomplished painting. the composition is fine but thereís something very static about it. Maybe the values are all too close together, leading to little dramatic effect? You definitely lead the eye to the face as the highest contrast point, but if you squint the majority of the canvas has very little tonal range. It isnít flat but everything kind of blends together. I think a darker backdrop would do wonders.
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:36 PM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

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As others have pointed out, the ear needs a little bit more work. Other than that a highly accomplished painting. the composition is fine but thereís something very static about it. Maybe the values are all too close together, leading to little dramatic effect? You definitely lead the eye to the face as the highest contrast point, but if you squint the majority of the canvas has very little tonal range. It isnít flat but everything kind of blends together. I think a darker backdrop would do wonders.

Thanks for the comments everyone!
I would agree with this. I didn't choose the backdrop, but I thought it could be advantageous to have these close light values that give a lighter, feminine effect that complements her kind of angular features. But it's definitely not the best choice for getting a dramatic effect. And maybe it doesn't really work and that's okay, too.
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:38 PM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

Lovely portrait, absolutely beautiful work.

It's very difficult to know if the eyes are right without a photo reference, because my initial thoughts led me to believe they were slightly off. They seem perfectly aligned with the nose and mouth so its difficult to specify. I'm not sure if its the nose or left eye (far eye) but there seems to be too much space between the eye and bridge of the nose from this perspective. Minor point, really.

It is, however, a lovely portrait. Loved it.

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Old 12-08-2017, 08:51 PM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

Nice work. I like the background as is. The ear needs attention and I superimposed a grid over the face because something seemed off with the eyes. I couldnít find anything off with either of them but when the grid was in place it was clear that the far eye is lower than the near eye. I really do like this and think itís well worth the time it will take to make these minor tweaks. Iíll attach the grid which I centered on the pupil of the near eye.

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Old 12-09-2017, 06:36 PM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

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Nice work. I like the background as is. The ear needs attention and I superimposed a grid over the face because something seemed off with the eyes. I couldnít find anything off with either of them but when the grid was in place it was clear that the far eye is lower than the near eye. I really do like this and think itís well worth the time it will take to make these minor tweaks. Iíll attach the grid which I centered on the pupil of the near eye.

I knew there was something off there! I had felt a little like the right eye was too lower but wasn't sure. Thanks! And yeah the ear looks a little off especially with the grid.
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:52 PM
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Re: Portrait of a Woman

Nice brushwork and subtle skin tones. You said this was a live model. Could it be that the model very slightly shifted the turn of her head towards the painter sometime during the sitting? To me her left eye looks like it is focused more towards the painter/ viewer of painting. Keep in mind if making adjustments.
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