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Old 02-23-2018, 11:44 PM
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Oil pastel portrait of my wife

My new OP project is my wife's portrait on a 9x12 watercolor paper. It is still in early phase, I am sharing some WIP pictures. Comments are welcome.

First sketch (I traced it)




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It looks great so far, Raj!
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Nice work Raj. I'm really liking it so far.
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Off to a great start here, Raj. I like how you're building layers of color.
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My new OP project is my wife's portrait on a 9x12 watercolor paper. It is still in early phase, I am sharing some WIP pictures. Comments are welcome.

First sketch (I traced it)




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Re: Oil pastel portrait of my wife

Really nice start. I like the blending of the skin tones. There is a bit of an issue with the nose on the left side ( our left, her right), the bridge of the nose and the more bottom part aren't aligned. Watch out for that as you add layers, it's easily fixable.
Also, a while ago I started taking drawing lessons, and learned it's always better to start with the bg. That way, your figure doesn't have a cut and pasted look to it and is more integrated into the bg.
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Christel, Rich, Terri! Thank you for your comments.
Tali, I agree it's more challenging to paint the background after the subject's been drawn and you sacrifice some integrity in the painting as you said. You will see that below. But I have found sometime it is little harder to overcome the background tone (if it's darker) with lighter color oil pastels (may be because I am not using top brands like Senns or Holbein, my OPs are Cray-Pas Expressionist). So I decided to make the face first. I also agree on your comment about the nose bridge and I will fix it in next round.

I had a chance to work on it last night. I am also posting her reference image that I used. I still have to work on her ear rings and few other places including her nose, background and some highlighted/shaded areas. Please provide any comments and feedback you have. This is the first time I am making her portrait and I would like do the best I can.



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Re: Oil pastel portrait of my wife

Looks good Raj. You most certainly captured her likeness. facial details are well done.

A couple of suggestions... I feel the warm background colors compete with the warm values in her skin and clothing. You mentioned more work to be done with highlights and shadows and I agree with that. For example, the shadowing in her eyes and where the hair meets her forehead can be darker. Also ears are in shadow in photo.

Can't wait to see it finished!
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Lovely Raj! I have a friend who taught me to compare my painting to the original on screen. I found it is easier to adjust values too.
The hair could have a highlighted area as in the reference. Her face still looks pasty and needs warming up.
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Hi Raj, good progress. I like the backgroun that you added.
Pay attention to the white part of the eyes, they are in fact not so white and not so extensive as in your painting. the pupils are larger and the eyes are slightly squinting so the white is very minimal. I'm emphasizing it because if you nail the eyes, you usually nail the expression. Also, I'd darken the ears a bit.
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Re: Oil pastel portrait of my wife

Rich, Christel, and Tali!
Thank you for your very helpful and constructive suggestions. I made the following changes as you guys suggested.
1. Changed the background to enhance the contrast between the background and subject.
2. More highlights and shadows on her face, neck and hair.
3. Warmed up her face a little bit more by adding more peach and light brown.
4. Increased her pupil size a bit.

I haven't done a great job with her clothing. I am still working on it.

I have really liked these changes. Let me know what you think.


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Looking great so far, Raj.
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Getting better Raj! You could keep going with more shadow and highlights. Maybe bring some pinks/rose into her cheeks? I still see too much white part of eyes (compared to photo). The reference photo shows only a small portion of the white part is showing. Toward the corners, it gets darker....just not as dark as the pupils.
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Re: Oil pastel portrait of my wife

Rich,
Thank you for your suggestions. The reference image was cropped from a larger picture that was taken on a bright sunny day from a distance with lot of other backgrounds, thereby the camera exposure is not tuned for her face. She's also squinting because of the bright sun light. I am trying to create a well-exposed front-faced portrait with no squinting eyes using this reference image. So I plan not to darken her eyes as much as in the reference image. I will try adding more layers of shadows and highlights and post a new version soon.

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After lot of blending, smoothing, and adding layers, here's the finished version. The paper is not allowing any more layers. I showed it to my wife and she was very happy.


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