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Old 05-21-2019, 04:59 AM
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small portrait...should I soften it more?

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about 11X13 cm (4.5X5 inches)

from a friend's fuzzy photo reference

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Old 05-21-2019, 10:28 AM
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

maryinasia "...should I soften it more?"

You certainly wouldn't want them any harder. The shadows on her face, sorrow in the details, yet the calm amusement. The sharpness of her teeth Ö hmmm.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:35 AM
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

thanks for pointing out the sharpness of her teeth! Seeing the painting magnified on my computer screen helps... I see I need to line up where the eyes are looking too...and fix a few other places.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:44 AM
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

Maybe add a little more highlight to the cheeks, nose and forehead. Also, maybe a sharper edge to where the collar meets the neck. It also looks wonderful untouched, great job.
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

I like it a lot. I think dolphin is right re: a slight sharpening of the neck and collar.
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

I think it looks good, just fix the teeth a little.
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

Is the shadowing plan to only use reddish oranges and no blues or lavenders?
The face is very warm toned overall, some cooler shadowing would give more dimension too.
Under the hat edges, under the chin/neck & along the collar line..could use some blued/purple shadowing if you decide to add cool tones..
Could be the ref isn't showing all the colors correctly..
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

Thanks for these suggestions !
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

I agree it was the teeth that disturb the focus on this. But overall she has a wonderfully warm and cheerful expression. It sets a positive mood.
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Old 05-26-2019, 08:10 AM
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

I appreciate all this input!

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Old 05-26-2019, 07:28 PM
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

In real life, it now has cool tones and warm tones....
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

Is it on watercolor paper?... the texture of the paper does not help the skin flatness you need... next time use bristol paper if you want young flat skin
Anyway is nice, smiles with showing teeth are quite difficult to depict...
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Re: small portrait...should I soften it more?

The blue background was a great choice and it looks very nice.
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