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Old 07-11-2019, 08:58 AM
PunkGuy PunkGuy is offline
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WIP - "Windows to the Soul #1"

Hi... first post in the portraiture forum as I am mostly found lurking in Acrylics. The following is a x-post from the forum there. C&C always welcome especially from those that specialise in portraiture.
I have now been painting for a little over 12 months and am still at that point where everytime I sit down to paint I am setting myself goals. This I think, is why my paintings still look a little tight and contrived.


The Eyes have it - to paraphrase the speaker of theHhouse of Commons. So here is the progress of the first of a series of part portraits of popular culture icons.
Thanks to the regular responders to my posts... so much good advice (especially from Maureen re. glazing)
What I am aiming to get out of this...

1. Learn / practise the technique of underpainting / grisaille / glazing process
2. Learn to spot the colours in skin better
3. Practise eyes / noses
4. Do limited feature portraits and still make them recognisable





One more glaze to go plus final detailing.

C&C always welcome. Please tell me if I'm going wrong.
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:58 PM
PunkGuy PunkGuy is offline
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Re: WIP - "Windows to the Soul #1"

Any thoughts on how I did on that last glaze? I feel like I over highlighted the left side somewhat.
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Old 07-12-2019, 11:52 PM
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Re: WIP - "Windows to the Soul #1"

Just watch the nostrils. They are never completely black- they are flesh that let some light through, so will be much warmer and less dark.
and maybe not such a dark line on the upper lids?
These studies are such good training- can't wait to see more!
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