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Old 12-11-2015, 03:15 PM
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Malala, Vision of Courage

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Title: Malala, Vision of Courage
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Medium: Watercolor
Surface: Watercolor Paper
Dimension: 14x18
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I wanted to do this Malala portrait with a lot of color and freedom , because life for an ordinary Afghan girl can be very dark and without hope of any self direction for her future. Malala, with her courageous advocacy for girls education and an end to child marriage, and girls as commodities, has thrown open the windows of a constricted world view to let in the colors, the music, and the beauty of life.

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Old 12-11-2015, 03:21 PM
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

oops! This was supposed to land in Structured Critiques..(?)
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

It's lovely, where ever it lands. I love the crispness of her face and the melding of the colours around her face.

Maybe her right eye colour/highlights and the white of her eye, could be a touch toned down. That eye is very predominant.
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Old 12-12-2015, 05:07 PM
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

Great subject, great painting. I love it.
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

Agree about the eye, just 5% darker. It can be lighter than the other, but not so much.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. So refreshing. Love the fuzziness and drips. All done a million times before, but it really works here with your colors. If you look, you will see I never write gushing reviews as this, but you deserve it!

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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

Her left and right side of the face look like they are viewed from different angles. This is probably caused by the shape/placement of her left eye. her right side is 3/4 view, and left side looks straight on. (Cover each half with your hand to see the effect. Her left side reads correctly as 3/4 position if the eye is covered.
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

I love the colours and the composition, very balanced. I think the likeness is a bit off. It is her eyes and mainly lips I think. Her lips are not that full and the shape is a bit different too. Would you be able to share the reference photo please? However the strength of character comes through in this painting.

Malala is Pakistani btw, not Afghan.
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

Difference in the eyes does not bother me, I don't get the feeling that this is meant as a formal portrait. I have spent some time studying this girls face because I found it interesting, there is an asymmetrical aspect to her face, probably because of her wounds. She is a special girl and this captures her. Would like to see another one (or 3) from a more traditional approach, leave this one as is and explore some other avenues.
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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

Just wanted to say that I love your colorful effect and wonderful handling of your medium. My only critique is that the eyes, nose, and mouth do not line up properly in parallel fashion. They are only off slightly, but it gives the illusion that the face is being viewed from two different angles at the same time. I think these images and link may help...

http://www.stanprokopenko.com/blog/2...ead-any-angle/





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Re: Malala, Vision of Courage

I think the fact of the above lends some magnificent scale to the painting. It almost seems like a face of mt. rushmore. the color effect shows off the fact of the watercolor painting. I think maybe she is a bit too pretty in this but the likeness is VERY good.

but her face is so separate from the color part. How can they blend more?
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