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Old 01-14-2019, 11:06 AM
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Help with small child

I'm struggling with this and I want to get it right. I'm unsure if I can do it well in acrylics but before I switch it to oils, I'd like all the advice I can get. I may just not have the chops for this but with your help I'm willing to move forward with it in acrylics.

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Old 01-14-2019, 11:14 AM
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One more thing I'd like to add. I traced this and have a tracing to go back and check with as I go so I'm positive the relationships are all there. They need a some tweaking here and there as I quickly brought the hair, background and facial colors up to something I can work with.
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Re: Help with small child

So far so good - just be careful not to narrow the face too much .... allow the skin to show through the hair.

Match colour tones carefull and layer the tones to avoid ageing her - always a tendency with painting children!

I think I'd leave out the restraining straps!

For more detailed help with the portrait itself, you could always visit the portraiture forum here!
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Keep building layers and blending & softening will become easier when the canvas surface is covered & sealed.. us this as the under painting and keep refining as you build.
double check the forehead height /hairline..she has a more balanced shape to her face.
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What ages a childís face sometimes is the nose. Itís usually broader and less defined on a child. I think if you softened it up by blending it, youíd be much happier.
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I'm getting closer. Couple more tries and that rash will be gone and hopefully get the eyes finished.

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Wow you have really made some good improvements. This is a nice likeness.
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You are coming along nicely. I love the eyes and the way you use your colors.
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Re: Help with small child

you are off to a good start. Your proportions are right. There is certainly nothing wrong with tracing it on there first! It also helps that you have a high res reference! good luck!
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Now that's a difficult subject. Nice beginnings. I would omit the black straps I think.
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Re: Help with small child

Thanks all. I will be eliminating the straps and give her a red shirt to match her bow. Lots more to do.
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This is coming along very nicely!
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Re: Help with small child

Really making nice strides. I too would nix the seat belt she's wearing.
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Re: Help with small child

I took a little break from it and decided to try something new to finish it. I went to Dick Blick's and bought there store brand artist grade portrait set of acrylics. I also got some retarder, which I've never used and some matte medium. I really want to achieve better blending in the finished portrait and I'm hoping the paint will stay wet for a while with this.
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I have a question about the retarder. Can I do a classical wipe away under painting using this? Will it actually stay wet long enough?
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