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Old 06-07-2019, 01:23 PM
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Jessica Bride

Anything that you can tell me to make this better and more professional would be helpful. I am afraid that I did not get a good enough likeness. Thinking that her left eye is too big and dominant? Shape may not be correct. The chin is a challenge for me also. Planning on blending the background more and doing a little more work on the hair. Thank you for looking.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:30 PM
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Re: Jessica Bride

Not bad, the nose shape difference jumped out to me first..then hairline /forehead, the eyes as you asked about..
Nice you have them same size & side by side, so you can really study the differences now.
use a measure and straight edge for check angles, size and spacing.. Take your time to refine, you are close..
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:36 PM
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Even tho the camera shows dark shadows , like under her eyes, I'd soften those and use a nice color , not the dirty tan that camera shows you..
Other portrait paintings, or you tube can give you ideas on flattering shadow colors for those face lines..
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Re: Jessica Bride

If you consider the face as an oval, compare the vertical vs horizontal axis. Horizontal axis should have been narrower.

Hopefully some experienced person will chime in to show how to fix it. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:51 AM
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Re: Jessica Bride

Thank you. I see my drawing skills are the main problem. Will work on these. Thanks again.
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:36 PM
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Re: Jessica Bride

Hi Amayartist ~

* I thought your work looked familiar and then I found my comments on your Pink Garden Roses.

* Not sure what happened between your New Portrait - 12-19-18 and now...

My brother-in-law ... (may he rest in peace) was a systems engineer and one of his favorite computer phrases to me was -
"garbage in - garbage out."

I didn't mind his comment because I was learning to code and his insight honed my logic skills.

As an artist ... sometimes our eyes give us - 'the garbage in' and our paintings give us ... a not so satisfying result.

That's why some artists wear glasses and there are erasers on pencils.

Fortunately so many artists have traveled the road you are on that they have prepared solutions for your dilemma...

Possible Solutions:

1- The Grid System -
till your eyes see the proportions and spatial relationships

2- The Eye Width System
It looks kind of ghoulish - but it really works.

3- Compare and Contrast

I have used both 1 and 2 in the past.

Today I like to use the modern day tool - the computer ~
using Corel Paintshop Pro it allows me to cut, paste, and overlay an image (and adjust the opacity levels) to quickly see what is out of alignment... like so -



Hope these suggestions work for you too.

Best regards,
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PS - and fortunately - these discrepancies can be corrected on one's painting without having to start over.

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Old 06-18-2019, 10:11 AM
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Re: Jessica Bride

Thank you picassolite for the honest review. Made me rethink things and go back to doing studies and drawings of faces for a while.
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Old 06-19-2019, 04:35 AM
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Re: Jessica Bride

I applaud your perseverance.

However - it is not necessary for you to go back to square 1 ... ( studies and drawings of faces for a while).

Using the grid system will help you advance faster.

Some artists think of this as a crutch. I don't.

If Vermeer could use a Camera Obscura ... you can use the Grid System.

Every one sees the world slightly different. So you could do practice studies every day ...
and depending on your visual acuity (something you have no control over) - you might get the same results.

The grid system is a way to actually 'compare and contrast' your work in real time.

It's just my opinion ... but some swear by it - and I feel that you will make faster progress using it.

Entertain this ... as a computer programmer for years - you have already stressed your eyes more than most.

Give your eyes a rest ~ and for now - use the grid system.

You'll be glad you did.

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PS - Think of the grid system as a way to 'de-bug' your paintings...
in real time.

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