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Old 04-03-2006, 12:16 AM
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My very first portrait

This little girl is the very first portrait I've ever tried (except the self portrait in pencil I did way back in my college Drawing class) I read lots of the class posts and they helped alot. I've been painting for less than a year - watercolor.

This is watercolor, on cold pressed paper, and measures 8x10. I'm pretty happy with it. I know there is a lot I can improve on - the nose especially. I would appreciate all comments - both encouragement and advice for improvement.

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Re: My very first portrait

Looks like a lot of fun. I think it would be a wonderful illustration for a book for children.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:17 AM
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Re: My very first portrait

Check the location of her ear. Its too low making it look like an appendage growning at the back of her head/neck.
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:17 AM
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Re: My very first portrait

Hi Melanie, hi Nafa, hi Lawrence!
Nice colors, very spontaneous and free!
About the ear, maybe the problem is not the ear´s location. If you subtract the face, it´s clear that the head is being viewed from below, in which case the position of the ear itself is correct because of the foreshortening. IMO it is the face itself (which is not foreshortened) that does not match the position of the head!
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Old 04-04-2006, 02:12 PM
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Re: My very first portrait

Nafa and Osmar, you're both right. I see the problem with the ear now that you point it out. And Osmar is right... the refrence pic had the little girl's face turned up but was taken from below... which means I just do not have the face right!

Thanks for the help! I really appreciate it!
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:11 PM
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Re: My very first portrait

I would suggest that you draw, draw, draw. Drawing is the basis of portraiture and without proper placement of the features and the ability to sketch the roundness/planes of the face, a good likeness is impossible.

At the top of the Portraiture forum is the Portraiture Classroom with many excellent classes on portraiture. Enjoy!
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Re: My very first portrait

Hi Melanie,

There are great lessons over Drawing and Sketching forum too. Good luck on portraits. This one has lovely colors.
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Old 04-07-2006, 02:25 AM
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Re: My very first portrait

Melanie,

Just a quick tip. Pay closer attention to what your eye actually sees and not what your brain says it is seeing. Looking at the eyes and nose in your portrait, your brain is thinking I'm drawing an eye, or I'm drawing a nose. The biggest trick with portraits is to get your brain out of the way and learn to see what you are drawing in a new way. One of the oldest tricks in the book for learning get the brain out of the way is to do your next portrait upside down.

Good luck

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