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Old 01-11-2005, 05:29 PM
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Use to denote nudity/mature subject matter Self Portrait Nude Standing WIP

Sketch: Oil on paper.

Its part of my resoloution to try and do one a week. Not necessarily all nude though. COmments welcome


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Re: Self Portrait Nude Standing WIP

sounds like it would be difficult to do! since you are painting at the time and looking at yourself, how did you get your arms, or did you just guesstimate, because they seem a little off. remember the elbows come down to your waist. the rest seems good, except the expression on your face looks a little flat, like a doll, I'm no expert so I wouldnt know how to fix that. have fun with your self portraits, they are never easy!
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Re: Self Portrait Nude Standing WIP

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Its part of my resoloution to try and do one a week. Not necessarily all nude though. COmments welcome
That's a good idea if you can do it, accuracy will come with practice. Think more about the composition how you place the figure will play a role in the success of the painting.

The head looks like it is ducking under the edge of the picture plane as it descends. I know you are trying to get some rythym going but you need space around your head humans don't like being crushed. I can see you have put a twist in the body but it still looks stiff you could put the non painting arm on your hips to break up the pose more and exaggerate the twist even more than you have with perhaps one limb raised slightly. This will introduce more movement and make it lively to look at. The concentrated gaze is part of the self portrait ethos and I like it over the vacuous smiles one gets from photo portraits which every client loves. I prefer the truthful scrutiny.

If the composition and proportions are believeable the painting will work, the proportions don't have to be classically correct just believeable.
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Re: Self Portrait Nude Standing WIP

Mark... I've never tried a self-portrait so I can only imagine the difficulty and issues to deal with. I plan to do one this year as a New Year's resolution... we'll see if it happens... don't hold your breathe.

Some proportions are off but I don't mind that because this reminds me of work by one of my favorite artists... Amedeo Modigliani. Are you familiar with his work? Check some out here:
http://www.abcgallery.com/M/modigliani/modigliani.html

I like you color choices and painterly style.

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Re: Self Portrait Nude Standing WIP

Mark, is that one self portrait a week? sounds like a pretty good plan.
I like the way you have handled this, the colours, expressiveness and natural look. Not sure about your light source... the lights and shadows on the arms don't seem to be consistent with the face.

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