Originally posted by CHClements
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The rendering is really good...even with the scan patches! You might check the right leg on the child...it seems a bit high? His fingers should be more rounded...not so pointy.
The background is a bit splotchy and grabs attention away from your subject.
I agree about this looking more like an underpainting...where are the rosy cheeks and glowing skin of a child in the sun? A toy in the water would tell more of the story...I just can't imagine a child sitting there without a rubber duck!
Hope you won't think I'm too tough on you!
Carly is right on.
In addition, I would say that when you repaint the background that you bring your paint all the way into the child so that you do not get a 'halo' effect..............I have used yellows and purples in children's skin. The yellows brighten up the complexion particularly where light might hit it and the purples because a child's skin in very thin and blood vessels are close to the surface.
I think you have done a very good job on the proportions generally
.............think where the joints and large muscles are and that will help with shadows and highlights
Be sure to post the results!!!
This obviously is not your first painting.