Re: Color Portrait
Now, you're doing it as far as painting goes. Keep resisting details and LINES. As for the face, I think you have exaggerated the difference between the width of the forehead and eye area (not the eyes themselves) and the width of the cheekbone. Check that. The hairline also seems to be exaggerated. You would be great at doing political caricatures if you continued in such a direction. I'm not an exact painter, so what I'm looking at mostly is how you integrated the shapes of the face, and I think you have done it well. Also the colors are well harmonized (you didn't go out and buy a portrait set, did you?), though the shadow at the cheek on our left side seems a bit muddy and uncertain. Isolate it in the photo and study on it before you try to change it so you don't muddy it more. If you change it, brush away some of the pastel there first. Be careful of over working. Let the collar and sweater happen loosely with strokes. An unfinished look there will work beautifully (look at Harley Brown's work to see what I mean). STop before you are finished!! Don't mess with the nose or the eye on our left--Ted's right--that area reads really well. Good going, kiddo!
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Last edited by Sonni : 09-05-2009 at 02:36 PM.