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Old 08-17-2017, 04:26 PM
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My First Portrait

I started painting with oil paints recently after having done few in Acrylic paints. I have made a portrait from a pic of my niece. I am posting the ref pic and the painting for your views and critique.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:26 PM
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It is a beautiful painting

Really a much more appealing image than the reference and shows great control of contrast.

The modeling of the chin on our left catches my eye a little compared to the reference but that could be just a result of the difficulty of photographing a painting accurately. It might look fine in real life.

Great work.
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Beautiful work. Wonderful attention to detail as well as accuracy in the portraiture!
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:31 AM
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Thank you Sean and Woody for your encouraging comments. I would appreciate more critique about use of cool and warm colors as I am totally naive in that.
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Thank you Sean and Woody for your encouraging comments. I would appreciate more critique about use of cool and warm colors as I am totally naive in that.

Personally speaking I feel that your artwork is less contrasty than the photo and your color scheme seems to be a bit on the cooler side than the reference shot. I think that the warm and cool colors are something that the artist his or herself should be in charge of, because it's their interpretation of the piece.
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Old 08-18-2017, 11:32 AM
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I think this is worth reading...

https://www.tadspurgeon.com/content.php?page=color

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Old 08-18-2017, 02:55 PM
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Thank you guys for your comments and highly informative link.
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Re: My First Portrait

Wonderful for a first portrait- or for the 100th for that matter!
Not shown in the ref picture- but I wonder if the top of the head/hair would have more volume?
I would push the darks to keep the drama.. you have evened out the light/darks in the painting and lost some of the contrast.

But- if this is ok with you- move onto the next portrait- keep painting them.
Challenge yourself with doing some portrait drawing from life as well. This will push your skills and knowledge for sure.
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beautiful! I love your use of muted color and value.
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Old 08-19-2017, 06:17 AM
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Good resemblance and copy of the reference photo.
Just a couple of suggestions: The arm and hand appear to be distracting. Not only that, the hand is not well defined and has a difficult shadow to reproduce.
More important than temperature is the application of values. One tip is to take a black and white photo of the reference photo and also a W&B photo of the painting so could compare the values.
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The proportions are very accurate but the coloring is cooler than in the reference photo. There should be some brown in the hair and the skin tones should be warmer. A very good first portrait.
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Old 08-19-2017, 03:14 PM
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I am grateful for the valuable guidance and suggestions. I am sure sharing my work and discussions on this forum will improve my painting skills.
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Yr first wow. An amazing job...
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Beautiful, both your niece and the painting.

In regards to your question about warm and cool tones, the "rule of thumb" is warm mid tones and cool shadows and highlights, or cool mid tones and warm shadows and highlights.
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