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Old 01-28-2003, 01:18 PM
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I'm getting brave. My mother said that my nude was good. I felt a little weird painting her. I want to do a nude for her for her Birthday, but I think I will try something like the faceless, more abstract nude. This one is a little cartoonie to me. and her leg is a little twisted looking. Would love some references on anatomy painting, and any suggestions are so helpful!!
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Old 01-28-2003, 04:13 PM
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Hi Sara,

I don't paint figures myself so I can't comment knowledgeably on your painting; however, if you go to the top of the page you will see a bar called CONTENT CHANNELS. In there is a whole forum called The Figure. I think if you check it out you will get a lot of info about painting nudes and figure studies.
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Old 01-28-2003, 04:26 PM
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This lady must be a runner. Just love those legs

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I really love what you've done here. I love the pose, and her face is very well done. I agree with painterbear, check out the Figure channel and I'm sure you'll get tons of feedback/suggestions from the experts

As for my personal comments, the only thing bothering me is the couch. The perspective doesn't look quite right to me, which is a bit distracting. Also, the hand on the right (the one that's dangling by the couch) doesn't look finished to me. I think a few details suggesting fingers would be good.

Otherwise, you've got a great piece here - I love the monochromatic color palette, too!!

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Old 01-28-2003, 07:58 PM
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Nice start. I agree about the perspective on the sofa and as in your other Paintings MORE DARKS.
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Old 01-28-2003, 10:33 PM
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Ditto what Joann said! Nice start.

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Old 01-29-2003, 12:34 AM
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Well, Sara! I don't think this looks cartoony--If you gave it to me I would love it, too. To me, it shows a fresh style, an intuitive skill for the figure. the monotone was excellent for getting to know values, which is something I need work in too. At least you will know where you need to improve--you will learn this by doing. Yes, the hand over the couch is dead, try an interpretive touch and splot with color to let the viewer fill in the hand. I love the muscle indications. Yes, the couch perspective is wrong. Overall, I think this is a commendable attempt and I applaud you. I think you show a real talent for the figure and encourage you to continue study.

Please, Sara, buy the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", because you have the inate talent to be an excellent artist. This book cannot be recommended enough, do not rely only on the comments of others to improve your skill. I went to several used book stores until I found some old (1950-60s) drawing the figure textbooks, invaluable for learning muscle structure. Check it out. Love seeing a post with "SillySara" in the author line.
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Old 01-29-2003, 01:12 AM
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Well Done Sillysara

You're painting has definite style to it ! Love your choice of colours as it helps us focus soley on the figure. Brings back memories of when I had to paint live nude models in my paintings class in University.....somehow I could never work up the courage to do the crotch so all my paintings were crotchless ! LOL


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Old 01-29-2003, 02:11 AM
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Hi Sara,
the gang has said it all, so I can just give you a recommendation for the anantomy part: Andrew Loomis made a wonderful book about figure drawing. It used to be on the net as a pdf download, but alas, it is no more. I have it here, but it's a whopping 24MB, so mailing it to you is hardly an option... It shouldn't be a problem finding a hard copy though.
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