Whadup, it's mau, the guy that was hanging out with Hans this morning.
I won't give you a technical comment since my skills are not that good and you probably have plenty of informative feedback from the academy guys already.. (i realize that this will probably tell you more about my stylistical preferences rather than your technical abilities).
My favorite pick from this page are this http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/9621/thaidos.jpg
for the strong colors and the lovely design of the flowers/background, for what is worth the figure looks pretty solid to me and i can definitely see the influence of gesture drawings in the way you approached it, i think it looks pretty right and it's an engaging image that may be worth some time spent on
I think the pose is eye-catching and really admire your palette selection for those skin tones, nice green/blue shades (and the pink is not "too obvious"), it's bit reminiscent of linda bergkvist, isn'it? I'm not into that kind of stuff but i can sort of see what you're aiming for, pretty good.
(I think there may be something funky goin' on with that left arm/wrist foreshortening but you probably know already)
I also picked this picture because of its darkness, just a matter or taste really but i think you try could adding a very subtle bit of "grittiness" to your images, see what it happens (i know hans will strongly disagree with me here )...if you hadn't written it, I would have thought that you were a bouguereau fan!
Oh, i think I saw a portrait of Susan, am I crazy?
Well, i think that's it... See ya!
Mau, thanks a lot! Hehe, there's really a portrait of Susan =)
Actually, I learn a lot from Bouguereau, even though I'm not a fan, I admire his technique and skill.
Your sketchbook rocks, by the way. Ci vediamo!
tokotewhero, thank you!
Here's the first part of a skintone painting tutorial I made about a week ago. Someday I'll kick myself in the butt to finish the 2nd and 3rd part also.
(Disclaimer: this is just "my" way to learn/paint/observe, and I can't guarantee that it'll make things "click" for everybody; I'm not a teacher after all and still have SO much to learn!)
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