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    Digital Portraiture

    Here's my first ever completed portrait.
    She's my sister. Took me around 5 hrs.
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    nicely done, only comment i have is that u need a shadow under her chin to seperate the face from the neck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grafguy View Post
    nicely done, only comment i have is that u need a shadow under her chin to seperate the face from the neck
    Thanks Grafguy, keen eye. I made the neck darker. That's far as I can get that I am satisfied.
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    Wow, good work, it has a traditional feeling and I guess your family is Asian? by the way, she's beautiful ^^
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    Hi splendidriver, yes, we're Asian. Thanks!

    Here's a second portrait of my sister next to me. Took me approx. 6 hrs.
    I have to speed up, I know... (sigh)
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    These are quite nice, especially if you don't have a lot of finished portraiture under your belt. You convey the personalities of your subjects well.

    One thing I do notice is that the skin tones in both are of a uniform color. If you look closely at a person's skin, it's usually full of many different colors, which change according to the lighting. Close observation can help you to experiment with what you see.

    There's a well-used guideline that recommends using yellower tones for the forehead area, reddish for the middle part of the face, and blueish or greenish hues for the lower portion.
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    you dont need to speed up, that only comes with time and repetition. Just worry about what your doing. On females in particular watch about doing to much texture, and soften some parts. To do skin color, you need to think a bit about the light that goes deeper and bounces around inside the skin. The flesh doesnt act like a matte or gloss opaque object, its semi translucent. So it will have higher saturations where you normally wouldn't. The nose for instance... there is no bone, so it's safe to add a bit of stronger color to it... but again, not too much. The cheeks will have a harder highlight... coz bone is near the surface, and less color there, but as they stretch down towards the jaw, there will be more color... less bone in that place to absorb it until it gets to the bottom of the jaw. Dont become happy with simply adding black and white to change the shade. sometimes yellow or blue are needed instead of black or white.

    In the end, these are great pieces to be proud of. And they have a good distance read. Their thumbnails in the forum section looked really good.

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    Hi there!

    I just remarked something I didn't like in the first one, I couldn't say it's a problem but I really didn't liked it:

    I think that hair's feeling is not the same that the one you get with the face. I mean, the face looks defined to me and the hair looks too diferent so you lose harmony, I might be wrong, it's just an impression.
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    chadarnook, thanks a lot! i really appreaciate the crit abut colors. yea, I was dead wrong, i didn't use blue or any color variation. I'll study more and work with it.

    OBX, thanks for the lighting and color. I know Im not satisfied with the portraits but I can't understand why...I know there must be something missing...

    Suira, the dry brush texture of the hair and the smooth surface texture of the skin was intentional. lol But I'd have to rethink these qualities too next tym around. Thanks a lot for noticing.

    Gotta review, gotta review, thanks all. This Critique Center really rocks!
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    Hi CA,

    This here is my latest. It took me a lot of time studying colors and how apply them on portraits. here's my first attempt. Finished in 5 hours.

    I hope you all will share your insights on this piece. I like it but there's still something... I don;t know. Again, maybe others can notice my mistakes but I couldn't.

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    what an improvement

    the last one got a lot more life to it. good going
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    rally nice stuff! i like the fact you're not painting caucasians good idea posting a detail of an eye
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    way better... keep at it... somewhere in the middle and you've got it... I love them all...
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