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    Still Life - Oil Painting

    This is my first ever attempt at using oil paints, and one of my first still life's. I did this for a school project and painted from a photograph I took. I think some parts went well, but I know I can definitely improve, especially on the metal parts. So I would really appreciate some feedback/ critique on this, mainly on what parts are wrong and could be improved, how to improve the metal and general tips on handling oil paints, thanks

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    your values are in a very narrow range without a lot of variation. Try making the darks darker for depth.

    The edges are sloppy. It is generally good to block everything in with a large brush, now pull out a finer brush and do the details. I'm not sure what the form is on the blue lego. A shoe?

    Congrats on your first. Doing more black an white shading such as drawing will help you get an eye for values.

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    You might have better luck, since you're just starting out, to paint some bigger objects. Scaling up an object that much in a painting takes some really close observation, and quite simply ain't easy.

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    Robotus - Thanks, I will try to do that with my next one.
    Yes it is a shoe, a monopoly piece, that's what I struggled the most with.
    Thanks, I only really learnt about the starting loose and making it finer after I had finished, and because it was for school I only had 2 brushes, so it was really difficult to do that, but on my next one I will make sure I have enough brushes to paint like that, and then hopefully it should be more refined. But thanks for the advice
    Noah - Yeah, I didn't have much choice on the subject this time, but next time I will choose bigger objects, thanks for the advice

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