This isn't a great scan, for some reason my scanner doesn't pick up any detail (at 300dpi); my camera just does a blur. This is the best I've managed. 1st pass on the underpainting.
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Here is a long overdue update on my woods witch; I was completely frozen for a couple of months, didn't even touch it. I'm a perfectionist, and I always feel I'm working right up on the edge of my competency so I end up overwhelmed because I can't make it look like I want it to. So here is my update, it is the best I can do right now and I think I have to accept that.
The colors are not quite right (it's duller than the original) - I think my scanner really hates napthol red...
C+C appreciated as always
Hi, Justa! It's looking pretty good so far. The color looks really nice. Did you crop the actual painting or is that just a detail shot? I'd be interested in seeing the whole piece to do a better critique. I'm liking the shape of the gnarled tree and the bark textures.
From what you've shown, though, the main issue that jumps out at me is that there is still not enough skull. In reality, it may be that the features are too big and the eyes too high. I say that, because adding more skull may make the head look too big. The overall form of the head is also rather flat. The features look as if they've just been pasted on. You should try contructing it out of solids, so the eyes, nose etc. feel as if they sit in space. The hands are suffering from the same problem. They look better in your line drawing, but you're starting to lose some of their structure in the painting. Hope that helps in some way.
"Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote
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Yes it is a crop, using my scanner. I'll try my wife's camera in daylight to see if I can get the whole image in there.
The flatness is in part because the only things close to done are the dress and tree bark, the face and arms just have some burnt umber on there so I don't lose the line drawing. Re the skull you are no doubt right, my reference photo had a hat on so I probably misjudged the top of the skull as well. I waffled with it for ages, so I'm blind to the errors right now. I'll have to bring it into photoshop and fiddle again to see if I can get it right. Argh.
Thank you so much for your help!
My english is bad but I try to explain something about tehnique (oil painting)
you keep in mind 3 essential thing for every painting
consistecy of light, shadow and color. To resolve problems with light and shadow simply start paint with only one color. Your first mistake: you chose very hard tonality to start paint, red color. The old masters use umbra or dark brown color for paint first layer. In this layer you can only the darken, light is uncovered canvas or background. Paint with small amount of color to get best results for light and shadow. The next layer is a gray scale painting. In this stage you resolve middle tones. Choose gray tonality for paint, if you want to your paintings look red add small amount of red in gray colour but only very small amount becouse some part of gray layer will be visible in final look. This parts are sky reflections or middle tones between light and shadow. In every step you must keep whole painting covered with paint and avoid small details or texture. I see you already reseolve the details of tree but your background is almost intact. Paint like that you loose sense for light and distance. For every step you add more light or more shadows light is never pure white or shadow is never pure black always leave space for adding more. At last you will may add colour in your painting and resolve small details or texture.
Keep practise and best regards