Hello all and thank you in advance. My experience is with oils and with photoshop but I have a project I have to complete for a silent auction and the timing it tight, so I tried my hand at acrylics. I fear I am doomed. I am so frustrated and I really want some feedback (brutal, please, be honest, I need help here for sure) on how I can save this piece.
Pretty please tell me what I need to change and how? The part that is really making me want to strangle the girl by her chubby cankles is that I painstakingly built up all this texture in the background and now I can't get any clean lines. This medium is new to me as is this technique. I know, piss poor time to try something new but what can I say, I hate to follow rules or make good decisions, I guess.
First, I have to say, next time move the brushes out of the way before you take the photo.
I think it looks pretty good, but I don't know what your goal is with this piece, so I'm not really sure why you hate it so much. Is there a particular element that's bothering you? If I had to pick out the least effective element, I would choose the flower(s). They feel kind of stuck on, if you know what I mean; they don't seem to fit with the style, color palette, or lighting of the rest of the image. If this were my piece, I would probably paint over the flowers and instead add a tree branch that extends out towards the girl and up. I think that would help to add more movement into the image as well because right now you have girl, flower, tree, and nothing is really tying them together. I would probably also make the transition to black more gradual, especially on the right because right now about a quarter of the image looks almost totally black.
I don't think the dark edges are doing it any favours. You could bring in a few flowers, plants etc into the foreground and maybe up the edges, but keep them darkish and not in your face so not to lose the feeling of entering another brighter world. If you feel it's too rough to paint over, use sandpaper.