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    Hi,

    I'm new to this place and I can't find a place to introduce myself so here goes:

    I am a self taught artist who has had a passion for drawing and painting since youth but never pursued my interest until now. I am currently trying out different medium on paper and canvas.

    I can do custom drawings and specialise in realism drawings/paintings of various subjects i.e. objects, flowers, still life, portraits of people, portraits of pets, portraits of buildings etc.

    I'm trying to improve on my skills each time I create a new piece of work but please have a look at my website and let me know if I can improve in any area, I would like some tips on how to become a better artist and eventually make some sales. I've never sold a thing to date

    My website is: http://bav-patel.artistwebsites.com/

    Thanks for looking and any feedback would be very much appreciated

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    Greetings. I think you'll find an abundance of resources here to better yourself. Feel free to stick any of your art in the critique section. No doubt you'll get some pointers there.

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    Hi.

    You really need to work on your observational skills.
    For example: the portrait with this couple (or any portrait) - you´ve painted the white of the eyes white since your brain thinks "the white of the eye needs to be white" but it isn't white.

    I'll show it to you:
    the topmost is the original subject (found via google using "portrait")

    the one in the middle has a grey box around it, showing the left and the right part of the eye's white through. As you can see, the left portion of it is just a little bit brighter than the grey but IT IS NOT WHITE, the right portion of t is slightly darker than the grey. Squint your eyes to see this clearer.

    the bottommost has a little white box which shows that neither the white of the eye nor the highlight - which always is under the brightest parts of a portrait - are white.
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    This happens to be with every part of anything - don't think what something should look like but rather take a really good look at something - observe it. You will see that even teeth aren't white. And skin consist of multiple colors and not of only one color called "skintone"

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    Hi Stray and Bjoern. Thanks for that tip, I've only recently started doing portraits but you're right I need to observe shapes and colours more and I still can't get skintones right. Your website looks like a good starting point for me to learn the basics from though. Do you have any other tips for portrait paintings/drawings?

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    First of all I would start to work with a monochrome medium like pencil or charcoal. Only with a good base you can build a big house on top of it - so go back to learning to draw.

    I don't know how you transfer the measurements onto the canvas. If you've done it by eye then your measurment skills are quite good, then you just need to learn to see in values - the light and shade qualities of an object. For this you would need monochrome objects - preferably white in color. If you'd like to learn about anatomical features at the same time you would need anatomical plaster casts (see the second link in my signature). Contrary to a line drawing this is called a mass drawing where you render the object as perfect as possible.

    When you've gained good skills with that you can move on to color. Having learned to observe something in terms of values lets you see colors better as well - you will recognise that skintone is not only one color but multiple colors - or better said: tints of colors. But since every paint behaves differently in mixtures and since I don't know what paints you are using you need to experiment to hit the right color. Mark Carder shows in this video how he hits every color in a portrait or a still life just by using five different paints - but this only works fine with these paints. Other brands or pigments behave differently. For certain objects you`d have to use different pigments (let's say the pearson is wearing colorful jewelry).

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    I use graphite transfer paper to transfer the basic outline to canvas and put in all the detail with paint but to do the basic outline, I use the grid method. I have been using the grid method for a while and I find it to be good for getting the proportions right. I was actually advised to use this method by other artists.

    The paints I use are Liquitex Basics Acrylic paints they do come in a wide range of colours but I still mix the colours to get the right tone.

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