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    Lorehly _ Color & Light 1.1

    Hello everyone

    I really enjoyed this assignment, but the more I worked on the portrait more messier it got so unfortunately I managed to focus on it for a little over then two hours.
    I always put mass light and mass shadow on the base colour to create basic form then I block in the half tone and reflected light. At that stage everything always looks great, and there there's the blending that somehow usually ruins the first effect.
    I was sitting a meter from the window so hopefully I managed to put all the reflective light( was a lot of it considering white walls). Really enjoyed the workshop helped me a lot with understanding where to put the really dark values while working from imagination.

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    Nice work. One thing I am wondering is if you are letting your eyes roam around your face in a way that is causing your pupils to dilate and enable you to see more information than you would if you were just observing the overall value relationships...the big shapes. Please try looking at the whole of your face at the same time, so that your eyes are held on the part of your face which you will have the eye rest. when you do this, look at the big value relationships between the mass light and the mass shadow...compare to your study...do you see what I mean?

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    Tried to figure out what you meant, so started another portrait with new approach. And you are soo right. Need to focus more on what I am doing and concentrate on the subject I am painting ( ergo turn off the movies while I am painting)Here I go will post it soon
    Thanks a lot for the feedback Jason^^

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    choose the portion of the portrait where you wish for the viewers eyes to rest...the main focal area...when you look at yourself hold your eyes there but paint the light and shadows on the rest of the face, or check them, by looking in your peripheal vision while you hold your eyes on the focal area. That will help you better gauge your overall values and edges.

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    Tried to apply your advise in this one, and I didn't realize how hard it will be until I started to paint. Think I need to study more of the portraits of the old masters then the photos. Hopefully I am going in the right direction with this one...slowly..
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    I think this one just needs more time. double check the angle of your eyes as one seems lower than the other, more than in the first portrait. keep it up. you will get there.

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    Good job so far!

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    Thanks Jason will keep practising
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    Great. Nice start. i look forward to seeing where this one goes. Watch the dense darks on your chin and face. If they get too dark it starts to look like soot or charcoal instead of shadow. You may want to put the glasses on a separate layer so you can get in there and paint the eye sockets freely without worrying about painting up against the clean lines of the glasses. just a thought...

    keep it up.


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    Another self-portrait attempt, planning on finishing it this time
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    Great work so far! I'd like to pose a question: I've noticed that you like to blend a lot of things, which you do well. I wonder what would happen if you just let the shapes of the light and shadows be as they are? Without blending? That can help bring out better definition in the planes of your face. I would suggest doing that with large, broad strokes with the brush tool, or the marquee and gradient tools, to focus on large shapes first, and build values from there.
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    Thank you for the feedback theshunzun. I know what you mean , I have a big problem with this somehow. Keep practising by mapping the planes when painting portraits first, but somehow I do end up with blending it to much. Tried to define the major planes with the large brush without blending this time, and this one I like much better Will keep pushing it slowly to make sure the form is better defined.
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    nice.

    choose where you want the viewers eyes to rest and put more details there. That way the whole image comes into view when their eyes focus on the parts you choose them to rest their eyes on. You are the one to choose your focal area. At this stage, putting more details in your focal area, and perhaps softening down some of the less important areas just a tiny bit, would help the viewer to relax their eyes and take the whole of the image in.

    Keep up the good work.


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