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    wow the last portraits are really cool! you improve really fast! keep it up

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    The self portraits are smooth. Much better than I could do with acrylics!
    The portrait of Nicole Kidman seems to have too much black in the shadows? The right (my right) nostril is pretty wonky…does Nicole Kidman really have a nostril like that??? Her hair is awesome, especially her sideburn above the right ear…the color is right on.

    I think that if you want to do anime that it could be greatly improved if you apply some of your life-drawing skill to it.
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    (c): The portraits are old, actually, from 1-2 years ago ^__^. Thanks for commenting!

    Nyx: Yeah, I had to use 2 brushes at once, one with paint and the other was rough and dry to blend. In the source picture, Nicole Kidman's nostrils are different sized... Ref at the bottom.

    Erm, I actually want to move away from anime style, but I'm not sure how... I should try Loomis maybe? I also have this huge disconnect between my observational drawings and stuff from my head, so I have a lot of work ahead of me. Um about the hand, I don't really get your draw over. There's a foreshortened forearm there. There's a reference photo for that, too.

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    Ohh..... I didn't know that was a forshortened arm. Well anyways, that bone is too low don't you think?

    I am glad you are trying to progress away from anime. I comend you for your decision! Loomis is a great choice. I would highly recomend him; thats who I use. What I do/did is draw exacty from his images and then after a couple of drawing I would test my self by seeing how much I could remember without looking at the book. Maybe this will help you?

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    Hey there spiffy, I have to say, your portraits are very strong, especially the nicole kidman one. I'm a sucker for anime myself, i just love stuff like hyung tae kim's, but I agree with Nyx, glad your working away from it, i tend to use hogarth more than loomis since i have some of his books, i'd also recommand him alot.
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    Nyx: Ooo sounds like a good idea! I really want to try working with a ground so i can put in darks and lights. It's more painterly that way. And yeah, I made the arm curve down too much T__T.

    Madcat: Thanks! I've been working on portraits the longest...which means everything else is pretty crappy. I've borrowed a book from the library that has some wonderful figure drawings in the classical style. I hope that will help, too.

    Here's another portrait painting I'm working on. The mouth is messed up. I'm also trying to make it look a bit more painterly than I've been doing before.
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    Well I can tell you really want me to post in your sketchbook so I will.

    No on second thought I don't think I will.

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    The portrait does look more painterly. Good job! what brushes were/are you using?

    I think the mouth is odd because it looks like a front view mouth on a slight 3/4 face. If you get the right (my right) side of the lips to bend around the face more it may fix it. This is one of my problems....it's so awkward.

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    Hi Spiffy,
    Nice sketchbook! I like your studies and the progress you are making. Keep posting!

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    Nice work your doing spiffy, i realy love your paintings.
    Hey thats Seshoumaru from Inuyasha, ha, cool!
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    of course, makes sense then, protraits scare me i never know how to start them. glad you found the book, now you need to study your heart out haha. good luck


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    interesting portrait...it is looking more painterly. the hand studies are nice,i think the foreshortened arm looks off cuz the shadow is too strong on the forearm.


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    INuyasha!!
    just wanna say that i think your portraits are sweet,
    keep on doing studies,to improve!

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    Hi!

    I like your work You've got the anatomy of the human body pretty much covered and there's only minor crits here and there. But for now on I'd really like to see some more bolder statement in your work. In terms of drawing linedrawings of human anatomy I'd really like to see bolder lines in the key spots of the pose. It brings great attitude to the drawing Look at for example my Piéta master copy, I've reinforced the important lines such as in the armpit to really kick off the pose to the viewer. Same goes to your portrait paintings, technically they are great, good use of the brush and so on. The thing needed again though is bolder statement To really kick off the color in key spots takes experience and training.

    Just my two cents Keep up the good work.

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    great sence of color! Love the SP:s and Nicole looks good too. Don't forget aboot the drawings tho.
    more more!

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