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Here is a portrait i painted of my girlfriend for my Intro to Painting: Figure class.
this is my first painting class, so i learn so much during the course of each painting. it's great...
anyway... let me know what you think:
(oh, by the way, the photo didn't capture some of it properly, mainly some of the hair, and the shadow side of the face... but it's fairly minor)
This is really a nice painting! The lighting is great and the shadow of the hair really makes it 3d. This looks really awesome!
Very nice piece. Frankly its a standard portrait, but very well done. Do get many commisions?
I think it's really nice overall, I like the colors and the volume, some edges seem a little hard but I don't think it's that big a deal. Whether they were in the photo ref or not I think highlights in the eyes would have really put some life into it. Either way really nice. I'm taking that class in the fall, who did you have?
e.j.roy: i get no commisions... this is my first painting class... yes, it's very standard, that was the assignment...
DerMidlet: I agree about the highlights... there were none in the ref, and i was hesitant to add them. my plan was to add them after it has dried so that if they make it too odd looking, i can easily wipe them away. i have Pam Powell. she's good, i like her. i have no frame of reference, though, so i can't say if she's any better or worse than any other painting teachers
nice overall, i'm a sucker for turqoise. It could stand to be a little warmer judging by the subject of the piece. Right now the eyes and mouth say the smile is genuine but the color suggests its forced, if you get what i'm trying to say...
still a very nice piece and great for a starter.
the background is ever so slightly warmer in person (slightly more green), and i understand what you're saying, but the painting as a whole is more vibrant in and colorful in person and the 'looming' or 'insincere' quality of the cool background is balanced, in my opinion...
INTRO to painting?
I honestly can't gripe a bit about this piece because I suck at painting, myself.
I just wish my art teachers(highschool) were this good when they left school
thanks, pixeldragon... you flatter me.
rogfa, thanks... the painting is 14x18 and done on canvas board. i do wish i had done it on a stretched canvas, though, since it came out fairly nice...
This is a nice painting.. thanks this painting
wow this is quite phenomenal almost photograph sharpness, I have tried oilpaints myself and its so stiff and hard medium, I might be doing something wrong or Im just too impatient or something I dont know then but this is just emasing the hair and all and the way you captured the skin tones
look I dont know why I love you I just do
THAT is your first portrait painting? wowzers.
Don't listen to me, I'm just an ape with a pencil!
My sketchbook http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=113848
"I don't want FOP goddammit! I'm a DapperDan man!"
That is a very beautiful portrait, your girlfriend is a lucky girl. Alotta love seemed to go ino this. Your drawing skill shows through alot as well, you academically have the proportions down. The photo does seems to take away some of the luster it probably has as an an oil. I would soften the edges on the shadow below the nose. It doesn't seem to conform to anything and is too harsh: from far away it could come off as a moustache. I dunno what your refernce is like, but another tiny thing I should pay attention too is your use of white. It comes off as ash-e and slightly chalky in the hair. Try naples yellow as a substitute or glazing over your whites to pop your color out. That's just a tid bit I learned when I used too much white, but your case isn't as severe. And this is your first oil painting. Dang homie, keep working on it, you gots a future! Thanks for sharing with us -
thanks again, all...
ape: not my first portrait painting... first painting class. i had done a couple in class 2-4 hour portraits, and about 8 in class full figure paintings before doing that one. but thank you anyway...
mr visions: thanks for stopping by and giving a nice thorough critique. you're absolutely right about the edges on the nose shadow, and i'd also say the mouth area in general could use a little softer edge treatment. about the hair, though, the photo totally missed it. there is almost no white at all in the hair. it's very saturated color. it's deep dark red (alizarin, a touch of cad red and black) in the middle tones and bright coppery red in the highlights (cad red with a little cad yellow with just a touch of white in a couple of the brighter highlights).
i do know what you mean about the overuse of white, though. i've done a couple paintings that have ended up being almost dead looking people.
REALLY good job.
like visions said, watch the edges of the shadow under the nose.
- Dan Dos Santos
This is pretty realistic and full of presence, you know, like the person comes out of the portrait. Everything looks very natural and that is all you can ask for with portraits, I think. Like, a person's portrait is who they are and that all you can replicate, so when I look at this without even knowing your girlfriend or ever seeing her in my life before, this is still a person 'cause it is so well done.
It has depth too.
thanks DS... that means a lot from you, i'm a huge fan of your work (as are we all)... i'm now trying to be a little looser and softer edged in general, after looking at the zhaoming wu book (AAU teacher, crazy good painter, if you don't know).
i also notice you're a CT'er... i'm ex-CT from birth myself.
thanks erica, that's quite a compliment...
Last edited by uRiDiAN; July 31st, 2006 at 07:42 PM.