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    Portrait in Oils

    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)

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    This is really a nice painting! The lighting is great and the shadow of the hair really makes it 3d. This looks really awesome!
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    Thumbs up Very nice

    Very nice piece. Frankly its a standard portrait, but very well done. Do get many commisions?
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    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?
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    thanks, guys...

    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
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    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.
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    thanks, skvv...

    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...
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    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
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    Wow, this is great. I'm starting to teach myself oils and I'd like to know a little more about it. What are the dimensions of the piece and the type of surface is it?
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    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...
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    I'm too newbie in painting to give critiques, all I can say - I like the work you've done
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    This is a nice painting.. thanks this painting
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    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
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