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    double portrait

    here is a double portrait i'm working on as a surprise for my hubby. it's him and his mother several years ago, just before she passed away. the snapshot is very grainy and i am attempting to remove the sunglasses. if you have any ideas i'm all ears.
    thank you for looking.
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    Hey Earthmama. It looks like you are on the right track. I believe a good finished painting starts with a sturdy well balanced structure (sketch) and it looks like you have that. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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    Your doing good so far, especially with the quality of the picture you have to work with. That's one thing I tell my clients, send good clear pictures. If it's grainy or blurry, chances are that the details will be as well, and they face isn't recognizable without those details.
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    She looks quite -- well they both look quite filled with love and life. It's a great choice of photos in that regard.

    As to the eyes, you have taken on a real challenge, especially owing to the angle, and the lack of reference. I don't know how well you knew her and have what her eyes looked like enough to use your memory to get it right with the help of another photo, perhaps from a different angle.

    Try to find a pic that gets the angle and somewhat the lighting.

    The best thing I can offer is really take advantage of the layers feature in ArtRage, where you can experiment in a very forgiving way. It will be perfectly in context as if you were painting right on the painting. But you can keep trying that way until it works, and it will match whatever level of finish you get into the rest of the painting. It's a 'see as you go' kind of thing. Get the shapes down first and then the skin tone and shadows etc.

    I don't know how to do this in ArtRage (others may offer suggestions), but if you have a program that lends itself to photo manipulation, you can splice eyes from another photo onto this one like a photo retoucher might (with all the tricks that they use). And then you can use that as the original and paint from that.

    Those are the only two procedures I can think of.

    Challenging. But if you decide you can't quite pull it off, you can always include the glasses as they appear. I think it's a charming, warm photo.

    Let us know how you do!
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    everyone, thank you for your interest and comments. i'm sorry it's been so long since i've posted any replies. this new puppy is like having an infant in the house. jeez!
    sketch: thank you
    dali: thank you. you do portraits for profit? sweeeet! i'm gonna have to ask you one day how to start all that.
    dakey: ya, i chose that pic because of the life in the two of the them. unfortunately, i didn't know her. my husband has told me that the two of us would have got along famously, unlike her mother and i do (it's like oil and water with us). so i'm going off of the family resemblance between my husband, her mother and my son (who does occasionally get an expression that reminds me of her photos).

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    the layers are the best thing about artrage. i have something like 20 working now.
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    Nice progress Earthmama! I wish I could say it looks like her, but I don't know her. I can say that it looks like the making of a great portrait. Stick with it. Im sure your husband will be very impressed by your art and your gesture! Can't wait to see it done.
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    well well well.
    i'm so glad this is nearly done. i finally showed it to the hubby, who looked like he was quite pleased with the present. he gave me some pointers and i've run with them. unfortunately he can't remember the precise shade of her eyes. "they're brown, like mine." i'm just glad when he looks at my eyes. the picture is almost done.
    sketch, i'm so sorry it's taken so long but thank you for the wonderful comment.
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