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Thread: The Unknown Portrait

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    The Unknown Portrait

    I started out trying to do a portrait of my great-grandaughter. After 4 days of changing everything I could think of, I finally figured out that this one was not going to be a portrait of her - maybe another one will. After investing that much time, I went and finished it off anyway.
    So, for whoever out there in this big ole world, that this portrait matches - - this one's for you.

    I have a terrible time with the shadows/highlights,etc.
    Always seems to be either too dark, or too pasty.
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    Good start, barnburner, like the blue eyes... and yeah... it needs more shading to give the face more form...as you say, next time ....it will be her....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AT-TA View Post
    Good start, barnburner, like the blue eyes... and yeah... it needs more shading to give the face more form...as you say, next time ....it will be her....
    Thanks AT.. I'm studying as many portraits as I can, to try and get a better idea on the right shadings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandra View Post
    Oh, I love her expression! Precious little face Mike!
    Thanks Sandra. I appreciate it.

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    Hi Backburner, you may find it easier to work out your tones in Black and White and then use a layer over top with the Overlay blend mode.
    SCP has produced a video explaining this method which can be found in this thread:- http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ad.php?t=20842

    Hope this helps
    "I paint because I love to cut mats" (Arthur Alexander)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juz View Post
    Hi Backburner, you may find it easier to work out your tones in Black and White and then use a layer over top with the Overlay blend mode.
    SCP has produced a video explaining this method which can be found in this thread:- http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ad.php?t=20842

    Hope this helps
    I will definitely check this out! Thank you very much for the help!!

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    Dear Barnburner, whatever they say, Rome was not built in one day! This is a good start for anyone who never made any whatsoever portrait.
    You just need some excercise and some good painting tutorial/ manual to speed up Your lessons learning (by doing).
    I'm quite sure this painting may match someone's features in the world, since You got a pretty girl anyway.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    It is a worthy endeavor and a good start.

    I tend to be a bit forward, please forgive me, This link may have some of the information you desire.

    http://www.artcone.com/forum/
    andrew_loomis_books_downloads-t1772.html

    Earle

    I fixed this link with a different one
    EB
    Last edited by EB; 04-30-2010 at 02:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar View Post
    Dear Barnburner, whatever they say, Rome was not built in one day! This is a good start for anyone who never made any whatsoever portrait.
    You just need some excercise and some good painting tutorial/ manual to speed up Your lessons learning (by doing).
    I'm quite sure this painting may match someone's features in the world, since You got a pretty girl anyway.
    Thank you. I truly appreciate it.

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